rolling r&b 2019

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i still remember hearing "you know i'm no good" for the first time on the radio in 2007, then "need u bad" in 2008, and in both cases momentarily thinking 'lauryn?' before feeling slightly peeved that some label a&r's were probably hoping for precisely that reaction from me. went on to love both songs.

dutch singer nicole bus seems to be getting a strong early push at radio with this single despite having zero profile in this country. she was a contestant on the voice holland? the strain/'rasp' is a bit heavy for me and it all just feels very inevitable/history-repeating. if it takes off i'm sure we'll start seeing the mags write about how it actually all started with one lone club dj playing it at random and seeing a fat person cartwheel to it, then passing the intel to their radio friend.

dyl, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 07:04 (one year ago) link

loving the new dawn's single:

Nourry, Wednesday, 16 January 2019 20:13 (one year ago) link

Listening to ILX Listen: 2019

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 20:59 (one year ago) link

The whole Asiahn album is good. Her lyrics are very direct, she's not messing around...

i stan corrected (morrisp), Wednesday, 16 January 2019 23:58 (one year ago) link

"despite having zero profile in this country."

Which country?

sbahnhof, Sunday, 20 January 2019 06:43 (one year ago) link

sorry. i meant to say 'stateside' somewhere in there

dyl, Sunday, 20 January 2019 16:44 (one year ago) link

ppl seem to like this ann marie song i have mixed feelings abt it

she has other joints though

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Sunday, 20 January 2019 23:44 (one year ago) link

feels a little like an RnBass throwaway that would have gotten attention mainly on ILX via Lex & tumblr in 2011

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Sunday, 20 January 2019 23:45 (one year ago) link


dyl, Monday, 21 January 2019 01:07 (one year ago) link

pretty solid i think, some lyrics aside

cassie fanclub also may like her voice

dyl, Monday, 21 January 2019 01:16 (one year ago) link

before i clicked on that like i was worried it was gonna be like "2002" or something lol

monotony, Monday, 21 January 2019 01:49 (one year ago) link


monotony, Monday, 21 January 2019 01:49 (one year ago) link

This EP came out in November, but don't think any tracks made it onto the 2018 thread... this one's great!

Ayanis - Awh Yeah

i stan corrected (morrisp), Tuesday, 22 January 2019 22:35 (one year ago) link

Shay Lia - "Feels"

i stan corrected (morrisp), Tuesday, 22 January 2019 23:51 (one year ago) link

Monica - "Commitment"

i stan corrected (morrisp), Wednesday, 23 January 2019 00:30 (one year ago) link

Kehlani (feat. Ty Dolla $ign) - "Nights Like This"

i stan corrected (morrisp), Wednesday, 23 January 2019 18:50 (one year ago) link

many months old now, but just starting to get radio spins via iheartradio's payola emerging artist program

i like the laid-back arrangement and idk i guess anything that pushes back on society's imperative for two people in a relationship to go right back to being strangers once that ends will inevitably perk my ears up a little

dyl, Saturday, 26 January 2019 21:53 (one year ago) link

The reason I posted the Kehlani audio rather than the video is b/c it’s one of those videos with a long intro before it gets to the music.

i stan corrected (morrisp), Sunday, 27 January 2019 17:44 (one year ago) link

ahhhh sh-... sorry I didn't see you'd already posted, my bad

||||||||, Sunday, 27 January 2019 17:48 (one year ago) link

no worries!

i stan corrected (morrisp), Sunday, 27 January 2019 17:51 (one year ago) link

I must have listened to that “Awh Yeh” track like 25 times after discovering it last week... so good

i stan corrected (morrisp), Sunday, 27 January 2019 17:54 (one year ago) link

i should probably listen to that dreezy album

dyl, Sunday, 27 January 2019 20:39 (one year ago) link

it's pretty good

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 28 January 2019 00:29 (one year ago) link

New EP from Summer Walker (Clear, recorded live):

Her album was one of my favorites last year!

Bonus -- cool performance on Kimmel last week:

i stan corrected (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 00:26 (one year ago) link

Searching the Web for info on Walker — there’s really not a lot out there — I found this from a transcript of a recent Beats 1 interview (apparently her first ever):

I literally just want to make soap, that’s my goal. From herbs and roots. That’s what I always wanted to do but I feel like it takes time because I want to grow the stuff in the garden and that would require me to have a home so I need the finances to get a home to make my garden to make my soap. That’s all I want to do. I gotta get a new car. I want a Mazda because see, the goal here is the garden and the home and going to get a Benz right now would not be very intelligent.

i stan corrected (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 February 2019 13:33 (one year ago) link

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Normani & 6LACK - Waves

yuh yuh (morrisp), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 17:56 (one year ago) link

Ciara - Greatest Love

yuh yuh (morrisp), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 18:43 (one year ago) link

UMI - High School

yuh yuh (morrisp), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 18:51 (one year ago) link

This UMI track from last fall ("Remember Me") is excellent:

yuh yuh (morrisp), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:02 (one year ago) link

Mahalia - Do Not Disturb

yuh yuh (morrisp), Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:05 (one year ago) link

this new Kehlani song is lovely

Nourry, Wednesday, 13 February 2019 19:53 (one year ago) link

I'm well aware this doesn't need the promotion, but it's my favorite song in the world right now:

yuh yuh (morrisp), Friday, 15 February 2019 05:22 (one year ago) link

2018 but w/e

maiday - mandala

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another 2018 but w/e

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PaulDananVEVO (||||||||), Saturday, 2 March 2019 10:41 (one year ago) link

i'm starting to hear summer walker's "girls need love" (from the kimmel clip upthread) on the radio and it sounds very great there

dyl, Sunday, 3 March 2019 02:09 (one year ago) link

lol apparently there's a remix with drake now so i'm sure that will continue

dyl, Sunday, 3 March 2019 02:10 (one year ago) link

i like the grittier timbre yk osiris accesses in his latest single. plus: guitar solo!

dyl, Sunday, 3 March 2019 02:32 (one year ago) link

xp Yeah, the Drake remix just dropped (I’m... not a fan, but really cool for her obv.)

yuh yuh (morrisp), Sunday, 3 March 2019 04:24 (one year ago) link

Looks like she also cleaned up her Instagram, deleted a bunch of stuff — making it more “professional”(?)

yuh yuh (morrisp), Sunday, 3 March 2019 04:27 (one year ago) link

yeah i'm not feeling drake's contribution to the remix either. the only good thing about it is that it extends the overall runtime compared to the original, which always seems surprisingly short

dyl, Sunday, 3 March 2019 04:33 (one year ago) link

The disarming brevity of most tracks on Last Day of Summer is a great feature, but it’s true that 2:20 is really brief for a single (it’s actually cool to know that the album version has been getting airplay).

yuh yuh (morrisp), Sunday, 3 March 2019 05:04 (one year ago) link

Hot beat on this track.

Lauriana Mae - Something Real

yuh yuh (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 19:04 (one year ago) link

This is jam u may dig if u also "just don't give a f***":

Shamba - IDGAF

yuh yuh (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 19:40 (one year ago) link

Hot stuff:

Quin & 6lack - Mushroom Chocolate

yuh yuh (morrisp), Wednesday, 6 March 2019 20:05 (one year ago) link

Tayla Parx - I Want You

yuh yuh (morrisp), Friday, 8 March 2019 18:12 (one year ago) link

saw her last week opening for anderson .paak! she was really good

maura, Friday, 8 March 2019 19:28 (one year ago) link

anyone check out the new BJ?

lion king 2: the gift and the curse (voodoo chili), Friday, 26 July 2019 23:21 (ten months ago) link

liked the first couple of tracks i heard

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Saturday, 27 July 2019 03:40 (ten months ago) link

the whole Erika de Casier album is really lovely, my favourite is "Space"

ufo, Saturday, 27 July 2019 06:37 (ten months ago) link

'What U Wanna Do?' -> 'Rainy' -> 'Space' is a great run.

Anyway, this album is ideal ILM fodder (and I mean that in a good way).

pomenitul, Saturday, 3 August 2019 13:50 (nine months ago) link

maybe make a thread for it? i really love it. it's drawing so heavily on 90s r&b but the production feels much more modern with how much space there is and every individual sound is so good

ufo, Saturday, 3 August 2019 14:35 (nine months ago) link

I considered making a thread for it too!

boxedjoy, Saturday, 3 August 2019 19:29 (nine months ago) link

maura, Friday, 16 August 2019 15:47 (nine months ago) link

also, zo! put out a new album last week and it's lovely. (it's called fourfront, which is easier to search than his name.) i want to try and catch him at city winery on monday - he's doing a "piano & a microphone" tour with carmen rodgers, whose vocal makes this track extra bubbly

maura, Friday, 16 August 2019 15:50 (nine months ago) link

phonte (naturally), stokley, and madison mcferrin are among the other guests

maura, Friday, 16 August 2019 15:50 (nine months ago) link

Is this the thread where I can gush about the new Normani single with the rest of the Internet or should I take it to the pop thread

self-clowning oven (Murgatroid), Friday, 16 August 2019 17:00 (nine months ago) link

Do it here! I haven't listened to it yet.....

Stub yr toe on the yacht rock (morrisp), Friday, 16 August 2019 17:10 (nine months ago) link

I feel like normani almost deserves a thread of her own at this point

monotony, Friday, 16 August 2019 21:07 (nine months ago) link

anyway it’s delightful. I’ve sort of thought she would be a star ever since her ad libs of “that’s my girl”, and it’s been pleasing to see her build this oeuvre of confident collaborations over the past year or so before now having this break out moment

monotony, Friday, 16 August 2019 21:09 (nine months ago) link

i came around on "dancing with a stranger" but honestly didn't really feel any other songs normani was involved in. this song is pretty good and i'll be glad if it finally enables her to properly step out as an artist -- the fact that she had to maneuver her way in thru very strategically selected collaborations honestly struck me as highly unfortunate. as 'confident' as was on those hits they were also ample evidence that her label was, like, the opposite of confident in her potential as a pop solo personality. major props to her if she really gets to go the distance and thank fuck she's proving herself now.

i have to say the excellent video kinda makes the song. i don't think i would find the track nearly as striking without it.

dyl, Saturday, 17 August 2019 01:45 (nine months ago) link

in theory I'm skeptical of the massive pr push behind normani but "waves" is one of my favorite R&B songs of the year and this is also pretty good

like, I’m eating an elephant head (katherine), Saturday, 17 August 2019 02:12 (nine months ago) link

I like how unselfconsciously oldschool this is:

vcrash, Saturday, 17 August 2019 17:26 (nine months ago) link

my fav track from elle varner's new album, which is indeed good tho not as great as the debut (but tbh what is?)

it took a while for me to give the album a shot b/c one of the pre-release singles w/ wale was so dull but fortunately that ended up being among the worst couple of tracks

dyl, Saturday, 17 August 2019 19:56 (nine months ago) link

gave lucky daye's album a spin... strikingly arranged but much of it just drifted from my memory as unassumingly as it came. (perhaps one should 'roll some mo' to appreciate the full impact?)

aside from the radio hit, this track stood out to me

dyl, Friday, 30 August 2019 03:55 (nine months ago) link

I really like this (caveat: cover art is Not-quite-SFW):

Justine Skye - Bare With Me (EP)

#YABASIC (morrisp), Friday, 6 September 2019 22:49 (eight months ago) link

It remands me of those Amerie EPs that I loved last year.

#YABASIC (morrisp), Friday, 6 September 2019 23:02 (eight months ago) link

two weeks pass...

new Summer Walker jam (video/song NSFW) - album coming in October:

#YABASIC (morrisp), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 16:50 (eight months ago) link

Her vocals aren't really my style, but there is good stuff on this album:

Melii - Phases

Spry at 78 (morrisp), Thursday, 3 October 2019 21:29 (seven months ago) link

Summer Walker's new album, Over It, dropped today:

(Last Day of Summer has apparently been retconned into a "mixtape" or "project"... Summer is referring to Over It as her "debut album.")

Spry at 78 (morrisp), Friday, 4 October 2019 16:35 (seven months ago) link

Album is good but on first listen I miss the unique sound of Last Day of Summer

Spry at 78 (morrisp), Friday, 4 October 2019 16:46 (seven months ago) link

i am waiting for the day Brandy finally drops an album and demolishes the world, till then I've got this one that came out today:
and this one from 2016:

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 4 October 2019 18:04 (seven months ago) link

only one listen in so far, but i like summer walker's album. tho the sound of her previous album project was striking and beguiling at its best, i think this release's songs are more consistently strong and i don't bemoan her aesthetic progression either. unsurprisingly given her inroads at radio w/ "girls need love" much of it sounds like it *could* work well in that medium but also cut through the noise and stand out with no trouble -- a good sweet spot to occupy.

here's a standout among those tracks that i don't expect to make it to radio

tho his contribution on the track doesn't necessarily *detract* exactly, it is a little disappointing to see bryson tiller tacked onto a new version of "playing games", a single that had come out in advance of the album. the song had already been doing just fine breaking on its own -- with radio exposure still very minimal, it's already spent several weeks on the hot 100, so the numbers it was pulling were no slouch. i guess to slightly mask the commercial imperatives tiller's inclusion is answering to, his version has been labeled "extended version" rather than "remix", as the updated "girls need love" was -- but it's an amusing misnomer, as it has the exact same runtime as the original.

dyl, Monday, 7 October 2019 17:49 (seven months ago) link

re the convo on the Pitchfork thread about Afropop in the US, here are some recent examples of the impact “Fall”s relative chart success is having on US R&B (and on Davido and producer Kiddominant’s US careers):
Chris Brown ft. Davido (and produced by Kiddominant) • Lower Body
(significantly, the opening track of his new, long-ass album)
Fabolous ft. Jeremih & Davido • Choosy
Bas ft. Ari Lennox & Kiddominant • Amnesia

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:41 (seven months ago) link

and Afro B, who’s currently enjoying a “Fall”-size US R&B hit with “Drogba (Joanna)” has a new single out with Slim Jxmmi, “Fine Wine & Hennesy”:

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:42 (seven months ago) link

This track by London resident Arlo Parks is definitely a finalist for my song of the year. I love the minimalist instrumentation, the Chris Squire-meets-Bernie Edwards bassline, the gorgeous harmonies in the pre-chorus, and lyrics that reference Gerard Way (!) and a "Party/Bacardi" rhyme (for which I'll always have time). If you like this, check out her tracks "George" and "Super Sad Generation", which are also freakin' rad.

Hey Souls**k: that Mars Volta album isn't titled "Frances the Mule" (Prefecture), Thursday, 10 October 2019 21:06 (seven months ago) link

i like to imagine rtc somewhere in the uk throwing up every time this comes on the radio

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Saturday, 19 October 2019 21:28 (seven months ago) link

Victoria Monét - Ass Like That

drunk on hot toddies (morrisp), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:55 (seven months ago) link

Mahalia - What You Did (feat. Ella Mai)

dracula et son fils (morrisp), Sunday, 27 October 2019 06:31 (seven months ago) link

i was very ready to like that but something about so prominently sampling an already heavily sample-based production can strike me as odd enough to derail my enjoyment of the whole track. idk, i guess i liked "fergalicious" but it may have helped that at the time i was too young/ignorant to know of its precursors

dyl, Sunday, 27 October 2019 14:11 (seven months ago) link

Are you saying it samples an intermediary track that sampled “I’m Going Down” (and not just the original song)?

dracula et son fils (morrisp), Sunday, 27 October 2019 15:34 (seven months ago) link

that's what i thought, but apparently not. i'm looking at its credits via tidal now, and norman whitfield (composer of "i'm going down") is naturally listed as a composer. not listed however are the writers of the track i assumed it was actually sampling, "oh boy" by cam'ron (those writers are cam'ron, juelz santana, and the producer just blaze).

i would maintain, tho, that the way certain vocals are sampled/looped and beats are constructed is so similar in parts to "oh boy" that i'm almost certain that evoking an association to the latter track was intended

dyl, Sunday, 27 October 2019 17:10 (seven months ago) link

I agree that Cam’ron’s deployment of the sample is pretty iconic

dracula et son fils (morrisp), Sunday, 27 October 2019 17:29 (seven months ago) link

I was gonna go to this show; “life got in the way,” and now I regret that:

quinn morgendorffer stan account (morrisp), Sunday, 10 November 2019 06:05 (six months ago) link

this is cool

'The Loop' is the new LP by Los Angeles based polymath Shafiq Husayn, an epic project which saw its inception in 2012 through a series of studio sessions at Shafiq’s home, including collaborations with the likes of Thundercat, Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus, Bilal and Anderson Paak. Amongst a close knit circle of friends and family the golden tones of The Loop were created, deeply rooted in ideas of song, story, history, guidance and spirituality. The album bumps, jumps and jangles through progressions in jazz, hip hop, soul and funk, following on from his debut album ‘Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka’ and adding further to his rich history of timeless, unique music. On The Loop past, present and future are brought together through a psychedelic concoction of time traveling drum machines, celestial string sections and trails of synthesizer vapour. Inflections of Sly Stone, Pharaoh Sanders and Earth Wind And Fire traverse with Marley Marl and Dilla-esqe drums making for an organic yet LA-trifying experience.

Shafiq has brought together an impressive array of LA's musical royalty, enlisting the likes of Thundercat, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Kamasi Washington, Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave, Eric Rico, Coultrain, Computer Jay, Jimetta Rose, Om'Mas Keith, Kelsey Gonzalez, I-Ced and more to provide the backbone to his recording sessions. Drawing in features from an international cast of performers and artists like Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper, Hiatus Kaiyote, Fatima and Karen Be amongst others.

maura, Monday, 11 November 2019 21:39 (six months ago) link

I knew I shouldn't have clicked on "Lizzo" trending on Twitter only to read about the Ari Lennox thing.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 20:33 (six months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Just got into “Ass Like That”, the Victoria Monét song posted upthread, thanks to SaidTheGramophone’s Songs of 2019 list. The beat and the horns in particular are wonderful.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 21:30 (five months ago) link

Any final additions, to close out 2019? I feel like it was a good year for R&B.

Inapt Authority (morrisp), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 21:54 (five months ago) link

how is sir's album (from top dawg entertainment)? i've been hearing his single w/ kendrick "hair down" on the radio and it's a welcome addition for me

a few others to have crossed my radar recently that i think are p solid:

teyana taylor & kehlani "morning"
h.e.r. feat. yg "slide"
r.lum.r "how this feels"

dyl, Thursday, 12 December 2019 04:17 (five months ago) link

new-ish brian mcknight song is nice

maura, Thursday, 12 December 2019 19:35 (five months ago) link

teyana taylor & kehlani "morning"

This song is good but... those lyrics!

Inapt Authority (morrisp), Thursday, 12 December 2019 21:27 (five months ago) link

a couple eyebrow-raising lines for sure lol

dyl, Friday, 13 December 2019 05:01 (five months ago) link

h.e.r. feat. yg "slide"

Wow, this is some track (and video)... thanx for sharing. (I don’t like the rap too much, but the song’s strong enough to survive it.)

Inapt Authority (morrisp), Friday, 13 December 2019 06:32 (five months ago) link

not a problem, glad you appreciate it. not my fav verse, guest or otherwise, from yg, but i'm glad it's there if only for the "i ain't gotta know astrology..." line lol

h.e.r.'s been hard to get a strong sense of. some of her music is remarkably good, pushes just enough against current fashion to thrill, and then some of it sounds so flat, as if calculated to go down easy with the grammy voters that seem to love her so much

dyl, Saturday, 14 December 2019 23:35 (five months ago) link

Yeah, this is the first song of hers that I’ve really gone in for... She’s obviously v talented, but usually not quite my style?

Inapt Authority (morrisp), Saturday, 14 December 2019 23:47 (five months ago) link

Just got into “Ass Like That”, the Victoria Monét song posted upthread, thanks to SaidTheGramophone’s Songs of 2019🕸 list. The beat and the horns in particular are wonderful.

Did I mention the guitar break?

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 18 December 2019 21:41 (five months ago) link

this may be the best of the admittedly few ro james songs i've heard (no slouch tho considering the company)

dyl, Saturday, 21 December 2019 06:10 (five months ago) link

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