Yasiin Bey, the artist formerly known as Mos Def, has been in and out of the United States ever since he released The Ecstatic back in 2009. He’s also been relatively quiet music wise since then, but that changed yesterday (June 24) when The Mighty Mos descended from the heavens to bless us with a new song.
With help from New Zealand band Electric Wire Hustle, Bey put “Marigolds” out into the universe through his joint site A Country Called Earth late last night. Recorded in one take with no overdubs, the minimal production and almost spoken-word/stream-of-consciousness flow on display here, combined with the ethereal lyrics, makes for his most spiritually heady music in a while. But even under a new name, this is still new Mos. Check it out here.