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Alt-R&B's RICEWINE Nails the Vibe on 'Lovesick'

RICEWINE's uneven yet generous third LP, Lovesick, perfects an infectious and consistent sound, allowing the groove to propel the album forward.

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The Weeknd - "In Your Eyes" (Singles Going Steady)

With "In Your Eyes", Toronto's premier Michael Jackson cosplayer, the Weeknd, has advanced his visual brand while parking his music in the summer of 1984.

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The Weeknd Gets Lost in Vegas on 'After Hours'

Despite After Hours' infectious blend of '80s synthpop and dark, alternative R&B, the story's beginning to get old on the Weeknd's fourth studio album.

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The Weeknd's 'After Hours' Sets Cinematic Vignettes of Hollywood and Las Vegas Nights

The Weeknd's After Hours naturally weaves together cinematic vignettes of debauched Hollywood and Las Vegas nights, following a new filmic tie to Uncut Gems and a prior decade of character building.

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The Seshen Are "Faster Than Before" on New Single (premiere)

Electrosoul group the Seshen's "Faster Than Before" offers psychological depths over sensational electronic sonics.

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SZA and Justin Timberlake - "The Other Side" (Singles Going Steady)

Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell re-imagined for 2020. SZA does most of the heavy lifting here, while Justin Timberlake busts a selection of moves in a charmingly self-deprecating way.

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The Seshen Return Feeling Kind of 'Cyan'

San Francisco alt-R&B/electropop group, the Seshen tie musical and emotional threads together beautifully on Cyan.

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British Producer Mura Masa Gets Experimental and Nostalgic on 'RYC'

Mura Masa's RYC turns towards nostalgia and ends up stunting the promise of his previous work, although it shows a willingness to experiment that proves the producer is still one to watch.

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The 15 Best R&B/Soul Albums of 2019

The year in R&B and soul brought brilliant returns from music legends alongside artists pushing the boundaries of R&B past any limits. It's a genre where retro and futurism nestle cozily side by side. Here are the 15 best.

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Michael Kiwanuka Journeys Into His Soul

Soulful British folk rocker Michael Kiwanuka brings listeners along for an evocative sonic journey on his new album, Kiwanuku.

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Pop Meets Soul Meets Experimentation in Sequoyah Murray's Debut

Atlanta's Sequoyah Murray has delivered one of the best albums of 2019 with his extraordinary debut Before You Begin.

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Sudan Archives' Debut Album 'Athena' Is Eclectic, Groovy, and Magnificent

On her first full album Athena, Sudan Archives is soulful, surreal, and makes music on her own distinct and magnificent terms.

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Banks and Zara Larsson Are Two Pop Performers You Must See to Believe

They may be as different as night and day, but California's Banks and Sweden's Zara Larsson had the same, successful effect on Denver-area crowds over a five-day span in September.

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Shura Herself: A Conversation with the Pop Singer About Her New Confidence and Sound

Electropop's Shura chats with PopMatters about her latest album forevher in which she infuses soulful grooves into her sound. Shura is currently touring the US and is set to begin her European tour in November.

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Brits in Hot Weather #17: Pelicandy, Chay Snowdon, Tom Fleming, GLOWS, Baby Taylah

Up now on Brits in Hot Weather, we have swaggering alt-pop from Pelicandy, rousing indie from Chay Snowdon, electrifying synth-rock from former Wild Beasts co-vocalist Tom Fleming, the melodic electronics of GLOWS, and the brooding debut single from Baby Taylah.

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Jordan Rakei's 'Origin' Is a Neo-Soul Masterclass

Origin is a rich, intoxicating listen that benefits from Jordan Rakei's clear, succinct vision. The desire to challenge himself to write a more thematic, conceptual album has encouraged Rakei to write more immediate, more impactful songs.

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Sophie Coran Swims in Nostalgia With the Dreamy, Soulful "Saltwater" (premiere)

The third single this year from Philadelphia's Sophie Coran combines soaring melodies with childhood memories into something she describes as Noir & B.

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In "Run & Hide", Bianca Rose Encourages Us to Feel (premiere)

UK R&B songstress Bianca Rose's latest single "Run & Hide is a liberating call to truly feel, even in times of melancholy.

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Jamila Woods Honors Her 'Legacy! Legacy!'

Jamila Woods, herself, a poet, singer, activist, and teacher, casts Legacy! Legacy! as a beacon for a type of self-empowerment informed by the predecessors who built and shaped culture.

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London's Mamas Gun Give Us Some Smooth UK Soul on "The Spooks" (premiere)

British soul band Mamas Gun specialize in a smooth and elegant form of R&B influenced by electronic and dance. Hear their new single "The Spooks" ahead of tomorrow's release of their new LP, Golden Days.

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London Alt-R&B Artist Jordan Rakei Releases New Single "Say Something" and Announces Tour

Today, Jordan Rakei is premiering his latest single "Say Something" and announcing a vast world tour with more US dates to be announced in future for autumn.

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Lion Babe Hits the Sophomore Slump with 'Cosmic Wind'

As far as talent goes, Lion Babe boasts it in abundance, but originality remains in short supply on their sophomore album, Cosmic Wind.

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How to Dress Well - "Vacant Boat" (Singles Going Steady)

Every listen to How to Dress Well's "Vacant Boat" reveals not just something new, but a new way of hearing it as a complete package.

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Jordan Rakei - "Mind's Eye" (Singles Going Steady)

Everything about "Mind's Eye" seems designed to draw you in gently, and then there is Jordan Rakei's remarkable voice.

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SPELLLING's 'Mazy Fly' Revels in a Celestial Imagination, a Consciousness in Accordance with Afrofuturism and Wake Work

SPELLLING's second full-length Mazy Fly escapes present genres and ages, from witching primeval ballads, sultry alternative R&B, to intergalactic disco. Simply, it's celestial, Afrofuturist, and wake work.

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79.5 Sing of Strength and Vulnerability with "Sisters Unarmed" (premiere)

New York City's 79.5 harmonize and synthesize throughout their soulful debut album, Predictions, and share the politically charged single "Sisters Unarmed".

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Alternative R&B Artist R.LUM.R Impresses on Two New Tracks Ahead of Tour (premiere)

Having just performed a thrilling set at Lollapalooza, alternative R&B artist R.LUM.R is releasing two new tracks of neo soul delight, "Right Here" and "I Need to Know".

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The Internet Serves Up Easy-Listening Funk on 'Hive Mind'

The Internet's fourth album, their most focused if not their most compelling, is a distillation of everything that makes them so distinctively cool.

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serpentwithfeet's 'soil' Is a Visionary Statement of Arrival, a Potent and Singular Masterpiece

On his debut album, experimental R&B artist serpentwithfeet delivers a masterpiece of intimate poetics and gospel-inspired soul music about love and identity.

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Kadhja Bonet Never Lets a Genre Tie Her Down on 'Childqueen'

Kadhja Bonet carefully chooses how much of her the world can know. In doing so, she remains weightless, an artist ephemeral, even as her genre-resistant music makes a serious sonic impact.

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Moses Sumney Is for Lovers

L.A. singer-songwriter Moses Sumney chooses Oakland over San Francisco for a sold-out show that shared his fondness for an incapability of love.

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Tom Misch's 'Geography' Feels Like the Start of Something

Geography is an accomplished, mature record that will have you reminding yourself over and over again that Tom Misch is a mere 22 years old.

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'My Dear Melancholy' Exposes Two Problematic Paths for the Weeknd's Music

With this brief six-song EP, the Weeknd returns to the aesthetic of his breakthrough Trilogy but ends up retreading classic material rather than revivifying it.

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Tom Misch - "Water Baby (feat. Loyle Carner)" (Singles Going Steady)

With the help of Loyle Carner's laid-back rapping and some well-placed horns and handclaps, Tom Misch brings us the chill-out track we need to make it through the end of winter.

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Rhye - "Count to Five" (Singles Going Steady)

Soft R&B grooves sneak up on you with subtlety on Rhye's "Count to Five", a low-key jam that isn't too summery but still offers some hope for the end of winter.

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Ahead of European Tour, SOHN Drops Two Brilliant New Songs

Electropop artist SOHN shares two new stunning songs ahead of his upcoming European tour.

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Rhye's 'Blood' Offers Fleshy Pleasures and Not Much More

After Woman reintroduced smooth, raw sexuality to indie pop, Michael Milosh returns five years later with new collaborators and an aim to further explore the sonic territory of his previous work. The same pleasures are there, but they feel more hollow the second time around.

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