Published Jul 31, 2013Though apparently only in the demo stages, R&B all-star Solange Knowles has let loose a few details on her follow-up to last year's critically-lauded True EP. Most notably, the singer revealed that she's been working with a breadth of collaborators, including UK artist Sampha and Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth.
Speaking with Billboard, Knowles confirmed that while True was a full collaboration with Blood Orange's Dev Hynes, a variety of artists will lend a hand to the as-yet untitled LP. Though song details have yet to be delivered, the contributors list also apparently includes Chairlift's Patrick Wimberly.
With regards to Longstreth, this won't be Knowles first team-up with the songwriter, having previously sung on a remix of Dirty Projectors' "Stillness is the Move." Last year, Longstreth also told the Guardian that some collaborative material was on the way, stating: "We're buds. I'm making some beats for her. It's at a germinative state right now. She's very busy and it might not be her top priority to just put together an album."
Studio sessions are expected to be tracked in both Long Island and New Orleans, and the album will be delivered via the singer's recently founded, Sony Music-backed Saint Records imprint. The Billboard interview has Knowles predicting a 2014 due date.
"I'm actually trying to give myself a deadline this time around," the singer said, hinting at the long gap between her Sol-Angel and the Hadley St. Dreams LP and True. "One of the pros of being independent is having that space and that time. But it's also a major con when you don't set aside a deadline and keep going and keep going. When you have a goal in mind you definitely stay motivated. I'm trying to stay motivated because I know it took four years before my last record came out. [laughs] That is not happening — it's gonna come out next year."