R&B Fridays: Episode 139


A very slow week for R&B/pop music this week (those new Chris Brown/Rihanna collaborations don’t count as music), and as a result it’s a pretty short, and stream-heavy, episode this week.

I’ve made this statement before, but R&B really is in a bad spot at the minute, with a serious lack of both quantity and quality as many of its stars are either inactive or pursuing pop careers. It’s a sad state of affairs, but I retain hope that the likes of The-Dream will be back soon to restore the natural order.

Click below for this week’s relatively diverse edition.

Spree Wilson-Rare Moments

-This isn’t really R&B and comes more under the alternative bracket, but I’ve got no doubts that fans of pop/R&B will derive some enjoyment from this harmonic effort. Spree’s been a little quiet recently, but returns with a solid effort that boasts a progressive production, and the isolated guitar strums being eventually met by dramatic strings adds a real power and verve to Spree’s consistent vocals. Decent track.

Estelle-Do My Thing ft. Janelle Monae

-A collaboration that just simply works. Vintage vibes ooze out of this one, with a heavy 70′s influence on the bouncy production, whilst the upbeat vocal work of both artists has a real passion and liveliness about it that blends excellently with the production. The lyrical work has a nice independent message, and this is a track that could really go places in the mainstream world. A fun listen that will win over many, and it’s great to hear Janelle’s voice again!

Teyana Taylor-D.U.I. ft. Fabolous and Jadakiss

-Frequent G.O.O.D. Music collaborator Hit-Boy hooks up with G.O.O.D. member Teyana for her lead single from the upcoming The Misunderstanding of Teyana Taylor project. It’s a smooth effort, and the laidback quality results in the track having a real addictive quality, as Hit-Boy’s soft synths and key work compliments Teyana’s hushed delivery well, with the percussion throughout the hook adding a subtle touch of urgency. Two solid features on this too, and this is a good lead single for Teyana.

The-Dream-Kill The Lights ft. Casha

-I put a lot of pressure on his shoulders with my intro to this week’s episode, and this track effectively justifies why. This textbook slow jam is essential R&B through-and-through, as a pounding percussion is accompanied by striking synths and lighter elements for a busy yet driving production, and the combination sets up both vocalists excellently. Dream is on his high note style here, and there are few in the R&B game that quite make it as enjoyable as he does, whilst Casha displays her considerable talents with a strong and sultry performance of her own. Fantastic effort, and I can’t wait for his next project.

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