But Elec more than holds his own, showcasing the effortless wordplay that made hip-hop stand up and take notice nearly a decade ago. What do you do after winning your first Grammy? Living on Mercy Dan Penn 2020 $1.95. Itâs encouraging to see that the art of album making still lives on. Roâs moody, off-kilter production and Prince-ly influences blend miraculously. These are notable albums, defined as … That's in part due to piping hot producer and songwriter Scott Bomar who scored the delightful movie Dolemite Is My Name and co-wrote the album opener with Bryant's wife of 50 years, bonafide legend, Ann Peebles in mind. Well, this is Mingus meets Funkadelic. Tack on some thought-proving introspection and strong guest stars and you have the perfect ingredients for a standout debut. The brief runtime proves not to be a detriment; the party wraps up before it wears out its welcome. The more acoustic songs serve as just the other side of the coin in the way those old Stax singles used B-sides to promote the softer sides of their artists. 2020 is wild, Iâm telling yâall. 1 in many ways feels like an appetizer, the EP boasts enough goodness to satisfy hungry listeners. Gangsta Gibbsâ delivery is downright effortless; he scorches every single track Alchemist lays down. Once again, it seems like this one has slipped through the cracks but itâs definitely worth your time â talent like his canât be overlooked for long. Pacific Breeze 2: Japanese City Pop, AOR and Boogie 1972-1986 And the toilet paper, my god the toilet paper. If so, maybe we should. I gotta admit, I was a little worried about the state of Mantic in the days leading up to its release. When we last left Royce in 2018, he dropped off Book of Ryan, a poignant look at family life. The Piano Album was recorded days before his big win, an intimate acoustic release thatâs little more than a man and his piano revisiting his past hits. It's a deft extension of Bridges' boilerplate political lyrics on songs like "Bad Bad News" from his 2018 album Good Thing. It gives his music a fresh maturity that makes it accessible to all listeners. Clocking in at just over 73 minutes (61 on the standard version), Gregory Porter makes apt use of "his longtime loyal bandmates, a handpicked horn section, a 10-member choir, and the London Symphony Orchestra Strings". Foster's approach to blues was never to wallow in pessimism. ... Albums Best New Albums Best New Reissues 8.0 ... Best New Reissues. The success of the series comes down to the quality of tracks sourced from independent soul music artists, often unsigned or with recordings previously unissued or on limited release elsewhere. Evolving both vocally and as an artist, Good to Know boasts both impressive harmonies and well-structured songwriting. Last Year Was Weird, Vol. This one snuck up on me. It has been a longtime since we heard from Ab-Soul, to be exact it has been nearly 4 years since his last release of his last album “Do What Thou Wilt”.Recently though Ab-Soul performed at Day N Vegas Music Festival where just before he left the stage, he told fans that he would be releasing a new album in 2020. On this new record, he's laid down sad songs, love songs, songs about death, clairvoyant songs on all facets of the human condition in an emotive pocket that sucks you dry and reinvigorates in one fell swoop. Will have to listen to the Shawn Stockman set. Discover and listen to new music releases and 2021's best new album releases this week and every week here. The latest from Birminghamâs own GI Magus is no exception. The Octogenarian is laying down some of the hottest soul and blues on the planet. New Releases Now - Sign up to find top new songs of 2021 and videos from the best new 2021 albums! La Havas is now taking an active role in shaping her life. POTARA Thatshymn 2020 $1.80. Aaron Williams Twitter Hip-Hop Editor. ! I can confidently say right now that several of the best R&B tracks of the year make their home on this LP. But on their third release, the duo known as DVSN spread their wings a bit, branching out into records that run the gamut from the club to the Caribbean. Hold Space for Me, the debut album from Orion Sun, neé Tiffany Majette, is an accomplished blend of soul and R&B, with a little hip-hop thrown in as well. Music industry legends Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis’ mentees The RoneyBoys aim to heal hearts with new single “We Can Do Better” LOS ANGELES, Jan. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — As 2020 wrapped, socially-conscious young artists The RoneyBoys joined forces with songstress Jessica Jarrell to release the single “We Can Do Better,” a positive affirmation for the world in 2021. These are the UK’s best-selling vinyl albums and singles in 2020. Those themes, as well as Royceâs masterful workplay, make The Allegory a standout on his already loaded resume. Iâm perfectly fine with that. And with creative control finally in her hands, Jojo delivers the mature project she, and her fans, deserve. As always, familiar faces pop up throughout (Jadakiss and Sheek Louch, among others) with Styles maintaining his role as unflinching elder statesmen. Soulful House. At 77 years-young Swamp Dogg's (Jerry Williams Jr.) custom brand of psychedelic, swampy soul and R&B has carried him far and wide since the 1950s. Cassowary arrives at a satisfying conclusion with the final part of "114˚", reminding listeners of the jazz-based roots of both the album and artist, as well as demonstrating how vital the intersection of jazz, soul, funk, and hip-hop continues to be. These albums do not yet have a firm release date, but are in various stages of development. He's not retrofitting old styles for today. On 26 January 2019, the Ruthie Foster Big Band took the stage at the historic Paramount Theater in Austin. Conway’s collabo with Alchemist is as solid as you’d expect â his rugged bars blend perfectly with Al’s soundscapes. The Light is the latest in her series of breezy EPs, brimming with both promise and nostalgia. Some critics have knocked the project due to Jay Zâs heavy-handed assistance, but honestly, I donât see it as a bad thing. And we like it that way. Included on this unique collection is […] Halcyon Days: 60s Mod, R&B, Brit Soul & Freakbeat Nuggets. Majette, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter, builds her songs around her singing voice, which is quiet and clear. A musician who has lost his passion for music is transported out of his body and must find his way back with the help of an infant soul learning about herself. After a round of mixtapes of his own, he finally comes into his own with his debut Rudebwoy. Eyes Rest Their Feet's opening line is a gloomy piece of realism: "Sometimes your dreams will die / Those that were worth a fight." Lyrically, the Ghost is as menacing as ever, but his greatest trait is the ability to morph from gangster to gentleman, which he does here effortlessly with his introspective bars. Might as well jump on the bandwagon now. New albums January 2020: 10 releases you need to hear this month ... 1 /10 10 new albums you need to hear this January. Infectious rhythms, coupled with his silky, smooth delivery, lay the gravel for the record. With the hushed background vocals and limited percussion, she delivers her vocal magnitude. The second half of the album specifically gains incredible momentum as they build upon the foundation theyâve laid for years now. It feels like every year, without fail, I feature a Styles P project among the yearâs best. His Whispers in the Dark mixtape is easily one of the best of its era and seemed to set the stage for a breakthrough. View reviews, ratings, news & more regarding your favorite band. Pop/R&B; by: Elizabeth Nelson; December 26 2020. Itâs fair to say that Marshall Mathers has been stuck in midlife crisis mode for a minute now â the aging veteran who still has gas in the tank but spends maybe a LITTLE too much time trying to prove himself to young audiences that are way out of his demo. A few months ago, while I was playing this EP in my office, my wife popped her head through the door to ask who I was listening to and where she could get her hands on more. The production ranges from pavement-cracking boom-bap to breezy soul, making every track a new adventure. To Feel Love/d seems like a chance to right those wrongs and, once again, his incredible talent is undeniable. His latest offering Sorry You Couldn't Make It is drenched in all the above but pull away at the layers, and you'll come to realize Swamp Dogg is decidedly country at the foundation. The true pleasure in watching Donald Glover evolve as an actor, musician, and cultural critic is anticipating his disruption of expectations. Lianne La Havas' eponymous third record suggests that she knows that there is more to existing than just the bare facts. And no matter the guests â be it his fellow Griselda teammates or new faces like Wale or Tyler, the Creator â no one ever steals the spotlight from Gunn. We’ve already got a bunch of reasons to be excited about 2020, because loads of huge names have already confirmed new albums – or said they’re working on something, at least. As always, Kevin leads with emotion and sensuality instead of the blatant sexuality (and crassness) boasted by his many of his male peers. Hip-hop heads, donât let this one pass you by. There is a formal elegance that evokes being chic without limited to being fashionable. Luke Jamesâ musical career, despite incredible talent, has always felt like missed opportunity. She often illustrates, and do so readily on this release, how times of defeat make way for light. However, I quickly realized it wouldn’t be fair to ignored the artists who delivered strong albums, EPs and mixtapes to get us through. Hear the hot songs of the year and all important new cd releases of 2021 in one place. There's a string section throughout, in case you were wondering if those still exist, and they're not the sad MIDI kind we get on a lot of pop ballads but the Nelson Riddle kind that sweep and swoon around her voice like one of her sumptuous dresses. The Cycle is necessary, secular gospel for the healing of a truly damaged nation. The rollout of 3.15.20 was a little clunky, first appearing on donaldgloverpresents.com then disappearing only to have a few tracks stream continuously. As images of protestors fill our screens, as Confederate monuments tumble and Black voices scream for liberation, Killer Mike and El-Pâs anarchic rebel rap is the soundtrack to our times. “Unpredictable” is probably the best way to describe the chaotic past few months and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down anytime soon. Film/TV. Ignatius is dedicated to Ruff Ryders Entertainment A&R and record producer Ignatius âIcepick Jayâ Jackson, who died in 2017. Take the seductive wail and brassy sway of Mingus' "Bemoanable Lady" and then listen to Muldrow's "gee mix" in which she snips it, chops it, and flips it, adding crisp percussion along with a haunting and swirling shriek. Strong guest appearances and solid production lay the foundation for one of the most honest and reflective releases of 2020. Above is Metacritic's list of the 40 best-reviewed albums of 2020, ranked by Metascore. Better late than never, I guess. Perhaps not an entirely radical sentiment, her standpoint is subversive for the blues genre. Virgo Tendencies, Pt. Roberta Flack; First Take. But with the release of her highly anticipated 15th studio album, following her 2018 venture with the cowgirl hat on Golden, the beloved Aussie pop queen wants us to envision disco—both her new album and the genre at large—as a state of mind. Texas Sun, a four-song EP that is indebted to their home state. The veteran duo rarely disappoint, and proves to be another h.a.r.d.-hitting outing. The legendary Alice Coltrane gave her this nickname, and Muldrow certainly puts all of her musical wisdom and power behind it. Artistically, the real soul of this album, and the key to its conceptual underpinnings, rests with Muldrow's nimble retooling of two Charles Mingus compositions. Another part, the backing band featuring members of the ultra-legendary Hi Rhythm section — Howard Grimes, Archie "Hubbie" Turner, and Charles Hodges, who played on hits by Al Green and Ann Peebles — with members of St. Paul and the Broken Bones, the Bo-Keys, Gregg Allman Band, the HamilTones, and the Sensational Barnes Brothers – culminating with the brilliant singing and songwriting of Bryant. Those strong themes and honest reflection give Ignatius the depth that some of Jadaâs more beloved releases lack. Forgoing some of her previous poppy elements also helps give this project some needed weight. Music, Film, TV and Political News Coverage. The best new jazz albums: Editor's Choice, May 2020 Thursday, April 16, 2020 Our pick of the best new jazz albums reviewed in the May 2020 issue of Jazzwise, featuring Gary Bartz & Maisha, Tim Berne’s Snakeoil, Gilfema, Trilok Gurtu, Jasper Høiby, Tony Kofi, Charles Lloyd, The Necks, Kandace Springs The leading independent soul label Expansion Records commences each year with one of the label’s most anticipated collections, “Luxury Soul”. Jyoti's (aka Georgia Anne Muldrow) Mama, You Can Bet! All Rise represents the forefront of the evolution of contemporary jazz. Sure, he loves his horns, we all do, but his country roots are showing on this record, and it's glorious. "Hey Rose / Your soul is the picture," Little sings, "But your body is the frame / But the frame is exquisite / And you taste just like your name." -- Rich Wilhelm. On The Wave: New Tunes & Albums We Can’t Stop Playing August 2020 from Brandy, Jaz Karis, Gaidaa, Joe Hertz, Lianne La Havas & More A month of exceptional new R&B & Neo-Soul releases June was. Guests like Rick Ross and Conway the Machine stop by and immediately raise their games â thereâs no slacking when Gibbs is this fired up. While those lyrics could be the most disastrous romantic lines ever, Little conveys them perfectly, his raspy but likable voice accompanied by minimal guitar chords and handclaps. Best R&B / Soul Music Albums: 25 R&B and Soul albums to spin right now (2021) Essential listening for 2021. They deserve shine, so that’s what we’ll give them here. The 50 Best Albums of 2020 So Far Including Bob Dylan, Lil Uzi Vert, Bad Bunny, Dua Lipa, and more. And for anyone who's kept up with them since their debut, the mood has gotten noticeably darker, something The Cycle makes clear. Of all his comeback attempts, Music to Be Murdered By, Emâs 11 studio LP, comes closest to his former glory. Griselda is known for its no-frills rap, and this is another cog in their unstoppable machine. I was wrong to worry â while those singles might not have stood out individually, as a package, they work marvelously well together. While the sounds vary throughout the album, the songs share a lush, soothing, self-assured energy, whether Porter is singing about flying with "wings like an eagle" from God's grace on the high-energy gospel anthem "Revival", or potentially becoming a foolish martyr to an illusory love on "If Love is Overrated". Various Artists, 2020. The deaths of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor brought thousands of people to march not only in the United States but around the world. Help Duval Timothy 2020 $2.63. r&b/soul mix hits 2020before you leave make sure you like & subscribe!! Moreover, It Is What It Is honors the legacy of classic R&B/soul. is a revelation -- of time, of rhythm, of sound. While Shawnâs vocals bring a warm familiarity to our ears, Foreword isnât just a nostalgia trip. Magus, Jadakiss, Jay Electronica, Kevin Ross, Kiana Lede, Luke James, music, PJ Morton, Ro James, Royce da 5'9, Run the Jewels, Shawn Stockman, Styles P, Syleena Johnson, The Alchemist, Thundercat, Westside Gunn2. II Keke Palmer 2020 $1.05. Of all the chaos weâve seen in 2020 â the death of cultural icons, global pandemic, social outrage â the LAST thing I would have expected is Jay Electronica to FINALLY deliver his looooooong awaited debut album. Which albums are getting you through this insane year? Let Luke James be your guide, Trap Gospel? Kylie Minogue is well aware of the irony of releasing a dance-pop album called Disco during a year when going out to clubs isn't a good idea or even a possibility. Alfredo is as rich and satisfying as its namesake. You can't fit Swamp Dogg into a box. It combines the raw funk and sheer power of early soul masters with a touch of mind-bending effects in a dub-like vein. If youâre PJ Morton you drop another great album on us. There's a real sense of a budget, of humans at work. A Written Testimony is about the journey not the destination, and with one of rapâs GOATs as his guiding light, has Jay Electronica finally delivered. I guess itâs time to ask the looming question: Is it time consider Freddie Gibbs one of the greatest rappers ever? That's why it's surprising that Ready the Horses was recorded live in a studio on the southeast coast of England about three years ago. He's more country than most, more funk than the rest, and has more soul than all of them put together. For better or worse, though, Bruner's prodigious chops, flashy technique, and apparent hunger to express himself across a vast range of styles have always taken a backseat to the zany personality his records exude. Well-polished and blissfully full, Thaba's Eyes Rest Their Feet is a stream of cool, downtempo melody. Syleenaâs strength has always been her passionate vocals, and they really resound with authority here. Singer Kelly Finnigan and company are calling it as they see it about the common day political state and the overwhelming sense of loneliness. -- Elisabeth Woronzoff. I donât know WHY Westside Gunnâs music works so well. Of course, Thundercat is an acquired taste â his overtly jazzy themes and nerdy references donât always hit home â but in times like these, who doesnât wanna hop on a spaceship and lose themselves? Itâs a weighty listen, crammed with concepts of family, identity and success that will take more than a cursory listen to digest. 2 Tkay Maidza 2020 $1.20. Groundbreaking albums you have to hear now. Read this list. The pair have exceptional chemistry â thereâs not a weak song to be found and both do their share to carry the load. -- Andrew Cox, Son Little (real name: Aaron Earl Livingston), one of many current artists remaking soul music in their distinctive way, gets right to work on his new album Aloha, hitting listeners with the super catchy and decidedly sexy "Hey Rose". Scores of album releases have been pushed back. Using them as building blocks but completing the assembly in their own sonic fashion with horns aplenty and a rhythm section well-versed in the sanctifications of their predecessors but deep diving to make a sound their own. Even within the seduction, there is a sense of foreboding: as the song ends, the couple are "engaged in lovers games", but the singer then pleads, "can I hold you till these dark dreams fade?". Kehlani has been one of the scant few R&B acts to get a little mainstream attention in recent years. Sooner or later, Chikaâs gonna be big. Part of The Cycle's in-the-moment feel also comes from the fact that this is largely a live-to-tape record, capturing the buzz and hum of their Cleveland, Ohio studio and using that undercurrent to fantastic, vibrating effect. DJ Spen. The House of Slaughter gets a brief reunion on this bicoastal EP, and they’re back like they never left. More so, her message, "they speculate and hate / negative thoughts don't control my fate", is an enduring axiom. The Mongomery, Ala., nativeâs breakout EP is ripe with infectious energy and surprisingly deep subject matter. She seems to know that her voice is her great strength right now, and she lets it stay front and center through the whole album. The album’s tracks weave perfectly into each other, so much so that the album feels like one long song. As always, the brief runtime is enough to make you beg for more but thereâs enough substance to hold us over until the inevitable LP lands. Some of that comes from Majette's tendency towards sparse instrumentation, but her confessional, personal lyrics also draw in the listener. 2020-12-18 $1.99 follow: DJ Rae. Sheâs on her way up. -- Scott Zuppardo. But, where so many others are content to just mimic the production aesthetic that made classic soul records from the '60s and '70s so vibrant, Bruner keeps one foot anchored in the present. Built upon by a dream-like backup band featuring Justin Vernon, Jenny Lewis, and key man, figuratively and literally, Derick Lee leading the band that was at times as large as 14 musicians. While we await the locusts or alien invasion or whatever else is in store in this insane year, let’s revisit, in no specific order, 25 of 2020’s standouts thus far. Superproducer Thundercat has always drunkenly wobbled to the beat of his own drum, but donât be distracted by his weirdness â thereâs a definite method to his madness. November 6, … This isnât just a case of recency bias, however â even if this album dropped in less tumultuous times, it would still reign among the best of their catalog. The Pro Era member first made his name by hopping on Joey BadA$$âs beloved 1999 mixtape with a couple of standout features. "Brand New Day" regenerates a positive energy much as it did when it was first released in 2014. In days where live performances are understandably few and far between, The Piano Album is a refreshing experience, one that showcases the boundless talent of one of R&Bâs new stalwarts. But when that song is this good, no oneâs complaining. There are 35 titles here including some rarities and loads of great albums from The O’Jays, Archie Bell and the Drells etc. Because Positions isn't really about the seasons of Ariana Grande's soul, because the sex isn't with anyone you might recognize, it's hard not to see this as a victory lap, a lightweight capstone to the monstrous recent run of albums that minted her as pop's empress. Heâs quietly become the hardest working man in hip-hop, guaranteed to drop an impressive project annually, even if it flies under mainstream radar. If yâall didnât know, Syleena Johnson is R&Bâs Wonder Woman. And best of all, the record is FUN, fueled by insanely catchy production, R&B-laced beats and even sprinkles of gospel. 2: Deja Vu Devvon Terrell 2020 $2.10. A majority of the Texas population is non-white and has been for 15 years. Is there a "post-funk" label we could apply here? This acts as a contrast to what we've been fortunate and accustomed to hearing from her in the realm of R&B, hip-hop, and spacey funk. Which deserving albums did I miss? The following is a list of albums released in 2020. Her sly way of writing about sex seems anachronistic in the "WAP" age ("hard to think when I'm under you," she flutters on "Obvious"). Glover wasn't exactly predicting social distancing, but 3.15.20 is prophetic in its criticism of the exceedingly blurred overlap between humanity and the digital. Since then, he's put out more recent recordings in the US. Thanks E.B. You can hear the tension on the individual strings as they illustrate her sighs and innuendos. The soothing voices heard throughout (Black Is) and inviting synth and percussion still reveal the wounded, bruised heart of the album. This time, she adds depth through what is perhaps her best instrument, her voice. Thaba consistently sound like a dream, moving as they do at strange speeds, through electronic vapors. Foster sets the album's tone by opening with her own "Brand New Day" and "Might Not Be Right". As Childish Gambino, the recent release 3.15.20 is an astute cultural examination of the current political and social situation while also avowing love and humanity. "Everything You Touch Is Gold" is quite the clever ode to a loved one that puts a subtle spin on the adage from King Midas who turned everything that he touched into gold. A proper soul record that smokes from start to finish is a fine way to mitigate the norms, social and otherwise. That narrative has expanded with The Allegory â taking those familial lessons into the black community to achieve, well, independence. By Gabriela Helfet in Features, New Vinyl Releases October 2, 2020. Anticipated Future Releases. The experimentation doesnât ALWAYS work, but when it does, it hits. They say music reflects the times, and thereâs no album more reflective of the social chaos of 2020 than Run the Jewelsâ fourth opus. Yes, the hefty tracklist overstays its welcome (a reoccurring flaw in the streaming era, sadly) but itâs proof that Emâs at his best when he focuses on his craft, not winning over fickle fans. Thatâs cool, P clearly has no desire to participate in popularity contests, which is why the authenticity of Styles David: Ghost Your Enthusiasm helps it excel. And this one was definitely worth the wait. With one of the best songs of 2020 starting things up, Monophonics stretch an eight-song record to its wildest abyss. With the success of his 2017 debut behind him, itâs only right for Kevin Ross to continue the momentum. Repeated declarations of "rise up" reverberate throughout (Black Is). But for those willing to invest the time, The Allegory is a journey well worth experiencing. And thatâs not even counting the scores of incredible mixtapes and LPs that landed prior to this hot streak. Chika is the very definition of unconventional. Martin Badder. -- Daniel Bromfield. It's just that his newfangled compositions have deep roots in traditions. Evocations of the snake have long been key to Budos releases, fitting visual analogues for the group's serpentine style as they wind back and forth across the borders of retro cinema, golden age Ethiojazz, and psychedelic soul, all with a sinister edge. Member and producer Dean "Inflo" Wynton Josiah's sparse production leaves no note to waste for nearly an hour. "My Hair" finds her approximating Diplo's distant-chipmunk trick with her whistle register, which she banked on early in her career but nowadays pulls out merely as an afterthought. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. But his 2014 debut LP failed to catch fire (even though it was pretty solid in its own right) and Luke instead retreated to Hollywood, where he found the success that seemed certain in the booth. World events have touched every facet of our lives, including the music industry. Pristine vocals and a strong mix of upbeat tracks and midtempo standouts make Audacity Vol. The off-kilter delivery, the incessant ad-libbing (âDOOT-DOOT-DOOT-DOOT-DOOT-DOOT-DOOOOOOOTâ) the bizarre metaphors (dude has a wrestling reference for every occasion) â itâs a recipe for disaster. In the process of creating Disco, Minogue has captured the essence of what has always made her compelling: ignoring expectations and dancing the tears away.
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