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If I may take the liberty of kicking off this year's thread (with thanks/apologizes to dyl) - a fresh & fun jam with tight production:

Ebhoni - Hit This

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ir9ZylmT494

babe for the weekend (morrisp), Friday, 5 February 2021 06:49 (four months ago) link

Victoria Monét also has a new track out - her first since Jaguar won hearts & minds in ILM's 2020 polls - but I'm not gonna link it, b/c sadly it's kind of a dud :(

babe for the weekend (morrisp), Friday, 5 February 2021 06:53 (four months ago) link

...but if you seek Monét...

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 5 February 2021 07:04 (four months ago) link

hey, the Ebhoni is a nice surprise - definitely fresh, produced by IzyBeats, winner of our hearts & mind through their work with Koffee, and last seen working with Masego

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 5 February 2021 07:10 (four months ago) link

hearts & hivemind, I guess

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 5 February 2021 10:02 (four months ago) link

ah, that's his tag at the beginning - cool

babe for the weekend (morrisp), Friday, 5 February 2021 22:03 (four months ago) link

thank you for starting this! lol i never meant to be 'the person' to start any rolling threads, it just happened to work out that way a few times in the past couple years

dyl, Saturday, 6 February 2021 04:08 (four months ago) link

wow seriously fantastic production from Izy there -- not sure I like Ebhoni's voice really but will return to this.

You all probably know this already, but other good Izy beats include Jorja Smith & Burna Boy's "Be Honest" and Lila Iké's "I Spy"

rob, Saturday, 6 February 2021 15:11 (four months ago) link

I agree, her voice is kind of shrill... good track, though

babe for the weekend (morrisp), Saturday, 6 February 2021 17:35 (four months ago) link

Love this new one from Raveena (“Tweety”):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U4t37sXE_N0

babe for the weekend (morrisp), Saturday, 6 February 2021 23:38 (four months ago) link

Brent Faiyaz released a free EP on his website with this seriously outré and intriguing song on it:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qdm1_70sK_A

"Circles"

rob, Friday, 12 February 2021 14:24 (four months ago) link

Ebhoni has a new 4-track EP out - here's another track with fresh, airy IzyBeats production:

Ebhoni - All to Myself

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p4pE8FQuCZc

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Friday, 19 February 2021 00:41 (four months ago) link

I’m obsessed w the new brent, one of the most exciting things in music period right now

Btw Priscilla renae who wrote “California king bed” for Rihanna has a new artist project out as Long Muni, I think it’s for some interesting stuff in it

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

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Friday, 19 February 2021 10:14 (four months ago) link

Smooth:

Mahalia - Jealous (feat. Rico Nasty)

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

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Saturday, 20 February 2021 02:49 (four months ago) link

those are both great (still not feeling Ebhoni, sorry Izy)

rob, Saturday, 20 February 2021 16:07 (four months ago) link

Muni Long is a nice find. Dig this one that just came out:

Thot Thoughts (feat. Sukihana)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C4aSEJtDjs4

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Sunday, 21 February 2021 19:36 (four months ago) link

the coda on that is pretty amazing

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Sunday, 21 February 2021 21:43 (four months ago) link

i mean, whole thing is great tbc

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Sunday, 21 February 2021 21:44 (four months ago) link

Yeah the coda first caught my ear in particular. It’s a standout track. Great lyrics too

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Sunday, 21 February 2021 21:50 (four months ago) link

enjoying lucky daye's ep, table for two, that came out just before valentine's day. all of its songs are duets w/ women in r&b -- yebba, tiana major9, mahalia, ari lennox, queen naija, and joyce wrice -- and they're all good tracks that showcase the guests well. i wouldn't even say there's a standout cut, really, just enjoyable + very well produced basically all the way through. pick yr fave guest vocalist if you wanna sample just one track... or there's this promo video/'visual poem' with bits of most of 'em (tho honestly you may as well just listen to the 22-minute ep if yer willing to do the 8-minute clip)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYg-t0d8Ds4

giveon, whose "like i want you" i have been hearing on the radio a little lately, seems to be breaking through in a big way on the streaming services with that song and especially "heartbreak anniversary," both from an ep that came out last spring (he's put out another ep since then). ironically, the latter, now more reactive song was already pushed to radio months ago but went nowhere.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nja_0BaQcNg

i do prefer that one to "like i want you," but it's not bad either. his voice is certainly idiosyncratic -- i think i supposed he wasn't american when i first heard it. i guess it is almost compulsory to have a 'weird' voice if you wanna break thru w/ the tiktok'd teenagers these days anyhow. sample youtube comment from the "like i want you" clip: "bruh his voice already sounds like the slowed+reverb thingy"

supposedly the streaming spike came from a push around valetine's day (which i guess worked), but i would guess timing has just as much to do w/ the grammys happening soon (the ep got a nomination there)

dyl, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 06:37 (four months ago) link

There's a new "Chrome Edition" of last year's Chloe x Halle album, with a few added tracks. I like this one ("80/20"):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nWVbnY68Trc

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Friday, 26 February 2021 21:08 (three months ago) link

realizing I slept on last year's Queen Naija album... it's really nice, with accomplished songwriting. and her voice is lovely

stuck in the version layer (morrisp), Wednesday, 3 March 2021 06:02 (three months ago) link

she's grown on me. didn't really like her first couple hits but i did enjoy hearing "butterflies pt. 2" from that album on the radio

dyl, Thursday, 4 March 2021 04:41 (three months ago) link

Hey this Genesis Owusu guy and his music are pretty awesome.

pomenitul, Wednesday, 10 March 2021 15:40 (three months ago) link

can brent just release his next album already

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IE2auM5W08E
("show u off")

cowritten by diana gordon btw

dyl, Friday, 12 March 2021 06:48 (three months ago) link

"circles" was fascinatingly out-there but didn't really click for me

this one is just fantastic

ufo, Friday, 12 March 2021 13:48 (three months ago) link

that's great, really exciting run from him

rob, Friday, 12 March 2021 14:05 (three months ago) link

circles & show you off (and of course dead man walking) are all absolutely incredible. Not counting the tyler song ofc, 3/3

also this jersey club remix of Brent is one of my fav new records:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvQfOWfcJp0

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Monday, 15 March 2021 06:58 (three months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWmCPdTzAKI
Genesis Owusu - Bye Bye

Rather falls under D'Angelo-style neo-soul, the guy is Australian of Ghanaian origins. I do not like his voice / vocals so much but there's no denying that there is very tasty production and licks on that album. That's the closer.

Nabozo, Wednesday, 17 March 2021 16:20 (three months ago) link

Maybe it's also worth posting the obvious lead song
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25CBe5FAvtI
Genesis Owusu - The Other Black Dog

Nabozo, Wednesday, 17 March 2021 16:22 (three months ago) link

really enjoyed this Genesis Owusu album, but damn the melodic hooks in this Frank Ocean-esque collab track are a total earworm!!


Billy Davis- Dream No More (feat Ruel and Genesis Owusu)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R26Hsluzhiw

Swanswans, Thursday, 18 March 2021 09:23 (three months ago) link

I've been waiting for this Joyce Wrice album for 3 years and it's finally out today. Everything I wanted it to be so far.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 19 March 2021 04:35 (three months ago) link

Gets less good as it progresses. Oh well.

Johnny Fever, Friday, 19 March 2021 04:58 (three months ago) link

Maeta's Teen Scene (feat. Buddy) was a favorite of mine last year - now she released this gorgeous, minimal new track:

Maeta - Toxic (ft. BEAM)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo1tkWTrFb8

beer drops on my keytar (morrisp), Friday, 19 March 2021 16:51 (three months ago) link

Another hot new jam from Muni Long!

Muni Long - Bodies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qJ_1I3b1UQ

beer drops on my keytar (morrisp), Friday, 19 March 2021 17:15 (three months ago) link

Really glad to be discovering Maeta. Her first single, Debbie Downer, from 2 years ago is a hell of a first song.

Nabozo, Friday, 19 March 2021 20:29 (three months ago) link

"toxic" is fantastic

ufo, Saturday, 20 March 2021 05:20 (three months ago) link

good track with Masego:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=id4tzsOgq_8
Elhae ft. Masego • My City

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 28 March 2021 16:44 (two months ago) link

and yes, “Toxic” is great

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 28 March 2021 16:50 (two months ago) link

and, damn, so is “Teen Scene”, forgot all about that one

Blick, Bils & Blinky • Let's Skip The Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 28 March 2021 17:04 (two months ago) link

This is is chill & vibey (nice guitar):

Christian Kuria - 23rd Street

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=enKD9I-CXhc

beer drops on my keytar (morrisp), Tuesday, 30 March 2021 17:48 (two months ago) link

This is also chill & vibey (nice bassline):

Yeek - Lumbago

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOwQ7qOCPm0

beer drops on my keytar (morrisp), Tuesday, 30 March 2021 18:17 (two months ago) link

anyone been listening to the joyce wrice album? one of my fav records of the year so far. it reminds me of teedra moses, amerie era R&B, upbeat and melodically driven. they also picked great singles as evidenced below but the album is dope front to back

"on one"

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

"so so sick"

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

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 30 March 2021 18:23 (two months ago) link

I've given it several tries, but it just hasn't grabbed me. I don't really care for her voice, tbh

beer drops on my keytar (morrisp), Tuesday, 30 March 2021 18:26 (two months ago) link

oh, this is smooth (remember going out?) -

Rayana Jay - last call (Audio) (feat. Braxton Cook)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3MdFFtueiU

beer drops on my keytar (morrisp), Friday, 2 April 2021 15:19 (two months ago) link

Mahalia's voice is beautiful on this bedroom jam:

Chiiild - Awake (ft. Mahalia)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K58GojV2tz0

beer drops on my keytar (morrisp), Friday, 2 April 2021 16:38 (two months ago) link

the Genesis Owusu album has way more going on than just neo-soul. i'm not sure if i love it, it's really all over the place, but i'm fascinated by it. also definitely not somewhere i was expecting kirin j callinan to show up?

ufo, Sunday, 4 April 2021 04:59 (two months ago) link

not that r&b in general is lacking in rich and thrilling production lately, but gallant's new ep neptune is certainly a pleasure on that front. i'm not sure all of it works for me yet, but at its best it's deeply compelling stuff. it's bookended by both of the pre-release singles ("comeback" and "relapse"), and while i like both, some of the tracks i'll be returning to most are those in the middle, like "julie" (which includes the phrase 'carbon-based lifeform') and "scars"

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

"scars" drops an 808 beat over its achingly beautiful bed of synths at the arrival of the chorus -- specifically the pattern that has been in countless bass and freestyle records over the years but which is most fondly associated in my mind with tunes like "when i hear music" and lathun's "freak it". it's quietly, relentlessly insistent in a song about coping with loss and pain but it takes me somewhere effortlessly. a comment he liked on the youtube upload more-or-less confirms what's already fairly evident, which is that he was thinking of the so so def bass records when recording it, and i think he really tapped into the sense of latent nostalgia and regret that's long been hiding in those records to begin with. i am deep in my feelings abt the passage of youth (lol). it ends with a string quartet(?) that is also beautiful

(riyl haim's "i know alone" from last year, as i do most particularly)

dyl, Monday, 5 April 2021 05:55 (two months ago) link

that's really lovely except there's a few moments where it just adds in an extra pause before "scars" and it sounds so disjointed

ufo, Monday, 5 April 2021 06:08 (two months ago) link

Yeah, that extra little glitch is odd...

I find the production almost TOO glass-wall smooth on this track, somehow.

come along you starbucks lovers (taylor’s version) (morrisp), Monday, 5 April 2021 18:05 (two months ago) link

That Genesis Owusu album finally kicked in, and it's a good one. Been flipping between it and Prince's Come, for which it serves as as a complement lol

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 13 April 2021 16:26 (two months ago) link

Maeta signed, EP on the way: https://variety.com/2021/music/news/maeta-roc-nation-1234952214/

Yawnsomely Literal Cover Band (morrisp), Friday, 16 April 2021 14:13 (two months ago) link

HABITS OUT FRIDAY!!!!!! 💚 pic.twitter.com/KTe0DHTNuk

— Maeta (@Maetasworld) April 27, 2021

smoking grass, poor caddying. (morrisp), Tuesday, 27 April 2021 18:29 (one month ago) link

the Rochelle Jordan album is amazing

monotony, Monday, 3 May 2021 06:03 (one month ago) link

yes. dawn-hive get on it. similar r&b/club interzone

Get Me Bodied (Extended Mix), Friday, 7 May 2021 04:28 (one month ago) link

i got heavy kelela x night slugs / brandy vibes too. kept waiting for a bad song to turn up but it never happened, and the last two might be my favourites of the lot!

monotony, Friday, 7 May 2021 07:08 (one month ago) link

Excellent album. I'm also reminded a bit of Vikter Duplaix's pre-album singles. I had the exact same experience of waiting for it to hit a pothole and it never happening.

Tim F, Friday, 7 May 2021 07:17 (one month ago) link

great album, adding "love you good" to the r&d&b playlist

ufo, Friday, 7 May 2021 13:29 (one month ago) link

rochelle jordan album is.... the freakin best

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 7 May 2021 19:10 (one month ago) link

I think this is an impressive track:

Teedra Moses - Make Me

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

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) stan (morrisp), Saturday, 8 May 2021 00:00 (one month ago) link

Oh, I really like this:

Mereba - Rider

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4l8wpMReGxU

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) stan (morrisp), Saturday, 8 May 2021 00:10 (one month ago) link

love the Rochelle Jordan

fav track atm:

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

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 8 May 2021 10:37 (one month ago) link

“Count It”

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 8 May 2021 10:37 (one month ago) link

the new Teedra is good and “Rider” is indeed lovely, r&b on an afro tip, how could I resist?

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 8 May 2021 10:55 (one month ago) link

Looking forward to the Jorja Smith EP. The two songs 'Gone' and 'Bussdown' ain't half bad. Not that I can be objective with her.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XjOSNdalsc
Jorja Smith - Bussdown feat. Shaybo

Nabozo, Saturday, 15 May 2021 10:32 (one month ago) link

an arresting jam:

Elaine - Right Now

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igFPs1514QA

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf (CBTL) stan (morrisp), Saturday, 15 May 2021 22:01 (one month ago) link

i gotta dig into this DRAM album but this duet with Summer Walker is a prime cut (official video live but sans walker)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s7xL9RVncfA

Draymond is "Mr Dumpy" (forksclovetofu), Wednesday, 19 May 2021 13:33 (one month ago) link

Masego microtargeting ILM with an IzyBeats-produced amapiano track:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yjpTZwfU8IY
Masego • Yebo/Sema

(from the Extended Stay version of his Studying Abroad EP)

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 23 May 2021 13:36 (one month ago) link

this radical reworking of "Mystery Lady" is something to behold as well:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T0ZuA8t0154
Masego • Mystery Lady (TrapHouseJazz Remix)

Long Tall Arsetee & the Shaker Intros (breastcrawl), Sunday, 23 May 2021 14:04 (one month ago) link

Masego microtargeting ILM with an IzyBeats-produced amapiano track:

“The industry has changed… a key metric of success is now placing in the Top 15 of the ILM Tracks poll”

like a d4mn sociopath! (morrisp), Sunday, 23 May 2021 15:35 (one month ago) link

lol! well the track is good so i guess it's working for me

dyl, Sunday, 23 May 2021 17:29 (one month ago) link

George Riley's "Power" is insanely good:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDpZGvnKqSc

Tim F, Friday, 28 May 2021 05:05 (four weeks ago) link

oh wow that absolutely rules

ufo, Friday, 28 May 2021 07:08 (four weeks ago) link

I dig the dnb beat

like a d4mn sociopath! (morrisp), Friday, 28 May 2021 16:20 (four weeks ago) link

The new Mereba EP (featuring the above-posted "Rider") is nice; I particularly like this track:

Mereba - Go(l)d

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3FwFdlqraY

like a d4mn sociopath! (morrisp), Friday, 28 May 2021 17:06 (four weeks ago) link

three weeks pass...

Great new track from Mariah the Scientist ("2 You") – her album comes out July 8:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKuk55NEAc0

search term: buttrock (morrisp), Friday, 18 June 2021 16:45 (one week ago) link

ooh love this!!

sean gramophone, Monday, 21 June 2021 14:19 (four days ago) link

so good

braised cod, Monday, 21 June 2021 14:51 (four days ago) link


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