Madlib has released “Road of the Lonely Ones,” a collaboration with Four Tet that will appear on the upcoming album Sound Ancestors.
“Road of the Lonely Ones” samples J-Zone and a chunk of The Ethics’ “Lost in a Lonely World” for a portion of its peaceful falsetto vocals, laid-back instrumentals and crisp percussion.
Four Tet – real name Kieran Hebden – first teased the forthcoming collaboration with Madlib during a YouTube livestream last month. He later explained on Instagram that Sound Ancestors came about after he “was listening to some of his new beats and studio sessions when I had the idea that it would be great to hear some of these ideas made into a Madlib solo album.”
“Not made into beats for vocalists to use,” Hebden added, “but instead arranged into tracks that could all flow together in an album designed to be listened to start to finish.
“We decided to work together with him sending me tracks, loops, ideas and experiments that I would arrange, edit, manipulate and combine. I was sent hundreds of pieces of music over a couple of years stretch and during that time I put together this album with all the parts that fitted with my vision.”
Earlier this year, Madlib joined forces with his brother, the rapper Oh No, as The Professionals, releasing a debut album under the moniker. In 2019, he released the joint album Bandana with Freddie Gibbs.
On the other hand, Four Tet recently released his recent double A-side release Her Revolution / His Rope, both collaborations with Thom Yorke and Burial, on streaming services.
Sound Ancestors is expected to arrive in January 2021. Listen to “Road of the Lonely Ones” below: