R&B Fridays: Episode 110


A nice mixture of soul tracks and R&B stuff in this week’s episode, all from acts everyone should be familiar with.

No posts of note to recap on from the week gone by, though there are a few news bites, particularly Chris Brown’s announcement of a hip-hop mixtape to be released soon, and Drake confirming the first official single from Take Care is set to drop any day now.

In the meantime, click below for this week’s scheduled programming.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 87


Is it me, or is it taking pretty long to get to episode 100?! I feel like we’ve been in the 80s forever!

Either way, the R&B/pop keeps coming thick and fast with another well-proportioned episode for you this week. Four R&B-related OTU items for you from the week gone by: the latest video from the Dirty Money trio, the first mixtape offering from Dirty Money’s Dawn Richard, visuals for Sean Garrett and J. Cole’s collaboration, and finally the official remix of Chipmunk and Chris Brown’s collab, also featuring J. Cole.

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Tinchy Stryder and Melanie Fiona-Let It Rain Video

Very similar to the Tinie Tempah video posted yesterday, Tinchy comes through with a top vocalist (certainly one of my personal favourites) on the hook for a more emotional, R&B-esque effort for his latest single.

As with the Tinie single, I don’t lay claim to knowing/owning much of Tinchy’s music, but enough to know this is probably slower than his usual dancefloor stuff. Unquestionably, the highlight of the track is the Melanie Fiona hook, which is delivered in a rousing, motivational manner that elevates this track considerably.

Fairly simple video, with no particular story and lots of dark, rainy scenes to play off the title. A mainstream track through and through, this will please the chart fans.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 78


Flying ever quicker towards that milestone 100th episode, episode 78 stops off at many of your favourite artists, having already done so a few times this week: we were given the new Michael Jackson video, R. Kelly then covered one of MJ’s biggest hits (as well as turning back the clock with some live performances), and Tinie Tempah unleashed his latest video.

However, it’s been the upcoming names that have really shone this past 7 days, with Jesse Boykins releasing the highlight of this week’s R&B/soul and Theophilus London adding a modern spin to Tweet’s Oops, courtesy of a Lindsay Lohan assist.

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John Legend, The Roots, Common and Melanie Fiona-Wake Up Everybody Video

Visuals for the mega-collabo from the upcoming John Legend/The Roots album. I do enjoy this soulful track, and expect these visuals to be pretty good considering the line-up.

Audio can be taken from here.

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John Legend/The Roots/Common - Wake Up Everybody


New leak from John Legend & The Roots’ upcoming album, Wake Up!, which is out mid September. If you’ve heard The Roots and/or John Legend before, then you won’t even be reading what I’m writing here and gone straight to the download link. Which is fair enough, this is a nice soulful track for this relaxing Saturday afternoon!

John Legend & The Roots – Wake Up Everybody ft. Common & Melanie Fiona

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Fly Gypsy-FG*XL:remixtape Review and Download


As you well know by now, I don’t write album/mixtape reviews or feature articles unless it’s something very worthwhile. It’s a lot of time and dedication for me, so you know there’s a damn good reason behind it right? Right.

OTU followers will be familiar with this duo (and all you newcomers need to get educated, fast). We’ve followed them for quite some time, and they’ve really stepped their game up in the last 2/3 months with this remix project. If you’ve missed any of the utterly awesome remixes they’ve put out, click on to find the links for recapping.

Anywho, it’s time to unleash the entire project. 18 tracks of fantastic music from an unbelievable (you’ll agree, trust me!) range of genres that will cement these guys as ones to watch for 2010. If you don’t have time for the review, you can download the mixtape here. If you do, click on.

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Melanie Fiona-Redemption Song

The second Redemption Song cover of recent times does much more justice to the original than the first.

Melanie Fiona straight up embarrasses Rihanna with her vocals on this. That’s not even the worst part: Fiona had an illness when she made this video. That’s real talent (and commitment!) right there folks.

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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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R&B Fridays: Episode 27

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New/unreleased tracks this week from Usher, Lloyd, Tyrese and many more to keep you going. Before you scurry off to click through, there have been a couple of tracks dropped this week that were more than capable of headlining today’s episode, but I chose to release them earlier. Head here, this way, that way, and finally here to see which stuff I’m talking about.

Once you’ve done that, come back here, and continue your R&B adventures with more quality music. Deal?

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Wale, J.Cole and Melanie Fiona

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Here goes the last leak we’ll be posting from Wale’s upcoming album. When I saw the tracklist (which you can see after the click) I was most excited to hear Beautiful Bliss, and you can grab it below.

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Underground Hip-Hop Part 6

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Yeah, it’s that time. Another post stuffed with the best music from talented, upcoming acts in the hip-hop world and of course a couple of more established names thrown into the mix.

Hip-hop heads, you know what to do and you know where to click.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 5

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As far as R&B Fridays go, this is a pretty jam-packed episode, full of dripping goodness from big names and lesser names as always. Hit the click for the goods.
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