Musiq SoulChild-Yes Video

One of the more mature, feelgood tracks of the year, Musiq drops off much-delayed visuals for his superb track from the MusiqInTheMagiq album.

A video that’s perfectly suited to the lyrics, Musiq demonstrates unwavering support and a respectable commitment to his lady of choice throughout the video, ‘in sickness and in health’. It’s not a revolutionary concept, but clearly it’s a standout concept against somewhat less monogamous music videos usually released, and there’s no doubt the warmth infectiously radiates off this video.

If this track was a girl, it’s one you’d be looking to take home to meet the parents. Grab this on iTunes now.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 95

5 weeks away from the 100th episode, and the ‘new format’ rolls on with another easy-to-digest and concise edition. Not too much to catch up on in terms of different posts, but I’m sure anyone with even a sprinkling of good taste will be interested in grabbing 64 Frank Ocean tracks.

An interesting blend of mainstream stuff and more refined soul-oriented material this week, as well as chucking in the now customary throwback R&B track of the week. Click below to be happy.
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R&B Fridays: Episode 92

A pretty short episode this week, but with good reason. Recently, it’s become a bit annoying (for me, probably not for many of you) that most episodes are comprised primarily of pop music, and not R&B. This week, I wanted to avoid that, and hence I can say I’m genuinely a fan of this week’s episode, which I’ve not been able to say for a while.

Couple of big singles this week, including the first single from Ryan Leslie’s upcoming third abum Les Is More. Only really the two relevant posts from the week gone by, with the superb Jhene Aiko releasing her new album/mixtape for free, and Odd Future’s Frank Ocean dropping off a great piece of R&B with Dave Raps. Be sure to check both out, as whilst they may not be familiar names, they’re very much worth a look. Click below for the rest of the goods.
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Musiq SoulChild and Swizz Beatz-Anything Video

Huge fan of this uplifting, positive track, and Musiq comes through with a solid video that entertains and keeps that vibe going.

The ‘story’ style of the track is captured perfectly as Musiq tries to prove his commitment to his lady of choice, despite the obvious and numerous distractions. It’s a good reflection of the lyrics, and the sort of simple videomaking that’s increasingly rare.

Lots of lights and energy in the last third too, which plays off this jazzy, upbeat production nicely. I’ve actually developed quite an appreciation for Swizzy’s verse on this track too, as his mellow style offers a likeable contrast to Musiq’s more passionate vocals. Very enjoyable track and backed by a solid video.

Audio can be grabbed from here.

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Musiq SoulChild and Swizz Beatz-Anything

What a year for soul this could be. Raphael Saadiq’s album is due any minute, Maxwell has confirmed a 2011 release for his next project, and now Musiq comes through with the first single from TheMagicTheMusic.

Enlisting Swizzy to assist on the production, Musiq serves up a fantastically jazzy, upbeat and lively number that crosses those R&B, funk and soul boundaries effortlessly. The production has a very retro-disco feel, with heavy synths alongside the odd guitar pluck making for busy and exciting melodies, whilst the solid percussion line will certainly keep your head nodding. Great vocals as ever from Musiq, switching his style up brilliantly to infuse positivity and passion into his lyrical message of commitment and monogamy to his significant other. A very celebratory, uptempo track that will sit well with almost anyone, I highly recommended giving this one a listen.

Musiq SoulChild-Anything ft. Swizz Beatz

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Kanye West, Teyana Taylor, CyHi Da Prynce, Dipset, Pusha T, Big Sean and Musiq Soulchild-Christmas In Harlem

Longest title ever? Now, I’m fully aware this was ‘out’ about a week ago. However, you’ll find that version had tags, probably wasn’t good quality, and wasn’t an authorised drop. This, on the other hand, is the latest addition to GOOD Fridays (despite being a Weds/Thurs depending on where you’re from) and is most certainly official.

Have to admit I’m a little disappointed with this. The highlights are most certainly Teyana’s vocals, who could easily be mistaken for Beyonce with a well delivered and catchy hook. None of the verses are particularly outstanding given the names on show, although they’re fairly short for the most part (particularly Sean and Pusha’s), which in fairness doesn’t give them a chance to get a flow together. Worth a listen if you want to be festive, but without being corny!

Kanye West-Christmas In Harlem ft. Cam’ron, Jim Jones, Vado, Cyhi Da Prynce, Pusha-T, Musiq Soulchild, Teyana Taylor and Big Sean

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