And he’s back! Just like that, Kid Cudi returns front the abyss with the surprise midnight release of Satellite Flight: The journey to Mother Moon, a seldom spoke project that follows up last year’s voyage into the self-produced realm Indicud. With the bulk of the production handled by Cudi himself, the record is as intimate and dark as you would imagine from the Kid these days, perhaps opening a window into the world he’s been nurturing himself in.
Where Indicud hosted a slew of up-and-comers and mainstays–ranging from King Kendrick to indie-pop queens HAIM– SF is graced with just a few guest spots, belonging to longtime cohort and band member Dot Da Genius–who lends a hand with production on a few tracks, and the all-holy Raphael Saadiq, who lends his wizardry to “Balmain Jeans.” So Cudi might have gone all Beyonce on this one, but the product certainly seems worth its weight in gold. Now on my third time through the 10-track LP since I copped this morning, I can personally vouch for the dissonant brilliance of the out-of-the-abyss release. So go ahead and cop Kid Cudi’s Satellite Flight: The journey to Mother Moon via iTunes and see what all the fuss is about, or stream the album in its entirety below.