There are legends in modern soul music, and then there is D'Angelo.

The singer practically defined neo-soul across two phenomenal releases, before seeming to disappear from view.

Returning with his jaw-dropping 'Black Messiah' full length and its accompanying tour dates, everything D'Angelo touches seems to turn to gold.

So it was for last night's VERZUZ performance, recorded live at New York's Apollo theatre – the place where he got a break as a raw unknown.

Breaking with the VERZUZ format, D'Angelo opened with a string of new cuts, suggesting that a follow up to 'Black Messiah' isn't too far away.

Covering Smokey Robinson's 'Cruisin', he then invited Method Man onstage for 'Break Ups 2 Make Ups'.

'Black Messiah' supplied the spine of his set, before D'Angelo dipped into the 'Brown Sugar' and 'Voodoo' playbook.

H.E.R. came out onstage, and the Grammy winner assumed Lauryn Hill’s role on 'Nothing Even Matters' before D'Angelo closed his set with 'Untitled (How Does It Feel)'.

Here's the tracklisting:

(Untitled New Song) (with Keyon Harrold)
Cruisin’ (Smokey Robinson)
Alright
Lady
Me and Those Dreamin’ Eyes of Mine
Left & Right (with Method Man and Redman)
Method Man: “Break Ups 2 Make Ups”
1000 Deaths Back to the Future, Pt. 1
Sugah Daddy
Devil’s Pie
One Mo’ Gin
Chicken Grease
Feel Like Makin’ Love
Jonz in My Bonz
Really
Love Another Life
Send It On
Spanish Joint
H.E.R.: Best Part
Nothing Even Matters (with H.E.R.)
The Root
Brown Sugar
Untitled (How Does It Feel)

Related: Unshaken – In Search Of D'Angelo

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Björk has shared an immersive new Sonos Radio mix.

Sonos Radio opened in the first weeks of 2021, with the audio brand teaming with some fantastic musicians on the streaming endeavour.

Björk has constructed a rare mix for Sonos Radio, and it moves through some of her key influences – early 90s rave, cutting edge electronics, and an array of global styles.

Online now in full, it seemingly draws on files collected across two decades – because Björk has kept the same laptop for 21 years.

She comments…

"I am quite thrilled to have had a reason to go through 21 years of music-file collecting. Since my first laptop, I have been CD shopping, awkward cassette finding, vinyl searching in secret stores on my travels and gathered them all into a library of gorgeous wave-files. It was only a question of time before I would share them and then in yet another form: them clouds and streams."

"A lot of my heart belongs there… unbelievable memories with friends, loved ones, DJ-ing in little bars, all sorts of occasions possible, in boats, cars, planes. Here is music for weddings, solitudes, dancing, friendly chess matches or hikes…I thank all the musicians who have saved my life repeatedly through the years and hope you enjoy this as much as I have."

Check out the mix in full below.

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A surprise arrival from Crep Protect, the world’s leading premium sneaker care brand who’ve been keeping our footwear box fresh despite plenty of muddy woodland walks this past year, comes in the form of an interactive collaboration with adidas. The new Sneaker Service space, located in adidas’ new Dubai flagship store, the first flagship in the region. 

Looking to transcend your traditional shopping experience, the Crep Protect x adidas Sneaker Service space offers a unique experience with fun barbershop style chairs and a sneaker drop off counter where customers can choose from a menu of cleaning services from a luxurious sneaker foam cleanse and refreshing insole steam  to an exclusive new Gold service with the most comprehensive sneaker clean yet with a team of Crep Protect Sneaker Technicians on hand to assist and share their footwear expertise.

 

The Sneaker Services space also offers specialty shorecare interactive workshops alongside product demonstrations and practical hints and tips to keep your footwear in tip-top shape for longer.Crep Protect have also made their renowned range of exclusive co-branded sneaker care products available exclusively at select Sneaker Service locations, including the Ultimate Rain & Stain Barrier, Cure Cleaning Kit, Travel-sized wipes and Mark On Pens.

 

Snapchat users in the region are invited to join in on the fun with the exclusive adidas DXB filter to take a virtual tour of the new adidas store and be the first to ‘visit’ the Crep Protect Sneaker Services space. 

 

“Crep Protect is proud to bring our customers in Dubai the exclusive new Sneaker Services space, as we continue to innovate the sneaker cleaning category with superior services and premium products.” says Antony Mussi, Director of International Sales & Global Licensing at Crep Protect.

 

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Motive105 is working with alacrity.

A true craftsman, his approach to art is fastidious and personal, someone whose soulful lyricism cuts deeper than most.

Moving in his own lane, Motive105 has dropped a short burst of one off tracks of late, building to a new two part project.

Online now, 'The Drive Downtown: Part One' kicks off a huge year for this multi-faceted artist, someone who sets the bar incredibly high.

Those standards are evident throughout, from the introspection of 'Free-Dom' to the blunt lyricism of 'No Secrets' via powerful closer 'Kantu & Kali'.

He comments…

"I made 'The Drive Downtown: Part One' just before my first born arrived into this world, so in the process of growth I knew I had to let go of some demons in order to move forward. The project was an introduction to a life long commitment towards my love for music and the love surrounding me that enabled me as a creative to gift the world my story in confidence."

"The intent behind this project was to be able to take a listener through several emotions on the spectrum, displaying how a confident brash young man can also be vulnerable in the right hands at any given time."

A sign of his personal and aesthetic evolution, 'The Drive Downtown: Part One' finds Motive105 answering no one's call but his own.

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Deborah's Child isn't one to beat around the bush.

A project helmed by Florida-born alt-pop wonder Brooke Danaher, this is her sacred space, a lane where she can discuss anything she wants to.

So, expect thrills, spills, and deliciously uncensored pop bangers, one that leave nothing to the imagination.

Take new single 'Word Problems'. Sure, it's teasing on the surface, but beneath that she's not holding anything back, leaving little to the imagination.

The chorus is deliciously infectious, while the lyrics touch on matters of the heart… and elsewhere.

As Deborah's Child puts it: "It’s four letters long. It starts with ‘F.' It ends with ‘uck!”

Deborah's Child directs and stars in the video for 'Word Problems' – check it out below.

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Lucky Rose and Jason Walker have shared their new team-up 'Help'.

The song is about reaching out for help, and allowing yourself to open up in the process – a message we can all resonate with.

Out now, 'Help' is a buoyant, up-lifting slice of pop bedlam, with Lucky Rose and Jason Walker moving side by side in he studio.

Glossy post-Millennial pop that kicks hard when it reaches the chorus, 'Help' punches hard and leaves you with a delirious grin on your face.

The pair comment…

“The song’s about how everybody needs some help sometimes, could be from a friend or a lover or your family. Sometimes you feel like a weak person, but I don't think so. When you need it, you should look for it and people will be happy to help you.”

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Old Fashioned Lover Boy conjures visions of Californian summer on new single 'L.A.' – tune in now.

The songwriter's work fuses halcyon synth sounds with personal revelation, matching faint traces of nostalgia with something incredibly new.

'L.A.' is the perfect encapsulation of this, with its hazy, twilight feel tapping into 80s cinema while also presenting a hard-won truth from his own life.

A rich, romantic return, the smooth R&B melodies – think Hall & Oates – are set against a feather-soft bed of synths.

Old Fashioned Lover Boy comments…

“There are places that evoke emotions capable of lingering for a long time. These are the places that become important, and their memory can save a relationship from crisis”, he explains. “It’s just a matter of remembering joyful moments spent there with the person you love.”

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Think you know Roosevelt? Well, think again.

The producer's rise from left-field dance elements through to mainstream festival stages has been accompanied by a stellar live show, and an ability to fuse underground elements with a rare essence of openness.

New album 'Polydans' however flips all that on its head. Returning to the studio, it's the broadest demonstration yet of Roosevelt's production prowess, moving from techno to R&B via some hugely personal songwriting.

Out now, it's a release the producer marks as "incredibly liberating" commenting that he felt free "to go to the studio every day and just do the music that feels right…"

"In this respect, ‘Polydans’ is my most personal album yet, as there hasn't been any creative limitations – I just did what made me happy."

Clash caught up with Roosevelt for this Track By Track guide.

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Easy Way Out

I love album intros that build and introduce new layers using instrumentation. We always play live intros that way as well – basically so that everyone can hear each instrument starting individually and is able to make adjustments to their monitor mix. I definitely had that in mind while I was writing 'Easy Way Out', it's a very lively track that should set the tone for the sonic world of the record.

Strangers

I'm inspired by French electronic artists a lot – acts like Air, Daft Punk, Cassius and Sebastian Tellier all seem to have a very special delicacy in their sound. To me it's the approach of making a dance floor track feel like a melancholic ballad at the same time. That's something I can really relate to and what I tried with Strangers. It was also the first time I got to work with a real string quartet, which was super exciting.

Feels Right

'Feels Right' was a funk-inspired loop for a long time. I listened a lot to early 80s dance-punk while making the record – stuff like ESG, Liquid Liquid and A Certain Ratio, and the track built upon that sound aesthetic a lot. All the synth layers came in later. It became a really empowering song to me about doing your own thing. I tried to emphasise that DIY attitude in the music video that we did for it.

Closer To My Heart

I have a thing for 70's Yacht Rock and always wanted to fully explore an instrumentation like that on one of my albums. It features acoustic guitars, a synth and (!) a guitar solo, so it really feels like a loose and fun arrangement to me – more like a band jamming rather than a conventional song structure.

Montjuic

That song started as a demo that I actually made on the mountain near the Olympic Village in Barcelona called Montjuic. My voice memo of that day was still called that so i kept the title as I really liked it. To me this track introduces the second half of the album, which is more synth-based, more electronic and definitely has more of a night-time vibe to it. 

Forget

This one started with a casio drum machine and the arpeggio bass line, and stayed like that for months. I didn't know what to do with it, until I just jammed on the drums and some other synths and it came together really naturally. It's the track I'm most excited about to play live as it has this gigantic drum drop in the middle of the track where everything builds towards.

See You Again

Producing this really felt like connecting to some of my first tracks like 'Elliot' or 'Soleil'. I definitely used a few techniques that I did in the beginning, like recording and sampling guitar chords and playing them on a keyboard. I often catch myself trying to move away from the production habits that I had when I started out, but in the end these are so essential to my sound. With this album in general I tried to revisit these approaches.

Lovers

I finished 'Lovers' as the last track on this album, and it really came together easily – I felt like there were so many syncopated, funk inspired grooves on this record, that the one song that it still needed was a super simple and naive synth track. It's a euphoric song about falling in love and getting lost in that feeling.

Echoes

One of the goals that I often have in the studio is to sound as much as a band as possible, and 'Echoes' is probably the best example. I really wanted to capture a live energy with this, especially in the second part of the track which to me feels like a resolution to the first half, both musically and lyrically.

Sign

It's super interesting to me to write ballads disguises as dance floor track. With 'Sign' I really wanted to take that to the extreme. Although i wrote the song on the piano and it has these very longing and sad lyrics, I wanted to turn it into something that would work perfectly playing it in a peak-time festival slot. I think sharing a feeling like that with a large crowd can result in a very special and intimate moment.

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'Polydans' is out now.

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Aligo doesn't sit in any one particular box.

A Canadian who has made deep connections in Norway's creative communities, the rapper nods towards North American developments while obtaining a soulful sound of his own.

At times reminiscent of those early J Cole projects, his easy-going flow is packed with emotional resonance, while his choice of producers puts Aligo in his own lane.

Recent EP '4InARow' is a stellar offering, and it leads into his hazy, intriguing new single 'Elevate'.

Produced by J Warner, it leans on Aligo's soulful influences, with a jazzy resonance to that elastic beat.

Marie Dahlstrøm guests on the track, offsetting Aligo's punchy bars with her own soft-on-the-ear melodies.

He comments…

"I think if you see where I was going with this song then you’ll understand where I am as an artist currently and what my intention was for this EP. Down to each verse feeling like a crescendo of energy, to Marie’s silky melody over the hook and the powerful baseline that evokes emotion, it's all elevating. I feel like I needed a way to let people know that it's only up from here…"

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First Aid Kit will release new album 'Who By Fire' on March 26th.

The Swedish group grew up around Leonard Cohen's music, and were left deeply saddened by his death.

Hosting two special evenings in March 2017 at Stockholm's Royal Dramatic Theater, the band reinterpreted the Bard's work.

Those evenings are captured on 'Who By Fire', a "theatrical staging" of Leonard Cohen's songs, poems, and letters, alongside an eight person band, strings, two actors, and a huge choir.

Re-visiting the tapes, the resulting album lands on March 26th and it's a salute to Cohen, while also acting as a creative statement in its own right.

"We recently listened back to this concert and realized that this was something out of the ordinary for us. It was a challenge to create a performance that wasn't centered around First Aid Kit songs. It was something we'd never done before, but everything came together so well."

"Dwelling deeply into Cohen's world was a pleasure, he was so prolific as both a poet and a songwriter, and everything he ever put out held a very strong standard. He cared immensely for his work. The band, the guest artists, the atmosphere on stage… everyone had a great passion and it felt magical. This is definitely a record that is best enjoyed listening to back-to-back with no interruptions. Allow yourself to just disappear into Cohen's world for a little while."

A live version of 'Suzanne' drawn from the album is now online – check it out below.

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