The excitement for the release of Kid Cudi’s next album is building with each day that passes this month.
“Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon” is expected to be released this month, so we take a look at a handful of subjects regarding the albums release. We go over a quick history on the albums origins as well as production, features, the length of the album and our guess on the release date.
Take a look at get caught up on everything “Satellite Flight” before it drops!
The first time we ever heard about “Satellite Flight” it was a simple EP to tide us fans over before the 2015 release of MOTM 3. It was October 27 when Cudi took some time out during the Dallas stop of the Cud Life Tour to announce that he would release an EP before the end of 2013. Cudi told fans that the EP would serve as a prelude that will be a “seamless connection” to the highly anticipated completion to the Man on the Moon trilogy.
KiD CuDi presents SATELLITE FLIGHT: The journey to Mother Moon
— Scott Mescudi (@ducidni) November 25, 2013
Satellite Flight (Song)
Our first taste of the album comes in the form of the Kid Cudi and Dot Da Genius produced song titled “Satellite Flight”. Released on December 16, the song will be included in the upcoming album. Listen below!
Going to The Ceremony
With the album announced to be 10 songs deep, the second song we’ve heard so far is “Going to The Ceremony” which was first released last July. Listen to the Kid Cudi & Dot Da Genius produced track below.
From EP to Album
Months after the original announcement to the EP (and the title) Cudi would continue to work on the EP and turn it into what it’s become today: a full length album. The announcement was made in late January on twitter with Cudi saying “Ur gonna love it. Ur gonna love it. Ur gonna fucking LOVE!”. Regardless of the fact that it had turned into a full length album, Cudi also confirmed that it would still be released in February.
“It was supposed to be this mini little thing for the fans and it ended up forming a life of its own. I’m really excited because it’s my best work and it’s a surprise. People weren’t really expecting it. I was just on fire creatively.”
Album Length + Tracklist
With the album originally starting as an EP, we know Kid Cudi had at least had 5 songs on deck for the EP’s release. With the EP now be a full album, how many songs are we to expect from this release? INDICUD was 18 tracks deep while his album prior to that, WZRD only contained 11 songs.
UPDATE: Kid Cudi has released the 10 song tracklisting for the album.
1. Destination: Mother Moon
2. Going To The Ceremony
3. Satellite Flight
4. Copernicus Landing
5. Balmain Jeans Feat. Raphael Saadiq
6. Too Bad I Have To Destroy You Now
7. Internal Bleeding
8. In My Dreams 2015
9. Return Of The Moon Man (Original Score)
10. Troubled Boy
Album Cover Artwork
Check out the official artwork for “Satellite Flight” above!
Expected Release Date
We’re already 13 days into February and the album has yet to receive a definitive release date; but that comes as no surprise as Cudi has told us countless times this would be a surprise. With the EP now turned into a full length album, and the news of that only coming a few weeks ago on January 27, we can only expect the release to be later in this month. Mark your calendars for Feb. 18 and (the more likely) Feb. 25 as possible Tuesday releases for the album.
Digital Release First
The new project is still expected to be released in February and will be released to digital retailers first. Which means you can expect an iTunes only release the night of the albums drop date with Amazon and other retailers to follow. As far as the physical CD version of the album goes, Cudi has said that it will follow the digital release (a week or longer) and that it will included bonus songs that he calls “Directors Cuts”.
Also, don’t expect a leak of “Satellite Flight”. With the digital only release to start we won’t be seeing any early leaks of the album.
This is just the digital release track listing. New jams will be added for the physical, kind of like a extended “Directors Cut”! yahm
— Scott Mescudi (@ducidni) February 13, 2014
INDICUD saw a handful of features from 8 different artists on the 18 track album (King Chip appeared three times) but it looks like that won’t be the case for this album. Speaking to MTV News, Kid Cudi told them this album would have no features from G.O.O.D. Music (no surprise) and
that only King Chip would be featured on the album.
“I’m completely separate from G.O.O.D. Music professionally. It’s pretty much, wicked Awesome. That’s what we’re about.”
UPDATE: The only featured artist on “Satellite Flight” will be Raphael Saadiq. King Chip will not appear on this album.
With Kid Cudi’s last album “INDICUD” entirely produced by himself last year it’s no surprise that this will continue for “Satellite Flight”. Late in 2013 when Cudi announced the upcoming EP he stated that the production would be handled by himself and Dot Da Genius. The WZRD duo has already worked on two newly released songs over the past 6 months including “Going To The Ceremony” and “Satellite Flight”.
Kid Cudi’s last two albums, WZRD and INDICUD, each started off with instrumentals; with INDICUD also ending on a second instrumental. With the majority of the album production handled by Cudi himself, we can almost assume he will open “Satellite Flight” with another instrumental to continue the transition he’s been frequently speaking of over the past few months from each album.
“It starts where Indicud left off perfectly, and takes you right into MOTM III. It’s like a TV show that ends with that cliffhanger. The album ends that way, where you get that one song and before you know it, the song is over and the album is over, but there’s a ‘to be continued…’ There’s more to the story.”
UPDATE: Kid Cudi has released the 10 song tracklisting for the album. View it here.
It looks like the album will open with an instrumental as well as with a second “original score” titled “Return Of The Moon Man”.
Kid Cudi Talks Satellite Flight
Kid Cudi sat down with MTV during his promo run for the upcoming “Need For Speed” movie to talk about the new album. He had tons to share so we highly recommend giving this video a listen if you’ve yet to do so.
Prelude to MOTM 3
We heard this countless times now but it deserves another mention due to how monumental this chapter will be in Kid Cudi’s career. With the expected return of Plain Pat and Emile on the production side, and his continued work with Dot Da Genius, Man on the Moon 3 will be the final chapter in the MOTM trilogy and one fans are very eager to hear. “Satellite Flight” will serve as the prelude to the release of MOTM 3 in 2015 and also become the 3rd year in a row for a Kid Cudi album to be released. If all goes according to plan, MOTM 3 will be the 4th year in a row.
Man on the Moon III will show a whole other level of maturity, and it will answer a whole lot of questions. There’s a lot of missing links between MOTM and MOTM II. I also think that they were both very ignorant albums, so I think I’ll eliminate a lot of that ignorance. MOTM III will really be answering the biggest question: Have I found happiness? And it will lead people on in life, because there will not be another MOTM after MOTM III. It will send people off feeling satisfied.
An Experience 6 Years In The Making
We leave you with these words from Kid Cudi himself….
Upon the release of the EP, play all my albums back to back starting from MOTM1 (WZRD included) to prepare u for the next chapter, MOTM3. Satellite Flight: The Journey To Mother Moon is the bridge between INDICUD and MOTM3. An experience 6 years in the making.