Erykah Badu seems well aware that it’s been another long week marred by bad news. Anyone feeling wounded by the reports of Sandra Bland‘s gruesome autopsy or Thursday’s deadly shootings in a Lousiana movie theater has full right to look at the world and wonder “Is there anything yet worth celebrating?” At least one clear answer remains: the simple joy of music.
A new Erykah Badu mixtape has been shared featuring some of her favorite recordings, describing the set as “carefully and lovingly selected high frequency tones for the soul.” What that entails is a set of mostly-vintage funk, soul and jazz, including Gary Bartz NTU Troop’s “Drinking Song,” a bit of RAMP, a touch of slowed-down Eddie Kendricks (aka a proper J Dilla nod), and much, much more. Ms. Badu had this to say about the mix–which she’s entitled FEEL BETTER, WORLD! … LOVE, MS.BADU–when she uploaded it Friday evening:
ALL OVER THE GLOBE…KEEP WALKING TALL BROTHERS AND SISTERS. SOMEDAY WE WILL ALL BE FREE. THE WORLD IS IN NEED OF HEALING…. I CAREFULLY AND LOVINGLY SELECTED HIGH FREQUENCY TONES FOR THE SOUL…. PLEASE LISTEN FROM TOP TO BOTTOM.
LOVE, ms. badu
Listen to it in full below. And from all of us to Badu: thank you.