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Michael Eugene Archer – alias D’Angelo – became the closest thing the ’90s had to Marvin Gaye thanks to sumptuous and smooth baby-making anthems like ‘Brown Sugar’ and ‘Lady’. Then he disappeared, slowly and quietly succumbing to the classic banana skins of stardom (notably drugs and allegedly trying to solicit an undercover cop).
But last year the singer made a comeback, partly inspired by the death of J Dilla and powered by a new devotion to guitar (that’s right, D’Angelo can shred now). The result was a stunning, surprise-released new album named ‘Black Messiah’ and a series of scintillating live shows. D’Angelo may no longer have the perfectly carved torso that he burnt into our retinas with his video for ‘Untitled (How Does It Feel)’, but this London run (with a Hammersmith Apollo date newly added) should be a mighty show of force from the newly risen lord of R&B.Read more
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Mining the ’80s for his sophisticated synth-funk, Dornik was Jessie Ware’s drummer until her label PMR signed him up to record some slinky tracks of his own. The velvety, Michael Jackson-esque ‘On My Mind’ is typical, and sounds like both the past and the future. Wanna be startin’ somethin’? Get on Dornik fast.Read more
A blast from the (fairly recent) past: the peculiar post-punk duo return from the wilderness. Their mannered vocals and silly lyrics can be a bit jarring, but the thrillingly primitive, minimal harshness of the pair's music (they make The Fall sound like Queen) makes them a thoroughly refreshing prospect, especially live on stage.Read more