R&B

Singles

Artist: 
Jaden Smith
Label: 
N/A

Jaden Smith is best known as the son of actor Will Smith and brother of the slightly more successful musician Willow Smith. As an actor, musician, and occasional writer, Jaden has attracted a pretty significant following from fans of his films, bizarre Twitter account, and somewhat limited musical output. This trio of tracks certainly isn't breaking any new ground in the worlds of hip hop or R&B, but they're all worth a listen nonetheless. 

Sounds Like: 
Pink Floyd
Sounds Like: 
Willow Smith
Name: 
Jake Calegari
Date Reviewed: 
10/16/2014

Often

Artist: 
The Weeknd
Label: 
Republic

This new single from The Weeknd is basically gorgeous.  He sticks to his style and obviously show cases his delicious voice as usual.  He keeps it very mellow and soulful but there is also electronic feels to it.  This song is perfect for chilling with some coffee or getting on that homework grind.  It is very similar to "Wicked Games" but the beat is much better.  And the best part is it's clean so play it upppp.

Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean
Sounds Like: 
Drake
Name: 
Krissy Baca
Date Reviewed: 
09/26/2014

Goddess

Artist: 
BANKS
Label: 
Harvest Records

Let me preface this by saying I absolutely love Banks and everything she has done, so I might be slightly biased. But really, how can you not love these sexy vocals and beats? Goddess is certainly no exception: each track has its own unique catchy rhythm and lyrics. This album is perfect for some intense down-time chillin. Perfect combination of deep house-y music and female R&B vocals (I hope that’s a proper description of the amazing art Banks creates).

Sounds Like: 
BROODS
Sounds Like: 
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
09/13/2014

The Way & Color

Artist: 
TEEN
Label: 
Carpark Records

This new album from TEEN is a bit different from their old music I think. It's not the best album I’ve heard/reviewed (dope album art though). Their music just sounded a bit off to me in general and the elements never really came together in a cohesive way. I think they tried to do too much with the synths, R&B rhythms, and noises and ended up creating songs that sound messy and displeasing (at least to me, it could be personal preference).

Sounds Like: 
Phantogram
Sounds Like: 
not really sure
Name: 
Lili Steffen
Date Reviewed: 
04/23/2014

Drunk In Love

Artist: 
Beyonce
Label: 
Columbia

Here’s another remix of Drunk In Love by Beyonce. This time Kanye West puts his stamp on the song and kills it. He features in the beginning of the song and most likely talking about his relationship with Kim. The beat is typically kept the same minus some small switches. It sounds like Kanye played a part in the production of this beat as well. This song is totally clean and ready for airplay.  

Sounds Like: 
Kelly Rowland, Rihanna, RaVaughnn
Name: 
Derek Colbert
Date Reviewed: 
03/22/2014

Drunk in Love Remix

Artist: 
basically the Weeknd but it's a Beyonce song
Label: 
XO/Parkwood

so The Weeknd basically just redoes "Drunk in Love" with like all new lyrics about pills and fucking blow-addicted models on the dressing room floor, which I understand is like made of concrete, and also Dat Life just in general you know.  But the beat is generally retained, so it's still a jam.  Kind of a sordid jam.  Blackberry jam.  Remember Blackberrys?  The best part of the song is when he like monster distorts his voice to make him sound like Satan or a cyclops.    

Sounds Like: 
The Weeknd
Sounds Like: 
mixed with Beyonce
Name: 
Adam Iddings
Date Reviewed: 
03/05/2014

"You've Got Nothing to Lose/Waitin' Around to Die

Artist: 
Michael Kiwanuka
Label: 
Third Man

Unfortunately, this little EP/7" thing seems designed less for bringing out Michael Kiwanuka's anachronistic talent for sounding like a smooth heartfelt soul and blues singer and more for showcasing the jammability, let's say, of a bunch of Nashville session musicians.

Sounds Like: 
Townes Van Zandt
Sounds Like: 
Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes maybe
Name: 
Adam Iddings
Date Reviewed: 
03/03/2014

Sam Smith

Artist: 
Sam Smith
Label: 
Capitol

Sounds like a really hip album you know--something you would find on a bunch of tumblrs that also blog gifs of the AOL log-in screen and like palm trees and shit. But I mean that hipness doesn't detract from this being a pretty solid r&b or pbr&b or whatever those tumblrs are calling it these days. In the vein of the Weeknd and James Blake and that other guy, you might say, there's this record from Sam Smith that sounds original and heartfelt and soulful and dark, too. And best of all he's from England!

Sounds Like: 
The Weeknd
Sounds Like: 
Disclosure
Name: 
Adam Iddings
Date Reviewed: 
02/19/2014

Unlock'd

Artist: 
R+B
Label: 
Not sure

Sounds Like: 
Frank Ocean, Stacy Barthe, Joe, James Fauntleroy
Name: 
Derek Colbert
Date Reviewed: 
12/10/2013

Acid Rap

Artist: