In modern music the drum is the centerpiece, the heart. Chris “Daddy” Dave has spent years mastering his craft in studios and live gigs for a wide array of artists including Robert Glasper, Adele and D’angelo, quietly becoming one of the premier drummers of our time. Yet despite his legend-in-the-making status he has not released any material as a bandleader, until now.
The Texas-bred maestro just released his first ever mixtape, Chris Dave and The Drumhedz, which is meant to be a sampler plate of the wide range of styles Dave has amassed. Accompanying his snares, kicks and toms are The Drumhedz, a rotating cast of musicians Dave has formed strong organic connections with over the years. Pino Palladino’s legendary bass makes numerous appearances, as do Isaiah Sharkey and Tim …
Bonnaroo 2012 did not follow the DJ craze like most fest this year are doing, having only one stage dedicated to dubstep, house, trance, etc… But they did book a few stellar acts to keep the Bonnaroovians (yes, the word exist) satisfied. Skrillex delivered his set on what looked like an outdated space ship from a ’70s Buck Rogers flick. Me personally, I would have gone Klingon Vessel.
We were all more than a little surprised this past January when D’Angelo stepped onstage in Stockholm for his first concert in over a decade, and thrilled that the troubled R&B star looked and sounded as strong as ever. And honestly confused why Swedish audiences were treated to this seemingly impossible show rather than a home audience. Well, the Grammy-winning artist whose album Voodoo is essential listening on any and all romantic interludes is finally set to correct that geographical error with his first concert in his home country. D’Angelo will perform along side Mary J. Blige, Trey Songz, Keyshia Cole and the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin at the ESSENCE Music Festival, happening July 6-8 in New Orleans. …MORE
James Blake‘s previous releases have been nothing to scoff at, but his vocals, while well-matched to his production style, have always felt a bit anemic. Which makes this remix of D’Angelo’s “Left & Right” off of Voodoo exactly what the Blake doubters have been looking for. It should come as no surprise that the newly-rejuvenated soul singer’s voice plays wonders across Blake’s mutant ambient dubstep sounds. Maybe D’A should consider JB to work on the new album allegedly coming soon.
D’Angelo made what is being lauded as his comeback performance last week, after a 12 year absence from the stage. And judging from the audience videos that landed online, it seems that lightning may actually strike twice for the troubled performer. No half-ass Axl Rose comeback here.
Of course, it seems that R&B/Soul performers are just better at these sort of rebirths. Think about Sade, who took a decade long break between albums and tours, and still killed it on Soldier of Love. Check out the clips of D’Angelo performing two new tunes, “The Charade” and “Sugar Daddy,” in Stockholm, Sweden, after the jump, along with a new mixtape of live D’Angelo moments mixed by Sam Champ and posted by Okayplayer.