This morning Prince (on his 52nd birthday) took to Minneapolis radio station The Current to unveil another new track, called Hot Summer. Some listener was apparently prepared, because a version of the track is already floating around online. Natch, we’ve got it for you right here:
It’s a carefree summer track, certainly no Prince masterpiece, but decent enough to warrant a few playbacks from fans. It isn’t going to win over any new fans, that’s for sure. The staccato organ hits sound a lot like another Prince penned-track, Shake!, which was released by The Time back on the Graffiti Bridge soundtrack in 1990. The backing female vocalist is kind of irritating, and the track really goes nowhere lyrically. It is just an ode to having a hot summer though, so it’s not like it has any ulterior motives. As far as Prince “summer” tracks go, it gets the job done.
Rumors of a new album by Prince have been floating around for a while now but still no real concrete info. Last year’s triple-disc LotusFlow3r was decent but still not the kind of work that Prince used to be capable of putting out. Here’s to hoping that the man releases a new album this summer, and it sounds nothing at all like the ungodly Vikings fight song he recently penned.