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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 (four 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 (four 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 (four 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 (four months ago) link

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

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

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

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

that's a very nice song tho

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

ILM’s #1 Tastemaker for Faded R&B

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

new jhené aiko p good

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

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

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

i am two tracks deep and wow, this is excellent

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

Hurry up and get to "blow."

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

glad to see he's back

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

That Bieber/Walker remix is pretty tight.

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

rolling pls release a new record don toliver 2020

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

Victoria Monét - Moment

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

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

more exciting than the album rollout!

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

two weeks pass...

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

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

^^^ that rules

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

don toliver so sick. his last album was amazing

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

(awesome video, too)

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

her album's out too

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

Yeah, it’s really good!

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

that's a pretty nice song

dyl, Saturday, 4 April 2020 21:21 (two 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 (two 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 (one month ago) link

kiana ledé record is really good

megan thee macallan 18 year (||||||||), Wednesday, 8 April 2020 18:52 (one month ago) link

i liked tink's new one but it's a little sad to me that she's not rapping at all anymore

here 1st (roxymuzak), Friday, 10 April 2020 00:12 (one month ago) link

I don’t really think of don toliver as r&b any more than I would 03 greedo, shordie Shordie, rod wave, rylo Rodriguez, no cap, or even polo g at times ... tho obviously a very blurry line there

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Friday, 10 April 2020 10:19 (one month ago) link

(With maybe rod wave leaning hard r&b and polo g being more obviously rap)

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

Less than young thug i think of 03 greedo meets Travis Scott in that style

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Friday, 10 April 2020 10:21 (one month ago) link

Ah thanx deej, I could have suspected there would be much more in that r&b/rap interzone, but it’s another area where I’m not all that much at home. Will try out some of the artists you mentioned.

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Friday, 10 April 2020 20:29 (one month ago) link

Really nice beat here (though I could do without hearing the phrase “morning wood” in a lyric...)

Kelly Rowland - Coffee

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

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 18:46 (one month ago) link

Victoria Monét - Dive

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B2r5_J0Y69M

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 20:51 (one month ago) link

^Beautiful track

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 20:55 (one month ago) link

Luxurious!

That’s three great singles in a row. “From the forthcoming project JAGUAR” - yes, please!

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 21:10 (one month ago) link

Yeah - it's a whole mood

I eat fast foods (morrisp), Tuesday, 21 April 2020 21:33 (one month ago) link

now i love her

knife sharpening tips (gaudio), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 15:49 (one month ago) link

so much greatness. the songwritting obv and foremost; then the taut strings that crackle as glorious as those little psychedelic breezy effusing perfectely-timed underneath; her caressing phras-ing designing the whole thing to such an extent, that that second part of the song reveals itself

knife sharpening tips (gaudio), Wednesday, 22 April 2020 16:00 (one month ago) link

the arrangement takes it to the next level for sure

dyl, Thursday, 23 April 2020 02:47 (one month ago) link

i think "dive" is pretty solidly her best yet

ufo, Thursday, 23 April 2020 03:36 (one month ago) link

it's a dope track

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 23 April 2020 18:48 (one month ago) link

"lick the beach/fuck the shore" over the trillville bed squeak takes some serious chops to pull off but she's got it.

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/hip-hop-sample-squeaking-bed-exo-karol-g-lil-jon-760286/

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 23 April 2020 18:52 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=exKC1W-Tu_U

certainly not as unique or bold as her material from her commercial prime, but brandy's return is pretty solid imo. backing is fairly repetitive but that moment when the horns and percussion retreat for a few seconds hits the spot. chance's guest verse veers from eyebrow-raising to genuinely amusing

dyl, Monday, 4 May 2020 17:48 (one month ago) link

i will take literally whatever Brandy i can get but that's fairly undistinguished

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Monday, 4 May 2020 21:59 (one month ago) link

the chloe x halle single seems like an instant classic, the sort of thing that might've led off a "summer jams" thread in precedented times gone by!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9HIaGcBocc

monotony, Monday, 18 May 2020 00:41 (two weeks ago) link

(a victoria monét co-write btw)

monotony, Monday, 18 May 2020 00:46 (two weeks ago) link

that’s lovely

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Monday, 18 May 2020 08:41 (two weeks ago) link

http://youtu.be/zdcdIYkL6go

maura, Thursday, 21 May 2020 13:28 (two weeks ago) link

lol, they got your number maura

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 21 May 2020 16:22 (two weeks ago) link

(that’s “Too Much” by Ro James ft. Miguel)

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 21 May 2020 17:59 (two weeks ago) link

and there’s this teddy riley-assisted lloyd slow jam


https://empire.ffm.to/slowwinebassline

maura, Friday, 22 May 2020 15:58 (two weeks ago) link

future nostalgia

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Saturday, 23 May 2020 01:18 (two weeks ago) link

the parisalexa album is really well executed and enjoyable: https://open.spotify.com/album/5SqQ4wQaltxdUwRrlGuwmw

monotony, Tuesday, 26 May 2020 03:03 (one week ago) link

the chloe x halle single seems like an instant classic

yes!

+ Lloyd's slow jam is stunning and giving me a Swing Mob deep cut kick

knife sharpening tips (gaudio), Wednesday, 27 May 2020 15:22 (one week ago) link


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