Start spreading the news: the Robert Glasper Experiment is releasing Black Radio 2–the much anticipated follow-up to 2012’s critically acclaimed Black Radio–on October 29th through Blue Note Records. Today, we have a Okayplayer world premiere of the very first leak from the new project: “Calls” featuring Jill Scott. The track shows off RGE’s skill at letting a groove sizzle while a vocalist takes center stage–and filling in all of the cracks around them. The album features most of the usual suspects, with Derrick Hodge on bass and Casey Benjamin on vocoder and saxophone. Drummer Mark Colenburg, (who has toured plenty with the group) has taken over the drum throne.
The record, like the last one, is set to feature a plethora of guests from all musical backgrounds. Common, Lupe Fiasco, and Snoop Dogg (thought he was lion now?) all represent the hip-hop front while Marsha Ambrosius, Anthony Hamilton, Brandy, and Lalah Hathaway are stand-outs from soul and r&b backgrounds. The pianist’s third album with his ‘Experiment’ band also has collaborations with Fall Out Boy‘s Patrick Stump, Norah Jones, and Emeli Sandé. Unlike the original Black Radio LP, this will feature almost all original compositions. With RGE’s ability to blend genres and influences so seamlessly, we’re very excited to hear what they bring to the table. Fans can also download the official Robert Glasper Experiment App, which has all of the band’s videos and tour dates. Stream the beautiful “Calls”below an scroll down to check out the tracklist.
Black Radio 2 Tracklist:
1. Baby Tonight (Black Radio Intro)
2. I Stand Alone featuring Common and Patrick Stump
3. What Are We Doing featuring Brandy
4. Calls featuring Jill Scott
5. No Worries featuring Dwele
6. Trust featuring Marsha Ambrosius
7. Yet To Find featuring Anthony Hamilton
8. You Own Me featuring Faith Evans
9. Let It Ride featuring Norah Jones
10. Persevere featuring Snoop Dogg and Lupe Fiasco
11. Somebody Else featuring Emeli Sandé
12. Jesus Children of America featuring Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm-Jamal Warner