The sounds of r&b are taking over the radio these days with the success stories of Bryson Tiller, The Weeknd, Tory Lanez, and all the other current princes of r&b. It feels like the boys are taking over (with the exception of Kehlani and Jhene Aiko) and it feels like we could use some more powerful women in this r&b lineup. Luckily, Sinead Harnett is a rising star that happens to have some serious soul. “If You Let Me” is her latest track which she wrote with Grades and it’s probably her most traditional r&b track yet. It’s got that cool, slick vibe without even trying. Sinead effortlessly serenades us in the most tender way and we can’t help but fall under her spell. “If You Let Me” is on Sinead Harnett’s newest EP, but you can listen to it below.
This mix is inspired by the wonderful Netflix original series Stranger Things and my growing concern that we might be living in its Upside Down World in light of the domestic shootings, international terrorism, and triumphs of Donald Trump in recent months. The mix also features my favorite songs of the past month, so naturally, it leans toward the more optimistic side–more DNC than RNC, if you will.
There are a few political tracks in the beginning. Then, it dips back into the epic love story consistent with most of my mixes (and most music, for that matter). In Stranger Things terms, the first half is fighting the Demogorgon. The second half is the Jonathan-Nancy storyline.
Spoiler alert: Who else was upset that Nancy got back with Steve? Smh, Steve is a tool.
What you gon’ do now that the summer’s over?
Even Allday, Australia’s preeminent left-field druggie rap-singer, isn’t immune to the Toronto influence. His latest single, “Sides,” clearly has some northern sensibility with its ominous synth beat and NYNE doing a pretty decent Weeknd impression on the hook.
“Sides” is the rapper’s first track since his Startup Cult record dropped in 2015, and it has us realizing just what we’ve been missing over the last 10-plus months.
That album cemented him as a master at walking the line between pop rap and something woozier and darker. The chorus here is Views-level catchy, and Allday’s verses have some serious bite, similar to “Right Now,” another surefire banger that was a highlight of Startup.
All in all, “Sides” is proof that Allday remains in mid-season form.
Inspired by a student uprising to obtain their rights for basic education, DJ MUZI crafted the euphoric protest song “WTF you mean” to combat the injustices in his native South Africa. Thanks to positive nods from artists and labels like of Stormzy, Diplo, The Prodigy & Rinse FM, the talented young Producer now has a global mouthpiece to share his unique message and bold fusion of hip hop, electronica and kwaito (South Africa’s homegrown club sound). The video depicts the vulnerability of everyday people in a world where we’re all affected by these economic, social and racial injustices and comes as a soft launch for MUZI’s debut album, Boom Shaka, out 9/2 on his own label WE.THE.BUNDU via !K7. Boom Shaka can be pre-ordered HERE
NOVA has long been known as a one of the premier young producers in the game (some of you may remember him as one of the initial Jon Waltz collaborators). For the past year and a half, NOVA has been releasing solo tracks featuring his own vocals. His songs continue rap and R&B’s current modus operandi of extending the range and possibilities of autotuned vocals. It is not a particularly unique sound; NOVA just does it better. It helps that he is his own producer. These four tracks flourish in the pockets where NOVA flexes his production chops, adding depth and detail to otherwise ordinary moments. This EP is the result of years of experience in imagining sounds and executing songwriting ideas.
Download 19 here via a PayPal donation to NOVA’s mom.
THEY. gave us a taste of what a rock and r&b fusion could sound like with their track “Motley Crue”, which they released last year. Ever since that moment, we’ve been on the edge of our seats to see if they’d keep the unique vibes going. Luckily for us, they’re keeping that special spark with their new track “Deep End”. It wouldn’t be THEY. if there wasn’t r&b flavors laced with rock ‘n’ roll. There may be sensual, smooth vocals, but the edginess is still in full swing. If you want to feel a little punk when listening to r&b, go ahead and dive into this one. Listen to THEY.’s “Deep End” below.