By Zachary Swickey
R&B charmer D’Angelo is apparently ready to come out of hiding and is yet again attempting to record his much anticipated third album. The artist has been in a New York studio recording with some of his longtime collaborators: hip-hop’s hottest drummer and full-time stickman for The Roots, Questlove; producer/engineer Russell Elevado (Nikka Costa, Blackalicious); and bassist Pino Palladino, who also plucks away for John Mayer Trio among numerous other projects.
Through the power of Questlove’s Twitter account, we became aware of the sessions: “Most people use midnight as a time to sleep. Others are working on their 11 year followup. This of course being hour number one.”
Based on Quest’s comment, it appears that D’Angelo has scrapped any previously record material for the long gestating project, which he has supposedly been working on off and on for the past decade with a working title of “James River.” Supposed artist collabs from previous sessions featured high-profile names like Cee Lo, John Mayer, Prince, Raphael Saadiq and Mark Ronson, who told MTV News just last September that he had been in the studio with D’Angelo. If all goes according to plan, a new album will hopefully surface before the end of the year on J Records.
The crooner’s multi-platinum second album, Voodoo, was released way back in 2000, found great critical acclaim and took home the Grammy for best R&B album in 2001. For those with faint memories, you may remember D’Angelo from his video for “Untitled (How Does It Feel),” which featured the singer serenading the camera for four minutes completely in the nude.
Find out what D’Angelo has been up to for the last decade after the jump.
For the last ten years, D’Angelo’s career has been spotty. He’s been through a number of personal hardships, including a serious car accident, rehab, drug possession charges, a DUI and a bust for the solicitation of an undercover female police officer. The artist has only released a compilation since Voodoo, but he has appeared in guest spots for musical pals Q-Tip, Common and Snoop Dogg. We hope the record eventually transpires, because we’re all eager to hear new music from D’Angelo.