Brittany. Howard. That’s all you need to know. Such power, yet mixed in with soulful control in her voice. You’ve got to stop what you’re doing and give this track a listen.
A soundtrack for all kingpins, bosses and CEOs… – featuring artists like DJ Shadow • Anderson .Paak • Jidenna • Nas • Nina Simone • James Brown • Llorca • Mr. Scruff
A smooth pop gem of the iconic British band
A mix of elite and non-elite genres that represent a standard for good taste. – featuring artists like Da Weasel, Anoushka Shankar, Sinéad O’Connor, Band of Skulls, McAlmont & Butler, Bob Dylan, Lovage, Jennifer Charles, Tricky, Wet Leg,
The maddening, frustrating and inspiring experience that is humanity, and our daily struggle as we move forward… – featuring artists like The Stylistics • Flobots • R.E.M. • Mavis Staples • World Party • tulengua • Paolo Nutini • The Jam
Stop, relax, enjoy life’s little blessings – featuring artists like Bill Withers • Kadhja Bonet • L’impératrice • Erykah Badu • ROSALÍA • Laura Groves
Be Inspired to make the journey as others have been inspired before you – featuring artists like Fortheringay • Orbital • The Stranglers • The Beautiful South • The Tallest Man on Earth • Yo La Tengo • Beirut • Soccer Mommy • Them Crooked Vultures • Dua Lipa
This is a collection of songs that make you want to cuddle and/or shake your ass – featuring artists like James Blake • Sinead Harnett • Glass Animals • Big Wild • Little Simz • Leon Bridges • Illa J • The Marías • Lianne La Havas • Kamakaze • Toro y Moi
No genre, no topic, no theme – but every track related by groove! – featuring artists like Elliott Murphy • Lo Fidelity Allstars • Joe Cocker • Lulu • Brent Cobb • Sister Sparrow • Steely Dan • Black Pumas
“To seek the affection of someone, with the intent to begin a romantic relationship” – featuring artists like Alina Baraz • Free Nationals • Amaria • 53 Thieves • Syd • Lava La Rue • Solange • Connan Mockasin
“Slipping Away” is a soulful masterpiece from LEISURE (a talented band from New Zealand) that plays with pop, psychedelia, and r&b sounds. When I first listened to this song, I felt like I was in a trance because of how smooth and mesmerizing the production is.
For when you wish to chill amongst the cool – featuring artists like Larry June • Mac Miller • Snoop Dogg • Digable Planets • Tuxedo • Camp Lo • Outkast • Chris Crack
Float at 4am with me – featuring artists like Tyler the Creator • 99 Neighbors • Daniel Caesar • Tobi Lou • Giveon • khai dreams • Rex Orange County • Joji
A blast from the past, let’s take it back to the greatest age of R&B music – featuring artists like Usher • SWV • Jodeci • Bell Biv Devoe • Faith Evans • Mint Condition • Al B. Sure • Bobby Brown
A COOL mix of dreamy alternative-pop – featuring artists like Frank Ocean • Tame Impala • Childish Gambino • Empire of the Sun • Flume • The Marias • Two Feet • The Neighbourhood
The perfect playlist for a late night cake session – featuring artists like Mary J Blige • Tony Toni Tone • LL Cool J • Ginuwine • Guy • Janet Jackson • TLC • Brandy
For some smooth rolling – featuring artists like Mase • Michael Jackson • Yung Bae • Kelis • VanJess • The Internet • Bee Gees • Prince
“Day 7, Day 7 got me thinking about our relations / Day 7, Day 7 it’s down to miscommunication.” So, what’s the significance of this ‘seventh day’ in context of “Day 7”? Basically, for R&B singer Tabitha Westley, she’s going through the effects of lockdown
“BEST INTEREST” is an R&B/Hip-Hop loosie that Tyler, The Creator released despite not making the final cut on his most recent album, Igor. Interestingly enough, Tyler performed and produced this song. This was one of my favorite songs that…
On “Like I Want You,” GIVĒON experiences a classic case of heartbreak. On this silky smooth, soulful slow jam, he seeks to atone for broken love, desiring to reconcile with his ex.
With “War of the Gods (Part 1),” late soul icon Billy Paul seeks atonement for all of the bad promoted by Satan asserting that “The time has come, for the war of the Gods.”
Shout out to Maria for recommending this track it fits perfectly with the vibe of this playlist. “Soft Plans (v1)” is a smooth and psychedelic R&B experience from up-and-coming artist Alan Lili.
R&B singer/songwriter Anthony Hamilton, assisted by activist Tamika D. Mallory, seeks to empower and atone for the adversity, hardships, injustices, and many wrongs suffered by black men on “Mercy”.
For this week’s picnic track, I am going to shine the spotlight on one of Frank Ocean’s classic songs, “Sweet Life.”
Sometimes the way home takes so long
Sometimes I get so tired and exhausted
As soon as I open the door,
I fall asleep
And when I wake up, No one is there
“Guru” is a chill r&b song with a dreamy soundscape that is perfect for a picnic on a sunny day. The musical production is very stellar and transports listeners to a different place. The beautiful keyboard melodies and otherworldly synths…
The music patterns of R&B, neo-soul, and jazz hip-hop combine into the song to full in calm and melancholic tunes. The voice of the singer-songwriter Heize is gentle, relaxing, but powerful.
Stevie Wonder’s “My Cherie Amour” was released in 1969, so not quite the 70s, but on the cusp of it. Co-written with Sylvia Moy and Henry Cosby, it has more of a 70s sound than 60s. It veers away from his R&B popish Motown sound and has more of a straight R&B sound, sans harmonica.
I remember hearing this song for the first time in London at Cafe 1001. I hushed my friends so that my phone could hear over the loud voices and espresso machine and tell me what song was sound-tracking everyone’s’ conversations.
Don’t tell me it was a difficult one! The lovely Natalie Cole is our track of the week being introduced with that perfect combination of piano, claps with a funny bass and then her voice, big bass, strings and brass section. It’s impossible to not smile to that intro and move your head with the rhythm.
This song is a bonafide stride through the heart of the 70s, cowbell and all. Released in 1976, it hit #3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. According to band member Derek Holt, the song is “about being on the road in America.” It definitely is redolent of wind-in-the-hair, open road, and blasting the eight-track while cruising in a convertible.
Blood Orange has been one of my recent favorite artists. His ability to seamlessly blend different styles of music makes for a delightful sound.