Many R&B heads were wholly won over by the audio for this on its release, and the veteran trio follow that buzz up with a set of suitably throwback visuals, upping that buzz ahead of the album release on 20th August.
Unnecessarily dramatic, overly emotional and more- it’s textbook old school R&B. From the boyband-esque white outfits, to the expansive landscapes they croon within, and the largely unconnected dramatics surrounding their individual verses, it’s a lot of fun in truth and one of those music videos that you have to suspend your ‘critical’ side to watch; that is never a bad thing, as it lends itself to a far more fun, enjoyable experience. Tank croons in front of a burning house, Tyrese pulls up his car at a petrol station whilst arguing with his lady, whilst Ginuwine gets hyperactive on a motorbike with female accompaniment. There’s no attempt at storyline or hidden messaging, and its simplicity is fine in truth, allowing for a nostalgic video to accompany those soaring vocals and soulful production.
A lot of fun if you don’t take it too seriously, and backed by an addictive R&B track. Look out for that Three Kings album in a few weeks.
Collectively known as TGT, this trio of (relatively) old-school R&B crooners are gearing up for a collaborative album, with Three Kings set for arrival on 20th August.
It’s an R&B scene rather devoid of big names at the moment, and I suspect this could end up being a surprisingly popular album. My confidence in that statement comes from the superbly throwback stylings of this fantastic slow jam, harking back to the early-00′s soundarguably the last period whereby soul was still the primary influence on R&B music (it’s now pop, of course). Tank eases the track in well with a smooth performance, allowing the hook he primarily delivers to really impress with its soaring, emotional vocals, and it’s that hook which will certainly win over the original R&B heads. Tyrese follows up with a little more intensity in his verse than Tank, continuing the hook’s momentum well in his distinctive strained style, before another hook break and the piece de resistance verse from Ginuwine, who most certainly reminds everyone of his talent with a superb performance straight out of his prime.
Whilst it’s an unquestionably old-school jam, it ends up sounding pretty fresh in today’s landscape due to the dearth of releases of this nature, and with all three delivering top tier performances that are individually excellent, and admirably cohesive too- it bodes well for that album, and I look forward to more pre-album releases soon.
An interesting collection of ‘mid-rangers’ this week, as 3 of the 4 included artists are of the sort who regularly release material and frequently collaborate with big name artists, but don’t quite seem to have fully nailed down a spot in their respective lanes. There’s always plenty of talent floating around in that middle ground, and inevitably it’s where we find the next big stars: time will tell if any of these guys are to be that breakout artist.
Centenaries are a rare thing in many walks of life, so I speak for both past and present, writing and non-writing members of the OTU team when I thank you sincerely for your dedication to our online presence. Whilst various weekly serials have come and gone, this has stood strong for 100 weeks, so we genuinely thank you for your support here in R&B Fridays. Having been introduced in our very first week, this also marks our 100th week online, so thanks again for all of your support in getting us this far.
As it’s a milestone episode, it felt like the right decision to award Frank Ocean the honour of representing this occasion. I can hear your outrage: ‘why not a staple of the episodes, like Lloyd or Usher?’. Well, we like to look forward, and frankly (sorry) I feel he’s really going to dominate this series for the next 100 episodes, and deservedly so.
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Easily the best R&B artist in recent months, Tank comes through with visuals for his latest single from his fantastic Now or Never album.
If there’s one word I’d use to describe his music, it would have to be ‘mature’. The slow jam style is easy enough to do for most artists, but the maturity of the subject matter and vintage R&B stylings of his vocals gives this track that real ‘grown man’ feel, and as a result makes his music a great deal more relatable than the usual overblown/exaggerated style adopted by other artists.
The video fully represents that too, and as a result is incredibly captivating. I really couldn’t take my eyes off it, despite being a very simple video: the majority of it is centred around Tank being isolated and lonely, but it’s the minor touches that make the difference: the lighting, the facial expressions, colour schemes and much more combine to pull you right into the song and tug at the heartstrings. Superbly unfussy, and as a result any scenes of ‘impact’ (such as when the woman appears) are far more engaging. Simple yet fantastically effective all-round package. Audio can be grabbed here.
To me, any time between midnight and 4am counts as the ‘night before’, so by my reckoning this is still a Friday night and hence on time. Don’t question it, just embrace it.
Short recap this week, with just the three noteworthy and relevant posts from the R&B/pop world: Tinie Tempah and Ellie Goulding’s collaboration got some visuals, a pretty interesting electro remix of Diddy-Dirty Money’s I Hate That You Love Mewas liberated, and finally Musiq Soulchild came through with one of the better tracks of January, with his first single from his upcoming sixth album.
Formalities are now dealt with, commence your clicking as of right…now.
To me, the early hours of ‘Saturday’ count as Friday, so welcome to the first on-time R&B Friday in a few weeks!
Not a great deal to recap on this week, with the only notables being another official remix to Lloyd’s Lay It Down, and an all-British collaboration from Alesha Dixon and Jay Sean. However, it’s more than made up for with this week’s episode: with almost 20 tracks from the likes of Trey Songz, Pitbull and many more, there’s lots to enjoy and keep you going until next week.
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.
This is the epitome of mature R&B. The song is driven purely by strong vocals and great lyricism, and the video follows suit with a very thought-provoking and engaging story.
Most of today’s R&B slow jam maker would have probably taken this song in a less meaningful direction for the video, but Tank really embellishes the audio with a well-thought out, yet simple visual choice. What’s also refreshing is that he’s evidently a slightly older man in comparison to the glut of babyfaced singers these days, and hence a little bit outside of the mould for the mainstream’s R&B favourites: this adds further to the maturity of the track, injecting it with even more depth, as well as making for a nice change.
A more digestable episode this week, which makes a nice change for us all having had a few extended instalments in recent weeks.
Outside of this episode, it’s been a fairly quiet week for R&B, with just the three notables: a video for Rihanna and Drake’s collaboration, new music from UK upcomer Talay Riley, and the latest drop from Trey Songz’s upcoming mixtape.
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I’m sure you can forgive me for this being a couple of days late: having no laptop sort of makes things a little difficult! Hence, I’ll not keep you too long out here in the cold and away from the R&B.
Whilst I’m told the pre-episode recaps are going down well, in the interests of time you can take care of it yourself for this week by clicking the R&B category at the top of this page, which should fill you in appropriately. Click on for this week’s episode. → Continue Reading
I’m very proud of this episode. I’m pretty happy with almost every track, and as a result it’s reduced down to around 15 tracks. Very digestable, and hence easy for you to give most of it a shot. Click on and agree with me, all of you. Thanks.
I want to watch this one but seeing as my laptop is still being temperamental with videos, I thought I’d save the laptop crashes (and countless restarts) for a couple of bigger video premieres coming tonight.
As I said, I would like to watch it though as the audio was really likeable. Hoping to catch more Tank material soon, the veteran definitely came with the goods on this one.
Some very good music from new upcomers in this episode, and I expect you’ll definitely find a new artist to latch onto in here. Some stuff from R&B Fridays favourites such as Bruno Mars too of course, and plenty of it with a total of 21 tracks making the final cut for this episode.
Click on for that weekly R&B fix you’ve been begging for. Don’t pretend like you weren’t.
It’s late, but it’s here. This episode is stacked too, yet another contender for the best yet. Artists? Chris Brown, Rihanna, Ne-Yo, Sean Garrett and more. Number of tracks? Seventeen. Yeah, seventeen.