Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. returned home to Metro Detroit to play a big part in the local celebration of Record Store Day 2012. My recap of their amazing concert at the Majestic Theatre in downtown Detroit can be found here, but the duo also released an exclusive, vinyl only EP for their new single "We Almost Lost Detroit".
The "We Almost Lost Detroit EP" contains the album version of the Gil Scott-Heron song, and two brand new covers that are exclusive to this release. The duo chose to cover Michigan-based artists, with Josh Epstein picking Madonna's "Like A Prayer" and Daniel Zott choosing "I Think Of You" by Sixto Rodriguez. Their Madonna cover is about what you'd expect a DEJJ cover of "Like A Prayer" to sound like, their echoey electronics melting all over the track. Of the two new covers however, I'm partial to "I Think Of You", a sweet little slice of acoustic based heaven.
The flip side of the EP features remixes of three tracks from the "It's A Corporate World" album done by Michigan acts. Stepdad do a rather whimsical take on "We Almost Lost Detroit", while new addiction Phantasmagoria turn "Morning Thought" into a dreamy, tribal piece. Detroit DJ Chuck Daniels remakes "Simple Girl" into a banging house track, definitely the most radical of the mixes here.
This will likely be the last release related to "It's A Corporate World" as Epstein and Zott begin work on their second album. This EP was limited to a run of only 2,000 copies, so best to pick one up now before they become harder to find. I saw a lot of copies flying out the door at UHF Records on Record Store Day and this band is only going to continue to get bigger.
The "We Almost Lost Detroit EP" was released on Record Store Day, April 21, 2012 on Warner Bros./Quite Scientific Records. This is a vinyl only release.