R&B Fridays: Episode 108

This week’s episode aims to definitively prove the age-old belief that size really doesn’t matter, as whilst there isn’t as much content as usual, the artists that have turned up to the party are  bringing some real quality with them.

Three videos to catch up on from the week gone by: Teyana Taylor released a simple visual for her Marvin’s Room remix, Skylar Grey enhanced her burgeoning reputation with a solid video for Dance Without You, and finally Wiz Khalifa collaborated with Cee-Lo for the Bright Lights, Bigger City remix video.

Click on for this week’s hamper of audio goodness.

K. Michelle-Acura Integurl Remix
-She’s put out some very solid remixes recently, and can certainly lay claim to doing justice to the superb Frank Ocean original with this effort. As Frank demonstrated, the simple piano melody needs an emotional performance to be properly effective and Michelle delivers with a well-delivered, passionate effort that showcases her ability nicely.

Frank Ocean-Dream Killa
-Unclear on whether this is cut material or a demo/reference track, but I’d hazard a guess that it’s a demo for another artist. A decent effort from Frank again, coming through with solid verses are solid, albeit not near the level of some of his previous works. However, it’s the hook that really anchors this song with a catchy chorus that displays just why Frank genuinely is a master of melodies, and held in such high rank as a hook man by the likes of Jay-Z.

Alicia Keys-Typewriter
-Unlike the above track, the background on this song is clear: it’s a track that was recorded for her debut Songs In A Minor release, but didn’t make the final cut. It’s since been packaged with the 10th anniversary re-release of the aforementioned album, and is a very enjoyable throwback to Alicia’s early material, whilst not sounding a million miles away from her more modern material. Not as key-heavy as the tracks on the album, the production boasts a thick percussion line and assistance from some upbeat melodies that has a more ‘standard’ R&B feel, and makes for very enjoyable listening.

Carl Henry-All I Know ft. Vado
-As much as we may hope it to be, this unfortunately is not Wolves midfielder Karl Henry launching an R&B career. It is however the latest single from an artist who’s seemingly gathered a little buzz over the years, and appears ready to make that next step with this Boi 1da-produced effort. Solid vocal work throughout, with hints of Miguel’s style in his voice, whilst the production is mainstream/club-friendly without being overtly so, giving it an added appeal to the R&B/hip-hop fans. Vado comes through with a decent feature to close this off, and I wouldn’t be surprised if this song took off quite well.

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