Stacy Epps announced this week the details on her forthcoming album release The Awakening due on August 5th. All the official deets are below.

Check the ethereally soulful single “Floatin”:

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…the album is an 11-track composition of enchanting soulful sounds and deep-rooted boom-bap flavor. The album parallels her ideals of unity and grass-roots movements and is a completely independent effort, released on New Directions in Sound/Japanubia Musik. The album features production from Apex, Amdex, S1, Everett James, Slugabed, and others, along with guest-artist features such as Muhsinah, Finale, and Bilal Salaam. “Floatin’” is the first single, which demonstrates Stacy’s archetypical blend of soft, heartfelt vocals and strong yet sensual lyrics. The single has already garnered praise from influential DJs such as Gilles Peterson (Radio 1, BBC), who’s featuring the song on his Brownswood Bubblers Volume 3 release. Numerous bloggers have taken notice, including an Artist Spotlight on the mammoth ConcreteLoop.com and feature on the main page of Mp3.com.

“Love that shit! Best tune I’ve been sent as a download this year”Gilles Peterson (Radio 1, BBC)

Stacy Epps is currently scheduling a US Summer Tour; dates have yet to be released. She will be in Europe from August 20 – September 22, 2008, touring with Roxanne Shante & Bahamadia in support of her album. This album is a follow up to her long list of international accolades, including collaborations with MF Doom, OH NO, Madlib, Madvillain, Scienz of Life, Wildchild, and even the Europe-based group, Jazz Liberators. She also recently released a limited-pressed project, “Ruff Drafts.”

“Floatin’ hits at the core of soulful music. Looking forward to more tunes.”Dj Junior (Recordbreakin.com | Eavesdrop Radio, Philly)

About Stacy Epps:

Stacy Epps is a true rare groove vocalist and emcee that delivers heavy messages that flow like a summer breeze over hard- hitting beats. The musical career of this Atlanta-based progressive-soulstress has reached a global audience, with guest-features on multiple artists from the west-coast-based label Stones Throw, J Rawls, and Scienz of Life, as well as overseas with Jazz Liberators, along with numerous European shows and tours. Her accomplishments have led her to the release of a recent project, “Ruff Drafts,” followed now by her upcoming solo album, “The Awakening.” She continues sharing her gift of avant-garde music to fans across the globe. Her plans include travels to Europe for album promotion and community work.

“The goal is to promote healing, change and independence through music. The focus is the new direction of sound & life and sharing it with the world.”

– Stacy Epps