alt-J were at Stephen Colbert’s “Late Show” studios in New York City on Thursday, a day ahead of their Friday night concert at Forest Hills Stadium with Kamasi Washington. While in town, the band decided to debut their brand new version of “In Cold Blood,” one of the singles originally featured on their 2017 RELAXER studio album. The rock trio were joined in their televised performance by Twin Shadow a.k.a. George Lewis Jr., as well as rapper and Drake nemesis Pusha T, as the band celebrated the release of the song’s new version with a live debut fit for television.
The performance can be watched in full via the video above and starts out with alt-J on stage with Twin Shadow, who rocks out on his own Gibson Explorer guitar. The song’s original makeup already comes with a hip-hop friendly beat, but Pusha T’s arrival onto the stage beginning at the 1:45 minute mark in the video proves that even rock songs can be taken into the boundless musical universe when given the right personnel. The hometown rapper - Pusha T was born in the Bronx - matches with his alt-J collaborators in an all-black outfit while spitting out lyrical lines like “It’s hot at night in the summertime/The summer’s mine/It’s underlined.” The recorded version of "Cold Blood" with Twin Shadow and Pusha T can be heard in the Spotify stream below.
As Mr. Colbert proclaims at the end of the performance, the band will head over to Queens this evening to perform at the iconic Forest Hills Stadium with west coast Jazz saxophonist and bandleader Kamasi Washington. For Friday night’s show, the band will be testing out a new sonic configuration, as they’ll be treating fans in the audience to an “Immersive Sound Experience,” with speakers set up all throughout the outdoor venue with 360-degree amplification. Tickets for tonight’s show at Forest Hills are still available and can be purchased by clicking here.