Prince keeps playing with our purple hearts. First he leaves Spotify and gives TIDAL exclusive domain to his catalogue. Then, on a muggy New York morning, His Royal Purpleness goes and drops a funk bomb on us with a Spotify exclusive single. Yes, he’s messing with us and no, we don’t mind. “Stare” is a heaping dose of the big, lush paisley sound, anchored by a thick bass lick and sparse, but punctuating horn arrangements for a strut-inducing cut that’ll get all the burn on this late-July day. The single, of course, follows the announcement that The Kid has completed his Hit N Run LP and that we can basically expect it to fall out of the sky without a moment’s notice (standard P, as far as we’re concerned.) And while, his tour of surprise shows seems to be on hiatus, with an album on the way, we can expect the months ahead to be anxious ones for fanatics, as we sit and wait for the new piece like good patrons of the paisley arts. But this’ll surely hold you over. Hear Prince’s strut-worthy new singly “Stare” below and keep your eyes and ears peeled for the goods. The Purple One cometh.