On July 13th, Slightly Stoopid will release their 9th studio album, Everyday Life, Everyday People via their own Stoopid Records. The album will include an all-star cast of guest appearances over 13 songs and one of those guests is Alborosie on the first single, titled “If You Want It.”
Alborosie stopped by The Pier to tell us: “Working with Slightly Stoopid was a great experience. I love their unique style and how they merge different genres and make it their own. The track ‘If You Want It’ is a dub-rub a dub song that caught my attention immediately. It was not hard to find a great melody and lyrics that fit. I’m very thankful to Slightly Stoopid for including me on this amazing track and great album. As people say in Jamaica… More blessings and big up Slightly Stoopid!”
In addition to Alborosie, the album will include guest appearances by Ali Campbell (of UB40), Don Carlos, Yellowman, Sly Dunbar (of Sly & Robbie), Chali 2na (of Jurassic 5) and G. Love. The biggest surprise guest appearance has to be that of Ali Campbell who is featured on Slightly Stoopid’s modern day take of Peter Tosh’s “Legalize It.”
Ali tells The Pier: “I did that song originally with the Fun Loving Criminals. Then they went to the states and got Slightly Stoopid involved. It’s metamorphosed into another track, now. It was very much a reggae track before and then Stoopid put a new bass on it and turned it around. It’s kind of interesting, I like it.” Ali goes on to share that “I did a version of ‘Legalize It’ on one of UB40’s past ‘Labour of Love’ albums, so I had done it before and I was quite happy to do an experimental vibe with the guys. I like Slightly Stoopid, I like where they’re coming from and I like their attitude.”
When asked if there was any chance we could hear the cover performed live with Stoopid, Ali replied: “I’d love to!”
Slightly Stoopid worked in collaboration with multiple producers, teaming up with Miguel Happoldt, James Wisner, Jerry Wonda, Colin York, and George Spits. It’s said that the group produced this record inside studios in San Diego, Long Beach & Los Angeles, CA, as well as Miami, FL, New York, NY and Kingston Jamaica.
Early indications is this will be a bass-heavy record as you can hear from the albums first single with Alborosie in addition Ali Campbell’s mention of Stoopid’s influence on the bass with “Legalize It.” When we spoke with Chali 2na regarding his guest appearance on “Higher Now” the first thing he noted was how excited Stoopid vocalist Miles Doughty was to show him the bass on that song.
2na tells The Pier: “The bassline is extra boss! When Miles first played ‘Higher Now’ for me, he was like ‘YO! listen to this bassline! We were on Stoopid’s tour bus, and I was like ‘DUDE, whenever you need me to rap on that, I’m ready!’ And he asked me to get on it just before Closer To The Sun.” 2na goes on to tell The Pier: “That bassline sounds like it’s shooting out of a fuckin’ cannon!”
The album’s title, Everyday Life, Everyday People, draws inspiration from their hometown of Ocean Beach, CA which lead to Stoopid further commemorating their beloved town with a cover-art commissioned by artist Jay Alders. Alders tells The Pier: “Kyle McDonald and I had a lot of brainstorming sessions to come up with the right concept. It was really important for me to do justice to one of the band’s favorite surf spots, Sunset Cliffs. I spent about a month painting all the trippy details and when I Face-timed with Kyle to show him, his reaction made all the time and effort worth it.”
Everyday Life, Everyday People will be Stoopid’s first record in 3 years as we’ll most likely get to hear a lot of the new songs being performed live on their Schools Out For Summer Tour with Stick Figure and Pepper. You can stream the new single “If You Want It” and own it when you pre-order the new record by clicking HERE!
Slightly Stoopid – Everyday Life, Everyday People Track List:
2.) Stay the Same (Prayer for You) [ft. Don Carlos]
3.) Fire Below
4.) If You Want It (ft. Alborosie)
5.) Too Late
6.) Livin’ In Babylon (ft. Yellowman)
7.) Higher Now (ft. Chali 2na)
8.) Legalize It (ft. Ali Campbell)
9.) No One Stops Us Now / Nobody Knows
10.) Talk Too Much (ft. Don Carlos)
12.) Everyday People (ft. G. Love)
13.) One More Night
Listen: Slightly Stoopid – “Wildflowers” (Tom Petty Cover)