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Abel Tesfaye is the latest to jump onto Beyonce’s ‘Drunk in Love’, adding his XO charm to what turned out to be this year’s Valentines soundtrack. His partisan falsetto dazzles as the track is flipped into a masochistic tribute to the sound he perfected during his Trilogy saga. 

The guy behind precisely 80% of the production behind that Beyonce project, dropped a stellar new track late last week. If you didn’t now already, his name is BOOTS. ‘Dust’ (which exemplifies why Yonce backed him for her album) opens with a similarly dark and haunting aesthetic, merging a refined R&B backdrop with some raw yet lush vocals. What impresses most though is the poetic lyricism, “Your love is a whitewashed flower / Every second is an hour so my pockets feel slimmer, baby / Your love is a cold damn shower / Lick the sweat from your neck, hit the deck, hit the dimmer, baby ”. The accompanying video, directed by Cara Stricker is pretty darn stunning too, peep both up top.

After penning glorious tracks for the likes of Kwabs and BANKS, producer/vocalist SOHN is about to step into the limelight himself with his highly anticipated debut album, Tremors, out April 7 via 4AD. Take a look at the video for the LP’s first single ‘Artifice’, a slightly more pop-leaning track from the forthcoming new eleven-track release.

BANKS continues to deliver her dark and twisted take on R&B in her latest track ‘Brain’, with Shlohmo on production duties. A worbling soundbed of shadowy synths carry those elegant shimmering vocals we’ve come to love over the past year. After her glorious London EP, BANKS once again proves herself with this brooding gem. Swoon.

Dive into this little gem courtesy of The Trp (pronounced, The Trip) and Michael Tousana. Channelling a broad pallet of sounds, ‘Catching Fire’ is a super smoothed out tune, perfect to ease you into the working week. The relatively unknown trio call it “Exotic Hip-Hop” and to be honest, that’s a perfect description of what they do. Swoon over the record above, and look out for the collaborative album YAHUDA coming soon.

Dive into this little gem courtesy of The Trp (pronounced, The Trip) and Michael Tousana. Channelling a broad pallet of sounds, ‘Catching Fire’ is a super smoothed out tune, perfect to ease you into the working week. The relatively unknown trio call it “Exotic Hip-Hop” and to be honest, that’s a perfect description of what they do. Swoon over the record above, and look out for the collaborative album YAHUDA coming soon.

Rising musician Palmistry started turning heads with the spirited yet sincere ‘Catch‘ back in October, garnering a refreshing take on modern pop. Since then the South Londoner continued to impress with the gorgeous inflections in ‘Lil Gem‘; Parting with vocals, the track is brought to life solely by its glittering soundscape. His third offering, ‘Vapore’ is perhaps the crème de la crème of his catalogue thus far. Stirring in a slow-burning soundbed of minimal melodies, a sugary vocal floats through the track’s soft R&B grooves. Both latter tracks can be found on a six-track EP also titled Lil Gem via Italian label Presto!? here.

Our girl Rochelle Jordan returns with the video for ‘Follow Me’, a track which has stayed on consistent loop since she first dropped it back in December. As we’ve said many times before, this lady is in a league of her own and while other female singers in the same field may be getting more attention (for whatever reason) – theres absolutely no doubt very few (ahem, if any) do it quite as good as she. With producer KLSH behind her, Jordan can do absolutely no wrong in continuing to evolve the way she has been.

… If you haven’t already (or even if you have), make sure you check our curated 22Tracks playlist. I promise you won’t find a better channel dedicated to leading-edge R&B/soul music. Updated weekly, enjoy the vibes.

Very proud of our boy MNEK whose seems to be riding a wave that is about to go tidal. Already a successful songwriter, 2014 is evidently the year he becomes a star in his own right. Blessed with more vocals than most can dream of, born into a generation where musical lines are as blurred as they have ever been and raised in a city which seems to have perfectly honed his style & character – this guy (as we’ve been saying) is the future. Now, hot off the heels from performing at Radio 1′s Future Festival tonight, he’s unleashed a completely stripped back version of ‘Ready For Your Love’, the single he guested on for producer Gordon City.

Fuck about. Show me another male singer right now who can do this. Get it son.

L.A based, Dutch multimedia artist Young & Sick has dropped a fabulously illustrated video for his new 7″ single ‘Magnolia’; A dreamy downtempo number with swirling, celestial references to a bygone era of romantic synth balladry. Love.

Take a listen to Young & Sick’s equally brilliant b-side below, a new track called ‘Willow’…

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