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Tuesday was a busy news day for longtime D.C. go-go band Rare Essence. The band, who formed 40 years ago, aired the title track “Turn It Up,” off its first new studio album in over a decade. The album drops on May 6, and in a statement issued on Facebook, the band announced it’ll headline this year’s Funk Parade on May 7.
“Turn It Up” can now be heard on a number of area radio stations, but it’s not yet available for download or to stream. The Funk Parade is offering a special Rare Essence “Superfan Perk” on its IndieGoGo fundraising page that will include the album when it’s available. The tracklist for the release notes that DJ Kool , of “Let Me Clear My Throat” fame, is guesting on the title song, and that collaborators on other tracks include heavyweights like Raheem DeVaughn, Ms. Kim, and old school Rare Essence vocalist Jas Funk.
On Facebook, the group posted a photo of a video shoot for the new effort with EU‘s Sugar Bear and director Joseph Pattisall. Pattisall is best known for directing the video for Chuck Brown‘s “Beautiful Life,” and the documentary The Legend of Cool Disco Dan. Rare Essence performs Friday night with Sugar Bear at Touche and Saturday night at Cafe Asia. Perhaps it’ll bust out some new material for the weekend?