NEWS: Questlove Says New D’Angelo Album is a “Radical 180° Turn”, Compares it to Prince’s “Dirty Mind” LP
News of D’Angelo’s upcoming album keeps getting better and better. Yesterday we reported that Q-Tip had begun producing for D’s long awaited comeback LP and today, long time friend and collaborator Questlove reveals even more insight…
Speaking to Rolling Stone, The Roots drummer said: “[the album is] going to throw people off the same way that Prince’s Dirty Mind threw his R&B fan base off. In the past few years, [D’Angelo has] discovered Bowie and Zeppelin, the Beatles, Pet Sounds, Captain Beefheart and Zappa”. He also reveals that around 30 songs have been recorded for the album over the past few years.
Fuelling the excitement even more, Questlove also revealed: “I saw a guitar in the studio and I was like, ‘What the hell’s this?… One night, when he didn’t know I was watching, he took a dinner break from recording. Suddenly, I heard [Funkadelic's] ‘Maggot Brain’ playing. I realized he was in the studio room matching it note-for-note. For the last 12 years, he’s been strumming the guitar… He is so painfully shy about it. I think in his head, if he doesn’t surpass Eddie Hazel, Santana, James Blood Ulmer and Frank Zappa as an axeman, he doesn’t want to share it with the world.”
“… I’ve never heard these sounds before. He’s very particular about his patches. He’ll take an ordinary sound and he’ll filter it through a guitar processor. He’ll take that particular sound and put some wave envelope noise on it, and he’ll put it back in the keyboard and that’s his sound. There’s song we worked on called ‘The Charade.’ There’s this symphonic trombone sound, which normally would be a cheesy sound Swizz Beatz uses. But he’ll take that sound and then put it through a guitar filter and put it back in the keyboard and then put it through another filter. It’s totally unique.”
No official release date has been announced yet but rumours point towards August. With D’Angelo, you never know – lets just hope whenever it is – it’s soon!