Ramble Jon Krohn, aka RJD2, is getting ready to drop his 10th full-length album, Dame Fortune, via his own Electrical Connections imprint. Although the new album isn't due until March 25, the entire LP is available to stream now ahead of its release. Listen below, via Hype Machine.
The 12-track album features guest collaborations with Aaron Livingston, aka Son Little, Phonte, Blueprint and Jordan Brown. Dame Fortune finds Krohn drawing inspiration from Philly soul while developing his classic funk and hip-hop beats.
The veteran electronic hip-hop producer discussed the City of Brotherly Love's influence on the new record in a statement: "Living in Philly provided a context for a lot of soul music that I had liked," he told Rolling Stone. "I didn't have any cultural context for this music that I liked -- it was just music that I had stumbled across as a beat-making nerd."
The crate-digging composer added: "Philly was a place where there were enough people who had the same musical vocabulary that I did, which made the music more than something I had just discovered on my own."
The LP turns out to be pretty politically charged. The instrumental track titled "PF, Day One" stands for "Post-Ferguson" and is a nod to contemporary social unrest and the Black Lives Matter movement. Meanwhile, lead single "Peace of What" is a reference to Main Source's 1991 track "Peace Is Not the Word to Play," according to Complex reports.
"When I hear people talk of peace in America, the discrepancy between our words and our actions can get fatiguing," the producer said about "Peace of What" in a statement. "I was trying to reflect the experience of people I know, which often feels like 'We're not ACTUALLY trying to do anything about this problem in our country,'" according to Rolling Stone reports.
Krohn is on tour in support of the new album, with six U.S. dates left, including a stop in the album's home in Pennsylvania.
Dame Fortune follows last year's collaborative album with rapper STS, STS X RJD2. Krohn's previous solo full-length was 2013's More Is Than Isn't.