Erykah Badu Releases New LP, 'But You Caint Use My Phone'
Fri, 27 Nov 2015 10:06:09
Because Black Friday is quickly becoming the most epic day to release new music (holla, Record Store Day!), and because Erykah Badu is the original neo-soul goddess she is, today sees the release of the sultry singer's latest album, But You Caint Use My Phone. (The handy press release is quick to remind us that the "title is a reference to Badu's iconic hit song "Tyrone," taken from her 1997 Live album.) It's the four-time Grammy-winning singer-songwriter's first full length release since 2010's New Amerykah, Pt. 2: Return of the Ankh."
The 11-track album will first be available on iTunes, as well as for streaming over at Apple Music. December 4 the album will be widely available via all download and streaming platforms.
Here's more from the press camp, with the backstory: "Badu made the mixtape in a burst of creative energy after deciding to put her own spin on Drake's "Hotline Bling" (here retitled as "Cell U Lar Device") as a birthday gift to a close friend. Created fully with producer Zach Witnessin, the mixtape was written, recorded and mixed in Badu's own Dallas, TX over the course of a twelve-day period. The project includes several surprises along the way, including a few guests, all of who recorded their contributions in the same bedroom studio. Each song makes reference to telephones and our own reliance on staying inter-connected."
We also find Badu has coined her singular style "Trap & B" and at times during the recording process "used a tuning fork and Tibetan singing bowls...with the goal of creating a sound that brings peace and tranquility to its listener." Badu calls it a "whole new frequency," but the singer's eclectic style remains, a distinctive blend of hip-hop, soul, and gritty synth textures that endures on the track "Cell U Lar Device."
Listen to "Hotline Bling But U Caint Use My Phone Mix" from Erykah Badu:
'But You Caint Use My Phone' Track List
1. Caint Use My Phone (Suite)
3. Cell U Lar Device
4. Phone Down
5. U Use To Call Me
6. Mr. Telephone Man
7. U Don't Have To Call
8. Whats Yo Phone Number
10. I'll Call U Back
—The ARTISTdirect Staff
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