With their highly anticipated new album Top of the World set for release on August 14, 2012, California's own Slightly Stoopid are providing their fans with an early treat. They will be giving away a four-song sampler for free on their website (link below).
The sampler contains a radio edit of the album's title track, plus the album tracks "Don't Stop," "Just Think" (featuring ex-Jurassic Five emcee Chali 2na) and "Pon Da Horizon." These four tracks are a clear indication of how the band's legendary mash-up of sounds and good-time grooves has amassed them a dedicated worldwide following.
Released on the band's own label, Stoopid Records, Top of the World is the seven-piece band's lucky seventh studio release.
An all-star crew of guest artists gathered to appear on the record, including reggae legends like Don Carlos of Black Uhuru and Barrington Levy, "unofficial 8th member" Karl Denson (of Greyboy Allstars,) longtime band friend and touring partner G. Love, Angelo Moore (frontman of legendary funk/rock/ska band Fishbone,) Dumpstaphunk's Ian Neville, and hit-making singer/songwriter Angela Hunte.
It's the first Slightly Stoopid album to be created at the band's own recording studio and rehearsal clubhouse, within the warehouse district of Mission Valley (just inland of Ocean Beach.)
Stream Slightly Stoopid - "Top Of The World":
"In the past two years, we started our own studio, which really enabled us to make the record at our own pace, and to make the right record for us at this time in our career," multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Miles Doughty (who co-founded the band with Kyle McDonald) says. "What's nice about it is having our own environment to record in and analyze the music, and it really lets you keep an organic feel. For us, I feel like it's a step into the next level, as far as understanding the process of recording, understanding the process of songwriting. We took everything that we've learned over the years and really put it into this record."
Riffing on some of the album's highlights, Doughty excitedly says "I really love 'Hiphoppablues,' the song G. Love did. I love the song 'Way You Move,' Ian Neville did a great guitar line throughout the whole song. We worked with Barrington Levy on 'Ur Love,' he is a true architect of the dance hall! Definitely 'Ska Diddy' with Angelo-it's a fun rant and shout out to a lot of the nooks and crannies we play across the country."
Since forming in 1995, Slightly Stoopid has toured virtually non-stop, and this summer is no different.
Doughty says: "This summer, we're doing The Unity Tour with 311. That was really cool-those guys approached us about doing a tour with them. For the last five years, we've been headlining all the amphitheater tours, so it's kind of nice that we're going to co-headline with them. It's a good chance to not only play for our fans, but to play for 311 fans and show them the new direction of the new record. After the summer tour, we're going to do a fall tour and a winter tour, stay on the road as much as possible, promote the record, and keep making more music."
Previously, Slightly Stoopid's annual summer amphitheater tours have been supported by Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Ozomatli, Sly & Robbie and Stephen Marley, at venues including Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Berkeley's Greek Theater and NYC's Central Park, as well as festivals such as Coachella, Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and New Orleans Jazz Fest.
Slightly Stoopid's current line-up, featured on the Unity Tour 2012, consists of Doughty (guitar, bass, vocals) and McDonald (guitar, bass, vocals), along with Ryan "Rymo" Moran (drums), Oguer "OG" Ocon (congas, percussion, harp, vocals), C-Money (trumpet), Dela (saxophone) and Paul Wolstencroft (keyboards).
Slightly Stoopid 2012 "Unity Tour" dates (with 311, except where indicated):
(Dates and information subject to change.)
8/02 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
8/03 Wantagh, NY - Jones Beach Amphitheatre
8/04 Boston, MA - Comcast Center
8/06 Hartford, CT - Scion Festival Stage at Comcast Theatre
8/07 Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE Outdoor Stage
8/08 Columbus, OH - Lifestyles Community Amphitheatre
8/09 Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center
8/12 Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion
8/14 Indianapolis, IN - The Lawn at White River State Park
8/15 Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
8/17 Chicago, IL - Charter One Pavilion
8/18 Bonner Springs, KS - Cricket Amphitheatre
8/19 Denver, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
8/22 Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
8/24 Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/25 San Diego, CA - Cricket Amphitheatre
8/28 Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre
8/29 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara County Bowl
8/31 San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater
9/01 Las Vegas, NV - The Beach at Mandalay Bay
9/02 Reno, NV - Lawler Events Center
9/04 Portland (Ridgefield), OR - Sleep Country Amphitheatre
9/05 Seattle, WA - Marymoor Amphitheatre
9/06 Jacksonville, OR - Britt Pavilion (no 311)
For the latest tour dates, information and to currently get the free sampler, go to:
Slightly Stoopid Official Website