Posts Tagged ‘alt R&B’

May 30, 2018
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You might recall Alec Benjamin as the gifted singer songwriter from Arizona who’s collaborated in the past with the likes of Jon Bellion, Matisyahu, Jamie Scott, and more. Or you might remember when we gushed fervently about his stripped down demo The Knife in My Back or ardently extolled the wistful beauty of End Of The Summer. Now we find ourselves sighing away to Alec Benjamin’s new single, Let Me Down Slowly, an R&B pop infused ballad brimming with lovelorn anguish but flush with resilient beats and a bass grooving cadence. That’s right, there’s no forgetting Alec Benjamin once he’s serenaded us with his vibing tunes, whether intimately stripped back or awash with rhythmic instruments. There’s no escaping his remarkable voice, delivered so effortlessly and with heartfelt sentiment. If there’s anyone you need to “let down slowly”, make sure to play them this song; it’ll smooth out the ongoing rough patch. Stream more of Alec Benjamin’s songs and demos on Soundcloud, here. Let Me Down Slowly is available, here.

May 30, 2018

Scarlet Pleasure has without a doubt been our favorite Danish upstart since the trio first swooned us with their satiny twisting R&B pop on Deja Vu last year. The breakout project has since captured hearts aplenty with their 2017 EP Lagune, and they’ve finally unveiled their first new music of 2018 in slick romping, whimsically capering Mind, which you can stream via its music video above, as well as a sultry simmering jam named Let Go, which can be previewed via Soundcloud below. Mind is a sleek cruising treat that showcases Emil Goll’s silky crooning and the band’s innovative pop, ever so gently checkered with balmy sweltering R&B, funk, and soul. It’s a smooth lurcher of a luscious bop whose video was directed by Scarlet Pleasure themselves, alongside Stine 

Thorbøll and DolceRocca. Their new songs are out now on Copenhagen Records. 

May 14, 2018

In case you missed it last week, here’s the latest song Wet unveiled from their forthcoming album Still Run. Beautiful brittle and crystalline R&B pop washes over us as we dissolve into the Brooklyn-based duo’s gently grooving, breezy twirling Lately, which comes with an intimate lo-fi video. New 10 track album Still Run arrives July 13th on Columbia. You can pre-order the album, here. I can’t wait for them to hit the road for their tour this summer, which will bring them to the Independent in San Francisco for two nights in June.

May 11, 2018
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I’m not sure how you’re supposed to pronounce rx Soul’s name, but the “rx” in the moniker tends to remind me of pharmacy prescriptions. Perhaps that’s what the LA based artist was going for… prescription soul, or aural balm the heart needs to get over the anguish of heartbreak and longing. rx Soul first offered up such an elixir when he made their debut with All The Way There earlier this year. And now the blooming talent is back with his fourth single, Pilldreams, a stunnin collaboration with hip hop artist INDICA. Pilldreams’ nebulous atmosphere and slow simmering R&B soul is punctuated with swanky guitar curls. It’s a woozy swooning sonic medication that seemingly alternates between The Weeknd’s dark sensual R&B and Opia’s torrid simmering R&B funk, all shrouded in a sea of thick purling haze. rx Soul states of the track: “I wrote this song for all the times I’ve found myself tempted to "take a pill” to solve a problem instead of investigating and addressing the root of the issue. Self-medication can mean a lot of different things for me, and whatever shape it comes in it can be hard to recognize, much less fight off. Pilldreams is just two sides of that same fight.“ Pilldreams can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

May 10, 2018
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It’s been a year since Danish singer songwriter and producer Goss released acclaimed edbut EP Healthcare. How do you kick off a fresh round of music and touring when you’re as gifted as this captivating artist? By dropping a song like “These Days. I Don’t Know”, of course! The artist, who’s a renowned trailblazer in Denmark’s rising alt-pop scene, melds balmy pop and sultry R&B on the eclectic and intricate song. His waxy smooth voice glides soulfully over an ever shifting and morphing tapestry of ornate electronic elements and complex drum-work. Goss has also announced his biggest run of European tour dates yet, supporting SOHN on five shows in five countries followed by three major Danish shows. Stream/download his new single, here.

May 9, 2018

London’s Majik obviously made a play on the word “magic” for their name, but when it comes to the spells this duo casts with their moody seductive alt R&B and indie electro, it almost seems more fitting to call their music sorcery than magic. They’ve wooed us with creamy brooding, slinky pacing songs like High, Talk To Me, Closer, and so many more fine releases in the past. And now they’re back with their first song of the year, Animal, which pairs a spectral trip hop beat with sooty broiling, raspy simmering vocals. It’s a song that evokes salacious midnight incantations, driven by lust and heartbreak, rather than sparkly daytime fairy dust. “I’m lost like an animal,” they lament on the song. We gladly lose ourselves with them in this dark bitterness, this heart twisting sorcery. Majik’s Animal can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

May 9, 2018

It’s been a wild ride, watching Gallant’s meteoric rise, none of it surprising considering the man’s exceptional vocal talent and insanely passionate delivery. Last month, the Grammy nominated artist returned with dark seductive Gentleman, and now he’s followed it up with an R&B pop track named Doesn’t Matter, marked by a lighter, airier sound that’s far more upbeat than many of his previous ballads. It’s his first official single of the year, out on Mind of a Genius / Warner Brothers, and it paves the path for the arrival of Gallant’s second full length album, one of the year’s most anticipated offerings. Gallant announced a new North American tour with Jamilia Woods the other day that will take place this fall. Stream/download Doesn’t Matter, here.

May 8, 2018

Aww yeah, I knew we’d be in for some new Jungle soon considering the collective’s recent touring activities, and here we are, with not one but two new jams (and videos) from the funk and soul loving Londoners! Happy Man and House In LA are our first new Jungle tunes since the band lit us on fire with their 2014 self-titled debut album. Hopefully, this means their sophomore album is arriving soon, and a new expansive tour is on its way, since I had to miss their stop in San Francisco a few weeks back. Happy Man is classic Jungle, a funky strutting, soulful swaggering affair. It’s lavish and opulent, dashing and suave. House In LA, however, bucks the usual Jungle pizzazz for a heady and sleek, dreamy and warped shimmer, kind of like James Vincent McMorrow gone psychedelic plush whilst enveloped by Radiohead’s orchestral electronica. While Happy Man might be the immediately hooking song out of the two, there’s no doubt House In LA is my favorite and the most brilliant offering. Happy Man and House In LA are both available now from XL Recordings, here and here, respectively.

April 30, 2018

If you didn’t catch this news over the weekend, I can assure you, you’re in for a double Monday treat, courtesy of Los Angeles’ Michl, whom we’ve been enamored with for the past several years. Our experiences catching the artist live have only added to our fervor. Michl, who last surprised us by teaming up with production luminary Mura Masa on Better With You, has unleashed a thoroughly bewitching new song named I’d Do It Again.  The dreamy waltzing, lushly glistering ballad carries the intricacy of Fyfe, with Michl leading  us through his sonic garden with contemplative vocals. Alongside the new song also comes Michl’s first-ever music video, a three-part short film titled ‘datum’ featuring two previously freleased songs (Better With You and Out Of Order). The film was co-directed by Michl with Sean Hollihan, and it peels back yet more layers of Michl’s story as an artist. “The entire film was shot in my hometown of Riverside, CA. In the same home, same streets, same local grocery store,“ said Michl of his debut video. "Most would consider Riverside an uninspiring city, but somehow I always had big aspirations. By subtly placing high fashion within the context of my hometown, we were able to re-create that dreamlike optimism I had growing up.” Watch ‘datum’ below. New song I’d Do It Again can also be streamed via Spotify, here.

April 30, 2018
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Ah, Zanski and that slinky burning drawl… It melts me to the core every time I listen to one of his tunes. I guess you could say I’m a “fool’ for Fool, but in a good way. The electro-soul and R&B funk swooner is the Canadian artist’s latest exhibition of fine musicality and expert delivery, a Jai Paul meets Opia and RKCB sort of gooey, moody sonic courter. It’s a new taste from Zanski’s forthcoming EP, Derivative Emotion, arriving next month. You can also jam out to Fool on Spotify, here.