R&B Fridays: Episode 143

After a few weeks away, R&B Fridays is back and swollen with star quality for this week’s edition. Of course, in keeping with tradition, it’s also released on a Sunday. Nice to be back into routine eh?

Not too much to catch up on in terms of related audio posts, but there are a few videos that’ll interest the R&BF crowd, including Rita Ora’s debut visual, Preeya Kalidas’ latest effort, and a couple of new clips from Drake’s Take Care. Head on below to compliment that visual feast with some audio refreshment.

Cassie-King of Hearts (Kanye West Remix)

-Within the posts for the two new Kanye tracks earlier this week you may have noticed reference to a third Kanye-related effort. This would be precisely that, as Kanye takes Cassie’s surprisingly-likeable single for a spin, adding some simple tweaks to the production (no raps, unfortunately) to add a little more punch alongside the soft vibe of the original. The ‘eurodance’ influence on the original’s production is toned down effectively with a few less electronic samples and a little trimming around the edges on some of the synths, giving the instrumental a clean sound that certainly matches the original for quality.

Summer Leather Vest-F*ck That Condom

-To be clear, I do not endorse doing what the title says: any babies left on the OTU doorstep will be posted back to you, and you’ll be charged for the postage. What I do endorse is giving this a listen, as it’s not quite as crude as the title may suggest, instead blending together more smooth Emanny vocals, a sharp instrumental, and some slick verses from Joey for a strong all-round R&B jam that benefits from a classic R&B structure, avoiding the pitfall of being yet another hip-hop/pop/R&B crossover.

Rita Ora-R.I.P. (I’m Ready For Ya Remix) ft. Tinie Tempah & Drake

-Highly unlikely to be an official remix, as it seems as though someone’s just blended parts of Drake’s original onto this, but a good remix nonetheless. The Drake demo was definitely a likeable track, and given the transformation the production’s undergone since his leaked version, it’s relatively refreshing hearing his older work on this newer, edgier beat. If you’re unfamiliar with either version, I’d give this a go as it’s essentially the best of both worlds.

Miguel-Arch n Point

-The highlight from his recently-released Art Dealer Chic Vol. 2 (click here for the full project), this one combines a slow jam sensibility with a little alternative flavour for a unique hybrid that comes off well. The production flickers between soft synths and minimalism to grungier guitars and sharp percussion, with Miguel’s harmonic vocals remaining the sole constant throughout, coming through with some easygoing bedroom lyricism delivered with a healthy dose of character.

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