Adrian Younge has announced a new album, The American Negro, and released its title track.
In a statement, Younge described The American Negro, which will be accompanied by a short film and four-part podcast, as “an unapologetic critique, detailing the systemic and malevolent psychology that afflicts people of color.”
He added, “This project dissects the chemistry behind blind racism, using music as the medium to restore dignity and self-worth to my people. It should be evident that any examination of black music is an examination of the relationship between black and white America. This relationship has shaped the cultural evolution of the world and its negative roots run deep into our psyche.”
As with the rest of the 26-song tracklist, the soulful, striking title track features instrumentation (Fender Rhodes piano, guitar, bass, saxophone, clarinet and drums) by Younge. He also delivered the dialogue and orchestrated the Linear Labs Orchestra. The vocal chorus on the record comprised Loren Oden, Chester Gregory, Sam Harmonix and Jasmin Hicks.
Stream “The American Negro” below: