Tag Archives: D’Angelo

D’ANGELO + ?UESTLOVE // “Brothers In Arms” // Live @ Brooklyn Bowl // 04/03/2013

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i know everyone’s still quite antsy in the pantsy bout D‘s upcoming return with that third untitled LP, but don’t pretend like you’re not enjoying the road LEADING to that album. i don’t wanna hear anymoar complaints bout this shit. i’ll even promise to not bitch n moan about it my damn self if yous don’t. yes? ok done deal. this recent duo-only gig @ Brooklyn Bowl should help with that promise, as it throws back to those beautiful chill b-side cuts from the Voodoo sessions, ones generally involving just D’ on keys and ?uesto on drums. they step it up a notch here though as D handles keys, bass and guitar solos, re-interpreting his own material and doin a gaggle of covers as well. much love to “soundbetter” for providing the full set in pretty decent quality. lap it up D-stans!

trackleest:

01. go back to the thing/let me have it all (Sly & The Family Stone cover)
02. cosmic slop (Funkadelic cover)
03. woman’s gotta have it (Bobby Womack cover)
04. the line
05. you caught me smilin’/africa talks to you /the asphalt jungle (Sly & The Family Stone cover)
06. tell me if you still care (The S.O.S. Band cover)
07. our love has died (Ohio Players cover)
08. the root
09. really love
10. alright
11. mother’s son (Curtis Mayfield cover)
12. new position (Prince cover)
13. africa
14. encore break
15. lady

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MISTA VEE PRESENTS…THE D’ANGELO SUITE: PT. I + II

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in anticipation of the new D’Angelo record that is reportedly around 90% complete (with a likely 2013 release), i fucked around and compiled the 2nd in the”Suite” series of mixes that began with THE BABYGIRL SUITE. it’s a 2-part mix, the first displayng the finest bootleg remixes i could find, and the second showing off the coolest D’ covers i’ve ever heard. enjoyuh.

MISTA VEE PRESENTS…THE D’ANGELO SUITE

PT. I

 

tracklist:

01. BROWN SUGAR (KRISWONTWO Remix)
02. LEFT & RIGHT (SAM CHAMP Remix) (feat. REDMAN & METHOD MAN)
03. DEVIL’S PIE (NULOVE Remix)
04. BROWN SUGAR (HEARTBREAK SOUNDSYSTEM Rework)
05. LEFT & RIGHT (MFP’S JX-3P Remix) (feat. REDMAN & METHOD MAN)
06. DEVIL’S PIE (SOJO Analog Remix)
07. INTERLUDE (By BOOMBAPTIST)
08. BROWN SUGAR (AL FINGERS 83 Remix)
09. LEFT & RIGHT (RED ASTAIRE Rework) (aka FOLLOW ME) (feat. REDMAN & METHOD MAN)
10. DEVIL’S PIE (MUNDAS MUNDASINSKI Remix)
11. BROWN SUGAR (DESTREMENTS Remix)
12. LEFT & RIGHT (RUFF SNIPPITS Remix) (feat. REDMAN & METHOD MAN)
13. BE HERE (JBIRD Remix) (with RAPHAEL SAADIQ)
14. BROWN SUGAR (DREAM MERCHANT Remix)
15. DEVIL’S PIE (PAUL NICE’s Dirty Little Bossa Blend)
16. LEFT & RIGHT (FREDDIE JOACHIM Remix) (feat. REDMAN & METHOD MAN)
17. BROWN SUGAR (MENDOZA’S Remix)
18. ONE MO’GIN (BOOTY SWEAT Remix)
19. BROWN SUGAR (CHRIS BLAKK Remix)
20. LEFT & RIGHT (ISHFAQ Rework) (feat. REDMAN & METHOD MAN)
21. I BELIEVE (SIMBAD Remix) (with Q-TIP)

PT. II

 

tracklist:

01. L33 – INTRO
02. SYDNEY SOUL COLLECTIVE – BROWN SUGAR
03. (RAS) RIDERS AGAINST THE STORM – DANGER ZONE
04. MARK LEVANG & BERN – SPANISH JOINT
05. MASSIMO BORSELLINI (MB) – CHICKEN GREASE (Live Session)
06. CHIEF – SO FAR TO GO (feat. MOKA ONLY)
07. MARA HRUBY – SEND IT ON
08. J BARBER – ONE MO’GIN
09. MATT PARAD – THE ROOT
10. CON BRIO – SHIT, DAMN, MOTHERFUCKER
11. EBRAHIM – I FOUND MY SMILE AGAIN
12. PAUL RAJ – UNTITLED
13. STAS MARKEVICH – FEEL LIKE MAKIN’ LOVE
14. SAMANTHA RISE – ONE MO’GIN
15. UNCLE DADDY – BROWN SUGAR
16. CJTUNE – LADY
17. MAX SWAN – ONE MO’GIN
18. RUDY CURRENCE – NOTHING EVEN MATTERS (feat. MEELAH of 702)
19. NELSON VALENTINE – AFRICA

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D’ANGELO’s June 2012 interview with GQ + his acoustic cover of Funkadelic’s “Soul Mate” + interview OUTTAKES

[THE INTERVIEW]

[ACOUSTIC COVER OF FUNKADELIC‘S “SOUL MATE“] [VIDEO]

[INTERVIEW OUTTAKES]

interview by Amy Wallace | photography by Gregory Harris

what to say that hasn’t already been said? it’s simply good just to know he’s out there doing his thing. i think i enjoyed reading the outtakes much more than the central piece, mostly cos the main interview reminded me too much of the pre-album hype machine that exists behind D’Angelo. i’m not sure if HE realises it, but a lot of his angst and worry about the pitfalls of fame start within his own camp. and far more importantly, clearly the man himself couldn’t make the mental transition to handle his biz and not fall off the face of the Earth. the WORRY is that he’s still invoking the ghost of Marvin and still seeing himself as following the path of ‘died too young/died tragic phenom artist’. but most of it just sounds like regular music biz bullshit, which consists of what appears to be a very SICK evironment not conducive to free-thinking, mostly gentle souls who just wanna make the music they wanna make, and when they wanna make it. i see a lot of blame gets heaped at “Untitled”‘s door, which is complete fucking bullshit. everyone involved in the production of what sadly came to DEFINE D’s career KNEW EXACTLY WHAT THE FUCK THEY WERE DOIN.

shit was CALCULATED. that may sound like an accusation, but i’m not mad about it. i’m just not naive as hell. if D wants to TRULY regain the fans he left wandering for over a decade, dude’s gotta let go of ‘the image’ and be fucking honest about it all. this interview seemed like a good step in that direction. i wish nothing but onwards and upwards success for this man. freal.

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Mista Vee presents…The Top 5 Tracks From My YouTube Stash #002

i know what you’re thinking: it’s annoying as fuck when you Google some music hoping for an mp3 link but instead you find YouTube vids, or even worse: a text-only list of albums the blogger owns (ugh). so i feel your pain. however, the word YouTube is in the title, so quit bitching. the media content itself isn’t in mp3 form, but i do provide thorough commentary for each track, & the selections are from my personal collection so you know it’s gonna be dope shit either way (well i know this anywhos).

Soulstice – Lovely (Gabriel René Mix)

the masterful Gabriel René, a man who has gone down as legendary for those who know even a skoche of his impressive catalog, completely sexes up this Soulstice classic. if his music has still somehow passed you by, me & a hoard of others emphatically recommend you track down his lone solo album (as Aquanote), called The Pearl. what you hear in this remix are the foundations for the Aquanote sound, so if u dig this, u will most definitely dig the rest.

Kennedy – Belize

for years this ethereal cosmic drum n’ bass gem languished on my PC in the form of a crappily-encoded mp3, but even despite the low quality of the recording it was clear this track KICKED.ASS. so recently i tracked down the album it was first released on and upped it in superior CD quality. haven’t heard much quite like it since. it’s very…evocative. in an ‘if emotions could be transmitted as sound waves’ sorta way.

D’Angelo – Spanish Joint (95 North Mix)

a bootleg remix by 95 North, there’s not a huge amount of differences cept it’s slightly sped up with some extra drums and there’s a few wicked pan flute solos here n there. not the greatest mix, sound-quality wise, but still highly enjoyable n worth gettin geeked over if ur a D fan/completest.

R. Kelly – The Big C, Such A Man Is He & Fight Scene

back in 1995/96, R. Kelly continued ruling supreme as a giant in mainstream music whilst still remaining cool. well here’s a little gem i’m not sure a lot of Kells fans even know exist. the only reason i know about it is cos my brother was such a big fan, he specially ordered the Down Low Movie vinyl & VHS tape from the States. the project itself was an expansion of the original Down Low (Nobody Has To Know) song (featuring Ron Isley as Mr. Biggs) from my personal favourite Kells album, his 3rd self-titled joint from ’95. in Down Low – The Movie, the full story is told in long-form music video/short film format, with Ron Isley as Mr. Biggs and Kells as his no. 2. of course, as per the storyline of the song, Kells & Biggs’ lady mess around and then get fucked up as a result (“don’t…FUCK with me”, is something he warns Kells’ character). along with the film, the story is also told in an audio-only format on the vinyl, a track that goes for around 20mins and is narrated by Kells. also included on the vinyl was the track i have posted before you right now, a trio of storytelling points punctuated by music. however, the highlight for me is (and always has been) R. Kelly getting his Camille on with Such A Man Is He. it’s awesome yet sad at the same time, cos we rarely see Kells so comfy to switch genders in song (and in terms of creative left-fieldness, the Trapped In The Closet saga is as close as he’s gotten, but that was mostly laughable than a genuine triumph). add to that The Big C., which depicts Kells as a crime lord in Chicago singing about “how to get the coppas off our backs” lol, and you got a pretty diverse yet entertaining Kells audio soup.

Kutiman – Bango Fields

them funky Israelis are at it again. y’all need to get up on Ophir Kutiman Kutiel, like, yesterday.

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