Posts Tagged ‘downtempo RnB’

April 11, 2018
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We’ve always been fond of Swedish-American folk pop duo Flora Cash and their beautifully evocative, willowy stirring music. Their debut album Nothing Lasts Forever (And It’s Fine) is a stunning listen, and they also proved to be amazing live when they opened for Raleigh Ritchie at a sold out Popscene in San Francisco last spring. So it’s only natural that we’re ecstatic that they’ve released a new song named 18 Dollars. Once again, they send tingles down our spines with their gorgeously husky and wispy vocals on the verdant track. They even tweak their dreamy, spindly sound with a hint of R&B pop a whole lot of heart-string tugging, sigh inducing sentimentality. 18 Dollars is a funereal lament, a profusive elegy for love deceased. Stream Flora Cash on Spotify, here.

March 28, 2018
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The thought of teflon usually brings to mind something tough and resistant, hard and strong. Yet Cleveland’s Teflon Sega renders us a melted, liquefied mess every time he serenades us with one of his R&B soul ballads. Those feelings bubble to surface yet again as Teflon Sega melts us with his creamy, satiny cooing on new single Closure, a poignant lament of a dreamy electro and velvety R&B track featuring sonic magician YLXR on foggy atmospheric, dusky surreal production duty. Tragic romance and aching heartbreak take a hold of us as we dissolve into this pillowy, dreamy affair. While the closure we seek in life might always evade us, at least we can seek comfort in Teflon Sega and drift into the night feeling a little bit more complete. Closure is a free download, here.

September 8, 2017
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At first glance, the name “Alone Together” seems like a paradox, but this conundrum is quickly resolved once we delve into the dreamy swirling bed of R&B soul that New Zealand collective LEISURE offers up on their chill grooving new tune. Who says solitude can’t involve more than one, and it can’t be an incredibly sultry and seductive affair? The gauzy swaying, luscious shimmering song has the capacity of bringing lonely hearts together for a night of wild passion. It’s also a welcome, melting return after LEISURE has kept rather silent for nearly a year. 

January 24, 2017

El Paso R&B soul wunderkid Khalid seems to be popping up all over the place these days, and it’s probably safe to say he’s one of the most exciting figures in the scene right now. Khalid makes his latest appearance on Alina Baraz’s heralded return, Electric, and the track couldn’t have been anointed a more fitting name. Electric, though downtempo sparse and dispersed, is a shockwave of sensual luscious electro R&B. Khalid’s crackling, simmering voice is the perfect companion to Alina Baraz’s supple angelic elegance. Despite her long period of silence prior to this single’s arrival, the wild buzz surrounding Alina Baraz has not lost any of its intensity. Her return to San Francisco in late March and early April sold out within minutes, and I was one of the poor souls to have missed out on my chance to snag golden tickets to see her live yet again. Stream or purchase Electric from major services, here.

November 10, 2016

Elusive UK producer and songwriter XO delivers dark spellbinding, dusky skittering R&B on Waiting Game. This warped slow burner ricochets through its capacious shifting atmosphere, grazing our hearts with each melancholic echo as it builds with urgent intensity. We can feel the very anguish flowing through XO’s voice as we join him on this desolate tryst, which is very much a syrupy seductive, wavy hypnotic

 “waiting game”. Waiting Game arrives with a murky mesmeric music video ahead of its November 11th release date. 

May 4, 2016
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Though it’s very rare nowadays for me to be up at 4am in the morning (unlike my younger years when I didn’t need as much sleep), I still recall that there’s a magic to that hour, particularly if you’re in a solitary, ruminative mood. The rest of the world is quietly asleep, and your heart’s murmurs of desire and torment seem to crescendo and take over every cell of your body. London boy girl duo 4am captures that witching hour head space dwelling to perfection on seductively foggy, lustfully longing Yearning & Calling. The shadowy intimate cocktail of downtempo electronica, sultry R&B, and creamy pop is a nebulous ode to those burning hungers and aching wants we oft keep hidden when under the blinding light of the sun. Yearning & Calling is the duo’s second song, following on the heels of breathtaking drifter More. Stream More below, and let it carry you away into a wistful dreamy mist.