Posts Tagged ‘R&B pop’

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 30, 2018
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There’s no faking the bliss that okaywill has brought us with his music. Why the mysterious project chose the name okaywill for his name rather than stupendouswill or spectacularwill evades us, but we’ve fallen heard for his bass warbling, fleecy sauntering, and feathery grooving electronica and pop on ‘pretend’. Though we really don’t know much about okaywill, we do know that okaywill’s last two releases are heavenly, too. Stream R&B inflected ambler ‘love will find a way’ below, as well as airy roaming ‘alone’ below, both of which appeared on okaywill’s soundcloud within the last two months, too. All three are available for downloading on Soundcloud. 

May 29, 2018

As if we aren’t already insanely excited for Lykke Li’s new album ‘so sad so sexy’, the Swedish artist has gone ahead and dropped off these two new treats to stir us into a wild frenzy of agitated anticipation. Sex Money Feelings Die could very well be our favorite song off the album that we’ve heard so far, even though we’re very much in love with Hard Rain, Deep End, and Utopia. Synthpop meets R&B soul on the tune, co-produced by Jeff Bhasker. It even boasts a sparse and spacious trap beat. It’s obvious Lykke Li is going for a more urban influenced sound on her forthcoming full length. Accompanying that gorgeous tune is a collaboration with Portland hip hop sensation Aminé named ‘two nights’ which you can stream below. Lykke’s new music is like Banks’ dark R&B pop meets the tenderness of Wet. We’re not complaining. ‘so sad, so sexy’ arrives June 8th via RCA. Pre-order, here.

May 22, 2018

I know this one’s been out for a moment, but we’re such massive fans of Toronto artist Jessie Reyez that we really couldn’t let an exceptional new song from her slip us by. It’s been a wild ride, falling for the R&B soul artist after encountering Figures and Shutter Island early last year and gunning for her as the next big thing. We even made it a point to catch her ONE set at SXSW last year, and we came back singing her praises and spreading the word about her as much as we could. Sure enough, Jessie Reyez has become quite the sensation since, and now she’s returned with Body Count, blessing us with her raw, emotive voice, so uniquely remarkable, and her edgy and bold sound, which often pushes the envelope when it comes to empowering women and other artists. Body Count is an anthem for self-love and expression, and its recent video, directed by Peter Huang, was inspired by the Salem witch trials, a historic moment when women were persecuted to the extreme. Reyez explains: “Sometimes for allegations of magic but often for low key sexual promiscuity or sexual selectiveness.  In short, you’re going to get judged anyway, so as long as you’re not hurting anyone and loving yourself, might as well do whatever you want. Whether that’s being celibate or being sexually free is your choice. Your body count is nobody’s business but your own.“ Stream/purchase Body Count, here.

May 22, 2018
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They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Sara Diamond has more than befriended my ears and enraptured my heart with sultry smoldering Fool, produced by Brody Gillman. The Canadian starlet woos us with her husky soulful voice on the discontent heartbreak ballad, a potent and grandiose outpouring of plush R&B and opulent electro-pop. Jessie Reyez’ fiery embers, Léon’s smoky deep vocals, and BANKS’ dark seduction unite on the moody gripping single, available via iTunes, here

May 22, 2018
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Molly Moore’s new EP Third Eye High has been out for well over a week, but we want to make sure you haven’t missed out on the four track release which showcases the Los Angeles based artist’s stunning evolution. Take for example, EP track Catch and Release which sees the captivating chanteuse venture into soulful R&B pop territory, complete with jazzy horns and much smoky, slinky allure. It’s a laid back groover of a sensual yet frisky pop. She easily catches our hearts once again, and we never want to be released. Catch and Release is a sumptuous development for the singer songwriter, whom we’ve been ardent fans of through her earlier pop releases and her collaborations with progressive soul talent Brandyn Burnette (including their electronic pop project together, Cosmos & Creature). Third Eye High can be streamed in full via all major services, here.

May 22, 2018
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Sydney based Singaporean singer songwriter and producer St. Humain dished up a molten combination of spry electronica, sleek synthpop, and irresistible pop on Free Fall earlier this year, making us quick fans of the budding artist. And now we get to bask in the golden glow of The Thought Of You, his divine new pop single featuring a balmy groove, crisp 80s drums, and fleecy smooth crooning. Though it’s an aching love song, The Thought Of You is sublimely soothing and warmly moving, like Years & Years gone Lauv. The single is out now on iTunes, here.

May 22, 2018

19 year old Danish wunderkind Maximillian continues to drum up endless praise and growing adoration with the artist’s creamy melting, moody simmering music on new single Hollow Days. The great Dane hit the scene last year with songs like Higher, Feelings, and Strangers to great success. Maximillian exudes vulnerability and honesty on the latest addition to his growing catalog of sensual haunting R&B pop songs, so heavily drenched in atmospheric smoldering electronica. His velvety crooning and a striking melodic turn on the track melts us to the core, keeping us warm through the cool foggy days of spring that seem to stretch on forever here in San Francisco. How can there be any “hollow days” when we’re accompanied by Maximillian? Hollow Days can also be streamed on Spotify, here.

May 22, 2018
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I’m not a very religious person, though I’ve made my way out to Buddhist temples numerous times due to my mom’s beliefs. Temples for me, are rather comforting places, where you can find peace of mind and heal from the past. British songwriter and producer Lex Low takes us to Temple with his latest single, a glistering R&B pop song adorned with ravishing electronic production and satin slick falsettos. The long time IHM-supported talent explains: 

“Temple is my way of dealing with the realisation that sometimes you don’t have all the tools to help yourself in a particular moment. Sometimes you need another person to help pull you out of a slump. I wanted to express that asking someone for help isn’t a sign of weakness, it can be a beautiful necessity; one that helps you grow and develop a deeper relationship with both yourself and the other person.” He reminds us that sometimes, the “temple” we’re looking for isn’t a physical place or a solitary frame of mind, but a welcome dependence on someone else. We should all open ourselves to that helping hand, as we’ve opened our hearts to this golden luscious, bright kindling song. Re-visit Lex Low’s prior singles on Soundcloud, here