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Mariah the Scientist has a really nice new EP out

u swear (morrisp), Monday, 14 March 2022 23:14 (six months ago) link

Yes! Thank you! Definitely going to check this out.

I almost started this the other day. Nicole Wray has another album under her Lady Wray alias. I checked out Piece of Me the other day and it's good! First few tracks were stellar and it's definitely in that "retro-" tradition, but it feels equal parts influenced by Motown and J Dilla. It left me with the thought that if there's such a thing as "record collection" rock in my attention span, surely there's room for an r+b equivalent.

Here's "Come On In" from Piece of Me. Maybe a bit corn and I can think of at least three classic songs it reminds me of, but none of them definitively and I think she's in peak voice here. I like it:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PrWJ0ktzqVs

Thanks again for making this.

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Tuesday, 15 March 2022 03:18 (six months ago) link

Sure! I would’ve done it sooner, but not a lot has been catching my ear lately.

u swear (morrisp), Tuesday, 15 March 2022 04:20 (six months ago) link

Been listening a bit to Lucky Daye from New Orleans who is doing a US tour in April.

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 15:43 (six months ago) link

But no new release from him

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 15:43 (six months ago) link

curmudgeon, I thought Lucky Daye's Painted was a solid album. Nothing amazing, but I really loved the track "Ready for Love." Candydrip was released on Friday, though I haven't listened to it yet. The first single "Over" is decent:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ylf8gJQe8So

Thanks for the reminder! I'm going to listen to Candydrip on my walk today.

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Tuesday, 15 March 2022 16:10 (six months ago) link

Thanks

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 15 March 2022 17:02 (six months ago) link

Update: on first listen, I enjoyed Candydrip very much. Very dreamy production. First few tracks and last few tracks (especially "Fever") really got my attention. Looking at the rest of his Spotify now, he's been fairly prolific with collaborations over the past couple of years and this album definitely has a more pop slant to it. He has a sense of very self-aware humility about him that's nothing if not endearing. Second listen now and it's holding up. Not all the way sure what to make of him of him as yet, but definitely don't mind it while it's playing. "Feels Like" is probably the most accessible thing on the album, but it's an easy highlight for me.

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Tuesday, 15 March 2022 18:49 (six months ago) link

I like the flip he’s doing on those iconic Ohio Players album covers. Honey becoming Candydrip.

https://linkstorage.linkfire.com/medialinks/images/aabfcb3b-703c-4209-9e45-8b9588c07bd5/artwork-440x440.jpg

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 15 March 2022 20:16 (six months ago) link

good album. the production is really nice. reminded me a bit of the victoria monet album from a few years ago in terms of being a slick but ultimately retro presentation of R&B while still having enough personality and ideas to make it feel like it's bringing something to the table. will need to listen a few more times for the songwriting to really stick w/ me but enjoyable listen

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 15 March 2022 21:16 (six months ago) link

oh i see d'mile did essentially the whole album haha. i should've known

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 15 March 2022 22:49 (six months ago) link

Daye sang a Sam Cooke song on American Idol once, and in press coverage I have seen other mentions of his interest in Marvin Gaye and others after he and his Mom left a church that instructed members not to listen to secular music.

Yes, production is nice on this new one.

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 16 March 2022 17:03 (six months ago) link

album is pretty good. felt my interest wane a bit halfway, but it finishes strongly (or what Austin said, I guess).

case in point: track 16 “Cherry Forest” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LQKEsIDkhMg

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Wednesday, 16 March 2022 18:50 (six months ago) link

new Normani, “Fair”:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNsbPNqfL4Q

live in The Tonight Show: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YdIiLNfaBu0

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 18 March 2022 20:09 (six months ago) link

in, on, at, over, under

celebrating ten years of constant posting (breastcrawl), Friday, 18 March 2022 20:13 (six months ago) link

Great extended version of "No Love," ft. a Cardi vocal verse:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VmB0Q7qkweM

Summer Walker, SZA, & Cardi B - No Love (Extended Version)

Please don’t take / My time change away (morrisp), Friday, 25 March 2022 04:42 (six months ago) link

I'm not familiar w/Olivia Escuyos, but I'm listening to this new EP and digging it... she has a nice voice, the beats are good

Please don’t take / My time change away (morrisp), Tuesday, 29 March 2022 18:04 (six months ago) link

Nice new one from Gwenn Bunn - "2ManyThings":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x3A9oVJApo

Please don’t take / My time change away (morrisp), Friday, 1 April 2022 20:13 (six months ago) link

Yes, I love this immediately. Thank you.

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Friday, 1 April 2022 20:23 (six months ago) link

She also had a great track called "Pressure" a few years back

Please don’t take / My time change away (morrisp), Friday, 1 April 2022 20:27 (six months ago) link

Sorry to up this for something that's already been discussed but Lucky Daye's "Feels Like" is becoming one of my favorite songs of the year. Such an easy, carefree jam. The chorus is glorious and that partial rap verse at the end has just enough whimsy to be charming. I've had it on my current favorites playlist since the album came out and I like that song more every time it comes up.

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Sunday, 3 April 2022 17:58 (five months ago) link

i'm surprised "over" is his mainstream breakthrough lol, i enjoyed it last year but overall not rly one of the stronger singles i've heard from him. still need to hear the album

dyl, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 00:47 (five months ago) link

"feels like" is def one of the big standouts for me off the album. "over" doesn't stand out to me but happy for him nonetheless

J0rdan S., Wednesday, 6 April 2022 01:08 (five months ago) link

coco jones - caliber

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lNs4eBk5Cu8

i enjoy this song by former disney teenybopper signed to def jam

flopson, Wednesday, 6 April 2022 03:35 (five months ago) link

new Chlöe, “Treat Me”:

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

not feeling this one too much on first encounter

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Friday, 8 April 2022 07:07 (five months ago) link

the song is a bit half-hearted but her voice sounds incredible going to those high notes and that video is another argument for her becoming a world-conquering star

boxedjoy, Friday, 8 April 2022 09:11 (five months ago) link

Sounds like it's trying to check as many boxes as possible

Nabozo, Friday, 8 April 2022 14:08 (five months ago) link

I bailed halfway thru... :/

ass time permits (morrisp), Friday, 8 April 2022 17:34 (five months ago) link

I do like this take tho:

TREAT ME meets CASE OF THE EX. 💞 @ChloeBailey @MYAPLANET9 pic.twitter.com/3ZokBNdNae

— amorphous (@loneamorphous) April 8, 2022

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Friday, 8 April 2022 22:20 (five months ago) link

btw, from what I can see Normani’s “Wild Side” was never posted last summer, which, okay - but let’s please not criminally overlook the Kaytranada remix that dropped in November:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HZCanXiv0yo

middot • is • my • middle • name (breastcrawl), Friday, 8 April 2022 22:38 (five months ago) link

Nice beat on this track:

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

Fousheé - Double Standard

begrudgingly bound by duty of candor (morrisp), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 20:39 (five months ago) link

This one's very cool... I don't know about the video, but the track is deep:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VsNXMr-WYvE

Eliza - Straight Talker

begrudgingly bound by duty of candor (morrisp), Wednesday, 13 April 2022 23:52 (five months ago) link

Whoa, that Eliza!

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Thursday, 14 April 2022 00:43 (five months ago) link

Sorry to up this again for nothing new, but:

Mariah the Scientist has a really nice new EP out

― u swear (morrisp), Monday, March 14, 2022 4:14 PM

+ Sorry for the late response on this, but "Church" is one of my favorite songs of the year. The EP is too short! Very "90s reminiscent vibe"-heavy, but that's bread+butter to me. Definitely has my full attention should a full length be following.

Here's "Church"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKYTe6MzV8c

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Sunday, 24 April 2022 00:43 (five months ago) link

Yeah, I feel like she gets better & better. “Only Human” is my playlist add from the EP:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pP-0EqzRkxU

begrudgingly bound by duty of candor (morrisp), Sunday, 24 April 2022 01:03 (five months ago) link

Love that one too. She reminds me a lot of Aaliyah.

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Sunday, 24 April 2022 02:06 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

new mariah the scientist. "admin"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Fnf609bhnA

first listen now. don't like it.

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Tuesday, 10 May 2022 15:44 (four months ago) link

Weird... it's also on Amazon Music, but I don't think it's real, considering (a) it's not on her official YouTube account, and (b) she doesn't seem to actually sing on the track (it's just some dude?).

Bob Dylan's iconic Ray Ban sunglasses (morrisp), Tuesday, 10 May 2022 15:49 (four months ago) link

(I actually like the music/beat, but not the dude, lol)

Bob Dylan's iconic Ray Ban sunglasses (morrisp), Tuesday, 10 May 2022 15:51 (four months ago) link

Who hacked my shit

— Mariah The Scientist (@MariahScientist) May 9, 2022

Bob Dylan's iconic Ray Ban sunglasses (morrisp), Tuesday, 10 May 2022 15:53 (four months ago) link

very curious, indeed.

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Tuesday, 10 May 2022 17:39 (four months ago) link

it showed up in my spotify new releases under her artist profile. idgi.

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Tuesday, 10 May 2022 17:41 (four months ago) link

I have the new Ella Mai album on, it's sounding nice. I've never been too into her stuff on a song-by-song basis, but this plays well as a longform

Bob Dylan's iconic Ray Ban sunglasses (morrisp), Monday, 16 May 2022 16:39 (four months ago) link

^I've been listening to this a lot, it's fresh and flows really well.

Meanwhile - Ayanis pops up with another good one ("U Betta," ft. Kali):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEcAg3j-DzU

Bob Dylan's iconic Ray Ban sunglasses (morrisp), Friday, 20 May 2022 19:59 (four months ago) link

I'm a big fan of the Ella Mai album too. It's so lush. Seems like almost no one is talking about it though?

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Monday, 23 May 2022 20:29 (four months ago) link

missed your revive last week morris. just finished listening to heart on my sleeve right now and yeah: this is really good. beats are definitely the spotlight for me. on one listen, there wasn't a big obvious highlight but i also don't remember flat out disliking anything. also kind of a chuckle that lucky daye pops up here, too. that guy must live in a studio. anyway, i immediately wanted to play it again, which i did and it's so good.

i've never checked her out before now, so double thanks.

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Monday, 23 May 2022 22:24 (four months ago) link

Yeah, exactly! No clear standouts (although I particularly like the instrumentation on the first track); but appealing enough to listen to twice in a row.

Bob Dylan's iconic Ray Ban sunglasses (morrisp), Monday, 23 May 2022 23:17 (four months ago) link

on second listen, "power of a woman" is my pick. i know: me picking the slow jam. shocking.

Let's disco dance, Hammurabi! (Austin), Monday, 23 May 2022 23:50 (four months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Reading an enthusiastic review of Ravyn Lenae live reminds me I haven’t yet heard her new debut album

Lenae is touring in support of her long-awaited debut album, “Hypnos.” The 23-year-old emerged in the mid-2010s, self-releasing her first EP as a teen and collaborating with fellow Chicago upstarts like Noname and Mick Jenkins. In 2018 — just in time for Valentine’s Day — she released “Crush,” a pristine collection of glistening, lovesick funk produced by fellow R&B wunderkind Steve Lacy

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 14 June 2022 16:10 (three months ago) link

I gave it a few tries, but couldn't connect.

Creature Catcher (Live) (morrisp), Tuesday, 14 June 2022 17:07 (three months ago) link

ravyn lenae and amber mark are two tasteful well reviewed R&B albums from this year that i found anonymous and impenetrable

J0rdan S., Tuesday, 14 June 2022 19:31 (three months ago) link

Listening now and see what you mean-- too smooth and tasteful

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 15 June 2022 04:19 (three months ago) link

Chloë, next instalment - could potentially be upgraded to (hot) summer (night) jam. the bass is doing nice things:

“Surprise”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMlJKBXU1v4

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Friday, 17 June 2022 20:02 (three months ago) link

two weeks pass...

pleasantly surprised to learn that THEY. is back.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1tXflAmNPE

in places all over the world, real stuff be happening (voodoo chili), Thursday, 7 July 2022 23:31 (two months ago) link

two weeks pass...

this could be very tasty indeed:

PLAY WITH THE CHANGES REMIXED

ARRIVES SEPTEMBER 16TH

CLICK THE LINK TO PRE-ORDER NOW🦋 https://t.co/MLsvZnHKx4 pic.twitter.com/jSBoCtoKBO

— R O J O (@Rochelle_Jordan) July 26, 2022



heavy doses of dance & house to be expected

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Tuesday, 26 July 2022 19:30 (two months ago) link

Noone has mentioned this one yet and it might be my favorite R&B track of the year so far:

George Riley feat. Vegyn - Jealousy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Ylrtyt9D1w

ILM might recognize her as the guest vocal on Anz - You Could Be

✖✖✖ (Moka), Monday, 1 August 2022 05:18 (two months ago) link

her album last year was great, especially "power"

looks like she has another out in september so i'll look forward to that

ufo, Monday, 1 August 2022 05:55 (two months ago) link

I like this a lot - what a vibe! (don't think I was familiar w/ this artist... looks like she released an LP last year, will have to check it out)

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

Jenevieve - Love Quotes

Panda bear, my gentle friend (morrisp), Saturday, 13 August 2022 22:02 (one month ago) link

Very sweet ballad:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ets34Xz-w0w

Satya - Checker Print Kitchen

Panda bear, my gentle friend (morrisp), Saturday, 13 August 2022 22:24 (one month ago) link

Ari Lennox has a very good new single out, see here for more: Ari Lennox's album Shea Butter Baby: good lord

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Saturday, 13 August 2022 22:29 (one month ago) link

i heard this on the radio today and was certain it was a '90s thing. is there a general '90s throwback thing going on right now?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wkw2YGjp-UQ
toia jones - cheat

budo jeru, Sunday, 14 August 2022 22:43 (one month ago) link

need to catch up in here but just wanted to say eliza has put a couple other new songs on spotify since "straight talker" and they're also quite good. has a very "alternative" kind of vibe overall. really like her.

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Thursday, 18 August 2022 16:56 (one month ago) link

Gwen Bunn has an album out, but I haven't been able to get into it... her vibe is a little too mellow for me when stretched out beyond a song or two.

Panda bear, my gentle friend (morrisp), Thursday, 18 August 2022 17:02 (one month ago) link

yeah, didn't want to be negative — that song posted in here previously was good but . . . uhm, ultimately wears kind of thin.

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Thursday, 18 August 2022 17:24 (one month ago) link

xpost to the discussion over on the pfork thread about their overlooked records list

just now checking out ogi's monologues from may. definitely recommend. spotify link

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Thursday, 18 August 2022 21:15 (one month ago) link

Austin – check out my note to you in the "random old r&b you are loving" thread

Panda bear, my gentle friend (morrisp), Thursday, 18 August 2022 21:22 (one month ago) link

I enjoyed this a lot:

https://www.rollingstone.com/music/music-features/have-rbs-toxic-kings-taken-it-too-far-1397258/

boxedjoy, Monday, 22 August 2022 16:43 (one month ago) link

sisters are doin’ it for themselves:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SDZ1EKghyw0
Ari Lennox ft. Summer Walker • Queen Space

big movers, hot steppers + long shaker intros (breastcrawl), Thursday, 1 September 2022 06:52 (one month ago) link

I like Steve Lacy - Gemini Rights although some may find it too Pharrell style retro

curmudgeon, Sunday, 4 September 2022 22:16 (three weeks ago) link

Ari Lennox is hosting an album release event for herself Thursday in DC w/ go-go band Sirius Company

curmudgeon, Wednesday, 7 September 2022 16:30 (three weeks ago) link

ravyn lenae and amber mark are two tasteful well reviewed R&B albums from this year that i found anonymous and impenetrable

― J0rdan S., Tuesday, June 14, 2022 2:31 PM (two months ago) bookmarkflaglink

Please go back to the Ravyn Lenae album, "Venom" in particular. Vocals are solid, very Janet Jackson, but the production is what has kept me coming back repeatedly throughout the year. Lots of off-kilter tracks with super cool bass sounds that contrast with her wispy vox.

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

Indexed, Friday, 9 September 2022 15:42 (three weeks ago) link

I found the album less instant than the EPs (which I've listened to lot) but I'm pretty sure it's at least as good I just need to give it time

new ari lennox is solid on first listen

Left, Friday, 9 September 2022 16:53 (three weeks ago) link

Jenevieve's "Love Quotes" (which I posted above) is included on a new EP, Rendezvous... listening now, the whole thing sounds very good (talk about '90s)!

west coast heat dome blues (morrisp), Friday, 9 September 2022 17:51 (three weeks ago) link

I really like ari lennox

xheugy eddy (D-40), Friday, 9 September 2022 23:14 (three weeks ago) link

new kiana lede ("irresponsible") is pretty nice

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4J6WXsGd9RM

comedy khadafi (voodoo chili), Friday, 16 September 2022 18:04 (two weeks ago) link

(is there a slight nod to "it's only love" in the chorus melody? or just a similar progression)

comedy khadafi (voodoo chili), Friday, 16 September 2022 18:05 (two weeks ago) link

thx everyone- lots of new goodies to check out + catch up with.

the eliza album is called a sky without stars and is out today. haven't listened yet but "heat of the moon" has been a recent repeater for me.

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Friday, 16 September 2022 21:34 (two weeks ago) link

very singular, deep late night vibe on a sky without stars on first listen. if you liked the singles, you'll like the album. really sparse, eerie bass grooves for the most part and oddly reminiscent of atliens beats at times. she has that subdued withdrawn vocal mannerism down perfectly and it probably isn't going to be everyone's thing, but i'm very into it.

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Saturday, 17 September 2022 21:22 (two weeks ago) link

excuse a possible spamming in here while i play catch up.

first things first, this ari lennox is damn good. beats are stellar across the board. the song with lucky daye even has a crusaders sample! what!? dope. very solid album.

going back to the eliza album quite a bit since friday and i have to double down on its strength: very firm four mics from me.

be back with more...

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 03:19 (one week ago) link

digging into ravyn lenae now and immediate first listen love on "m.i.a." megajam.

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 03:38 (one week ago) link

rest of the album is also very solid, but more of a sustained vibe. her voice reminds me of someone i can't properly place atm. definitely going to listen more but damn, "m.i.a." - that's the shit i'm here for.

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 04:23 (one week ago) link

I'M GONNA RUN THE TOWN

AIN'T NOTHIN IN MY WAY

ミ💙🅟 🅛 🅤 🅡 🅜 🅑💙彡 (Austin), Wednesday, 21 September 2022 04:26 (one week ago) link

Sevyn Streeter's "23" is a joy and a possible best of the year rnb track for me
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu0mxcFbZaE

The new George Riley album/EP Running in Waves is fire.

Tim F, Thursday, 22 September 2022 20:46 (one week ago) link


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