On Friday afternoon, news broke that D’Angelo’s long awaited follow-up to 2000’s Voodoo — titled Black Messiah — was finally going to be released. And we were really beginning to have our doubts, just for the record. The new album, which is credited to D’Angelo and the Vanguard, debuts today in full at a listening party event hosted by Red Bull Music Academy and Afropunk, held in New York City.
In advance of the listening party, however, D’Angelo released a new track from the album, as part of the Red Bull Music Academy 20 Before 15 series. The new track is called “Sugah Daddy,” and it’s been a part of D’Angelo’s live repertoire since getting back to touring in the last few years. It’s funky and soulful, in case anyone was worried that it wouldn’t be (it’s D’Angelo — it’s guaranteed to be funky and soulful at a minimum). However its shape, form or sound, we’re just glad to hear that it’s actually real, and ready to fill our ear holes.
Listen to the D’Angelo “Sugar Daddy” stream below and check out the album’s tracklist.
Update: The album is Bout now on iTunes.
D’Angelo Black Messiah:
1 Ain’t That Easy
2 1000 Deaths
3 The Charade
4 Sugah Daddy
5 Really Love
6 Back in the Future (Part I)
7 Till It’s Done (Tutu)
9 Betray My Heart
10 The Door
11 Back in the Future (Part II)
12 Another Life
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.