Articles tagged r&b

All the WOO in the World: An All-star Benefit for P-Funk Legend Bernie Worrell

The Wizard of WOO got his due as Nona Hendryx brought together George Clinton, Bootsy Collins, Living Colour, David Byrne, Meryl Streep, and dozens more.

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Anthony Hamilton: What I’m Feelin’

A reflective record for a man much more conflicted than one might guess, What I'm Feelin' turns out to be somewhat of a fascinating listen.

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4 Apr 2016 // 10:38 AM

Future - “Low Life” feat. the Weeknd (Singles Going Steady)

Riding over a wave of nocturnal, ether-addled synth textures, "Low Life" showcases standout performances from both Future and the Weekend.

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31 Mar 2016 // 2:20 AM

Charles Bradley: Changes

Charles Bradley is the closest living equivalent to James Brown today. He’s a dynamic performer whose style is purposely reminiscent of the Soul King.

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Mavis Staples: Livin’ on a High Note

Mavis never really went away. She’s always been in the mix. It’s just that new generations keep finding ways to discover her.

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29 Mar 2016 // 9:42 AM

BJ the Chicago Kid - “The New Cupid” feat. Kendrick Lamar

Just to prove it's 2016, Kendrick Lamar pops in, and it's an unforced appearance, not exploitative in the least. A funky, sexy, eclectic single.

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‘Real Love No Drama’ Is Longer on Praise for Mary J. Blige Than Context

One hopes Real Love No Drama will not be the last word on one of the most culturally significant black stars to emerge since hip-hop went pop in the late ‘80s.

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28 Mar 2016 // 2:20 AM

Nixxon: For No Good Reason

Nixxon's latest offers after-dark R&B drenched with the sweat of both sex and fright.

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Michael Jackson: Michael Jackson’s Journey from Motown to Off the Wall

Something as fresh and lively as Michael Jackson's Journey from Motown to Off the Wall results in a rare enhancement of what you already have come to know and love.

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Grace Kelly - “Blues For Harry Bosch” (Mocean Worker Remix) (video) (premiere)

Twenty-three-year-old jazz saxophonist and singer Grace Kelly creates compelling music for Amazon's Bosch TV show.

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Allen Stone: Radius (Deluxe Edition)

These seven songs serve themselves well as must-have additions to Stone’s overarching catalog, perhaps even better than the original whole of Radius itself.

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16 Mar 2016 // 11:00 AM

Alessia Cara - “Wild Things” (Singles Going Steady)

Alessia Cara definitely has some songwriting chops, but she also tends to toss in unnecessary cliches and tropes whenever she can.

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14 Mar 2016 // 2:30 PM

The Internet - “Special Affair/Curse” (Singles Going Steady)

This one-two punch from the Internet is a woozy slice of organic soul that distances itself enough from traditional R&B that they're probably going to get tagged with the "alternative R&B".

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Esperanza Spalding: Emily’s D+Evolution

The jazz singer and bassist -- and former Grammy "Best New Artist" -- has created a beyond category masterpiece that sounds better than if Joni Mitchell hired Living Colour as her band and then grafted it all onto a hip-hop sensibility of sorts.

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NxWorries (Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge) - “Link Up” (Singles Going Steady)

"Link Up" takes the avant-funk template pioneered by Kendrick Lamar on To Pimp a Butterfly and leans it back across a smooth, sophisti-pop groove.

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The Life You Save May Be Your Own: The Rise of Toronto’s Nixxon

Redressing the issues of a troubled past, Toronto's Nixxon, a one-time musical associate of the Weeknd, cuts his own swath with the release of his new album -- a gothic-futurist exercise in R&B.

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7 Mar 2016 // 3:10 PM

Soul Inscribed - “Dream State” (Dan West Remix) (premiere)

Soul Inscribed is a super funky New York City band that blends hip-hop and soul with jazzy beats and a bit of dub for good measure.

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4 Mar 2016 // 2:10 PM

BJ the Chicago Kid - “Turnin Me Up” (Singles Going Steady)

"Turnin Me Up" is a great single for what's proving to be one of the best R&B albums of 2016.

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2 Mar 2016 // 9:51 AM

Cha Wa - “Jock-A-Mo” (audio) (premiere)

Cha Wa hail from New Orleans and carry on the long cherished traditions of the Mardi Gras Indians, while infusing their music with contemporary NOLA street funk.

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‘Mavis!’ Puts Mavis Staples, and Her Influence on Music, Centre Stage

Even if Mavis! covers a lot of ground quickly, it offers an entertaining tribute to one hell of a performer.

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The Specter of Multiplayer Hangs Over 'Door Kickers'

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"Door Kickers is not a multiplayer game, but for a while there, I couldn’t tell the difference.

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