Sunday, July 14, 2013

Play That Funky Music: Justin Timberlake - "Take Back The Night" (Tennman Records)

Preceded only by a vague, Bob Dylan-like teaser clip earlier in the week, Justin Timberlake unleashed his BRAND NEW single, "Take Back The Night" late Friday afternoon; oozing Off The Wall era Disco vibes, I guess Timberlake's track shares it's name with an anti-rape organization of some sort (creepy coincidence or not). One particular commenter at Stereogum, michael_, actually said it perfectly: "What has changed since the release of [The 20/20 Experience] and this upcoming one is Daft Punk's "Get Lucky" and Robin Thicke's "Blurred Lines" copping their own shares in this Neo-Disco Pop..." The 20/20 Experience (Part 2) is slated for a September 30th release, along with the "JT Complete Package," which'll re-collect all 21 tracks from parts 1-2. "I originally recorded a massive amount of material and decided on the 20 tracks that I wanted on the album(s) over a year ago," Justin Timberlake lamented in a newly-issued press release.

"But, when I was mixing and going through all of the songs, there were so many that I loved - I couldn't resist... I had to throw in something extra night the 2nd half." "Take Back The Night" was collectively written/produced by Timberlake along with James Fauntleroy, Timbaland, and Jerome "J-Roc" Harmon. Following a 15-date baseball stadium tour with Jay-Z, Justin Timberlake plans to kick off The 20/20 Experience World Tour, which is currently set to run through February 10th, 2014. While he's reportedly busy working on an upcoming Folk-driven Cohen Brothers soundtrack with Mumford & Sons frontman Marcus Mumford, Timberlake's album will arguably go head-to-head with fellow Blue-Eyed Soul "rival" Robin Thicke at some point; Star Trak plans to unleash Blurred Lines on July 30th...and I'm just gonna bet that this'll be an interesting musical battle of blows!

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