Black Pumas, have surprised fans with The Electric Deluxe Sessions (Amazon Original). The EP features reworks of their songs “Colors,” “Fire,” and “Know You Better,” along with a cover of the classic Jimmy Webb composition “Wichita Lineman” (originally made famous by Glen Campbell, The Meters, and others).
Black Pumas’ guitarist and producer Adrian Quesada on The Electric Deluxe Sessions:
“We recorded “Colors,” “Fire,” and “Know You Better” live for this Amazon session, and those are all tunes that from the time we recorded them for the album to what they’ve become live, have just become this whole other thing.” “When we recorded the record [Black Pumas] we’d only been working together for a few months. All the touring we did over the last year, the live show has elevated all the songs arrangement-wise, everyone gets to shine a little bit and we don’t get to put that down too often.”
Amazon Music listeners can find the track on the newly launched T.W.Y.G. (This is What You’ll Get) playlist, which highlights the best new music of the moment. Customers can also simply ask, “Alexa play the Amazon Original by Black Pumas” in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android and on Alexa-enabled devices.
The Electric Deluxe Sessions (Amazon Original) is available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music. Today at 2PM PT, the band will be live on the Amazon Music Twitch channel to discuss the EP and play a few songs from it.
Black Pumas is Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada. The band’s self-titled debut album was produced by Quesada in his Austin home studio, colored by Burton’s dark imagery with haunting songwriting. It is equally indebted to East Coast hip-hop as it is to classic funk and soul, resulting in a project that is of the moment rather than retro. Quesada had been working on a new project inspired by a mix of woozy Ghostface Killah instrumentals, Motown soul, and folk-rock. After hearing him audition over the phone, Burton slotted in beautifully. Pulling from his myriad background performances — singing in the church, acting in musical theater, and busking at the Santa Monica Pier — Burton injects Quesada’s production with a howling croon and surrealist lyrical bent.