To mark the one-year anniversary of his tragic death, a surprise new Prince EP will be released this week.
The EP is titled Deliverance and features six “new, undiscovered studio recordings” that the Minneapolis maestro recorded between 2006 and 2008.
The EP’s title track is available to download now on Apple Music and iTunes – but according to Prince’s website, the song is only available in the US due to licensing laws.
Deliverance also includes a four-movement medley called Man Opera, which features the songs Touch Me, I Am, No One Else and Sunrise Sunset.
Prince co-wrote and co-produced all the songs on Deliverance with Ian Boxill, who completed the tracks following his death.
“I believe Deliverance is a timely release with everything going on in the world today, and in light of the one-year anniversary of his passing”, said Boxill in the press release. “I hope when people hear Prince singing these songs it will bring comfort to many.”
Explaining why the EP is being released independently, Boxhill said: “Prince once told me that he would go to bed every night thinking of ways to bypass major labels and get his music directly to the public.
“When considering how to release this important work, we decided to go independent, because that’s what Prince would have wanted.”
Deliverance will get a physical release on June 2.
Prince died at his Paisley Park home near Minneapolis last April.
The singer was found in an unresponsive state in a lift on the first floor of Paisley Park. Emergency services performed CPR, but were unable to revive the superstar.
Prince was pronounced dead at the scene.