rolling r&b 2019

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I like how unselfconsciously oldschool this is:

vcrash, Saturday, 17 August 2019 17:26 (six months ago) link

my fav track from elle varner's new album, which is indeed good tho not as great as the debut (but tbh what is?)

it took a while for me to give the album a shot b/c one of the pre-release singles w/ wale was so dull but fortunately that ended up being among the worst couple of tracks

dyl, Saturday, 17 August 2019 19:56 (six months ago) link

gave lucky daye's album a spin... strikingly arranged but much of it just drifted from my memory as unassumingly as it came. (perhaps one should 'roll some mo' to appreciate the full impact?)

aside from the radio hit, this track stood out to me

dyl, Friday, 30 August 2019 03:55 (five months ago) link

I really like this (caveat: cover art is Not-quite-SFW):

Justine Skye - Bare With Me (EP)

#YABASIC (morrisp), Friday, 6 September 2019 22:49 (five months ago) link

It remands me of those Amerie EPs that I loved last year.

#YABASIC (morrisp), Friday, 6 September 2019 23:02 (five months ago) link

two weeks pass...

new Summer Walker jam (video/song NSFW) - album coming in October:

#YABASIC (morrisp), Tuesday, 24 September 2019 16:50 (four months ago) link

Her vocals aren't really my style, but there is good stuff on this album:

Melii - Phases

Spry at 78 (morrisp), Thursday, 3 October 2019 21:29 (four months ago) link

Summer Walker's new album, Over It, dropped today:

(Last Day of Summer has apparently been retconned into a "mixtape" or "project"... Summer is referring to Over It as her "debut album.")

Spry at 78 (morrisp), Friday, 4 October 2019 16:35 (four months ago) link

Album is good but on first listen I miss the unique sound of Last Day of Summer

Spry at 78 (morrisp), Friday, 4 October 2019 16:46 (four months ago) link

i am waiting for the day Brandy finally drops an album and demolishes the world, till then I've got this one that came out today:
and this one from 2016:

Fuck the NRA (ulysses), Friday, 4 October 2019 18:04 (four months ago) link

only one listen in so far, but i like summer walker's album. tho the sound of her previous album project was striking and beguiling at its best, i think this release's songs are more consistently strong and i don't bemoan her aesthetic progression either. unsurprisingly given her inroads at radio w/ "girls need love" much of it sounds like it *could* work well in that medium but also cut through the noise and stand out with no trouble -- a good sweet spot to occupy.

here's a standout among those tracks that i don't expect to make it to radio

tho his contribution on the track doesn't necessarily *detract* exactly, it is a little disappointing to see bryson tiller tacked onto a new version of "playing games", a single that had come out in advance of the album. the song had already been doing just fine breaking on its own -- with radio exposure still very minimal, it's already spent several weeks on the hot 100, so the numbers it was pulling were no slouch. i guess to slightly mask the commercial imperatives tiller's inclusion is answering to, his version has been labeled "extended version" rather than "remix", as the updated "girls need love" was -- but it's an amusing misnomer, as it has the exact same runtime as the original.

dyl, Monday, 7 October 2019 17:49 (four months ago) link

re the convo on the Pitchfork thread about Afropop in the US, here are some recent examples of the impact “Fall”s relative chart success is having on US R&B (and on Davido and producer Kiddominant’s US careers):
Chris Brown ft. Davido (and produced by Kiddominant) • Lower Body
(significantly, the opening track of his new, long-ass album)
Fabolous ft. Jeremih & Davido • Choosy
Bas ft. Ari Lennox & Kiddominant • Amnesia

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:41 (four months ago) link

and Afro B, who’s currently enjoying a “Fall”-size US R&B hit with “Drogba (Joanna)” has a new single out with Slim Jxmmi, “Fine Wine & Hennesy”:

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 9 October 2019 19:42 (four months ago) link

This track by London resident Arlo Parks is definitely a finalist for my song of the year. I love the minimalist instrumentation, the Chris Squire-meets-Bernie Edwards bassline, the gorgeous harmonies in the pre-chorus, and lyrics that reference Gerard Way (!) and a "Party/Bacardi" rhyme (for which I'll always have time). If you like this, check out her tracks "George" and "Super Sad Generation", which are also freakin' rad.

Hey Souls**k: that Mars Volta album isn't titled "Frances the Mule" (Prefecture), Thursday, 10 October 2019 21:06 (four months ago) link

i like to imagine rtc somewhere in the uk throwing up every time this comes on the radio

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Saturday, 19 October 2019 21:28 (three months ago) link

Victoria Monét - Ass Like That

drunk on hot toddies (morrisp), Tuesday, 22 October 2019 15:55 (three months ago) link

Mahalia - What You Did (feat. Ella Mai)

dracula et son fils (morrisp), Sunday, 27 October 2019 06:31 (three months ago) link

i was very ready to like that but something about so prominently sampling an already heavily sample-based production can strike me as odd enough to derail my enjoyment of the whole track. idk, i guess i liked "fergalicious" but it may have helped that at the time i was too young/ignorant to know of its precursors

dyl, Sunday, 27 October 2019 14:11 (three months ago) link

Are you saying it samples an intermediary track that sampled “I’m Going Down” (and not just the original song)?

dracula et son fils (morrisp), Sunday, 27 October 2019 15:34 (three months ago) link

that's what i thought, but apparently not. i'm looking at its credits via tidal now, and norman whitfield (composer of "i'm going down") is naturally listed as a composer. not listed however are the writers of the track i assumed it was actually sampling, "oh boy" by cam'ron (those writers are cam'ron, juelz santana, and the producer just blaze).

i would maintain, tho, that the way certain vocals are sampled/looped and beats are constructed is so similar in parts to "oh boy" that i'm almost certain that evoking an association to the latter track was intended

dyl, Sunday, 27 October 2019 17:10 (three months ago) link

I agree that Cam’ron’s deployment of the sample is pretty iconic

dracula et son fils (morrisp), Sunday, 27 October 2019 17:29 (three months ago) link

I was gonna go to this show; “life got in the way,” and now I regret that:

quinn morgendorffer stan account (morrisp), Sunday, 10 November 2019 06:05 (three months ago) link

this is cool

'The Loop' is the new LP by Los Angeles based polymath Shafiq Husayn, an epic project which saw its inception in 2012 through a series of studio sessions at Shafiq’s home, including collaborations with the likes of Thundercat, Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus, Bilal and Anderson Paak. Amongst a close knit circle of friends and family the golden tones of The Loop were created, deeply rooted in ideas of song, story, history, guidance and spirituality. The album bumps, jumps and jangles through progressions in jazz, hip hop, soul and funk, following on from his debut album ‘Shafiq En’ A-Free-Ka’ and adding further to his rich history of timeless, unique music. On The Loop past, present and future are brought together through a psychedelic concoction of time traveling drum machines, celestial string sections and trails of synthesizer vapour. Inflections of Sly Stone, Pharaoh Sanders and Earth Wind And Fire traverse with Marley Marl and Dilla-esqe drums making for an organic yet LA-trifying experience.

Shafiq has brought together an impressive array of LA's musical royalty, enlisting the likes of Thundercat, Miguel Atwood-Ferguson, Kamasi Washington, Chris ‘Daddy’ Dave, Eric Rico, Coultrain, Computer Jay, Jimetta Rose, Om'Mas Keith, Kelsey Gonzalez, I-Ced and more to provide the backbone to his recording sessions. Drawing in features from an international cast of performers and artists like Erykah Badu, Robert Glasper, Hiatus Kaiyote, Fatima and Karen Be amongst others.

maura, Monday, 11 November 2019 21:39 (three months ago) link

I knew I shouldn't have clicked on "Lizzo" trending on Twitter only to read about the Ari Lennox thing.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Tuesday, 19 November 2019 20:33 (two months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Just got into “Ass Like That”, the Victoria Monét song posted upthread, thanks to SaidTheGramophone’s Songs of 2019 list. The beat and the horns in particular are wonderful.

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 21:30 (two months ago) link

Any final additions, to close out 2019? I feel like it was a good year for R&B.

Inapt Authority (morrisp), Wednesday, 11 December 2019 21:54 (two months ago) link

how is sir's album (from top dawg entertainment)? i've been hearing his single w/ kendrick "hair down" on the radio and it's a welcome addition for me

a few others to have crossed my radar recently that i think are p solid:

teyana taylor & kehlani "morning"
h.e.r. feat. yg "slide"
r.lum.r "how this feels"

dyl, Thursday, 12 December 2019 04:17 (two months ago) link

new-ish brian mcknight song is nice

maura, Thursday, 12 December 2019 19:35 (two months ago) link

teyana taylor & kehlani "morning"

This song is good but... those lyrics!

Inapt Authority (morrisp), Thursday, 12 December 2019 21:27 (two months ago) link

a couple eyebrow-raising lines for sure lol

dyl, Friday, 13 December 2019 05:01 (two months ago) link

h.e.r. feat. yg "slide"

Wow, this is some track (and video)... thanx for sharing. (I don’t like the rap too much, but the song’s strong enough to survive it.)

Inapt Authority (morrisp), Friday, 13 December 2019 06:32 (two months ago) link

not a problem, glad you appreciate it. not my fav verse, guest or otherwise, from yg, but i'm glad it's there if only for the "i ain't gotta know astrology..." line lol

h.e.r.'s been hard to get a strong sense of. some of her music is remarkably good, pushes just enough against current fashion to thrill, and then some of it sounds so flat, as if calculated to go down easy with the grammy voters that seem to love her so much

dyl, Saturday, 14 December 2019 23:35 (two months ago) link

Yeah, this is the first song of hers that I’ve really gone in for... She’s obviously v talented, but usually not quite my style?

Inapt Authority (morrisp), Saturday, 14 December 2019 23:47 (two months ago) link

Just got into “Ass Like That”, the Victoria Monét song posted upthread, thanks to SaidTheGramophone’s Songs of 2019🕸 list. The beat and the horns in particular are wonderful.

Did I mention the guitar break?

breastcrawl, Wednesday, 18 December 2019 21:41 (two months ago) link

this may be the best of the admittedly few ro james songs i've heard (no slouch tho considering the company)

dyl, Saturday, 21 December 2019 06:10 (one month ago) link

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