We’ve said it before: RJD2 likes to keep himself rather busy. Whether it’s a powerhouse tour schedule earlier this year or his onslaught of releases, the DJ likes to stay busy. And, as it turns out, he also likes to challenge himself. Rather than release a new album, he’s taking The Colossus, his 2009 release, and making it something brand new while adding to the album’s overall story.
If you immediately thought “Hey, this is probably going to be another instrumental album,” think again. Kinda. As he said in a recent blog entry, Inversions of the Colossus “[isn’t] a new album, but it wasn’t just instrumental versions of pre-released songs [either].” What he’s done is a call back of sorts to his younger days. The Soul Position records along with his own releases like 8 Million Stories and The Third Hand were instrumental releases of their respective albums. But the challenge here is that The Colossus is already half way there to being an instrumental album. So what is to be done?
“I realized that I had enough songs that I was happy with to REPLACE those 7 instrumental songs that were originally on The Colossus,” RJD2 wrote. “Then, things started to come into focus-release a companion piece to The Colossus that encompasses the vocal songs-sans vocals-and 7 new songs (almost all of them being instrumental).”
And that’s how new concept albums are born. Inversions of the Colossus is due out June 22nd via RJD2’s Electrical Connections imprint.