It turns out that James Murphy made an appearance on David Bowie's upcoming album, (pronounced Blackstar). Originally he was supposed to be a producer, alongside Bowie himself and longtime collaborator Tony Visconti. But "he had his own projects to go off to," said Visconti, speaking to Rolling Stone.

"His role was never really defined," added Mark Guiliana, who played drums on the record. "He brought in some synths and some percussion and had a ton of ideas."

Visconti also revealed that they listened to "a lot" of Kendrick Lamar:

"We wound up with nothing like that, but we loved the fact Kendrick was so open-minded and he didn't do a straight-up hip-hop record. He threw everything on there, and that's exactly what we wanted to do. The goal, in many, many ways, was to avoid rock & roll."

In addition, it was revealed that title track 'Blackstar' (which bandmate Donny McCaslin claims is about Daesh - so-called ISIS/ISIL) was originally over 11 minutes long, but had to be cut to 9:57 in order to fit in with iTunes' mad nothing-longer-than-10-minutes-please rule. "It's total bullshit," he said.

Reacquaint yourself 'Blackstar' below; is out 8th January.