“I feel like a groupie,” confessed Action Bronson to a heavy-hitting music mag EIC last night at Brooklyn Bowl in Williamsburg. Overhearing similar awe-struck conversations from music-aficionados, hipsters, and VIPs was commonplace during the D’Angelo and Questlove two-man show, and in addition to Bronson, Jean Grae, Nelson George, Chromeo, Robert Glasper, Hannibal Buress, A Tribe Called Quest’s Ali Shaheed, Kevin Liles, and Bilal were all there to bask in the sonic glory.
With the help of his nurturing pal Quest, the low-profile soul singer and multi-instrumentalist cultivated the neo-soul nostalgia that we all love. As exemplified in the clip of their encore, “Lady,” songs like “Cosmic Slop,” “The Line,” and “Alright” had the crowd gleefully singing along. Oh, and thank you, Universe, the album is almost finished.--