Robin Thicke-Blurred Lines (Acoustic) ft. Jimmy Fallon and The Roots

So, this is basically incredible.

Thicke teamed up with Fallon and his wonderful house band, the legendary Roots crew, for a unique acoustic take on his international fan favourite of a single- they performed the entire track using instruments found in a music classroom. From a kazoo to a banana (yep) and spoons, it’s a fantastically-creative rework of the popular single; so much so, that Robin’s vocals end up becoming a bit of a sideshow to the ludicrous instrumental performance from all involved. Arrested Development fans-there’s even a real wood block involved (season 4 reference).

As if all of the above wasn’t enough, there’s a Black Thought verse thrown in for good measure, as he fills in for T.I. with a quickfire offering of his own, adding what is a great final touch to an excellent performance. Must-watch stuff for sure, if only for the sight of a banana being used as an instrument.

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Robin Thicke-Blurred Lines ft. Pharrell and T.I. (Video)

Initially, I didn’t like this. The beat sounded a little thin on the ground, the vocals didn’t necessarily command the track, and it just seemed to be missing something. However, the longer I let this play, the more I wanted it to keep going, and I expect many will have similar reactions with this.

There’s something oddly addictive about the understated funk, and with the beat being helmed by Pharrell (I assume, from the percussion style), I almost feel foolish for questioning its merits. That simple, effective percussion provides a subtle accompaniment to the fun vocal samples, dashes of bass and of course, Robin’s whispery vocals. It’s a good combination of cool, downplayed pop with a bouncy positivity, facets which are visualised well, as all three artists are seen mostly having a bit of fun in plain white studio surroundings; it’s actually quite refreshing to see the likes of Pharrell and T.I. let their (figurative) hair down and be less concerned with projecting a ‘smooth’ image, opting rather to fool around a little whilst dressed impeccably. The video really helps drive the feel of the audio home, and admittedly had the audio been released first, it would have probably struggled for praise. As it is, they came together and it was the right move; look out for Robin’s album later this year.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 130


Nothing to really recap on in the world of R&B this past week, it’s been a rather slow one.

Wait, what? Why is Indi in charge of this week’s R&B Friday and where the hell is Ajay? Well folks, he went overboard on his pump level this weekend and he’s been locked up for everyone’s safety (don’t worry though, with his legally entitled one phone call, he hand-picked this week’s tracks for me to review anyway).

Click on below to get hold of this week’s holy trinity of R&B goodness.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 125


A nice, summery picture to further brighten up your surprisingly sunny winter day.

A decent number of posts to catch up on from the week gone by: very enjoyable new visuals from Cherri Prince, an excellent blend of jazz, soul and more from the ReGeneration project, a review of Florence + The Machine’s latest album, and finally two mixtapes from Trey Songz, the first a more hip-hop styled effort, and the other the sequel to his excellent Anticipation R&B mixtape.

Click below for this week’s box of healthy, nutritious musical snacks.
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R&B Fridays: Episode 120


A longer episode this week, with plenty of R&B’s luminaries making appearances this week, including Frank Ocean, Ne-Yo and Trey Songz, alongside a track from the latest group emerging from the Odd Future collective.

Nothing to recap on from the week gone by, so go ahead and treat yourself by clicking below and gorging yourself on the treats within.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 73


Lots of mainstream stuff this week, alongside a couple of surprise additions from the hip-hop world and the celebrity world.

R&B recap from the last week: Dirty Money’s new single, the first drop from Trey Songz’s new mixtape, Katy B’s latest video, Willow Smith’s television debut, Rihanna and Eminem’s latest collaboration, and Chrisette Michele’s new mixtape from earlier today. Also, soul heads should check out a great cover of Maxwell’s Pretty Wings, and a remix of Mayer Hawthorne’s No Strings.
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R&B Fridays: Episode 72


Plenty to recap from the past week: Behind-the-scenes with Rihanna and Drake, new visuals from Nicki Minaj, a video for Dirty Money and Drake’s collabo, three mastered tracks from Ciara/Usher, Akon and Nicole Scherzinger, and finally the finished version of Jamie Foxx and Drake’s fantastic Fall For Your Type.

Click on for this week’s R&B fix.
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Game, Robin Thicke and T.I.-Pushin’ It Video

Neither of the artists actually involved in this song feature in the video, which is an interesting move.

What it does feature is a lot of ladies miming the lyrics of the song, which is both interesting and funny. It works for portions of the song, but in others it looks stupid (in Game’s closing verse, one girl is miming WAY too obviously). Good to see something different though.

Audio is way back here.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 55


With Ajay currently incarcerated in some grotty South African prison, your weekly R&B fix has been left with me to try and fill. Now I may not have anywhere near the amount of knowledge with this genre, I can however appreciate a good R&B song.

I’ve sorted through over 50 R&B songs over the last week and have narrowed it down to the best 24 and for that reason you shouldn’t at all be dissuaded from clicking on. We have some real gems for you, from the big names, to many a newcomer. Click that red text to find out whether I’m true to my word, or whether I’ve completely ballsed this feature up….(now that’s pressure!)

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Game and Robin Thicke-Phantom


Another nice one from Game. These two seem to work quite well together, and Robin’s smooth vocals co-exist superbly with Game’s rough tones. Great Dr. Dre beat on this one, and definitely a better style for him than the Neptunes beats he’s been trying recently. Lyrically it’s alright, but it’s never anything too complex from Game.

Game-Phantom ft. Robin Thicke

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More New Shyne (Yes, He’s Getting Better).

Morning, afternoon, good evening to wherever you are reading this from today.

Two new Shyne joints for your playlists today. Is he getting better? Yes.

The first, Roller Song, is rumored to be from his upcoming album Guess Who which is tentatively set for a summer ’10 release. The beat is heavy and Shyne goes in (and he won’t thank me for saying this) almost 50 Cent/The Massacre-esq. Unfortunately this is a clean version of the track, but really looking forward to the dirty version.

Secondly, (and I am unable to confirm whether this is on Guess Who or not) Shyne teams up with Robin Thicke for Pushin’ It. I like this less, but it feels more geared towards the mainstream audiences so I imagine it will have its supporters.

Shyne – Roller Song (Clean)

Shyne (feat Robin Thicke) – Pushin’ It

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Quick Blast: Game, T.I. and Robin Thicke


Decent track on first listen. A lot of people will recognise the hook too, as it’s been used for a few songs before (notably a Ja Rule track of the same name). In a bit of a rush here, but on first listen it was pretty good stuff.

FYI, this is the NO DJ version, unlike the tagged up versions you’ll find elsewhere. Thank me later.

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Robin Thicke and Snoop Dogg-It’s In The Morning Video

One of the better tracks from Robin’s recent album, the video is a good fit for the audio. Well, at least Robin’s bit is; Snoop’s verse visuals don’t really seem to fit, but it’s still a decent video (enjoying Snoop’s outfit in the scenes with him and Thicke in the same shot though, pretty nice).

Easy to watch, and easy to listen to. Can’t go wrong with that combo. Audio can be snatched from here.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 47


Even after letting loose of 3 Bruno Mars-related goodies in the last 24-hours, this may as well be R&B Fridays: Bruno Mars edition. A bunch of unreleased Bruno material leaked last weekend (he has 11/20 tracks in here!), and the sheer quality of it makes it dominant in this episode. Make sure you check out the amazing track from his upcoming EP beforehand.

Good material from a range of other artists too, including Ciara and The-Dream. I never say this on any of my posts because I don’t want to ‘force it’, but I genuinely think you guys should be looking to grab everything in this week’s episode, such is the quality.

I’m really proud of this week’s episode, as it’s absolutely packed with playlist dominators, and the only way to do justice to these tracks was to spend time on the reviews: make it worth my time and click on.

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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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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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Robin Thicke and Estelle-Rollacoasta Video

I’m writing this at 4am (although you aren’t seeing it until 10am), so forgive me for being a bit blunt.

New video etc.

Haven’t watched it yet etc.

And so forth.

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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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Robin Thicke/Kid Cudi/Snoop Dogg

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Couple of collabos from Robin Thicke’s upcoming album, one with Kid Cudi and another with Snoop Dogg. The Cudi collabo is decent, and definitely worth grabbing. Liking Cudi’s contribution and the hook. The Snoop Dogg collab is another good one, and comes on a slightly slower tip.

Robin Thicke-Elevatas ft. Kid Cudi

Robin Thicke-It’s In The Mornin’ ft. Snoop Dogg

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R&B Fridays (on Saturday): Episode 24

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My bad, things got a bit out of schedule yesterday and I didn’t get time to put this up. Ah well, it’s here now. Usher and R. Kelly headline this episode, and with Ne-Yo, Alicia Keys, Jason Derulo and more following up, you know this a good episode. Big names and big tracks after the click.

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Robin Thicke-Sex Therapy

The lead single from the Sex Therapy album gets a long overdue video. Robin’s really getting his name back out there with his recent work, and I’m looking forward to the album. Audio can be found here.

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More Cover Art

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Two New Robin Thicke Tracks

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Couple of new tracks from Robin’s Sex Therapy that surfaced this weekend. I’d normally save these for R&B Fridays but the strength of the features leads me to believe that might be a stupid idea. The first is with Nicki Minaj, and from the title suggests it might be a departure in style for Robin. The other is the highly-anticipated track with Jay-Z, which is also set to be the next single from the album.

Robin Thicke-Shakin’ It For Daddy Ft. Nicki Minaj

Robin Thicke-Meiplé (Me I Play) ft. Jay-Z

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R&B Fridays: Episode 18

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I could have easily put out two of these this week, so this one is rammed with tracks.
There’s a lot of content, and although not every song is amazing, a lot of it is big news and/or a big deal: an Alexandra Burke/Ne-Yo collab, a 15-year old who is better than most other R&B artists, TV stars and a lot more.

Want some? Yeah you do. Click the red line of enlightenment below.

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Rick Ross and Robin Thicke-Lay Back Video

It feels wrong to be posting an Officer Ricky track after the MJ post below, and that’s because it is. Sorry.

The track is alright though, and one of the better ones from the Deeper Than Rap album.

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R. Kelly’s Untitled-Final Details

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The final version of the album cover is in the picture over there, and the final tracklist can be found after the click.
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R. Kelly Megapost

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No matter what anyone says, Kels’ is still one of the best voices in R&B. The picture here is the artwork for his upcoming untitled album.

The tracklist can be found after the click, as can the video for the lead single from the album, Number One featuring Keri Hilson. It’s a good track from Robert, and Keri also adds a lot to it.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 7

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This week’s episode is packed with a gigantic, sweaty mess of tasty new music from Robin Thicke, Ne-Yo (of course…) and more big names after the click.
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