DJ and producer RJD2 has announced a new album, The Fun Ones, and shared the lead single, “Pull Up on Love”. The Fun Ones drops April 17th on Electrical Connections, and RJD2 will be promoting it with a short tour.
The Fun Ones will be the first proper studio album from RJD2 since 2016’s Dame Fortune, although in 2018 he shared a compilation of unreleased instrumentals called In Rare Form, Vol. 2., as well as an album, Tendrils, under the name The Insane Warrior.
According to a press release, most of The Fun Ones is given over to instrumental funk, although vocalists make a few notable appearances. One such example is the new single “Pull Up on Love”, made in collaboration with the underground MC STS as well as Khari Mateen, a songwriter and producer who has worked on albums by The Roots. The three men had previously collaborated on the 2013 cut, “See You Leave”.
In a statement, RJD2 shared how “Pull Up on Love” came together.
“This tune started with some Zigaboo-inspired drums, a nice little sweeping guitar lick, and a bass line that left plenty of space for wherever Slim (aka STS) was gonna take the track. I purposely left some room to fill out the track once the vocals were in place. So when Slim sent it back to me, and Khari had did his thing on it, it had such a great vibe to it that I didn’t want to drench the track in production tricks and overdubs. I wanted the vocal performances to shine, so I basically cleaned up the mix, did a few breakdowns, and left it as is. It was great for the three of us to link up once again, since it had been years since we did “See You Leave”.”
RJD2 has also released an accompanying music video for “Pull Up on Love”, featuring STS, Mateen, and himself performing the song in concert. Check out the visuals below.
On February 21st, RJD2 will be kicking off his tour in Atlanta. The spring trek includes nine newly-announced dates, before ending in May at Boston Calling Music Festival. Check out the full tour schedule below, and get your tickets here.
The Fun Ones is out on April 17th, and pre-orders are ongoing. Scroll onwards for the album artwork and tracklist.
RJD2 2020 Tour Dates:
02/21 — Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
02/29 — Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls Theatre
03/20 — Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
03/21 — San Diego, CA @ Music Box
04/09 — Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room & Garage
04/10 — Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre
04/25 — Columbus, OH @ Otherworld
04/26 — Cincinnati, OH @ Urban Artifact
05/22 — Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
05/23 — Boston, MA @ Boston Calling Music Festival
The Fun Ones Artwork:
The Fun Ones Tracklist:
01. No Helmet Up Indianola
02. Indoor S’mores
03. 20 Grand Palace
03. One of a Kind
05. High Street Will Never Die
06. Pull Up On Love
07. All I’m After
08. Flocking To The Nearest Machine
09. And It Sold For 45k
10. The Freshmen Lettered
11. A Genuine Gentleman
12. Itch Ditch Mission
13. My Very Own Burglar Neighbor
14. A Salute To Blood Bowl Legends