8 R&B Soul Albums You Probably Slept On
Is R&B dead or is it just not really on your radar? Here are some of our favorite slept on R&B albums.
1. Pho by Ari Lennox
From YouTube to Dreamville, Ari Lennox’s long awaited EP Pho featured all the liveliness and eccentric sensuality that made us fall in love with this girl and her music. Bonus points for making a song about her love of backwood blunts
Favorite Songs: GOAT, Backseat
2. Hours Spent Loving You EP by Xavier Omär and Sango
You may know him by his government name these days but Xavier Omär previously recorded music under the moniker SPZRKT (pronounced spazzy-rocket). He teamed up with genre-bending producer Sango to create this hypnotizing body of work.
Favorite Songs: Soon Enough and How Do You Love Me?
3. VII by Teyana Taylor
Teyana Taylor has come quite a long way from the Super Sweet 16 “Google Me, Baby” days. In recent years, she's garnered attention from her killer bod and killing her Lil Kim tribute performance at VH1 Hip Hop Honors. After a 7 year wait, she finally released her debut album VII in 2014. Executive produced by her GOOD Music boss Kanye West, VII would be heralded an R&B classic if it got the promotion it deserved
Favorite Songs: Outta My League and Do No Disturb
4. True by Solange
A Seat at The Table definitely changed the game but her synthpop tinged True EP was definitely worthy of acclaim as well. It was on this project that Solo proved her versatility as an artist and set the tone of forever creating outside of the box.
Favorite Songs: Bad Girls (Verdine Version), Some Things Never Seem to Fucking Work
5. It Is by JMSN
JMSN (pronounced jameson) gives you soulful live instrumentation on his album IT IS. JMSN’s sound is best described as sultry modern day blues singer with gospel-jazz undertones. This album is perfectly sequenced but goes even harder live. Catch JMSN on tour if you know what's good for your soul.
Favorite Songs: Cruel Intentions and Power
6. Stay Around by Joyce Wrice
Mellifluous vocals, groovy production and reflective lyrics about love give us all the feels when listening to Stay Around. If a formula for timeless R&B exists, Joyce Wrice must’ve used it to create this EP
Favorite Songs: Home Alone, You Used To Love Me
7. Love/Art Memoirs by Alex Isley
Is it possible to make anything less than a masterpiece when you have Isley blood running through your veins? The daughter of Ernie Isley, Alex is a beautifully gifted vocalist, songwriter and producer in her own right who creates that kind of ethereal soul music we haven’t really heard since her father and uncles were topping the charts.
Favorite Songs: Into Orbit, Do/Don't Do
8. Damn Sue by Sam Dew
You may remember him as the guy who provided the catchy melodic hook to Wale’s hit single LoveHate Thing. With production provided Dave Sitek who has worked with Santigold, The Yeah Yeahs, Kelis and Little Dragon, charming melodies and pristine falsettos DAMN SUE definitely offers it’s listener an eclectic vibe.
Favorite Songs: Lies, Rewind
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