Rochelle Jordan

For me at least, Rochelle Jordan is the very definition of R&B futurism. I don’t think any other artist has captured the genre’s avant-garde quite like she and her producer KLSH. And although there are some noteworthy contenders (Tinashe, Jhene Aiko, Teyana Taylor, Tink G), Jordan leads the way each time. In fact it kills me to know how many people missed or slept on her P R E S S U R E album, which stands unquestionably, as one of my favourite R&B albums, period.

Her latest single, following on from ‘Lowkey‘, is ‘Back in the Day’ which once again offers another look into of her flawless delivery. KLSH’s pristine post-Timbaland production thaws exquisitely around Jordan’s honey-cool vocals. I guess I’ve gushed enough – listen below.

P.s Rochelle also features on Cyril Hahn’s new single ‘Slow’ – listen to that here.

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The internets have been waiting on this collaborative extended player for some time now, and excuse us for being a couple days late in bringing it to your attention.

When two mutually respectful worlds align to create something new in the way Shlohmo & Jeremih have, it can rarely been seen as a disappointment. In fact it should be celebrated. And regardless of whether you feel this joint project is better or worse than each of their solo offerings, you have to respect their gusto – it’s easy to forget how much of a dirty word “R&B” was just a few years ago, especially in the electronic community. And who knew Jeremih would swing back after that meme-inducing chart topper?!

For the most part No More is a convincing release, it pushes forward with the current understanding of what contemporary R&B is – a genre no longer stagnant in the shadow of its golden era. It is for the most part however carried by Shlohmo’s productions which are wonderfully industrial and appropriately gully. Jeremih’s vocals unfortunately slip key far too often and his Weeknd-esque wailing at times is a little indulgent.

That said there are gems in here, pay particular attention to ‘The End’ and an extended version of ‘Fuck You All The Time’.

Download No More for free here.

Låpsley created a buzz earlier this year with the elegant ‘Station‘ which she continued with her latest single ‘Painter (Valentine)’. Today, the 17 year old singer/producer revealed the Harvey Pearson directed music video to the delicate and ethereal track,  following a couple facing their problems. This is some promising stuff, take a look up top. 

R&B crooner PARTYNEXTDOOR teams up with Drake on ‘Recognize’, which is lifted off his forthcoming project, PARTYNEXTDOOR Two out dropping July 29. With a smooth, melodic vibe and an infectiously catchy hook (“You got niggas and I got bitches“), the track sees both Canadians go in on the moody, atmospheric beat. There’s more on the way, stay tuned.

TDE songstress SZA shared a new double video for Z track ‘Julia’ which also ties in a preview of the previously unheard, ‘Tender’. In the video, the singer presents a vibrant and playful persona for the former track whilst a  dark and eerie mood is captured in the latter. The best of both worlds…

If you aren’t already, familiarise yourself with Worcestershire-based songsmith astronomyy, and his own refreshing brand of R&B. It’s been a year since his delectable debut ‘Don’t Need U‘ graced the internet, but his latest track, ‘U Make Me Feel Good’ is equally vibey. The rich guitar tones and that silky soft voice are real smooth. Look out for There For U, the debut EP out July 28.

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Usher teams up with Pharrell once again to deliver yet another showstopper, named this time as ‘She Came to Give It To You’. It’s no ‘U Don’t Have to Call’ – which is a real shame – this is a smoother, more refined and even more MJ-inspired affair (lest we forget ‘U Don’t Have to Call’ was originally penned for the King of Pop). Raymond’s performance once again proves that while others wane, some vocalists only get better and better with time. ‘She Came to Give It to You’ features a solid verse from Nicki Minaj – you know when’s not singing those ridiculous tween hooks, she’s a beast. Listen up. 

JUNGLE have given us a break-dancing kid, a roller-skating duo and a collective dance performance in their previous clips, and now, we have two, more experienced fellas busting some moves in the music video to ‘Time’. Damn these guys can move… The duo’s self-titled debut album is out next week and can be streamed in full over at iTunes.

After lending a hand to Drake’s ‘Hold On We’re Going Home‘ last year, Majid Jordan have unveiled the title track from their forthcoming EP, A Place Like This. The songs quietly thuggish hip hop undertone lifts the duo’s hypnotic melodies to form a wonderfully cloudy sound befitting its accompanying visual. This bumps.

A Place Like This is out July 22 via OVO Sound.

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Before Disclosure became Billboard cover stars, they made a name for themselves by releasing a slew of 2-step inspired remixes of songs many of us loved – classic or otherwise. It seems while their debut album circle firmly winds down they’re back on the case applying “the face” to a host of new tracks which now also includes Usher’s ‘Good Kisser’. Is it better than the original? Nah, not quite but it is a nice summer-nights bubbler. Pass the Pimms.

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