While Boots is known predominantly for his production work on recent releases from Beyoncé and Run the Jewels, the elusive artist is starting to step out on his own. After releasing a 30-minute short film titled “Motorcycle Jesus,” he has now made the soundtrack available to stream. Listen to it below.
The soundtrack includes five new songs from the artist that are more rock-tinged than his previous production work with hip-hop and R&B artists. The “Motorcycle Jesus” soundtrack will be released March 3rd via Canvasback/Atlantic.
In the film, Boots wanders the desert in a violent, post-apocalyptic world. The stark, dystopian imagery matches perfectly with the new, Bowie-referencing songs from the singer and producer who calls himself “some spider sent from Mars” in a lyric off “I Run Roulette.”
The film also features new music from Run the Jewels‘ El-P and Autolux’s Carla Azar. In a New York Times feature showing a behind-the-scenes look at Boots working on the short film, he revealed that he had recently produced “crazy futuristic” albums with FKA Twigs and Autolux. Most recently, he joined Run the Jewels onstage to play guitar as the hip-hop duo opened for Jack White at Madison Square Garden.
Boots had been relatively unknown until the end of 2013, when he gained renown producing multiple tracks on Beyoncé’s surprise album. Since then, he’s remained relatively private and quiet about how Beyoncé came to discover his music.
Prior to “Motorcycle Jesus,” Boots had released a mixtape on his Soundcloud in 2013 titled “WinterSpringSummerFall” (that he has since taken offline). He revealed to The New York Times that he plans to do the same with his other material. “The people that find my music, who will dig deeper with it, are the people I want to hear it,” he revealed in the interview. “The people who listen to it based off of ‘He worked with this guy,’ that’s cool, but they probably won’t stick around if I freak them out, which is fine. The people who are really in it, they’ll stay with me as I scare the hell out of them.”