R&B Fridays: Episode 101


Not to be confused with George Orwell’s somewhat more macabre view of the number 101, we roll on past the magical 100 with this week’s episode. Be sure to catch up with my top 30 from episodes 1-100 if you haven’t already.

Short recap from the last week: Raheem DeVaughn follows up his enjoyable Jackin’ 4 Beats mixtape with a sequel, Beyonce returned with her latest high-octane video, and a (highly-praised) remix of Mike Posner’s Falling.
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R&B Fridays: Episode 81


Will R&B Fridays ever be on time? That’s the question.

I’ve more than compensated though, throwing in almost 20 tracks for you to enjoy this week. There’s no skimping on the big names either, as there are some strong contributions from some of the bigger stars in the R&B/pop world. No real recap this week as the music industry has all but shut down, though the Alicia Keys version of Devil In A New Dress is a must-download.

Click on for the first R&B Friday of 2011.
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Auburn and Iyaz-La La La Video

Talk about late. We originally let this track out way back in May. The track is pretty good though, and the young newcomer definitely has bags of talent.

Video is pretty standard pop-R&B, with a bit of choreography and close-up camera shots. Nothing groundbreaking, does the job.

Audio can be pulled out of here.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 63


Lots of great stuff this week, swelling it up to delicious proportions. Before you slam your face into the meal, get accquainted with these appetisers: Dirty Money and Drake collaborate, the announcement of Bruno Mars’ album, lots from newcomer Justin Michael, Usher’s newest video, Sean Garrett’s Inkwell mixtape, the video/audio for 3OH!3′s latest single, Cee-Lo’s amazing new song, and the final version of a Drake reference track.

Plenty of stuff there, and plenty of stuff below. This has to go down as one of the strongest R&B Fridays in recent memory too, there’s nothing I wouldn’t recommend from this week’s batch. Entrance below.

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Pill and Iyaz-Blow Up


Pill’s definitely one of my favourites from the XXL Freshmen, and I’ve got high hopes that this guy can really make some moves in hip-hop. He’s pretty raw, but has a lot of similarites to a younger T.I in both his flow and lyrical style. High praise indeed.

With his debut album The Medicine in the works, he lets loose of the first single from it here. Enlisting Iyaz was a good move for sure, as not only does he deliver a good hook but he’ll definitely help get Pill more mainstream exposure. The raps are good, especially for a mainstream-aimed track, and will serve as a good introduction/reminder/confirmation of Pill’s ability.

Pill-Blow Up ft. Iyaz

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R&B Fridays: Episode 56 Part II - The Leftovers


Right, seeing as today has been pretty slow – I’ll let loose the tracks that didn’t make it in Friday’s jam-packed episode. I won’t bother putting much (any) analysis into these tracks, as most of them aren’t really my thing. By which I mean that a lot these songs are mostly of the slow type of R&B, which I’m sure a lot of you will like…loads. Click on for the goods.

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Man Overboard Covers Iyaz's Replay


This is one of those whereby I can’t quite remember how I stumbled across it, but I suppose I’m lucky I did. Decent enough acoustic cover, which also opts to use AutoTune, in a move I’m assuming is ironic. Fun listen though, and a welcome refresh of an overplayed song.

Man Overboard-Replay

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R&B Fridays (on a Saturday): Episode 45


Sorry for the delay guys, as you know we were hacked on Friday night so I couldn’t get this out.

A nice even 20 tracks of new stuff for you this week, and lots of variety in there too in terms of styles and artists. Probably leaning more towards well-known artists this week, although there are still a couple of newbies for you to start getting into.

The quality is really high in this one, so be sure to give most/all of it a go. I’ve kindly weeded out most of the rubbish stuff, irrespective of artist calibre: I’m feeling ruthless! (Grr, roar etc)

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Iyaz-Solo Video

R&B/pop fans will enjoy this, the latest video from upcoming artist Iyaz.

Audio can be accquired here, and I’m too disappointed to write anything else as a result of the aforementioned football match.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 37


There are some utterly awesome tracks in this episode, and I have no qualms with name-checking the new Janet Jackson track as the definite highlight of this episode. Of course, the rest is very good too, but that track is sweet.

Click on for new music from Ne-Yo, Mario and more.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 32


A nice blend of mainstream and underground artists this week, and a bit of variety in the artists too with no particular artists having more than one track in this episode.

Click on to get your weekly fill of R&B nutrition. Apologies if some of my analysis is a bit short this week, I’m in a rush! Doing 14 tracks ain’t easy…

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Catch-Up


Finally putting this up! 5 tracks after the click that I haven’t put up yet from my brief hiatus. Couple of decent ones in there too, so be sure to keep reading.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 31


Unusual episode this one. I actually had a vast majority of this material with me by the end of Saturday night and could have probably written an entire episode right there. There was a great deal dropped later in the week too, making this episode 19 tracks deep and in terms of quality it’s potentially one of the best yet.

Click below for new/unreleased music from Usher, Ne-Yo, Bruno Mars and many more. As usual, a couple of newer artists in there too. Before you do though, be sure to grab this fantastic Christina Milian track that Indi liberated (and consequentially robbed from this episode!) earlier this week.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 29


The first episode of 2010 brings a nice blend of established and new artists this week, which makes a pleasant change from the recent R&B Friday domination by big names.

This episode includes a remix to one of my favourites songs of 2008, and other cracking tracks, coming in at a collective total of 19 tracks this week. There are a couple of names making comebacks in this post too, so be sure to click on and start the year off with plenty of music.

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R&B Fridays (on Saturday): Episode 28


You thought I’d forgotten? Shame on you. I’m allowed a day off for Christmas.

The last R&B Friday of 2009 is packed to the rafters, with 21 (!!) tracks from a glut of good names. Beyoncé (with a Ne-Yo assist) anchors the bunch with a surprisingly high number of tracks in this one, and there are of course many other superb artists waiting for your attention after the click.

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