Rita Ora-Swim Good (Frank Ocean Cover)

Just under two weeks away from her debut album’s release, and one of the fastest-rising singers in recent years drops off a pretty strong cover of Frank Ocean’s excellent Swim Good.

Where Frank Ocean’s emotional shifts in the track are relatively subtle, Rita uses the opportunity to flex her vocal capabilities and add a little more passion and power into the delivery. Undoubtedly, many will prefer the style of the original but this clearly has its merits, and at worst works as a good example of Rita’s capabilities.

It’s difficult not to like Ora. Whilst she’s morphing into mainstream darling, there’s no denying she’s got great talent and it makes for a welcome change up against many of her popular peers.

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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.
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Rita Ora - R.I.P. ft. Tinie Tempah [Video]

I find it hard to separate this track from Drake’s demo that leaked the other year. Obviously we were never supposed to hear the Drake version as he wrote it for a female lead in mind, but he did a damn good job of it! Once it had leaked I didn’t think we’d ever hear a singer take and finish it, but eventually it’s found its way to new Roc Nation signee, Rita Ora. Those who aren’t familiar with that name should know that she’s a British singer, who’s creating a lot of buzz at the moment, so get in on the hype now.

The video itself is nothing special but does well as support for a big single. I do think that getting Tinie Tempah in as a feature is a good attempt to add some original flavour to a song many had rinsed when the Drake version had leaked. You can pre-order this single by clicking on below.

Rita Ora – R.I.P. ft. Tinie Tempah

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R&B Fridays: Episode 140

No artist in the R&B and pop genres has generated the buzz Rita Ora has over the past week, so it’s only right that the Roc Nation signee and London native gets the headline spot for yet another milestone episode.

It’s been a solid week in the music world, with a few very enjoyable releases from a range of genres. Miguel came through with an excellent free 3-track EP, Jesse Boykins III delivered what could be a breakout moment for the lavishly-talented singer with a video for B4 The Night Is Thru, Kid Cudi’s new WZRD project released their debut album to a positive reception here on OTU, and finally the mysterious A. Chal dropped off one of the finest electronic instrumentals I’ve heard in some time.

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