Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Today In London: Erykah Badu's Exclusive Playback Session Of New Album, New Amerykah, Part II: Return Of The Ankh

"Keep in mind that I'm an artist and I'm sensitive about my Sh*t" Erykah Badu

Today SocialWriters were specially invited to an exclusive playback session of the Queen of Neo Soul, Erykah Badu's new album, New Amerykah, Part II: Return Of The Ankh.

Strolling into the intimate setting of the effortlessly chic Hospital Club in Covent Garden, Miss Badu entered a room filled with anxiously awaiting attendees. However; the moment she walked in, the mounting anxiety quickly transformed into a sigh of relief with a splash of excitement for what the mixture of eager journalists, bloggers and music lovers, were about to hear.

After briefly running through the order of the tracks on her new masterpiece, Erykah then humbly proceeded to let the music speak for itself. The two time grammy award, self confessed 'analogue girl' has surely out done herself on her latest effort.

How she continues to bring the same spark and ingenious of her first album 'Baduizm', into the futuristic neo soul sound of 'New Amerykah, Part II: Return of The Ankh'; is beyond me. Though the two albums differ completely, she has managed to reinvent the vibe that was felt when her first album dropped, a true  reflection of her creative artistry.

As the light went down, we were then treated to an exclusive listen to the super eleven tracks on the album, all of which went down smoothly with the body rocking audience. The first single of the album (and my personal favourite) 'Window Seat' sounded exquisite through the speakers as did, '20 Feet Tall', 'Agitation', 'Get Money', 'Don't be long', 'Love', 'Umm Hmm', 'Fall in Love', 'Strawberry Incense', 'Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 1) (undercover Over-Lover)', 'Out My Mind Just in Time (Part 2)' and bonus track 'Jump in The Air' (featuring Lil Wayne and Bilal).

All in all, neo soul fans and music lovers alike will relish in Badu's latest musical chef d'oeuvre.

Here's a sneak peak of the teaser video for 'Window Seat'. Enjoy!

'New Amerykah, Part II: Return Of The Ankh' is set to be released on 30th March 2010 via Island Records Group.


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