Slightly Stoopid’s Daniel “Dela” Delacruz and Karl Denson are teaming up as Dela and The Aggrolites, who will release their debut album Opening Night November 3 via Stoopid Records.
The album, which fuses reggae and jazz, features a number of guests including Rashawn Ross, Delacruz’s Slightly Stoopid bandmate Andy Geib, Fishbone’s Angelo Moore and Marco Benevento. The band shared the album’s first track, “Atlantic & Smith,” today via Relix.
“Atlantic and Smith are two streets in Boerum Hill Brooklyn,” Delacruz tells Relix. “I lived there for two years in this railroad flat. One day, I left an iron on the top shelf of my book shelf. Don’t ask me why the hell I did that. I walked by and yanked the cord accidentally. The next thing I know, the iron hit me in the head. I saw some stars, but came out of the daze with the bassline in my head. Angelo is a huge influence on my life. I’ve always looked up to him. I knew he was perfect to tell the story in a spoken word way.”