Those who spent the long weekend outdoors might’ve missed out on a couple of bedroom-inclined songs from Prince. Last week, the Minneapolis pop legend announced he’d be releasing not one, but two new albums on September 30: a solo album, titled Art Official Age, plus a new album with current band 3rdEyeGirl, titled Plectrum Electrum. On Labor Day, he shared a track from each.
Solo song “U Know,” like previously revealed Art Official Age song “Clouds,” is slowly boiling electro-R&B, in this case with the Purple One’s sultry come-ons leading toward a Missy Elliott-worthy rewind. The 3rdEyeGirl-fronted “Whitecaps” turns toward full-band instrumentation, but it’s similarly simmering, with Hendrix-tinted guitar flickers and an R&B groove; Prince unmistakably backs up drummer Hannah Ford’s lead vocals as the weather-themed song of romantic longing nears a close.