Posts Tagged ‘acoustic R&B’

April 19, 2018
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Like Cassius Clay (aka Muhammad Ali, for those who don’t pay attention to sports legends), Cautious Clay keeps knocking us over with his eclectic R&B, hip hop, and pop songs. The Cleveland talent wrapped up 2017 with a bang after releasing songs like Cold War and Joshua Tree, as well as collaborating with the likes of Petit Biscuit and Bipolar Sunshine. And now he’s kicked off 2018 in a similar fashion with Stolen Moments, an acoustic R&B soul melter from his forthcoming EP, Blood Type. The sweetly melancholic, intimately consoling ballad oozes endless regret. With it, Cautious Clay poignantly captures those crestfallen moments after a heated argument, or that morning after when you find yourselves re-living last night’s vehement exchange. His Blood Type EP will be out April 13th. 

April 13, 2018
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If there really were a “broken hearts club”, it’d probably be really hard to become a member. There are a lot of broken hearts in this world, and we’re all clamoring for some comfort and respite from the anguish and torment that the affliction brings us. Just remember, we’re not alone, and we have gnash to sooth us with his new lullaby now, too. The California producer surprises us with a chill, acoustic alt-R&B route on “the broken hearts club”. Lonesome guitar strums and gnash’s soft, heartfelt vocals tug at our capacity for empathy and commiseration. Heartbreak has never been more exquisite and endearing. For a moment, we’re actually thankful we get to feel every tiny twinge that comes with heartaches. We wouldn’t want to be left out of this club and miss out on wallowing with gnash. Download/stream “the broken hearts club”, here

February 2, 2018
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Every new song from Sam Fischer only serves to reel me in deeper under this Australian-born, Los Angeles-based crooner’s spell. The Los Angeles based singer songwriter breaks our hearts with acoustic R&B pop on This City, a heartfelt and rousing serenade from his debut EP, Not A Hobby. The bittersweet melting aches with sadness and anguish, thoroughly accentuated by Sam Fischer’s ardent cooing, which has never been more spectacular. This City is one for those  late nights, when sleep evades you and heartache casts a long shadow under a lonesome moon. You can also stream the single via Spotify, here.

January 26, 2018
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Some mighty fine music displaying a wide range of genres has been surfacing out of Ireland these days. Our latest such treasured find is a project named RTL, created by an artist named Rob Toal-Lennon who hails from Wicklow. He’s lures us into his world with a contemplative R&B soul song named Father, the opening track from his superb EP “Much Love.”, which he describes as an accumulation of 5 years of planning, writing, & recording. RTL’s attention to detail is more than obvious on inebriating Father. An eclectic array of elements compound the mellow swaying song. He knits together jazzy hip hop, bluesy soul, and acoustic R&B on his chill lilting jam. You can stream RTL’s Much Love. EP in full via Soundcloud, here.

December 23, 2017
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It’s usually “me, me and the City” most nights I head out to San Francisco for live music, though those evenings often end up with me bumping into music buddies or running into many familiar faces. That’s what’s great about the always tight knit music community, whether you’re an artist or just a fan. Well, I highly recommend  that those music pals don’t skip out on Josh Tobias, the blooming Brooklyn funk, soul, and R&B talent who’s now returned with a song named “You, Me and the City”. If you’re one of the many people heavily enamored by Tom Misch’s jazzy chill, cozy mellow form of soul, as well as Bruno Major’s snug and comforting, romantic and stripped back music, then you’re going to fall head over heels for this new Josh Tobias track which the gifted musician wrote, co-produced, and performed all by himself. I suddenly want to head up to the City myself on this frigid winter night, with Josh Tobias wafting through my ear. I can cruise those city streets all night long to “You, Me and the City”, while an aching longing for sweet tender romance tugs gently at my heart. This last official single of 2017 from Josh Tobias is a free download, here.

November 7, 2017
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I’m incredibly grateful to have come across this fine talent from London named bakar. His latest song is named ‘small town girl’, and its a snazzy, jazzy R&B soul jam produced by Future Cut. Mellow acoustic vibes meld with a foggy bedroom intimacy. bakar’s music and his deep rolling croon is like Tom Misch meets King Krule, with at times, some Kele Okereke, too, as can be heard on some of his other singles. For more of the fascinating artist’s music, stream chilled out groover ‘something i said’ below, as well as the more uptempo ‘new day’, which has more of that aforementioned jagged bellowing Kele/Bloc Party feel going on. bakar has plenty more fine tunes on his Soundcloud, here, too.

July 11, 2017
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The other day, I ambled upon a mysterious project named Roy Blair, and I know nothing about him, or them. I’m guessing it’s a him, but I can’t be sure. His latest single, Shell, is making quite an impression, having acquired 19K streams on Soundcloud along and I’m sure several times that on Spotify and elsewhere. Its a lo-fi fusion of indie rock and acoustic R&B soul. It feels sincere and gritty, heartfelt and enduring. And this isn’t Roy Blair’s first fine rodeo, either. His Soundcloud features a full year of fine sonic accomplishments, each of them having racked up a lot of listens, too. You can check them out on Soundcloud, here. You can be sure I’ll be looking out for more info regarding this artist in the days ahead. 

March 26, 2017

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The intimate appeal of Nilüfer Yanya’s music is undeniable. I’m still obsessing over her debut EP, Small Crimes, yet here the Londoner is again with another captivating new single, The Florist. The song’s sparse acoustics leaves plenty of room for her soulful voice to bloom ever so enticingly and beautifully. The Florist is soft and cottony, but it also boasts a slow building groove effused with sweeping vitality. The single is out now via Blue Flowers. You can also stream The Florist via Soundcloud below.

January 14, 2017

PJ dropped an intimate black and white music video for her song This Is What It Looks Like earlier this week, giving us the opportune moment to partake in its heartwarming acoustic R&B soul. The North Carolina native made waves with her Rare album last year, and if this is your first whiff of the rising songbird’s music, you can count on it that you’ll be hearing a lot more about her soon. Even the Bay’s own Kehlani is a fan. You can stream or purchase her album Rare from major services, here.

June 10, 2016
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Lula Blioux is an unsigned singer songwriter from London, and she sends shivers through me with the pure immaculate beauty of her soulful voice on what seems to be her very first single, We Don’t Talk. The soulful acoustic pop song feels like it’s about to break under the weight of aching emotion. It’s brittle and refined, anguished and tender. The only other song that appears on Lula Blioux’s Soundcloud account is an old cover of Radiohead’s Creep, but it’s such a stunning rendition that it’s a must listen. Find it below.