Queer music lovers rejoice, electronic wizard Sam Sparro has announced his first album since 2012’s Return to Paradise. The album, Boombox Eternal (out February 21) is “a love letter” to Sparro’s younger self and the music that inspired him to become an artist. “The songs are mostly about love but also about power and breaking through boundaries,” Sparrow said in a press release.
The Grammy-nominated musician cites Janet Jackson, Prince, Michael Jackson, George Michael, and Mint Condition as the album’s main inspirations. He plans to roll out each of the album’s singles as a maxi single (in which a single is released with multiple versions on the B-side). “The project is a tribute to the era of maxi singles, cassingles and 12” records,” Sparro explained. “I wanted that to be reflected in the releases... As a record collector I always love finding vinyl that has all those extra versions on the B-side, and wanted to give that to my listeners too.”
Boombox Eternal will feature collaborations with an eclectic roster of collaborators including We Are King, Maluca, Rahsaan Patterson, Nikka Costa, Ryland Blackinton, and Vaughn Oliver. Sparro released has already the single “Outside the Blue” from the album, and on Friday premiered the second single “Everything.”
Last year, Sparro married his partner Zion Lennox in a ceremony at Joshua Tree, California, and you can hear the joy on his new tracks. Boombox Eternal will be released on February 21, 2020.
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