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Hoodlem – Girlfriend (N’SYNC cover)

When it came out in 2001, ‘N SYNC’s ginormous hit “Girlfriend” added a touch of R&B (courtesy of Pharrell & Chad Hugo) to the boy band’s brand of sugary pop. It was also a launching pad for Justin Timberlake’s solo career, so it was perfect for rising singer/producer Hoodlem to craft a cover that touches […]

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Covers R&B

COVER: BANKS – Are You That Somebody (Aaliyah cover)

Many covers of Aaliyah’s eternal “Are You That Somebody” have been attempted over the years, but I think BANKS just lapped all of them. This sparse rendition shines with BANKS’ sultry vocals, adjustable flow (glad she took on Timbo’s part too) and the acoustic guitar backing is a nice change from her typically dark R&B […]

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Cody ChesnuTT – Gunpowder on the Letter ft Gary Clark Jr

After taking a nearly 10 year break between full length albums, you would hope there would be some leftovers from Cody ChesnuTT‘s underrated 2012 album, Landing On A Hundred. Luckily, that is just what Mr. ChesnuTT released to the world today in the form of an EP full of B-Sides and Remixes (Amazon). Lead cut […]

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Hoodlem – Old Friend

Glitchy, electronic-influenced R&B has been a popular sound in recent years in part to due to the rise of acts like The Weeknd and James Blake. Ladies like BANKS and Lorde excelled in 2012, so I’m glad to hear other songstresses get in the act. Aussie singer/producer Hoodlem exudes cool confidence on her first single […]

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R&B

LIZ – Just Like You EP

’90s-era R&B is certainly “in” right now and I’m not mad at that. Echoes of Aaliyah, Ginuwine, Jodeci and other nostalgic acts are heard in current music like the xx, The Weeknd and Banks. I’m not sure any of them have fully committed to the throwback sound like LIZ though. The recent signee to Mad […]

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R&B

Miguel – Simplethings

This soundtrack to Girls is getting ooc. Miguel does his thang on “Simplethings”. ‘Girls Volume 2: All Adventurous Women Do…’ drops on 2/11 (Amazon). BONUS: Miguel – Do You (Cashmere Cat remix)

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2013 Wrap-Up: Top Albums of 2013 – Honorable Mention

I’ve started each year’s top albums list when a preface about how people don’t listen to albums anymore. That statement is still true, but if the big names of 2013 didn’t make you immerse yourself in at least one artist’s vision for a full length album then you might have an issue. Just look at […]