Tag Archives: RnB

NAO – Fool To Love

Having had her ‘February 15’ EP on repeat for pretty much all the time since it came out, new music from Nao was welcomed with open arms…

To our relief/delight ‘Fool To Love’ continues in the rich neo-soul vein that Nao mines so effectively. As the second teaser (‘Bad Blood’ being another emotional, synth-laden modern ballad) for her debut album, again put out on Little Tokyo Recordings, it also acts as the perfect promo for her current European tour. Several dates are already sold out but there’s still plenty of reachable gigs for those who want to hear those vocals live and unfiltered.

Go on then, here’s ‘Bad Blood’ too:

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Four Tet – Parallel Jalebi

Four Tet’s upcoming ‘Beautiful Rewind’ is fast becoming the most anticipated album at HD HQ, and this new teaser is doing nothing to dampen our excitement.

‘Parallel Jalebi’ is, in classic Hebden fashion, a mixed-up monster of a track. The closest we could get was juddering electronica with a RnB vocal. However you describe it, it’s top.

It follows on the mixed-up heels of ‘Kool FM’, a track that was begging to be ripped, and duly was:

Add in his recent production work, and we’re seeing Four Tet back again at the top of his game, if he ever left. May this man never retire.

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Gent Mason – Head

Aesop be killin it, and we’re not talking fables.

Brand new label Aesop, who’s first release was the FANTASTIC ‘The Wheel’ by SOHN, have produced a stunning number two (stop it) with this release from London boy Gent Mason.

‘Eden’ and its B-side ‘Head’ are syrupy, Timbaland-esque productions with more than a nod to his hip hop and RnB tastes. If you like what you hear, the release hits the shelves 7th October.

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Jacques Greene – Greene02

Right up our street, this is.

These two are Jacques Greene reworks of Ciara tracks now available to download for your offline pleasure. He’s packaged them both up as GREENE02 and, for continuities’ sake, here’s GREENE01 from a couple of years back:

He’s consistently doing a job.

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Tink – Can I (Feat. How to Dress Well)

Thank you, technology.

Courtesy of a half-decent Macbook mic and THE INTERNET, we now have a How to Dress Well verse on suddenly-everywhere Tink’s ‘Can I’.

‘Can I’ was tucked away in the Chicago youngster’s first mixtape, ‘Winter’s Diary’, and is worth hearing in context if you fancy a longer listen. It’s no surprise that Tom Krell wanted in on this action as it’s right up his street: dreamy RnB for late night listening.

And here’s Tink’s recent contribution to supergroup Future Brown’s ‘Wanna Party’:

All good stuff.

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Cyril Hahn – Raw Cut

The proof is in the pudding. In this case, specifically the Swiss roll.

Bern-born Cyril Hahn has comprehensively confounded critics who said he was a one-trick remix pony with his upcoming release on label du jour PMR. We’ve already raved about ‘Perfect Form’ and now the b-side ‘Raw Cuts’ has us in pieces:

He also seems like a thoroughly nice chap if this Noisey interview is anything to go by.

Do Cyril a favour, and justify that opening gag, by picking up a copy on 7th October…

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Jacques Greene – On Your Side EP

As teased yesterday, we’re getting a new Jacques Greene EP! Yessss.

LuckyMe will be putting out the ‘On Your Side’ EP in June and it’ll be made up of the previously scribed-on ‘Quicksand’, a new one called ‘Faithful’ featuring the dulcet tones of Oliver Day Soul, and THIS:

Premiered on Zane Lowe yesterday, it’s EXACTLY what Jacques does best. He’s even gone so far as to pull in fellow R&B aficionado Tom Krell (aka How to Dress Well) on vocals, beefing up that half of his signature house-R&B blend.

Here’s Quicksand too, because you deserve it:

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H∆SHTAG$

Hello lunchtime viewing…

Red Bull Music Academy are expanding their output yet again, this time with a web-documentary series, H∆SHTAG$. We’ll excuse the slightly (very) silly name as Episode 1, which deals with the burst of recent contemporary R&B, is actually pretty interesting. How To Dress Well, Miguel and The Weeknd producer Zodiac all offer their thoughts on this renaissance and its roots and implications. Zodiac has also donated a track to the cause, and it’s lovely listening. All stuttering beats and twisted vocals.

Future episodes are said to include interviews with TNGHT, Mount Kimbie, Flying Lotus and Main Attrakionz so we’ll certainly be watching this particular space.

What a multi-media post.

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HAIM – Don’t Save Me (Cyril Hahn Remix)

Another fresh one from our man in Vancouver, Cyril Hahn. This time he’s taken on the genre-clash sisters, Haim:
It’s a bit livelier, this one. Shades of some of our favourite mid noughties jump-up electro, without losing Cyril’s signature flow. Plus, for all our UK readers, we hear he’ll be round these parts in February/March so keep your eyes peeled for that. We’ll let you know when we hear more.
And, for a bonus point, here’s a sensual, RnB heavy mix he did for Gotta Dance Dirty last month, chockablock with tunes. The interview with it ain’t bad either; Worst thing about Canada? “Good cheese is way too expensive here…”
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