January 25 marked the 15th anniversary of D’Angelo’s seminal Voodoo. Its follow-up, Black Messiah, dropped out of nowhere back in December and it’s a total masterpiece. If anything, it underscores Voodoo’s well-established greatness. Solange’s label, Saint Records, published an homage to Voodoo on the site Saint Heron, asking for musicians to contribute a few words about the impact that the album had on their musical coming-of-age. Solange introduces the piece, stating:
Voodoo is the church in which we all come to worship the religion of soul music. It is the word. It is the temple. It is the law for all lovers of true rhythm and blues. At 15-years-old, Voodoo is the most self-assured, decisive, deep in its roots, and “grown as hell” album in recent musical history I’ve ever experienced. A true testament to the term, timeless.
A-Trak, Beyoncé, Dave Longstreth (of Dirty Projectors), Ariel Rechtshaid, Iman Omari, Janelle Monae, Kindness, Kitty Cash, Patrick Wimberly (Chairlift), Starchild, Stasia (THEESatisfaction), Thundercat, and Tweet all contribute. Read their poignant accumulated praise here.