Wednesday 23 January 2013, 10:25 | By

New D’Angelo LP ‘99% done’, says Questlove

In The Studio

D'Angelo

Soul star D’Angelo’s many-times-postponed new LP is apparently all but finished, and it’d take a catastrophe to stop him signing off on it soon. The Roots’ Questlove, who’s been taping drum parts for that very same new LP, has been raving about it to Billboard, saying: “I would not be far off by saying this is probably my generation’s version of Sly (and the Family Stone’s) ‘There’s a Riot Goin’ On’. It’s potent. It’s funky. It’s an extremely hard pill to swallow”.

Still raving, he adds: “[D’Angelo is] one of those artists that have, of course, taken thirteen years to follow up a record. [But] it’s going to take you about ten years to digest this record. Totally brilliant. Just the way this society works with music… being able to judge if something is a classic after the first listen, you can do that after 30 seconds on this. And the fact that we started this record in 2004, and it still sounds like it came out five years from now, it is a testament to the timelessness of it”.

As to the release timeframe of said timeless classic, the follow up to 2000’s just re-released ‘Voodoo’, Questlove says: “If this record is not turned in by February, then something is extremely wrong. Because we worked to the bone in the entire month of January just to tighten up all the loose ends”.

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