R&B

Artist: 
The James Hunter Six
Label: 
Daptone Records

My favorite thing about this album is that it sounds like a better version of the music that would play at the high school dance Marty McFly's parents attended, and I mean that unsarcastically. The James Hunter Six vary an old style by giving us upbeat and inventive horn licks in a style that rivals Ray Charles.

Sounds Like: 
Ray Charles
Name: 
Melanie Zelikovsky
Date Reviewed: 
01/27/2016
Artist: 
JR Castro
Label: 
Global Entertainment

“Get Home” sounds like it’d be a banger with DJ Mustard on the beat and features from Kid Ink and Migos, but the song didn’t do too much for me. The song is a lot more R&B than Mustard’s usual club rap. The chorus is pretty catchy and Kid Ink’s feature is alright, but in general this song, to me, falls into the generic pop-rap category. 

Sounds Like: 
Kid Ink
Sounds Like: 
Omarion - Post To Be
Name: 
Matthew Scheurman
Date Reviewed: 
01/24/2016
Artist: 
Jeremih
Label: 
Def Jam

I've waited so long for this album. Ever since the release of the Late Nights with Jeremih mixtape, Jeremih has teased listeners with a collaborative EP with Shlohmo as well as a smattering of singles, some of which reached huge crossover success ("Tell Em'"). So it was confusing and frustrating when news leaked out that Def Jam was refusing to release Late Nights because of a dispute with Jeremih and that he wouldn't be freed from his contract anytime soon.

Sounds Like: 
Ty Dolla $ign
Sounds Like: 
PARTYNEXTDOOR
Sounds Like: 
Trey Songz (ish)
Name: 
André Pettman
Date Reviewed: 
01/13/2016
Artist: 
Erykah Badu
Label: 
self released

Erykah Badu's But You Caint Use My Phone, is a really chill mixtape that Badu put together by mixing pop songs from the past 40 years that refer to phones. She has a really good ear for mixing and all of the songs are fun to listen to as they combine recognizable rap and pop from the past with some electronic sounds that imitate cell phones, dial tones, and such. Badu is a talented artist who has quite an interesting past. For example, "Ms. Jackson" the OutKast song is written to apologize to Badu's mother for Andre 3000 not being the father he should be.

Sounds Like: 
OutKast, but more feminine
Sounds Like: 
Jill Scott
Name: 
Taylor Ducklow
Date Reviewed: 
12/04/2015
Artist: 
Erykah Badu
Label: 
Self-Released

Phone Down is a wavy, hypnotic single off Erykah Badu's new mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone. You can hear the Drake influence in the track, from the lyrical focus to the spacey piano sample that sounds more than a little like "Wu-Tang Forever". Erykah Badu's vocals are incredibly smooth, and her words flow around the track, tracing the same melody over and over. But in a good way! Highly recommend this track if you're trying to space out in the booth and send good/mysterious vibes over the airwaves.

Sounds Like: 
Lauryn Hill
Sounds Like: 
Jill Scott
Sounds Like: 
Drake
Name: 
Jake Ramirez
Date Reviewed: 
12/02/2015
Artist: 
Ty Dolla $ign
Label: 
Atlantic Recording

A lot of time has passed Ty Dolla $ign gained recognition off his verse on YG’s “Toot it and Boot it,” and now after 5 years, Ty$ has released his debut album “Free TC”.

Sounds Like: 
Trey Songz
Sounds Like: 
Jeremih
Sounds Like: 
Rae Sremmurd
Name: 
Shaun Oyakawa
Date Reviewed: 
11/30/2015
Artist: 
Fat Night
Label: 
Fat Night

Lazy Days is very beachy sounding and reminds me of the kind of music a bachelor with a bachelor pad on a secluded island would listen to. The album has soul and funk influences. Organ and guitar sounds mixed with fun lyrics make the album nice to listen to if you're thinking about spending some time at the beach. “Someday” is a little more upbeat than the rest of the album and sounds like something you would dance to on a cruise or at a resort.

Sounds Like: 
Jesse Fischer
Sounds Like: 
Mokaad
Name: 
Ryley Tegler
Date Reviewed: 
11/29/2015
Artist: 
The Flavr Blue
Label: 
Self Released

This is a slow jam and it is awesome. The Flavr Blue's single Mjesty combines what I think is the best of electronic dream pop with R&B. If there were ever such a thing as a slow banger, this would be it. A review of this single on Fader pretty much says it all: it's lush. This single anticipates their upcoming EP, The Love Notes. I honestly cannot wait. This trio, featured on 'White Walls,' yes the one by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, has a bright future. This is one of the projects of Hollis Wong-Wear, the singer-songwriter and producer.

Sounds Like: 
a dreamier Shabazz Palaces
Sounds Like: 
an electro-pop version of Hollis
Name: 
Melanie Zelikovsky
Date Reviewed: 
11/16/2015
Artist: 
Snakehips feat. Tinashe & Chance The Rapper
Label: 
Sony Music Entertainment UK

The UK duo Snakehips has been putting out solid EDM tracks for a while now, and to my knowledge this collab with Tinashe and Chance The Rapper might be their biggest ever for an original track. This track is downtempo in an R&B-inspired way, with the existentialist, party-centered, young anthem lyrics that Top 40 Radio eats up. Chance is definitely my favorite part of this track, as the electronic beat is good but not shockingly good.

Sounds Like: 
"FourFiveSeconds" by Rihanna, Kanye, & Paul McCartney
Sounds Like: 
Chance The Rapper
Name: 
Tatum Schranz
Date Reviewed: 
11/12/2015
Artist: 
Harry Hudson
Label: 
Self Released
Harry Hudson is an irresistable 19 year old who has gone through some amazing struggles to get to where he is now. He is the person that Justin Beiber wish he could be. The 6 songs on the EP are just really good, being the 18 year old girl I am. I would totally fan girl and watch him in concert if he came out here, not going to lie. I've seriously listened to the entire EP like 5 times.  This album is what girls will fangirl too and he will probably be on the cover of some girly teen magazine sometime soon. 
Sounds Like: 
Drake
Sounds Like: 
PARTYNEXTDOOR
Sounds Like: 
The Weekend
Name: 
T Statman
Date Reviewed: 
11/09/2015
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