One of music’s greatest auteurs - André “3000” Benjamin has announced his debut solo album, New Blue Sun. Co-produced by Benjamin and lauded multi-instrumentalist Carlos Niño, and featuring the playing of Nate Mercereau, Surya Botofasina, Deantoni Parks, Diego Gaeta, Matthew david, V.C.R, Diego Gaeta, Jesse Peterson, and Mia Doi Todd, New Blue Sun is an entirely instrumental album centered around woodwinds; a celebratory piece of work in the form of a living, breathing, aural organism.
The album features a core group of today’s best healing music players: Niño on bells, chimes, cymbals, drums, gongs, plants and percussion; Nate Mercereau on guitar, guitar synth and live sampling; and Surya Botofasina on keyboards and synthesizers.
André plays several different wind instruments on this album, including a digital wind instrument, a Maya flute, and others made of wood and bamboo.
Ultimately, New Blue Sun represents the next step in André’s creative evolution, much like when he started producing OutKast songs under the name Earthtone III, when he added “3000” to his name to acknowledge the future, when he crafted The Love Below as a jazz-funk hybrid indebted to Sly Stone, Bootsy Collins and George Clinton.
Making New Blue Sun was therapeutic for him. He wants it to soothe you as well.
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I swear, I Really Wanted To Make A Rap Album But This Is Literally The Way The Wind Blew Me This Time
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The Slang Word P(*)ssy Rolls Off The Tongue With Far Better Ease Than The Proper Word Vagina. Do You Agree?
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That Night In Hawaii When I Turned Into A Panther And Started Making These Low Register Purring Tones That I Couldn't Control Sh¥t Was Wild
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BuyPoloDisorders Daughter Wears A 3000 Button Down Embroidered
Ninety Three Til Infinity And Beyoncé
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Ghandi, Dalai Lama, Your Lord & Savior J.C. / Bundy, Jeffrey Dahmer, And John Wayne Gacy
Ants To You, Gods To Who?
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Dreams Once Buried Beneath The Dungeon Floor Slowly Sprout Into Undying Gardens