De La Soul have been dropping albums on a steady basis since 1989 when they first signed to Tommy Boy Records. It’s been sort of quiet since 2000’s splendid ‘The Grind’ with the boys in hot dispute with Warner and their musical legacy trapped in digital limbo. Their new label-less project ‘And the Anonymous Nobody’ is finally slated for August 26th so all we can do is listen to “Drawn” ft. Little Dragon over and over and trust that Pos, Dave and Maseo have overcome.

Last year the word got out about De La Soul recording a first full length album outside of a record label. The reason? “… we didn’t want to sacrifice the art”, they said, not wanting to gamble the left-field idea they had for their upcoming music. The action? Through Kickstarter. De La Soul threw up a campaign with the goal to crowdfund 100,000 bucks. The result? Their loyal fans raised them the projected goal and more – $110,000 in under 10 hours. All together they raised a humbling amount of $600,000. Well deserved though, loyal fans don’t come for free, right?

De La felt that no label would support an album of theirs where tracks didn’t even start coming in until after 5 minutes if at all, so this way of funding the project themselves seemed to make the most sense. As if to emphasise the point, they released “Drawn” with Gothenburg-based (SWE) band Little Dragon on August 10. A mystic, melodic, voice-based track that makes us hold our breath until the very end. The singer Yukimi Nagano leads almost the entire track with her typical, outstanding smoky voice.

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What we’ve been hearing of the new record so far is even better than expected.
After listening to just 2/17 tracks and reading the full list of collaborators (Snoop Dogg on “Pain” came out June 1st, David Byrne, Jill Scott, Usher, Pete Rock and others) it’s already safe to say that the hip-hop trio did it again, with a bang and that it was definitely worth the 11 years wait.

The whole EP is out August 26th. Join us in pre-ordering the vinyl here and support De La’s quest for independence.

Funny curiosa: The trio have been productive lately. This summer they released their collaboration with the half-forgotten/truly beloved (it depends on your age/scale of boredom) game Angry Birds. De La Soul made the theme song “Action!” but even better: they also got illustrated as checkers in the shape of the characteristic birds and pigs. We’d love them for less.

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