Prince: Born 2 Die

Out via the Prince Estate, the previously unreleased “Born 2 Die” is a slow-burning, ’70s soul-inspired, funk-laden groove from Welcome 2 America, the first complete album from Prince’s vault to receive an official release—on 30 July. Written in 2010, the song features Tal Wilkenfeld, Chris Coleman and vocals by Shelby J, Liv Warfield and Elisa Fiorillo, with Prince’s music director Morris Hayes completing production. Hayes …

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Our favorite tunes this week bounce from psychedelic and groovy to hypnotic and experimental

Steve Lacy: Playground Psychedelic and groovy, Steve Lacy’s “Playground” pays, both visually and sonically, homage to Prince—via merch, a ruffled shirt, and sparkling purple hues throughout. The track appears on Lacy’s debut solo album, Apollo XXI, and while previously best known as The Internet’s guitarist, he has certainly proved himself as a formidable solo artist. Produced by Kathleen Heffernan and Leah Younesi and directed by …

Steve Lacy: Playground

Psychedelic and groovy, Steve Lacy’s “Playground” pays, both visually and sonically, homage to Prince—via merch, a ruffled shirt, and sparkling purple hues throughout. The track appears on Lacy’s debut solo album, Apollo XXI, and while previously best known as The Internet’s guitarist, he has certainly proved himself as a formidable solo artist. Produced by Kathleen Heffernan and Leah Younesi and directed by Alexis Zabe, this …