They’re here! Prince‘s double-shot of purply goodness is finally unleashed on the masses, dropping his solo record Art Official Age and the collaborative 3rdEyeGirl featured Plectrum Electrum LPs today. They’ve been a long time coming though, as the year’s found him regaining his creative control and agency over licensing and publishing, redefining the expectations for an artist of his caliber and also paving the road for artist’s rights from here forth. After so many little peeks into the madness that’s been transpiring over at the compound, we can all exhale, as the pioneer’s ambitious two-sided release has finally made its way.
After months of build-up, spatting with Warner Brothers (even after being granted the rare privilege of masters ownership) you can finally soak up all those funky frequencies. While we certainly haven’t been starved of the newness, it is with a long sigh of relief that I can say how fortunate we are that these records didn’t go the cryptic Belgian newspaper route that 20ten did. And if you haven’t heard “Sticky Like Glue” you owe yourself a quick scour of the internets just to get acquainted.
Oh and the fun doesn’t stop there. The Purple Patriarch is inviting the world into his Paisley Park fortress to help celebrate the release of the albums via live stream, a sight traditionally reserved for only the top-tier of his disciples. He also recently took the time to discuss his embrace of the millennial tech swing and how that’s played into the roll-out of this two-sided sword of updated funk with the good folks over at Billboard. You can stream each of Prince’s two new pieces below for free via Spotify. So if you’ve yet to hop on that wagon, this might be a good time start. Once you’ve had the supreme pleasure of taking those in, be sure to support the great innovator by copping the albums on iTunes today. All hail, The Kid is back.