RJD2 Recruits Son Little for Soulful, Stadium-Sized 'We Come Alive'

RJD2 Recruits Son Little for Soulful, Stadium-Sized 'We Come Alive'

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RJD2 Recruits Son Little for Soulful, Stadium Sized 'We Come Alive' news
RJD2 Recruits Son Little for Soulful, Stadium Sized 'We Come Alive' news

RJD2 recruits singer Son Little for soulful new single, "We Come Alive" Anthony Saint James, Eve Edelheit/Tampa Bay Times/Zuma

Philadelphia hip-hop producer/cratedigger RJD2 aims for stadium-rock soul with “We Come Alive,” the latest single from his upcoming LP, Dame Fortune. Guest singer Son Little croons over booming, Phil Collins-sized tom-toms, jazzy piano and psychedelic lead guitar. 

The duo previously collaborated for a 2011 LP, The Abandoned Lullaby, under the Icebird moniker, and they’ve harnessed that chemistry for “We Come Alive.” “Our musical tastes are very similar – he can go from Black Sabbath to [reggae singer] Dennis Brown and not miss a beat. We work very well together,” RJD2 said in a statement.

Stream “We Come Alive” below:

While the producer has explored hip-hop, psychedelia and singer-songwriter styles on previous albums, he’s absorbed himself in soul music – particularly Philadelphia soul – for Dame Fortune, out March 25th via RJ’s Electrical Connections. 

“Living in Philly provided a context for a lot of soul music that I had liked,” he said in a statement. “I didn’t have any cultural context for this music that I liked – it was just music that I had stumbled across as a beat-making nerd. Philly was a place where there were enough people who had the same musical vocabulary that I did, which made the music more than something I had just discovered on my own.” 

The 12-track LP is also inspired by modern social unrest, including an orchestral composition (“PF, Day One,” which stands for “Post-Ferguson”) and lush lead single “Peace of What,” which finds guest vocalist Jordan Brown gazing out at a “land of duck and cover.”

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