Lettuce has officially revealed the details for their sixth studio album, Elevate–due out Friday, June 14th via Regime Music Group. In celebration of the highly-anticipated announcement, the progressive funk group has shared the first single, “Krewe”, a road-tested fan-favorite that certainly previews the ever-evolving sound of Lettuce.
While they released their live Miles Davis tribute album Witches Stew in 2017 and their Mt. Crushmore EP in 2016, the new project will mark their first full-length studio LP since 2015’s Crush. Fans were elated to see the new album–produced by multiple Grammy-winner Russ Elevado (D’Angelo, The Roots, Erykah Badu)–previewed on Wednesday in the trailer for an upcoming six-part film: The Krewe: A Lettuce Documentary Series, produced by Coastless Media. The film will debut next week via the band’s YouTube page with an in-depth interview with bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes. Preview the trailer here.
As the press release details about the upcoming album,
Lettuce explores its funk roots in the Tower of Power-like punch of “Ready to Live” (a cover of a song by Cold Blood’s Lydia Pense), the Prince-like swagger of “Royal Highness” and the OG blues-soul of “Love Is Too Strong,” which sees a vocal cameo from Marcus King. Expanded trip-hop sounds create a space age audio-scape on tracks like “Trapezoid,” “Gang 10” and “Purple Cabbage.” Their take on the Tears For Fears hit “Everybody Wants to Rule The World” features Hall on vocals, and Smirnoff nods to Carlos Santana and Trey Anastasio on the Latin- flavored and playfully named “Shmink Dabby.” Full track listing is below.
The funk masters have also added shows with Ghost-Note, Antibalas, Nicolay & The Hot At Nights this fall, including stops up and down the east coast. Up next for Lettuce is the band’s 4/20 blowout at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY featuring jazz fusion guitar legend and frequent collaborator John Scofield. For a full list of upcoming Lettuce tour dates, see the graphic below or head to the band’s website here.
ELEVATE TRACK LISTING
2. Royal Highness
4. Shmink Dabby
5. Everybody Wants to Rule The World
6. Gang Ten
7. Ready To Live
9. Love Is Too Strong
10. Purple Cabbage
11. Trapezoid Dub