Paul McCartney has invited a slew of artists to reimagine his 2020 lockdown album McCartney III, and has released the first rework: “The Kiss of Venus” with Dominic Fike.
“The Kiss of Venus” was first released as a lilting, acoustic ballad, and with Fike’s input has transformed into a catchy R&B-pop tune with queasy guitars, with the young artist taking over vocals from Macca.
Fike’s rework will appear with ten others on McCartney III Reimagined, which is a track-for-track remix of the original album (though the tracklist has been jumbled). Some familiar rock names involved are Phoebe Bridgers, Beck, St Vincent, Damon Albarn, Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien (as EOB), Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme and Khruangbin.
Also participating are Anderson .Paak, Blood Orange, 3D RDN of Massive Attack—and in a track exclusive to the physical release, Idris Elba (who DJs and even raps when he’s not starring in blockbuster films).
All guests were personally curated by the Beatle himself. McCartney III Reimagined is out April 16 via Capitol. Watch the video for Fike’s version of “The Kiss of Venus,” which follows the rapper/singer-songwriter alone in New York City: