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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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine 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 (nine months ago) link

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

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

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

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

that's a very nice song tho

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

ILM’s #1 Tastemaker for Faded R&B

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

new jhené aiko p good

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

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

i am two tracks deep and wow, this is excellent

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

Hurry up and get to "blow."

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

glad to see he's back

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

That Bieber/Walker remix is pretty tight.

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

rolling pls release a new record don toliver 2020

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Victoria Monét - Moment

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

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

more exciting than the album rollout!

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

two weeks pass...

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

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

^^^ that rules

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

don toliver so sick. his last album was amazing

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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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (seven 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 (six months ago) link

(awesome video, too)

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

her album's out too

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Yeah, it’s really good!

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

that's a pretty nice song

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

*updates xls*
and your maiden name?

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 3 September 2020 15:35 (one month ago) link

fka twigs

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 3 September 2020 15:41 (one month ago) link

suspicions confirmed

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Thursday, 3 September 2020 15:46 (one month ago) link

really feeling this one right now:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qUKtgbO5Qpg

No mean feat. DaBaby (breastcrawl), Thursday, 3 September 2020 15:52 (one month ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUAxPG3GYi8

not seen this new Ciara mentioned anywhere round here

boxedjoy, Sunday, 6 September 2020 11:25 (one month ago) link

with bulgarian choir, yet

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Sunday, 6 September 2020 14:47 (one month ago) link

Is there a thread to speak of Lianne La Havas and neo-soul / pop-soul in general ?

Nabozo, Saturday, 12 September 2020 16:26 (one month ago) link

Do it here, why not!

Can Butch Vig not do "dynamimcs"? (morrisp), Saturday, 12 September 2020 16:50 (one month ago) link

That new Lianne La Havas is really nice

boxedjoy, Saturday, 12 September 2020 17:00 (one month ago) link

As a housekeeping matter, I wonder if we should try having a single “rolling pop/r&b” thread next year (...but I defer to dyl on his preference).

Can Butch Vig not do "dynamimcs"? (morrisp), Saturday, 12 September 2020 17:17 (one month ago) link

I would prefer them separate, there's too much pop music that sounds terrible whereas this thread consistently remains a favourite

boxedjoy, Saturday, 12 September 2020 17:47 (one month ago) link

I contribute nothing of course but still

boxedjoy, Saturday, 12 September 2020 17:47 (one month ago) link

this new Brent Faiyaz is dope:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBR01ndtids

"Dead Man Walking"

not right at all (rob), Friday, 18 September 2020 13:08 (one month ago) link

Yeah he’s good as hell

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Friday, 18 September 2020 23:26 (one month ago) link

i think ledisi's current hit is my favorite thing i've heard from her*. the delicate instrumental arrangement (which, yes, bears a passing resemblance to a certain r&b classic) allows the subtle intricacies of her vocal performance to shine through incredibly. the lyric is beautiful too: love as relief and comfort, hope and devotion, an all-consuming power that becomes one's purpose. gorgeous.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XauB5LZaOpI

(* might have to check out her new album -- or some of her older ones -- to make sure)

dyl, Monday, 21 September 2020 00:53 (one month ago) link

I think this track is really nice, but I do not like the Anderson .Paak feature at all (and unfortunately it's a very long feature):

India Shawn - Movin' On

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9IIiPuC2pk

Scam Likely (morrisp), Monday, 21 September 2020 17:06 (one month ago) link

This is really, really nice:

Gwen Bunn - Pressure

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfMudyVoz0o

Scam Likely (morrisp), Monday, 21 September 2020 17:23 (one month ago) link

(sorry - I should probably strive for better / more descriptive comments than "really nice"...)

Scam Likely (morrisp), Monday, 21 September 2020 17:24 (one month ago) link

This is not a style I am usually drawn to, but the song is absolutely gorgeous:

Tiana Major9 - Same Space?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHA3yc_y_L8

Scam Likely (morrisp), Monday, 21 September 2020 17:29 (one month ago) link

Her voice is somewhat thin, but this is a slinky, silky jam:

Paloma Ford - All for Nothing (ft. Rick Ross)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PntwZ3IsDeU

Scam Likely (morrisp), Monday, 21 September 2020 17:49 (one month ago) link

Sorry to spam the board today. I love the performance & vibe here:

BJRNCK - Real (ft. Boogie)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WC8FUcA2vZw

Scam Likely (morrisp), Monday, 21 September 2020 17:56 (one month ago) link

One more (b/c I'm in the mood)... this was released last year, but I didn't discover it until a few months ago, and it was immediately a fave. The lyrics are gloriously raunchy, and right on point; it's just "one of those songs":

Inayah - Suga Daddy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LWGxgajX6E

Scam Likely (morrisp), Monday, 21 September 2020 18:15 (one month ago) link

nice to have a fresh crop of tracks to explore!

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 13:11 (one month ago) link

Love how Rooted got absolutely no response upon link
I’m going to have to be honest with you that it sucks
Like it actually pissed me off, especially because I love cc
And especially especially because it came out on the heels of black parade so there was just no shot in hell
Sorry c

surm, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 13:17 (one month ago) link

don't think it sucks but i have a weakness for any bulgarian choir sampling. it's subpar ciara for sure.

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Wednesday, 23 September 2020 13:19 (one month ago) link

Also love BC, but yeah this and level up r not in my Ciara wheelhouse, tho i like the LU verses...
the jabby monotone melodic style is not my steez

surm, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 13:31 (one month ago) link

Nigerian singer Tems just dropped her debut EP, For Broken Ears. Last year’s “Try Me” was amazing (and check out her first two singles “Mr Rebel” and “Looku Looku” as well). Her voice is mesmerizing – she brings the drama with total control.

“Damages” is the single, it’s more uptempo (and afropoppy) than her usual vibe:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EOrFWBjiRik

…but it’s the final track you all really need to listen to. It’s incredible:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SmxjaA8aRxE
Tems • The Key

Regard the timeless piano balladeeress! (breastcrawl), Sunday, 27 September 2020 15:28 (one month ago) link

i just realized that the 'please allow me to show you something' clip that opens "movin' on" is actually a producer tag. the same clip opens h.e.r.'s "could've been" and umi's "remember me" -- all produced by d'mile, who, now that i've looked him up, has actually produced a good number of songs that i like, including sevyn streeter's "nEXt", lucky daye's "roll some mo", and... oh wait, much of victoria monét's jaguar? good to know

dyl, Wednesday, 30 September 2020 06:56 (one month ago) link

apparently the clip, btw, is from the terror (1963)

dyl, Wednesday, 30 September 2020 07:01 (one month ago) link

Huh, that's interesting... nice catch. (I forgot about UMI's "Remember Me," that's a great track.)

Btw - I've elevated Gwen Bunn's "Pressure" (the 2nd track in my above poststorm) to my 2020 Faves playlist; it's a keeper for sure.

I Hate the Aedes (morrisp), Wednesday, 30 September 2020 16:52 (one month ago) link

Tayla Parx just released a new EP with three covers (Marvin Gaye, Lauren Hill, Kirk Franklin).

I Hate the Aedes (morrisp), Friday, 2 October 2020 23:16 (four weeks ago) link

*Lauryn

I Hate the Aedes (morrisp), Friday, 2 October 2020 23:17 (four weeks ago) link

This track is 3:38, but somehow feels longer / more epic:

Ella Mai - Not Another Love Song

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=30WQefSF3Ks

I Hate the Aedes (morrisp), Friday, 2 October 2020 23:44 (four weeks ago) link

You know what, this sounds really good. I thought at first it might be more the performance and atmosphere, but actually I also really like the beat / sample.

Nabozo, Saturday, 3 October 2020 16:12 (three weeks ago) link

i've been enjoying this recent single from sevyn streeter

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F7z7gkuRsg

dyl, Sunday, 4 October 2020 05:11 (three weeks ago) link

Nice little jam, and I approve of the message:

Jhené Aiko - Vote (as featured on ABC’s black-ish)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JRrE1d7M3tI

I Hate the Aedes (morrisp), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 00:21 (three weeks ago) link

this is very nice:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoM5hxFn5p4

Riley • BGE

Regard the timeless piano balladeeress! (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 6 October 2020 18:21 (three weeks ago) link

I like this -- the sample is arresting (anyone know what it is?):

Raiche - Pick a Side

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDQ0FfXmx2M

I Hate the Aedes (morrisp), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 04:36 (three weeks ago) link

The production is really accomplished on this track; the fuzzy, repeating gtr line contrasted with the crisp percussion & vocal elements in the foreground:

Journee - Like That

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O3LyLxVhkc

I Hate the Aedes (morrisp), Wednesday, 7 October 2020 04:44 (three weeks ago) link

Tayla Parx just released a new EP with three covers (Marvin Gaye, Lauren Hill, Kirk Franklin).

― I Hate the Aedes (morrisp), zaterdag 3 oktober 2020 1:16

loving this. the production is very light, giving these tracks an almost a capella feel, and she's got such a beautiful voice.

this is her doing Kirk Franklin's "I Smile": https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEyyZL8y8WM

(also love that Tayla, who's from Texas, called this EP A Blue State)

Regard the timeless piano balladeeress! (breastcrawl), Friday, 9 October 2020 18:57 (three weeks ago) link

Just learned that Victoria Monét co-wrote "Do It," the Chloe x Halle single (and standout track)... that's awesome.

Guitar Dick (morrisp), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 17:23 (two weeks 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!

(a victoria monét co-write btw)

― monotony, maandag 18 mei 2020 2:46


as noted on this thread at the time!

Welcome to Nonrock (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 18:05 (two weeks ago) link

whoops! -- apologies to monotony. guess I knew it and forgot! ;)

Guitar Dick (morrisp), Wednesday, 14 October 2020 18:26 (two weeks ago) link

I dig this recent Mya single:

Mýa - I Deserve It

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t9A9XZGnv_A

Guitar Dick (morrisp), Friday, 16 October 2020 18:00 (two weeks ago) link

Great new one from DaniLeigh:

DaniLeigh - Monique

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIxeMS-Fyss

Guitar Dick (morrisp), Friday, 16 October 2020 18:32 (two weeks ago) link

So this is apparently a love song to Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson... (arguable) cheesiness of its provenance aside, I think it's lovely:

Lauren Hashian - Step Into a Love Like This

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rkqSAzLgvs0

Guitar Dick (morrisp), Friday, 16 October 2020 20:09 (two weeks ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DU7hz2j3Qs4

i've come back to teyana taylor's "concrete" several times now, but i still can't get fully into it. at times it sounds terrific ("i thought you grew up christian / let's talk about forgiveness") and at others the magic dissipates almost entirely :\

dyl, Monday, 19 October 2020 00:14 (one week ago) link

Dang, that YouTube thumbnail!

bagel in the streets, donut in the sheets (morrisp), Monday, 19 October 2020 00:20 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xGfe2yhu0e0

i know k camp is technically a rapper but this is still the correct thread to post this in. i like the whole song but the extended talk box outro in particular is excellent!

dyl, Monday, 19 October 2020 19:03 (one week ago) link

cool vibe on this one by Van and Jess

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jC8w5TzC8LA

sean gramophone, Sunday, 25 October 2020 04:07 (five days ago) link


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