BJ The Chicago Kid has released a surprise new EP, celebrating the sixteenth anniversary of D’Angelo‘s classic track Untitled (How Does It Feel), from his groundbreaking 2000 album Voodoo.
In one word, the release is incredible.
Uploaded both as three separate tracks and a continuous eight-and-a-half minute mashup, BJ takes us through three incredible cuts from D’Angelo’s sophomore release: Always In My Hair, Send It On, and of course, Untitled.
“His musicality is beyond this world,” said BJ in a press release accompanying the EP. “I had to celebrate his genius by paying homage to his legacy while he continues to kill the game and make great music. It’s a new year and there’s no better way to start it off than taking it back to where it all began for me. This is real soul/R&B.”
The homage is unsurprising, really, considering how clearly you can hear D’Angelo’s influence in BJ’s music. His voice, his style, his blend of soul with R&B, hip-hop and rock elements and more all show that he’s not only been influenced by the legendary artist, but may even be something of an heir to his throne.
D’Angelo is set to tour Australia in March 2016, in support of his phenomenal 2014 album Black Messiah:
March 17, TSB Arena, Wellington
March 19, Palais Theatre, Melbourne
March 21, Sydney Opera House
He will also be performing at Bluesfest – details here.