Alternative hip hop pioneers De La Soul are keeping our ears filled with good vibes as they count down to the release of their ninth album; their first after a four-year hiatus. Early last month they dropped a groovy, uplifting track with Snoop Dogg, one of 17 that will appear on ‘and the Anonymous Nobody‘. Just from that deliciously smooth cut, and the weighty features on the album (Jill Scott, Usher, 2 Chainz and Estelle are just a few of the guests), you can tell that what will be released on August 26 will be a rap masterpiece. The latest De La jam was recorded for the popular mobile game Angry Birds, which the group is apparently a fan of. It was made to go with the game’s latest update Big Pig and as such won’t appear on Anonymous. But you can download ‘Action!’ on iTunes and add it to your De La catalog.
You can tell from the artwork that the song has something to do with that ubiquitous app, but then again of late the Long Island trio have tended to use cartoon artwork for their music. The tune has the energy to match its title with a colossal bass line and catchy, house-like drums akin to the ones Canadian beatsmith Kaytranada is known for. And then Posdnuos, Dave and Maseo jump in with their nimble, quirky flow, urging you to “Move! Get up! It’s time to go!”. Really it’s impossible, or at least abnormal, to keep still on this one.
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