There are very few worlds that can quantify this moment, so please bear with me.

It’s taken 14 [damn] years, but today we f-i-n-a-l-l-y get to hear the first insight into D’Angelo’s much anticipated, much dreamed about, often forsaken new album – which we know now to be titled Black Messiah. Courtesy of Red Bull’s 20before15 project ‘Sugah Daddy’ is available to stream and download for the first 1,000 listeners (I was #965) and is as rich and thick in detail as you’d hope; you know, given the guy has been living in near solitude for the past decade and half.

Voodoo fans will be happy – I know many of them were unjustly concerned (heathens) for reasons I’m still confused by (“will it be too freeform?”, “my expectations are too high”, “what if it’s not as good as Voodoo…”), but more importantly long-standing D’Angelo fans will be elated. ‘Sugah Daddy’ isn’t self-indulgent nor stagnant – it perfectly represents the prodigal sons thought process and wonderfully tracks smutty funk, creole soul and Dirty Mind harmonies.

Listen to ‘Sugah Daddy’ via 20before15 now.

Update: stream the track via D’Angelo’s official soundcloud player now.

Update #2: It has been confirmed that Black Messiah will be released on iTunes at midnight (EST) tonight! Get ready, only a few hours to go!

Behold, a Christmas miracle!!!

D’Angelo has just announced the title of his long-awaited, near-mythical new album – the followup to 2000’s magnum opus Voodoo.

Appropriately titled Black Messiah, the LP is officially credited to D’Angelo and the Vanguard. The announcement is marked by short teaser which presumably featurs a snippet of new music off the album. Furthermore, an event chaired by Nelson George and sponsored by Red Bull Music Acedemy and Afropunk will debut the project in New York this Sunday (!!). Posters of the Black Messiah artwork have been spotted around the city…

D hits London town in February as part of his new European tour, so expect to hear fully formed new songs… you’ll find us somewhere near the front losing our minds (again).

Now excuse us while we go clean our brains off the ceiling… #ohmygod.

Update: It has been confirmed that Black Messiah will be released on iTunes tonight at midnight (EST)! Get ready, only a few hours to go!

We Are Shining show up in a corner shop to perform their afrofuturisic new funk-opera ‘Hot Love’ while hypnotic beauty and rising model Adwoa Aboah loses herself on the desolate streets of North-East London. The duo (formally known as The Shining), made up of Morgan Zarate and Acyde, create a cacophony of juxtaposed sounds melding the worlds of fusion-jazz, gospel, and bluesy-electronica into their own warped version of reality. You’ll be singing this all day.

These two were obviously born to make music and share the same lens together. Watch Dâm-Funk and Snoop Dogg’s video for ‘Do My Thang’, the fonkiest shit you’ll hear this week. #LemmeDoMyThaaaang.

I mean. What’s to say here? Sam Smith and Disclosure have teamed up with Nile Rodgers and Jimmy Napes to create ‘Together’, a ridiculously fonky new jam which combines a plethora of their styles into a fabulously packaged tune. Nothing but great thing to say here. Listen loudly.

It’s time. It’s time for the world to hear how Janelle Monae follows up her debut opus The ArchAndroid. The cascading multi-suite epic remains one of the most impressive debuts in recent history, but how would Monae continue to build her creative legacy? Well, teaming up with Erykah Badu, Miguel and his Purple Holiness is probably a good place to start. Adding Solange and Esperanza Spalding into the mix can’t hurt much either. The anticipation is now over as Monae has served up a full album stream of The Electric Lady, a 19-track body of work drenched in her unique brand of future funk and electronic soul. Waste no time, get into this.

Sidenote: Janelle and Prince = Mindfucked.

Love is most definitely in the air on Janelle Monae and Miguel’s steamy duet, ‘PrimeTime’ which is taken from Monae’s forthcoming sophomore album The Electric Lady. The two love-birds croon over each other handing out lustful sweet nothings over a smooth, mellow and transcendent sound.  With a September 10 release, The Electric Lady also features Prince, Solange, Erykah Badu (on ‘Q.U.E.E.N.‘) and Esperenza Spalding. In the meantime, check out the beautiful ballad up top!

The sky has officially turned purple or hell has frozen over because Prince has officially joined twitter. Earlier today the internet’s most famous hater (and also, ironically, one of it’s biggest innovators – see NPGOnlineLtd) sent his first, second and third tweet today (along with a bunch of retweets) which included the image above (hehe), some food porn and a selfie, obvs. Still in shock. Anyways – one of his tweets also included a link to ‘Groovy Potential’, a sweet new track that enlists the kind of bedroom soul-funk we always love Prince to deliver.

Buy the full version over at 3rdeyetunes.com.

 Janelle Monae Reveals The Electric Lady Artwork And Track Listing

Whilst the buzz continues for Janelle Monae’s forthcoming album The Electric Lady, the eccentric songstress has today, unveiled the artwork (which you can peep above) as well as the track-listing for the project. Continuing the futuristic aesthetic we saw on the visual for ‘Dance Apocalyptic‘, Monae is seen gazing into nothingness, looking pretty fabulous. The tracklisting is as equally as intriguing, with features from the likes of Prince (alas,we were correct, even if it did cause a bit of a stir), Solange, Miguel, Esperenza Spalding and, as we already know, Erykah Badu. View the full tracklisting over the jump and be sure to catch The Electric Lady on September 10th!

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‘Dance Apocalyptic’ is the second single lifted off Janelle Monae’s forthcoming sophomore album The Electric Lady, a video for which has just been released. Unfortunately the new visual does very little to persuade me of the songs merit, marking what may be the first real miss in Monae’s discography. The song (and video for that matter) lacks the originality and formidable soul that Janelle has injected into all her work up until now. For an artist renowned for pushing the limits of creativity, this feels far, far too safe; Makes sense then that this is the single chosen to accompany her upcoming CoverGirl endorsement (take that as you will).

The Electric Lady is due out September 10th.

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