Another unreleased track from Prince’s upcoming ‘Lost’ album ‘Welcome 2 America’ has been shared – listen to ‘Hot Summer’ below.
Recorded in 2010, the album was to be released the following year to coincide with Legend’s US tour of the same name, which also went ahead without the album.
After sitting in the vault for a decade, “Welcome 2 America” is now set for release on July 30 through Legacy Recordings.
So far, the album’s title track has been shared with another track called ‘Born 2 Die’, and ‘Hot Summer’ comes with the first episode of a new season of the official Prince podcast, which is titled ‘Welcome 2 America’. is about.
Hear ‘Hot Summer’ below:
On the new podcast episode, Alyssa Fiorillo — a singer involved in the “Welcome 2 America” sessions — detailed how Prince took the album’s contributors out for a drive while playing “Hot Summer.”
“All those guys were outside and I’m thinking it’s daylight, they’re going to see him. But we didn’t care,” Fiorillo said. “We had the windows rolled up and we were playing ‘hot summer.’ There’s nothing quite like driving in a car and listening to music and I think he agreed.
Shelby J said, “It makes me feel like we’re all twisting like Annette Funicello on the beach.” “That’s all I think about when I hear that song. So I say it’s going to be a hot purple summer!”
Listen to the new episode below:
‘Welcome 2 America’ discusses race relations, political divisions and social justice, with Prince saying of the album in 2010: “The world is full of wrongs. George Orwell’s vision of the future is here. I need to persevere in the 2nd faith.”
May 2021 also saw the arrival of previously unpublished footage from the Prince’s previous European tour in 2014.
Shared in celebration of the special partnership announced between The Prince’s Estate and Paris Saint-Germain Football Club, the footage was recorded on 1 June 2014 at Le Zenith in Paris.