Many R&B heads were wholly won over by the audio for this on its release, and the veteran trio follow that buzz up with a set of suitably throwback visuals, upping that buzz ahead of the album release on 20th August.
Unnecessarily dramatic, overly emotional and more- it’s textbook old school R&B. From the boyband-esque white outfits, to the expansive landscapes they croon within, and the largely unconnected dramatics surrounding their individual verses, it’s a lot of fun in truth and one of those music videos that you have to suspend your ‘critical’ side to watch; that is never a bad thing, as it lends itself to a far more fun, enjoyable experience. Tank croons in front of a burning house, Tyrese pulls up his car at a petrol station whilst arguing with his lady, whilst Ginuwine gets hyperactive on a motorbike with female accompaniment. There’s no attempt at storyline or hidden messaging, and its simplicity is fine in truth, allowing for a nostalgic video to accompany those soaring vocals and soulful production.
A lot of fun if you don’t take it too seriously, and backed by an addictive R&B track. Look out for that Three Kings album in a few weeks.
Collectively known as TGT, this trio of (relatively) old-school R&B crooners are gearing up for a collaborative album, with Three Kings set for arrival on 20th August.
It’s an R&B scene rather devoid of big names at the moment, and I suspect this could end up being a surprisingly popular album. My confidence in that statement comes from the superbly throwback stylings of this fantastic slow jam, harking back to the early-00′s soundarguably the last period whereby soul was still the primary influence on R&B music (it’s now pop, of course). Tank eases the track in well with a smooth performance, allowing the hook he primarily delivers to really impress with its soaring, emotional vocals, and it’s that hook which will certainly win over the original R&B heads. Tyrese follows up with a little more intensity in his verse than Tank, continuing the hook’s momentum well in his distinctive strained style, before another hook break and the piece de resistance verse from Ginuwine, who most certainly reminds everyone of his talent with a superb performance straight out of his prime.
Whilst it’s an unquestionably old-school jam, it ends up sounding pretty fresh in today’s landscape due to the dearth of releases of this nature, and with all three delivering top tier performances that are individually excellent, and admirably cohesive too- it bodes well for that album, and I look forward to more pre-album releases soon.
To me, the early hours of ‘Saturday’ count as Friday, so welcome to the first on-time R&B Friday in a few weeks!
Not a great deal to recap on this week, with the only notables being another official remix to Lloyd’s Lay It Down, and an all-British collaboration from Alesha Dixon and Jay Sean. However, it’s more than made up for with this week’s episode: with almost 20 tracks from the likes of Trey Songz, Pitbull and many more, there’s lots to enjoy and keep you going until next week.
New singles from Keri and Rihanna headline this episode, along with plenty of other tracks from a range of talented artists. Before that, the customary recap: a great track from UK newcomer Talay Riley, Drake’s lead track from his upcoming mixtape, plenty of R&B-related artwork, and finally the official video for Keri Hilson’s Breaking Point.