As the age old adage goes: time flies.
Indeed, this week marks one year since the passing of superstar musician Prince.
To honor his life and legacy, Rogue Music Alliance are readying the release of a brand new EP christened ‘Deliverance.’
The six song project is comprised of undiscovered studio recordings from 2006–2008 and will hit stores this Friday (April 21st). It’s presently available for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon, and Google Play. A physical edition will follow on June 2nd, with the lion-share of profits from all versions going to the Prince Estate.
[Despite a recent deal making the Purple One’s back catalogue available on streaming services, there’s no word on whether ‘Deliverance’ will be streamable on the Spotify’s and the like.]
Interestingly, the set sits outside the new major label partnership in place to maximize exposure of the legend’s classic and unheard music because he recorded the songs while an independent act.
Prince co-penned and co-produced ‘Deliverance’ with his mixing/recording engineer from 2004–2009, Ian Boxill.
In the year since his death, Boxill has worked round the clock to complete the cuts.
Speaking on the finished product, he said in a statement:
“I believe ‘Deliverance’ is a timely release with everything going on in the world today and in light of the one-year anniversary of his passing. I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many. Prince once told me that he would go to bed every night thinking of ways to bypass major labels and get his music directly to the public. When considering how to release this important work, we decided to go independent because that’s what Prince would have wanted.”
Listen to a preview of the title track below, where the full tracklist awaits…
2. I Am
3. Touch Me
4. Sunrise Sunset
5. No One Else
6. I Am (Extended)