Since releasing his Voided Checks mixtape in 2009, Gordon Voidwell – born Will Johnson – has gotten some really positive attention and approximately one million comparisons to Prince. His latest mixtape, Bad Études, has continued to elicit these comparisons, but Voidwell himself would rather describe it as a postmodernist deconstruction of late ’80s R&B and 98.7 KissFM’s midnight mixes, “for the most part.” Call it whatever you will – this mixtape is full of incredibly catchy tunes that I danced to while making giant pots of soup to warm my freezing ass through all of February.
Though you might start listening to Gordon Voidwell because of his infectious jams, you’ll notice pretty quickly just how much depth there is to his art. His latest project is as deeply political as it is danceable, and when we found out he’s a fan of the site, we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to ask him some questions.
If you don’t already, this Bronx-born and raised Minneapolis transplant, Afro-futurist music-maker, and smartypants is an artist that you should definitely get to know.