R&B Fridays: Episode 102

On we roll with the institution of institutions, and it’s probably fair to say that the highlight of this week’s R&B has already been posted: having finally got around to listening to The Weeknd’s debut project I was incredibly impressed by it, and would wholeheartedly recommend you R&B Friday fans checked it out.

In addition to that, the past week saw visuals for the latest T-Pain and Chris Brown collab, Frank Ocean dropped off some enjoyable visuals for one of his lesser-known tracks, and finally a big collaboration between Lloyd, Trey Songz and Young Jeezy.

Click below to grab what else we’ve got in store this week.

The Weeknd-Rolling Stone
-Seems appropriate to kick off this episode with some new music released by the man himself earlier this week. Very different to the ambient, atmospheric style on House of Balloons, this one comes on a more stripped down, acoustic style that displays both his versatility and diversity. Backed almost exclusively by a few guitar strums, this style of music really pushes his vocals to drive the track forward and hence creates a perfect platform to display the skills he has. Yet another very enjoyable listen from one of the brightest talents in the game.

Kelly Rowland-Motivation Remix ft. The-Dream and Lil’ Wayne

-Dream tags along here for a very worthwhile contribution to Kelly’s growing single, delivering a great opening to the track that frankly improves it quite considerably. Seems like the perfect beat for him, and he really takes to it comfortably. Track is the same as the original outside of that.

Joe-Roll Wit It
-You always know what you’re getting with Joe: smoothed out R&B vibes, with mature lyricism and solid vocal work. No change to that formula here, as Joe delivers a mellow track that won’t shock anyone into submission, but will grab a few plays on your playlists by virtue of being a very easy listen.

Nicole Scherzinger-Hollywood ft. Flo Rida
-Just like you probably predicted the style of the Joe track, you can deduce what this will sound like from the lineup. Thick synths, high tempo and a fairly generic pop sound that may be a summer single for Scherzinger. Not my thing really, but the chart and mainstream fans will lap this up.

Sleepy Brown-You’re My Lady
-I think the last time I heard this guy’s material was back in these days, though I was recommended to give this a go and I’m not disappointed at all. Completely different from the above track, this is a soulful, easygoing effort that makes the most of his whispery, delicate vocals to create a lazy summer day vibe/bedroom music hybrid. Very solid material.

-50/50 on this one. Really enjoying the production on this, as Tricky Stewart and The-Dream have really served up a good blend of layers, with sharp percussion and catchy melodies in the verses, airy synths on the bridge and lots of energy in the hook. Not sure I’m enjoying the lyrics though, as it feels like a bit of a waste of the natural intensity in this production.

Mike Posner-The Scientist (Cover)
-Very interesting, and highly unexpected. First things first: credit to Posner for trying something different with the production, and whilst I’m not sure this electro-heavy beat is the right choice for the lyrics at times, there are certain points at which it comes together really well. Posner does a decent job in getting the emotion of the lyrics right, wisely steering clear of trying to hit some of Chris Martin’s notes and instead going with what works for him. Whilst its not a patch on the original, it doesn’t feel like its supposed to be, and instead works in a supplementary manner.

Miguel-Sure Thing Remix ft. Pusha T
-I’m still giving the Brook D’Leau remix of this a lot of playtime, but there’s no denying the slower, more passionate vibe of the original production is just as addictive. There’s a nice mix of soft guitars, easygoing percussion and wisftul synths, all held together by captivating vocal and lyrical work from Miguel. Pusha slides in nicely on this one too, coming through with a very fitting verse.

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