For a while now, Prince has been teasing the release of a new album with his band 3rdEyeGirl, dubbed PLECTRUMELECTRUM. Turns out, however, that he has a second album in the works, described the Star Tribune as a “Prince album.” Over the weekend, Prince previewed this as-yet-untitled effort for the Tribune and other associates during a late-night session at his Paisley Park estate.
According to the Tribune, songs include “The Gold Standard”, a “percolating electro-funk update of classic Prince”; a remix of “Funk ‘n’ Roll”, a song he originally premiered with 3rdEyeGirl last year; and an untitled collaboration with Rita Ora which features rapping. Another track, “This Could Be Us”, was inspired by a meme of him riding on a motorcycle, taken from his film Purple Rain.
In between songs, Prince discussed the difficulties of getting in touch with executives at Warner Music Group, even though he just signed a record contract with them in the spring. He also expressed frustration over the industry as a whole and, in particular, the slow process of a record release “Every No. 1 song, every Top 10 song, every song in the Top 40 is at least six months old,” he said. “We should be able to make music and put it out now.”
Prince did not disclose a release date for either of his two new albums. He also has announced a 30th anniversary reissue of Purple Rain.