Over the last few years, there has been a lot of talk about D’Angelo dropping a new album. But with no releases to show for all the chatter, fans continue to wait for the follow up to his 2000 LP, Voodoo (Yes, 14 years later).
In January 2013, ?uestlove, who has been working closely with the neo-soul singer on the pending project, confirmed to Billboard that the effort was near completion and that it was going to be a classic.
Now, manager Kevin Liles is adding to that confirmation almost a year and a half later, telling Billboard, “There'll be an album this year… all the recording is basically done and we're mixing and mastering now.”
He adds: "Definitely, he'll be back."
Liles also explains the reason for the long delay for the new music, admitting D'Angelo's perfectionist nature made him pour over every detail in every song on the disc.
He says, “Here's the thing: with D'Angelo it was a process. He didn't perform for 10 years and he's been working on an album for the past 12 years… (After he returned to the stage in 2011), he very bluntly put it, 'Kev, the studio and the stage: that's my lifeblood. Now that I've touched it again, now that I see it again, I wanna be sure that the baby I'm about to have – the album – that I take it to the point where it's all it can be.”
In addition to the album, Liles also confirmed that D’Angelo is planning a world tour. “We'll probably start an international tour in October, we'll come back (to the U.S.).” he says.
Both D’Angelo albums – Brown Sugar (1995) and Voodoo (2000) have had amazing reviews, considered classic by many, and helped to bring neo-soul to the forefront of the music scene.