Bowie, Massive Attack Updating Nat 'King' Cole's 'Nature Boy'

The pop-rock icon and trip-hop pioneers' version of the 1940s standard will appear on 'Moulin Rouge' soundtrack, due in May.

A techno "Nature Boy" will groove its way into the 21st century with David Bowie and Massive Attack's version of the 1940s standard.

The collaboration will appear on the soundtrack to "Moulin Rouge," the Baz Luhrmann film starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.

Bowie recently recorded his vocals for the updated "Nature Boy" in New York and sent the track off to Massive Attack's Robert '3D' Del Naja in London.

Bowie described the rendition as "slinky and mysterious" in a statement issued through his publicity firm. " '3D' has put together a riveting piece of work," Bowie said. "I'm totally pleased with the end result."

Bowie and Massive Attack met when they shared a festival bill in Israel in the '90s.

Nat "King" Cole took "Nature Boy" to #1 on the pop chart in 1948. The song was written by Frank DeVol, who also penned the music to the "Brady Bunch" theme.

The "Moulin Rouge" soundtrack, due May 8, will also feature renditions of two of Bowie's '70s classics — Beck and Timbaland reworked "Diamond Dogs," while the film's ensemble sings a medley that includes "Diamond Dogs" and "Heroes."

The first single from the soundtrack is the just-released remake of LaBelle's 1975 #1 disco hit, "Lady Marmalade," featuring Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and Lil' Kim.

The film, set in a Parisian nightclub in 1899, is expected to hit theaters in May.

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