It seemed that just yesterday Allo released her debut album, UnFresh back in 2009, proving that she was anything but "unfresh" by way of singles, "DreamLand" and "Hooked". She was like Corinne Bailey Rae's bubblier cousin, even when she was being pensive on a cover of Kanye West's "Lost In The World".
Now Allo is doing the evolution thing as her second album will sport everything that is paisley...Paisley Park that is. Not only is Superconductor being released on the NPG record label, but Prince is executive producing and writing three of the nine tracks present, with long-time NPG members, Maceo Parker and Trombone Shorty making appearances. Lucky lucky girl.
Superconductor (which is pegged at current blog date for a release on September 20th) has been shrouded in secrecy, making this some fine art of inexplicable torture. For awhile only a sixteen-second snippet of track, "People Pleaser" teased and taunted, but recently a live performance cropped up and it's nothing short of a funk feast of plucky bass lines, foot stomps, and some snarling sexy vocals. From the sound of things it seems that Prince has just embellished Allo's usual style letting it still peek through, so Superconductor might not be the typical 'Prince Protege' record we are used to and that is refreshing to note. Though Allo can do bad all by herself as proven on, UnFresh, when you have Prince in your corner, how can you really fail? I am quite looking forward to this.
For more information check out Allo's most recent interview with Afrobella and take a gander at Allo throwing "People Pleaser" down live at the 2011 North Sea Jazz Festival in the Netherlands after the cut.