De La Soul Move “And The Anonymous Nobody” Release Date & Give Fans A Snack.
De La Soul has changed the release date of the group’s eighth album. The 2015 crowd-funded And The Anonymous Nobody… album is now said to be arriving August 26. To hold over fans for the nearly four months of waiting, the veteran Long Island, New York trio gave some late April showers directly to the inboxes of their Kickstarter supporters in a free EP called For Your Pain And Suffering.
Four tracks long (two songs, flanked by two elaborate sketches), the project features longtime affiliate Dave West. “TrainWreck” is an ode to a woman worth stopping at the tracks for, with some locomotive-inspired horns. “Beautiful Night,” the West-featured track, is a happier track, with Posdnuos and Dave feeling themselves as they approach the opposite sex. The accentual cut-in elements salute mid-1970s Bronx, New York Hip-Hop crew the Jazzy 5 MC’s. “Schoolyard Studios” is a musical sketch of sorts. With music and a melodic chorus, the song travels a character making his way to record, and using the word “studio” seemingly as much as possible.
And The Anonymous Nobody is reported to feature 2 Chainz, Talking Heads front man David Byrne, Little Dragon, Pete Rock, and others. Supa Dave West, who has been working with Maseo, Dave, and Pos’ since 2000’s AOI: Mosaic Thump, worked on the forthcoming album as well. In November, 2015 De La Soul vowed to release the album this week (April 26), perhaps explaining the EP’s timing.
De La Soul’s last studio album was 2004’s The Grind Date, their first effort since leaving Tommy Boy Records. In the dozen years since, they released two mixtapes, the limited edition, 2009 Nike-backed Are You In? (produced entirely by Flosstradamus), 2014’s J Dilla-produced Smell The Da.I.S.Y. online tape. Additionally, the group released The Impossible: Mission TV Series, Pt. 1 compilation in late 2006. Notably without Maseo, Pos’ and Dave released Plug 1 & Plug 2 Present…First Serve with Buckshot’s Duck Down Music in 2012. The project was not billed as a De La Soul album.