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why not start with last year's surprise breakout star? conveniently, she's just put out a video for her great new single. i sincerely look forward to hearing this on the radio after "playing games" has run its course.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BOaJloEPUCg

do you see good fortunes for the idiom this year? anticipating any particular artists' albums? let's hear it!

dyl, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 05:29 (seven months ago) link

Hi Dyl! Her breakout was no surprise to me :)

I like this track a lot (it’s eligible for voting in ILM’s 2019 tracks poll, ahem!) — but man, does LODT’s producer drop bug me... it’s especially grating over the course of the whole album. Sorry to start the year off on a negative! :D)

Don’t yell ‘Judas!’ in a crowded theater (morrisp), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 05:52 (seven months ago) link

This track dropped back in December, but the video just premiered a few days ago... I like the atmosphere in this song:

DaniLeigh - Wrong

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LTrS40ZwUB4

Don’t yell ‘Judas!’ in a crowded theater (morrisp), Wednesday, 8 January 2020 06:18 (seven months ago) link

now that i think about it, i wouldn't mind at all if usher worked his way up to releasing a new album

dyl, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 06:26 (seven months ago) link

i'm hoping ravyn lenae will put an album out this year

monotony, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 07:00 (seven months ago) link

luke james has released a handful of tracks over the past few months and will be going on tour soon. this most recent track is probably my favorite of the bunch: a bit freeform, a characteristically great vocal + striking arrangement that drifts off into a gentle haze of atmospherics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hCdDqEf1XdY

dyl, Tuesday, 14 January 2020 00:03 (six months ago) link

Her older singles are also really good -- check out "Orange Sweater," it rules:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yhEnfp3ZOUw

stop creeping my instagram storiez (morrisp), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:12 (six months ago) link

Good to see Luke James love! His 2014 album is one of my quiet faves.

This is end of '19, but I fucking love how sharp Usher and Ella Mai sound here

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMitI4VbSuo

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:17 (six months ago) link

a lot of his songs on STAR were very good. “filthy sheets” was a personal fave

maura, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 14:53 (six months ago) link

between city winery shifting its booking and this new venue big night live opening—i went to its press event, which was bundled in with an erykah badu show—boston is finally getting more r&b shows. elle varner is here next week, raphael saadiq with jamila woods next month, bilal a week after that. took everyone long enough!

maura, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 17:59 (six months ago) link

Kaash Paige may be about to blow up... among other indicators, her track "Love Songs" is #3 on TikTok (which I understand is meaningful) #2019Impact

I love her vibe so much, I guess it's somewhat similar to Summer Walker's early material.. these gorgeous, spaced-out jams

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwIIVeGq4Xg

stop creeping my instagram storiez (morrisp), Thursday, 16 January 2020 04:15 (six months ago) link

they always blow up shortly after you post about them on ilm :D

dyl, Thursday, 16 January 2020 05:57 (six months ago) link

that's a very nice song tho

dyl, Thursday, 16 January 2020 06:00 (six months ago) link

ILM’s #1 Tastemaker for Faded R&B

stop creeping my instagram storiez (morrisp), Thursday, 16 January 2020 15:47 (six months ago) link

new jhené aiko p good

||||||||, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 18:53 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uy3Y-1KVZeg

dad genes (morrisp), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 01:58 (six months ago) link

seems like a new luke james record came out today, h/t maura

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 31 January 2020 15:13 (six months ago) link

indeed! Been streaming it around Destroyer. I owe deej and maura for elbowing me into listening to the 2014 album.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 31 January 2020 15:15 (six months ago) link

i am two tracks deep and wow, this is excellent

american bradass (BradNelson), Friday, 31 January 2020 15:18 (six months ago) link

Hurry up and get to "blow."

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 31 January 2020 15:30 (six months ago) link

glad to see he's back

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 31 January 2020 15:41 (six months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_gqpXVAY3fI

posting the new raveena here too because i've been listening to it on loop for a few hours

ufo, Sunday, 2 February 2020 03:21 (six months ago) link

That Bieber/Walker remix is pretty tight.

dad genes (morrisp), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 20:24 (six months ago) link

"Sometimes," the song that H.E.R. performed at the Grammys, is a high-quality track that pulls out all the stops (strings, choir, gtr solo, long outro, etc.):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbqyeaAoYxg

dad genes (morrisp), Tuesday, 4 February 2020 21:10 (six months ago) link

the summer walker remix of "yummy" is better than i expected it'd be -- primarily due to walker's contributions, naturally -- but the song itself is still so basic. i like how she enters the track via backing vocals.

dyl, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 05:20 (six months ago) link

rolling pls release a new record don toliver 2020

||||||||, Wednesday, 5 February 2020 21:44 (six months ago) link

Victoria Monét - Moment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YmGpezLMLZI

dad genes (morrisp), Thursday, 6 February 2020 21:10 (six months ago) link

more exciting than the album rollout!

breastcrawl, Thursday, 6 February 2020 21:29 (six months ago) link

New album “HOPELESS ROMANTIC” drops Friday 2/14 🌹🌹 #VDay 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/tCIKi0P2Cz

— TINK (@Official_Tink) February 10, 2020

maura, Friday, 14 February 2020 13:48 (five months ago) link

Not sure how R&B this is (it's maybe more "bedroom pop" or something?), but I like it:

Arlo Parks - Eugene

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikwBBNnn2gI

You have seen the heavy groups (morrisp), Tuesday, 18 February 2020 18:51 (five months ago) link

new Kaash Paige video (“Heartbreaker”):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=je8UTXGxDAQ

You have seen the heavy groups (morrisp), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 06:20 (five months ago) link

oh wow "eugene"

the chorus is quietly devastating

not sure i would have posted it in this thread specifically but ty for sharing it

dyl, Wednesday, 19 February 2020 06:40 (five months ago) link

no prob - yeah, it came up in an r&b playlist, but I wasn't really sure where to put it (I can post it in rolling pop, too...)

meanwhile - kaash has top-of-Pitchfork placement today :) https://pitchfork.com/levels/kaash-paige-heartbreaker-new-song-listen/

You have seen the heavy groups (morrisp), Wednesday, 19 February 2020 21:22 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

new ro james! https://smarturl.it/TouchyFeely

maura, Friday, 6 March 2020 16:33 (five months ago) link

^^^ that rules

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 6 March 2020 16:41 (five months ago) link

Don Toliver - Euphoria (feat. Travis Scott & Kaash Paige)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYAMG_UPf6U

Panic! At The Costco (morrisp), Friday, 13 March 2020 04:59 (five months ago) link

ro james has put out a surprising number of good singles since his first album + "permission"

dyl, Friday, 13 March 2020 06:12 (five months ago) link

don toliver so sick. his last album was amazing

||||||||, Friday, 13 March 2020 08:24 (five months ago) link

Jhene Aiko's just scored her biggest opening week ever with the #2 debut of her new album on Billboard. She's sort of quietly been sneaking to new fan base highs. Of course some of us really appreciated TRIP, naming it one of the best albums of last decade

abcfsk, Tuesday, 17 March 2020 21:18 (four months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXSSzzxWcN0

enjoying this. the way it suddenly transmogrifies into a delicate piano ballad at the end is so odd but kinda works?

dyl, Saturday, 28 March 2020 06:22 (four months ago) link

just listened to Victoria Monet's lush jam posted upthread, six times in a row

gaudio, Monday, 30 March 2020 19:19 (four months ago) link

...this track tho(!):

Kiana Ledé ft. Ari Lennox – “Chocolate”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zneiqgtWZIU

morrisp, Friday, 3 April 2020 22:23 (four months ago) link

(awesome video, too)

morrisp, Friday, 3 April 2020 22:35 (four months ago) link

her album's out too

||||||||, Saturday, 4 April 2020 09:33 (four months ago) link

Yeah, it’s really good!

morrisp, Saturday, 4 April 2020 17:31 (four months ago) link

that's a pretty nice song

dyl, Saturday, 4 April 2020 21:21 (four months ago) link

don toliver album is so great, stretching out to more rarefied places but still got punchy hooks and that voice

ogmor, Monday, 6 April 2020 23:50 (four months ago) link

cosign, one of my favourite albums of the year so far.

I don’t follow r&b close enough to know, but is this Young Thug-does-r&b style (reductive I’m sure, but I don’t know how else to describe it) unique to Toliver?

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 7 April 2020 08:55 (four months ago) link

xp coincidentally, here’s what she says about another song from her forthcoming project:

The title track, ‘Jaguar’ is one of my favourite songs,” she says. “It’s going to make you want to rollerskate around, or do a dance like the electric slide! It’s that vibe. It’s not too on-the-nose disco. It’s not like I’m trying to straight up be Donna Summer, but it definitely feels like retro-future.

Charging for Brewskis™ (morrisp), Friday, 19 June 2020 05:57 (one month ago) link

banger

scampo simmonite (||||||||), Friday, 19 June 2020 09:08 (one month ago) link

lost summer jam for the summer we never had

scampo simmonite (||||||||), Friday, 19 June 2020 09:09 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oWqGG92GsrQ

phonte and vic mensa, produced by zo. i love this so much

maura, Saturday, 20 June 2020 01:57 (one month ago) link

that show is dope

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 21 June 2020 01:26 (one month ago) link

I like this from Ayanis, whose 2018 single "Awh Yeh" was huge for me. This one's from back in January - it has 2mm views as of now (that's decent, no?)

Ayanis - Lil Boi (Big Talk) feat. Queen Naija

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DvDH2-G77-0

OG Honeymoon Ave (morrisp), Monday, 22 June 2020 05:18 (one month ago) link

i like that, has some clever lyrics

appreciate the tasteful references to classic music videos too. i def prefer that to the sometimes-gratuitous interpolations that pop up in the songs themselves lately

dyl, Monday, 22 June 2020 17:09 (one month ago) link

that's great

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 22 June 2020 19:57 (one month ago) link

This is really nice:

Mahalia - Plastic Plants

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBaDGFrdNg0

OG Honeymoon Ave (morrisp), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 00:02 (one month ago) link

love mahalia

scampo simmonite (||||||||), Tuesday, 23 June 2020 07:48 (one month ago) link

Loyal, by Ceraadi, was a jam last year... they're still tearing it up:

Ceraadi - Tear It Up
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gro3S-uWuk

OG Honeymoon Ave (morrisp), Thursday, 25 June 2020 04:59 (one month ago) link

(throwback-style jams are hitting the spot for me right now)

OG Honeymoon Ave (morrisp), Thursday, 25 June 2020 06:29 (one month ago) link

Jaguar coming July 31:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EbdB36nU8AAaiAT.jpg

1. Moment
2. Track 2
3. Dive
4. Track 4
5. Track 5
6. Experience ft. Khalid & SG Lewis
7. Ass Like That
8. Track 8
9. Track 9

OG Honeymoon Ave (morrisp), Saturday, 27 June 2020 17:40 (one month ago) link

love that cover

dyl, Saturday, 27 June 2020 18:02 (one month ago) link

I need it

specific fry such as scampo (||||||||), Saturday, 27 June 2020 18:23 (one month ago) link

Summer Walker has a new EP out July 10. Nice BET Awards performance (w/Usher):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BVqh9kCltAM

Pat McGroin (morrisp), Tuesday, 30 June 2020 19:44 (one month ago) link

Rollerskating video (for dyl):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJGSU0nXd-w

Pat McGroin (morrisp), Wednesday, 1 July 2020 01:36 (one month ago) link

:D

dyl, Wednesday, 1 July 2020 03:46 (one month ago) link

TIL her first name stands for “Kill All Arrogance Stop Hatred.”

Kaash Paige - Jaded

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrTM2jPAdhg

Pat McGroin (morrisp), Saturday, 4 July 2020 07:13 (one month ago) link

👑 when the Queen is coming, you move!! It’s just what you do lol new Jaguar release date: August 7th 🤎 pic.twitter.com/IrJRpxuTeo

— Victoria Monét (@VictoriaMonet) July 7, 2020

Pat McGroin (morrisp), Thursday, 9 July 2020 01:57 (one month ago) link

The new Summer Walker EP, Life on Earth, is really good:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/Ebs74MhWsAAcdzn?format=jpg&name=large
https://pbs.twimg.com/media/EcbuhxFXQAMlm3t?format=jpg&name=large

Pat McGroin (morrisp), Friday, 10 July 2020 05:09 (one month ago) link

def need to listen to that soon

here's a song i heard earlier today. i'm a bit taken by how warm, hopeful, gently uplifting it feels. (the video ends on a note that's not quite that)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4GR4OJgDvFY

dyl, Friday, 10 July 2020 06:16 (one month ago) link

theres so much new R&B these days ... not a TON of it is connecting on a mass scale but a lot of it is doing decently, I'd love to read some really good critics on contemporary R&B

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Friday, 10 July 2020 20:31 (one month ago) link

I think this would be a really good time for publications to properly cover r&b, not just because the genre is in particularly good health, but with the wider cultural conversations happening it would be a really good time to commit to covering work produced in a style that's still mostly associated with black voices

boxedjoy, Friday, 10 July 2020 20:49 (one month ago) link

I'm aware how patronising and clunky and simplistic that statement reads but at the same time, I feel like we're talking about Black Lives Matter and empowerment and yet the coverage I see of contemporary r&b is so minimal

boxedjoy, Friday, 10 July 2020 20:53 (one month ago) link

I agree it would be great (and, yes, “timely”) if a genre in which young Black women thrive were more celebrated!

Pat McGroin (morrisp), Friday, 10 July 2020 21:59 (one month ago) link

it's so frustrating

maura, Friday, 10 July 2020 23:53 (one month ago) link

I can't get over this EP - the first three tracks, especially, are just blazing. She's a major artist, you know? I'm so pleased, especially bc I never really connected w/Over It.

Summer Walker - My Affection

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMCpQ0FxJIo

FAC 179 (morrisp), Sunday, 12 July 2020 17:11 (one month ago) link

two weeks pass...

i'm late but i am also enjoying summer walker's ep

dyl, Sunday, 26 July 2020 19:42 (two weeks ago) link

Voicemails was a masterpiece but I somehow missed a new Tink album even existed. Belated thanks to Maura for the link. Have now picked it up and it's pretty great.

geoffreyess, Wednesday, 29 July 2020 03:46 (two weeks ago) link

Victoria Monét's Jaguar is out on Friday; Kaash Paige's album Teenage Fever next week... this is gonna be a great month for r&b.

Rob, give a listen to Iggy Stooge (morrisp), Tuesday, 4 August 2020 04:57 (one week ago) link

...and while I'm here, another great recent single:

Savannah Cristina - F'd Up (feat. Flo Milli)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HXrzCvALJM

bonus (nice!) live version:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLUvRA3ZbJ8

Rob, give a listen to Iggy Stooge (morrisp), Tuesday, 4 August 2020 05:30 (one week ago) link

Victoria Monét's Jaguar is out on Friday

jonesing for this so much rn

in the meantime this is an absolute jam

Teedra Moses, Salaam Remi, D-Nice - Black Love

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QUDXlGuc00

gaudio, Thursday, 6 August 2020 13:36 (one week ago) link

9 songs, 25 min

👍🏼

||||||||, Friday, 7 August 2020 11:19 (six days ago) link

"Moment" as Track #1 is such a choice

Rob, give a listen to Iggy Stooge (morrisp), Friday, 7 August 2020 17:54 (six days ago) link

short excellent EPs are the answer

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 7 August 2020 18:07 (six days ago) link

My only quibble (as a fan) is that I sometimes wish her lyrics were a little stronger - she's into corny puns & sex metaphors which are more silly than sexy (to me). There are some good lines, though ("We in your Porsche, but you coulda got it in a rental").

I'm also not sure why the two (great-sounding) "Interludes" weren't fleshed out into full songs(?)

Rob, give a listen to Iggy Stooge (morrisp), Friday, 7 August 2020 18:29 (six days ago) link

the title track also demands an extended mix!

Rob, give a listen to Iggy Stooge (morrisp), Friday, 7 August 2020 18:31 (six days ago) link

I wonder if there will be speculation around the identity of the woman in "Touch Me" ("based on a true story," says Victoria). the line about all the tattoos; the Porsche reference... u see where I'm going

Rob, give a listen to Iggy Stooge (morrisp), Friday, 7 August 2020 18:40 (six days ago) link

i'm fine w/ her lyrics. mind you, i honestly rate Goapele's Milk & Honey lyrics and tone (and song) very highly, so

I'm also not sure why the two (great-sounding) "Interludes" weren't fleshed out into full songs(?)

that is otm. i would gladly have 9+ mins of the glouriously sizzling wmebfil

gaudio, Friday, 7 August 2020 19:20 (six days ago) link

impressive collection of songs (and consistently striking instrumental work)

the title track also demands an extended mix!

definitely. "experience" too imo

dyl, Saturday, 8 August 2020 03:25 (five days ago) link

Victoria Monet Jaguar got a good review in Pitchfork yesterday but a 7.1 score.

curmudgeon, Saturday, 8 August 2020 15:33 (five days ago) link

there's a quite nice video for the title track now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=unniQzo65W8

dyl, Saturday, 8 August 2020 20:40 (five days ago) link

i want to mix it with montell jordan's "get it on tonite" (or any other derivatives of the claudja barry tune it samples)

dyl, Saturday, 8 August 2020 20:49 (five days ago) link

I don’t know about that video, lol

Washington Foosball Team (morrisp), Saturday, 8 August 2020 23:29 (five days ago) link

new neyo and jeremih is low key but nice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OdiLrboD3f8

Spottie, Monday, 10 August 2020 18:38 (three days ago) link

Love an all-male love duet

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 10 August 2020 20:31 (three days ago) link

wasn’t able to really enjoy Jaguar at first because I had been expecting a sprawling album to get lost in, not an EP frontloaded with previously released singles and just three new tracks

tried again today, with just the new stuff and, yes, it is good...

...but it’s over before it begins - I still want that sprawling album to get lost in

guess I’ll have to play it on shuffle and hope the listening *experience* somehow balances out between the new and the familiar

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 12 August 2020 16:51 (yesterday) link

just fleshing out those two interludes would have made such a difference

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 12 August 2020 17:17 (yesterday) link

its replay value is something for the ages, tho

she revealed Jaguar is part 1 of 3 parts

a very good read: https://nypost.com/2020/08/07/victoria-monet-jaguar-interview-album-project/

gaudio, Wednesday, 12 August 2020 18:17 (yesterday) link


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