Mykki Blanco has announced a forthcoming album along with the release of their single ‘Steps’ which is out now.
This album due to be released in October via Transgressive Records, the process of creating the record has been described by Blanco as building a “sonic universe from scratch” with the collaboration from producer and multi-instrumentalist FaltyDL.
‘Steps’ that features MNEK and Saul Williams, is a taster of what's to come from the album.
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Speaking of their new single, Blanco said: “I think a song like ‘Steps’ is a testament to what can happen when three very unique artists are given time to create a meditation together - to respond to one another when the moment is right - almost like the lines of a haiku - maybe ‘Steps’ is a prayer unique in its ability to transcend and transform and provide peace without necessarily providing an answer.”
“There are certain people I have waited to collaborate with my entire career and Saul Williams is one of those people,” Blanco adds. “In many ways, there is a musical lineage that Saul is a part of, that he himself spearheaded, that I feel a very close connection with.”
For Blanco, MNEK is a “musical powerhouse” as they express that he is “truly a force to be reckoned with and is such a stand out artist” which they were “nervous” to reach out to.
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Blanco explains meeting MNEK: “We met in his home in London. I think this was key to understanding if there was a vibe, if we felt the energy between us could coalesce in a natural way. So much of what has made ‘Stay Close To Music’ so important is the time involved, the time that was natural and not forced and allowed for such peace and such organic collaborations. It is so rare that artists are allowed this time, it is so rare that artists are given this much space.”
‘Stay Close To Music’ Tracklist
1. Pink Diamond Bezel
2. Steps (feat. Saul Williams and MNEK)
3. French Lessons (feat. ANOHNI and Kelsey Lu)
4. Ketamine (feat. Slug Christ)
5. Your Love Was A Gift (feat. Diana Gordon)
6. Family Ties (feat. Michael Stipe)
7. Your Feminism Is Not My Feminism (feat. Ah-Mer-Ah-Su)
10. Trust A Little Bit
11. You Will Find It (feat. Devendra Banhart)
12. Carry On (feat. Jónsi)
13. French Lessons [Single Version] (feat. Kelsey Lu)
Listen to ‘Steps’ below and pre-order Blanco’s forthcoming album ‘Stay Close To Music’ here.
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