// Solange //

When I get home

When I Get Home is the fourth studio album by American singer and songwriter Solange, released on March 1, 2019. It is the follow-up to her 2016 album “A Seat at the Table” and explores Solange Knowles’ hometown of Houston, Texas.

Knowles produced the album alongside a variety of collaborators, including John Key, John Carrol Kirby, Standing on the Corner, Chassol, Jamire Williams and Pharrell. The album also features contributions from several high-profile musicians, including Sampha, Playboi Carti, Gucci Mane, Panda Bear, Metro Boomin, The-Dream, Dev Hynes, Steve Lacy, Earl Sweatshirt and Scarface.

Solange’s When I Get Home album and film bathe in the rich cultural history of Houston, evoking the city’s past while celebrating its present. BlackPlanet.com/Solange

Knowles began working on the album in a rented house in her home-town of Houston, after completing a tour in support of her previous album “A Seat at the Table”. In an October 2018 interview with T: The New York Times Style Magazine, she revealed that a forthcoming album, recorded between New Orleans, Houston, the Topanga Canyon and Jamaica, was near completion. She said of its sound: “There is a lot of jazz at the core… But with electronic and hip-hop drum and bass because I want it to bang and make your trunk rattle.”

“Anytime you truly feel seen, you just feel a certain level of joy,” Solange told the audience at a release-weekend screening of When I Get Home. BlackPlanet.com/Solange

On February 27, 2019, Knowles released a teaser video on social media, and shared the album’s track listing on February 28. The video references the Houston rapper Mike Jones and his well-known cell phone number. She also set up a page on BlackPlanet, a social networking website aimed at African Americans, and shared teaser images for the album on the site.

The album blends “cosmic” jazz, hip hop and R&B, and has also been described as psychedelic soul, “new-age trap” and a “drowsy funk throwdown”. It is also influenced by chopped and screwed hip hop originating from Knowles’ home-town of Houston, as well as drum and bass. The album has been described as an ode to Houston’s hip hop scene, and is narrated by a range of sampled African-American women from its Third Ward, where Knowles grew up. In writing the album, Knowles was inspired by the use of repetition in Stevie Wonder’s “The Secret Life of Plants” as well as music by Steve Reich, Alice Coltrane and Sun Ra. She also noted that the album was more focused on what she had to “feel”, compared to “A Seat at the Table’s” focus on what she had to “say”

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