D’Angelo‘s impact on the R&B and soul world are long lasting, with his intricate attention to detail, multi-layered harmonies, Prince-like falsettos and, of course, the instrumentation, which brought together some of the most talented producers across hip-hop, rock, pop and soul to help spark the neo-soul movement.
The Black Messiah’s first album, Brown Sugar, dropped on July 4, 1995, encompassing the aforementioned qualities and thrusting D’Angelo into critical acclaim. Though his next album, Voodoo, saw D’Angelo’s powers at their height (just before he vanished), Brown Sugar is still as great of an introduction to an artist — and genre — as you’ll get.
Last month, D’Angelo announced the album would get reissued with a remastering and a new 20-page book of liner notes, photographs and an essay by Nelson George about the impact of the album. It was also revealed the re-release would come with over 20 bonus tracks, some instrumentals and acapella tracks, but many of them never-before-heard remixes. Sixteen of them, in fact. Three of the remixes were shared earlier this week, including one of ““Me And Those Dreamin’ Eyes Of Mine” by DJ Premier.