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De La Soul launch Kickstarter campaign for first album in eleven years

By | Published on Tuesday 31 March 2015

De La Soul

De La Soul have launched a Kickstarter campaign to fund the recording and release of their first album for eleven years. Within hours, the group passed their target of $110,000 well ahead of their 2 May deadline.

Explaining the concept for the record, the band say: “The sampler is our instrument, but people who copy, and in this case ‘sample’, have also been considered thieves and unoriginal. So, unfortunately a huge part of our career has also been spent fighting off the ‘sample police’. Enough of those battles! For the new album, we needed a completely new approach, something hip hop hasn’t done before. So, here it is: For the first time, we’re going to sample ourselves”.

And so, they continue: “Over the last three years, we’ve hired some of LA’s finest studio musicians and recorded them in free-styled, unrehearsed, jam sessions. They played everything from banjo to upright bass, sometimes up to a dozen musicians at once; simply allowing sounds to integrate”.

The album will be constructed by sampling these recordings, with contributions from Damon Albarn, 2 Chainz, Little Dragon and David Byrne, plus more names to be announced.

Find out more and throw in some cash here.