D’Angelo‘s manager and longtime confidant Kevin Liles recently took to Billboard to add a bit more fuel to the fire, claiming — yet again — that the painstaking anticipation for the follow-up to his masterpiece Voodoo is right around the corner. While it’s definitely a “boy who cried wolf” scenario at this point, it is interesting to see the perennial industry powerhouse so adamant about the release and subsequent tour. Liles claims international touring will begin this October and the album will drop in 2014. No doubt in his mind. We’re still iffy on the timetable, but hell, y’all should know that whatever comes from the great sage of funk, our arms and ears are open. Peep some compelling excerpts from the interview below. The waiting game continues.
D’angelo on his commitment to come back :
“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.”
Liles on the completion of the album:
“There’ll be an album this year: there’s 14 records so far, we might have a couple of bonus records, but all the recording is basically done and we’re mixing and mastering now. Definitely, he’ll be back.”
Liles on the progression of D’s sound:
“To limit it to soul is not the case, because there is a rock influence. But at the same time, it’s very melodic and there’s an influence of all the things he loves: there’s James Brown, there’s Prince, and everything people grew up loving D’Angelo for, from ‘Brown Sugar’ to ‘Voodoo.’ It’s a mixture and an evolution of where he is right now. And you have to think that when you have the opportunity to work 10 years on an album, that album’s truly gonna be what you want it to be. Is it limited to the kind of sound that he did with the earlier records? No, it’s not.”