BROCKHAMPTON have released their new album ‘ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE’ via Question Everythin RCA Records/Sony Music Entertainment Australia. The album contains previously released tracks COUNT ON ME and BUZZCUT featuring Danny Brown, which The New York Times called “top-notch chaos — a frenetic, nerve-racking stomper (featuring an elastic verse by Danny Brown) that nods to N.W.A., the Beastie Boys, the Pharcyde and beyond.” Alongside the aforementioned Danny Brown appearance, the album also features the likes of A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, Charlie Wilson, and JPEGMAFIA next to newcomers like Baird and fellow Corpus Christi rapper So Gone So Flexy, who is signed to Kevin Abstract and Romil Hemnani’s new label, Video Store.
To celebrate the release, overnight in Sydney an incredible mural painted by local artist Inari has been unveiled for fans. Whispers of something happening in Sydney on album release day caught wind earlier this week, with fan forums going wild with chatter as to exactly what the band were planning down under. Australian fans who had pre-saved the album were granted access to cryptic coordinates to head to on album release day, where the mural would then be unveiled on Mary Street in Newtown. Additionally, fans who access the location will be able to scan a QR code enabling them to insert themselves into the ‘ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINES artwork – see here.
Over the past few weeks the band have been teasing ‘ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE’ with trailers featuring The RZA and Rick Rubin, culled from the band’s conversations with each of the acclaimed producers while recording the record.
Tomorrow, the group will celebrate the release of their album with a live streamed performance from Rick Rubin’s famed Shangri-La Studios in Malibu, CA. The performance will take place in collaboration with the premium digital live platform Moment House, tickets for which are on sale now at momenthouse.com/brockhampton.
Following the commercial success of GINGER and its standout single SUGAR, BROCKHAMPTON ’s lives were knocked off the tracks as the world shut down last March. Over the following year, the members of the group found themselves further removed from each other than they had been since moving to Los Angeles together in 2016, each grappling with the weight of isolation, identity and unexpected personal loss. As fate would have it, the headwinds of 2020 served as a potent reminder of the strength of friendship. The album’s tone reflects the highs and lows of the period from which it was born — both tragic and celebratory, built around the recurring theme of finding “the light” in your life. As such, ‘ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE’ is equal parts braggadocio and empathy — the once young, wide-eyed boyband returns more self-aware and self-assured than ever before.
The creative process for ‘ROADRUNNER’ also found BROCKHAMPTON opening its doors to a wider group of collaborators for the first time. The opening track on the album BUZZCUT features a show-stopping Danny Brown verse as well as vocals from in-house producer Jabari Manwa, who is stepping out as a vocalist and performer in 2021. The BROCKHAMPTON that emerges on ‘ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE’ is one working at the height of their powers and marks an important inflection point in the band’s career.
BROCKHAMPTON RELEASE NEW ALBUM
‘ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE‘
ALBUM RELEASE SHOW, LIVE FROM RICK RUBIN’S SHANGRI-LA STUDIOS, TO BE LIVE STREAMED APRIL 10TH
‘ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE’
1. BUZZCUT (feat. Danny Brown)
2. CHAIN ON (feat. JPEGMAFIA)
3. COUNT ON ME
4. BANKROLL (feat A$AP Rocky and A$AP Ferg)
5. THE LIGHT
6. WINDOWS (feat. SoGone SoFlexy)
7. I’LL TAKE YOU ON (feat. Charlie Wilson)
8. OLD NEWS (feat. Baird)
9. WHAT’S THE OCCASION?
10. WHEN I BALL
11. DON’T SHOOT UP THE PARTY
12. DEAR LORD
13. THE LIGHT PT. II
BONUS TRACKS (PHYSICAL FORMATS ONLY):
1. ROBERTO’S INTERLUDE
4. PRESSURE / BOW WOW (feat. ssgkobe)
With thanks to Sony Music Entertainment Australia