Today, BROCKHAMPTON announces their sixth studio album ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE. The announcement arrives following Wednesday’s release of the first album single “BUZZCUT,” which features Danny Brown, and alongside news of the group performing a live streamed record release show from Rick Rubin’s famed Shangri-La Studios in Malibu. Over the past few weeks the band have been teasing a forthcoming release named “ROADRUNNER” with trailers featuring The RZA and Rick Rubin, culled from the band’s conversations with each of the acclaimed producers while recording the record. The excitement culminated when “BUZZCUT” arrived on Wednesday night with a video directed by Kevin Abstract & Dan Streit.
ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE will be released on April 9th, 2021 via Question Everything/RCA Records and will be available as a limited edition box set available for pre-order at SHOP.BRCKHMPTN.COM. The release show will take place the evening of April 9th in collaboration with the premium digital live platform Moment House, tickets for which are on sale now at momenthouse.com/brockhampton.
Following the commercial success of GINGER and its standout single, “SUGAR,” BROCKHAMPTON’s lives were knocked off the tracks as the world shut down last March. Over the following year, the members of the group found themselves further removed from each other than they had been since moving to Los Angeles together in 2016, each grappling with the weight of isolation, identity and unexpected personal loss. As fate would have it, the headwinds of 2020 served as a potent reminder of the strength of friendship. The album’s tone reflects the highs and lows of the period from which it was born — both tragic and celebratory, built around the recurring theme of finding “the light” in your life. As such, ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE is equal parts braggadocio and empathy — the once young, wide-eyed boyband returns more self aware and self assured than ever before.
The creative process for ROADRUNNER also found BROCKHAMPTON opening its doors to a wider group of collaborators for the first time. The opening track on the album, “BUZZCUT,” features a show-stopping Danny Brown verse as well as vocals from in-house producer Jabari Manwa, who is stepping out as a vocalist and performer in 2021. The BROCKHAMPTON that emerges on ROADRUNNER: NEW LIGHT, NEW MACHINE is one working at the height of their powers and marks an important inflection point in the band’s career.