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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!

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TDE’s first lady returns with a woozy new track produced by Thundercat, Chris Calor, Cody, LoveDragon and Sounwave, seemingly featuring an obscure sample (astutely observed) from Welsh producer Ifan Dafydd’s ‘Treehouse’ – which we first gushed about back in 2011. ‘Sobriety’ finds SZA pouring her unfiltered heart out, colourfully swooning about past loves and strained relationships. Produced, arranged and performed beautifully by all involved the track is another exciting prospect from the St. Louis native. Hopefully we’ll get that full project soon.

New York duo Lion Babe – who we first flagged back in 2013 – has returned with a video for ‘Jump Hi’, the groups new Nina Simone-sampling single featuring Childish Gambino. Serving as the lead single from their forthcoming Lion Babe EP, the track is unapologetically summer filled, boosted by singer Jillian Hervey’s raw soul vocal and Lucas Goodman’s full production.

London via New York newcomer Oyinda follows up the bass heavy ‘What Still Remains‘, with her latest single, ‘The Devil’s Gonna Keep Me’. This new one continues to showcase the singer’s gorgeous tones as percussive clanks and sharp keys give the track its dark and moody aesthetic. Listen to the song below; it’s brilliant!

Having already lent her vocals to SBTRKT‘s Wonder Where We Land cut ‘The Light‘, rising songstress Denai Moore preps the release of her brand new, I Swore EP by sharing its emotional title-track. Produced by XL’s Rodaidh McDonald (The xx, King Krule, Sampha), the song allows the singer’s chilling voice to rise above the echoing piano lines and grand instrumentation. Listen to the record below and look out for the four-track EP (which sees a feature with James Vincent McMorrow) when it drops November 24th.

Dornik channels his inner MJ on new number ‘Second Thoughts’, the b-side to his latest single ‘On My Mind‘. This new one pretty mellow and laid-back, perfect for Dornik to absolutely nail those high notes as the breezy soundscape brings the track forwards. Give it a spin…

Mary J Blige roundhouse london itunes festival

With more than 20 years in the game you might be forgiven for thinking that Mary J. Blige’s live shows have calmed down since her high octane days in the 90’s and early 00’s. This of course would be a ridiculous assumption, not only has Blige maintained her energy, she’s gotten even stronger and even more powerful… and lest we not speak of the in-cred-ible shape she’s in.

Taking to the iconic stage at London’s Roundhouse for the iTunes Festival last night, Mary used the first half of her show to remind everybody how it is she’s managed to maintain such a long and successful career – her hits are bewilderingly endless. Covering a substantial amount of ground, she played through her discography and performed fan-favourites like ‘You Remind Me’, ‘Happy’, ‘Real Love’, ‘Family Affair’ and of course the holy-spirit-squat inducing ‘No More Drama’.

But it was clear from the shows introduction that Mary had a bigger agenda than just to indulge in blind nostalgia – she wanted to use her moment to unveil new music from her 13th studio album The London Sessions.

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Almost exactly two months ago, SBTRKT perfectly set the tone to his new album with ‘NEW DORP. NEW YORK‘ which features vocals from Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig. Today the illustrious producer has shared a rather dark and creepy, animated music video which features a panther/lizard-type creature making its way around streets, cars and mist before coming to a rest on a metallic, open arm to recreate the album’s artwork. Check out the visual above, and look out for Wonder Where We Land when it drops next Monday!

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So, Prince is back on some future-soul-funk shit with his new solo music.

The second single taken off his forthcoming album ARTOFFICIALAGE following ‘Clouds’ is this silky imagining titled ‘U Know’. With Prince’s relentlessly cool vocal-talk in full effect, ‘U Know’ feels like a really promising prospective. Prince’s second release PLECTRUMELECTRIUM with his band 3RDEYEGIRL which will also be released on September 29th, will feature ‘Whitecaps’ – a soft-rock ballad featuring lead vocals from his female counterpart. Somewhat less exciting than the solo track, but hey.

Listen to ‘U Know’ below and head over to Prince’s soundcloud to hear ‘Whitecaps’, and get ready for one of the purplest days on record: September 29th.

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