R&B Fridays: Episode 32

A nice blend of mainstream and underground artists this week, and a bit of variety in the artists too with no particular artists having more than one track in this episode.

Click on to get your weekly fill of R&B nutrition. Apologies if some of my analysis is a bit short this week, I’m in a rush! Doing 14 tracks ain’t easy…

Trey Songz-I Wanna Rock Remix
-Kicking off with a new Trey remix, this time taking on Snoop’s often-remixed I Wanna Rock. As expected, Trey comes on a different tip to rappers and definitely makes one of the standout remixes of the track thus far.

Nicki Minaj-Your Love
-Really unusual to hear Minaj on this sort of track. It’s a very R&B/loved-up track which is a huge departure from her usual in-your-face style. It’s decent though, even if she does go a little too hard on the AutoTune for the hook.

-He dropped a real club banger last week, and comes on a little different angle this week. This is a midtempo jam with a nice positive spin on the lyrics that creates a nice atmosphere on this track. I never really used to check for K-Young’s material too much prior to last week, but I will be now: he’s on a two-week roll in my eyes.

Mary J. Blige-I Am (Marley Marl Remix)
-The legendary producer spins Mary’s track up, and lays some vocals down too. I liked the original, but I think I’m enjoying this switched up version more.

Keri Hilson-Knock You Down (Acoustic)
-Superb live and acoustic performance of Keri’s huge hit single from last year. Definitely one most should check out, as Keri demonstrates her natural singing ability.

Iyaz-Get Away
-He’s becoming an ever-present! This is actually a reference/demo track for Sean Kingston (made obvious by the lyrics) and it’s worth grabbing before Kingston ruins it for everyone and makes it unlistenable.

Maxwell-Bad Habits (Brolic Beats Remix)
-My favourite track of 2009 undergoes a bit of an uptempo facelift. Quite like this version, and whilst no remix will ever outdo the original for me, fans who aren’t yet into Maxwell/neo-soul will probably find this version a lot easier to listen to.

Rihanna-Redemption Song (Haiti Tribute)
-Rihanna ruins a Bob Marley classic. Nothing more to say. Cheers Rihanna.

Craig David-One More Lie (Standing In The Shadows)
-The new Craig David single is pretty damn good. It’s an uptempo jam which has some pretty funky elements in its production. Craig’s vocals have never let him down, and this is no exception. Definitely worth checking out.

Chris Sheppard-I Got You ft. Ryan Leslie
-Don’t really know anything about Sheppard, but this is a decent track. His vocals aren’t bad, and the R-Les feature is always a good look.

RL-In The Club Like ft. Yung Joc
-The lead singer of Next releases a very T-Pain sounding track. They honestly sound so alike on this track, but it works as this simple yet club-fitting beat is the kind Pain would usually rock over.

T-Pain-I’m Seeing Brakelights
-Surely you saw this coming from the above track? What you didn’t expect was for this to be more in the style of T-Pain’s older stuff, with him doing singing instead of rapping. I actually really like this track, and it sounds like some of his better stuff from Epiphany. Really good slower effort from T-Pain.

Justin Bieber-Baby ft. Ludacris
-New single from the boy wonder, and something with a bit more of an uptempo flavour. The Luda feature is a good look for him (and a bit of an unusual one for Luda) but this track will be huge for its catchy chorus.

Melanie Fiona-It Kills Me (Club Remix)
-Rounding things off with an uptempo version (not sure who remixed it) of Fiona’s critically-acclaimed It Kills Me. Really good remix, and definitely as good as the original.

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