Published on July 10th, 2015 | by Jameelah "Just Jay" Wilkerson0
BILAL Releases Critically Acclaimed Album: In Another Life, Today!!
After a string of successful singles and memorable performances, BILAL’s IN ANOTHER LIFE is now available on iTunes and all digital retailers via Purpose Music Group/eOne. The 12-song collection is available on iTunes here.
It’s been a very busy year for BILAL. In between continuously touring and raising three young sons, BILAL has received a lot of attention for his work on Kendrick Lamar’s #1 album, How to Pimp A Butterfly. After appearing on songs “These Walls” and “Institutionalized,” BILAL spoke with several different outlets including, COMPLEX, XXL, and BET about working with rap’s newest phenomenon.
Last week, BILAL gave his fans the highly anticipated song, “Money Over Love” featuring Kendrick Lamar. HypeTrak stated, “The track takes influence from jazz, soul and funk, but is flipped in a new-school type of way similar to Kendrick’s sound in To Pimp A Butterfly.” UK’s DIY Magazine said the song “is a heady concoction of looped beats and Bilal’s socio-politicised crooning.” The week before, BILAL premiered his record “Pleasure Toy,” with Mississippi rapper, Big K.R.I.T. on June 16th with Consequence of Sound.
“Pleasure Toy” takes a playful break from the seriousness In Another Life embodies. Consequence of Sound described the song as having an “overall contagious vibe of playfulness and sensuality.” Complex praised the song and K.R.I.T.’s contribution to the record saying, “Big K.R.I.T. keeps his cool while confessing his desires for a girl he’s been chasing all summer. It’s a breezy love song that’ll have you rewinding it back.” Prior to the album’s exciting hip-hop inspired songs, the Grammy nominated singer gifted his fans with his first single, “Satellites” on NPR.com.
“Satellites” has a late 60’s/early 70’s sound that takes listeners on a journey of reflection in regards to today’s social and political climate. In this track and its music video, BILAL he’s himself as an outsider to a world that fears the unknown and unfamiliar. SPIN noticed BILAL’s music growth in “Satellites” stating, “The watery guitar and foamy organ [..] pools below his curling whine on “Satellites,” which is more like an acid-rock song than the neo-soul he’s typically associated with.” NPR proclaimed, “Bilal is both a repentant participant and outsider observing humanity’s strange, self-destructive ways from a distance.”
In Another Life has recieved excellent reviews from Pitchfork, Exclaim, You Know I Got Soul, and many other places. With three critically acclaimed singles in heavy rotation across the country, complete production by Adrian Younge, and appearances by Kendrick Lamar, Big K.R.I.T., and Kimbra, BILAL redefines himself with this fifth album. In Another Life is sure to satisfy BILAL’s core soul-fan base, while introducing himself to a new crowd of genre-bending music lovers.
In Another Life Track-List
“Open up the Door”
“I Really Don’t Care”
“Pleasure Toy ft. Big K.R.I.T.”
“Money Over Lover” ft. Kendrick Lamar
“Holding It Back” ft. Kimbra
“Bury Me Next to You”