On December 14, Phaseone is releasing a new single, "Being With You" b/w "Right & Wrong," on cassette and CD. The single is a part of Lefse Records' Way Slow series, a limited-edition run of releases. Phaseone's particular contribution is two covers.
"'Being With You' is by Soul For Real, they had a few gold-selling albums I think in the '90s, but were never huge," he says. "'Being With You' wasn't released as a single but is a dope song that I've always loved. All I listened to in high school was R&B pretty much. So I wanted to 'cover' two R&B songs, since the Way Slow series is a cassette thing, it just reminded me of buying Boyz II Men cassettes and shit like that."
Phaseone is mum about the original artist of the b-side, "Right & Wrong." (A to Z's guess is that it's Keith Sweat's "Right and a Wrong Way.")
"[It] is also a cover, it's also slow like "Being With You" but it's a little darker," he says.
Lefse Records has released music from many well-regarded, up-and-coming artists, including Neon Indian, the Delta Mirror, School of Seven Bells and Active Child. However, "Being With You" is a one-off release.
"Way Slow is a joint series between Lefse records and Dexter Tortoriello from Chicago, and I know them so I agreed to this one-off release," Phaseone says. "I didn't sign to [Lefse] and I don't plan on doing anything else with them. I'm gonna start working on an album very soon, and I'm still deliberating with that record label, so we haven't announced anything yet."