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BOOTS Got Run The Jewels, Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ Guitarist, And Actress Cristin Milioti On One Song


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Unlikely or unexpected musical collaborations are always fun to read about; A couple recent ones that come to mind are the joint effort between Neil Young and DRAM for the Bright soundtrack, and Sting and Shaggy’s album that’s dropping on 4/20.

Here’s another one: BOOTS just shared a new EP titled #DARKDAZE, and the track “Delete Delete” features Run The Jewels (not really weird at all), Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner (maybe a little odd), and actress Cristin Milioti (definitely unexpected, but actually not that taboo once you realize she previously won a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album in 2013, for her work in Once).

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At face value, it’s a strange grouping, but once you get to the actual song, it makes sense. It begins as a classic bass-heavy, Run The Jewels-sounding hip-hop track, and it stays in that lane throughout. Zinner provides guitar throughout, and Milioti turns in a breathy sung hook that works well with the song. It’s not so much the musicality of the song that’s strange, because everybody plays their role well and the track works, but you can’t help but wonder how this whole thing came together.

Listen to the EP above, and read BOOTS’ full statement about the release below.

“Hi,

Tomorrow I will be 31 years old. These numbers are very special to me. The number 13 (4) is a powerful guide in my life. From my birth on Friday the 13th, to another birth on Friday, 12/13/2013.

Born in the ’80s.

Grew up in the ’90s. (the first cassette I filled up was with TLC ‘Creep’ & Radiohead ‘Creep’ back to back repeatedly. Both sides. – 7 years old)

Awake in the present, I believed I could create something that reaches through time to give you an approximate translation of who/how/what I am.

The past few years have been strange, no doubt. But more than ever, I feel overjoyed that through all of the turmoil, humans have art as a language we share with one another. Every day that I wake up, I’m grateful to be alive, and I hope to be a source of light and love toward everyone I encounter.

I want to thank G O D, my family and all of my friends who have supported me, loved me and encouraged me to finish this.

L.V.X.

L.L. / Jordan Asher Cruz / —–“

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