March 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
On Valentine’s Day, Dipo and Usher dropped the bedroom banger “Climax” to great praise. Now, the R&B stunner has an accompanying video.
The video is a real steamfest but is (ironically) anti-climatic.
Check it out below:
February 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
Since his debut in 2010, Miguel has been serving soulful R&B with a modern twist. In 2012, the underrated R&B crooner shows no signs of slowing down.
His new video for the single “Adorn” is sexy, honest and captures the heart of R&B both sonically and emotionally.
Look out for his new project Art Dealer Chic: Vol 1 dropping on February 27.
December 22, 2011 § 3 Comments
R&B crooner The Weeknd is back with his third mixtape of the year, Echoes of Silence. Released late last night right after Drake dropped his new video for “The Motto”, it seemed like the OVOXO team had a plan for people to marvel over their work until the wee hours of the morning.
The mixtape opens with “D.D.” – a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Dirty Diana.” It is a pretty ballsy move to open with an untouchable classic yet the moody track was a good pairing for the emotive singer. “Montreal” has an eerie Eighties vibe with its heavy hitting bass and ghastly harmonies.
One of my favorites off Echoes of Silence is “XO/The Host.” Its trippy intro is reminiscent of House of Balloons; the track is horrifyingly addictive yet slightly messy that rips you in three different directions.
Another tripfest is “Initiation”- a bitter track that haunts your inner core as Abel’s vocals shifts from helium-filled to codeine-induced without warning. The truly terrifying track takes you back to a place in time where you hid under your covers as an imaginary monster knocked down your bedroom door.
Echoes of Silence slows down with “Next.” It begins with a heavy-hearted piano riff that refreshingly slows down the mixtape experience by giving us a cool ballad.
The Weeknd started the year with his killer drug-induced House of Balloons and continued the momentum with Thursday. Echoes of Silence is the perfect way to end the “Balloon Trilogy” – when the sun rises on the streaky window after the rave is over and the coke residue hardens on the glass table.
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Songs on Repeat
Songs to Skip
“Same Old Song”
December 15, 2011 § Leave a comment
She’s been MIA for a while, but Ashanti is back with a new single! The R&B singer (whose fifth project will be released soon) dropped her new song “The Woman You Love” last night.
The track, which features a verse from Busta Rhymes, uses Ashanti’s mastered formula of pouring her heart out over a tough Hip-Hop beat.
The song has a nice flow, but I don’t think it has the punch to be single-worthy. But I am a big fan of Ashanti, and I’m happy to see her bringing real R&B back in this haze of bland Euro-pop.
October 11, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’ve grown up listening to Dancehall and as I got older, I began to love and appreciate the genre even more. I’m a huge supporter of Dancehall, especially the “Bad Man” and “Gyal” tunes. But there are times where I find myself wanting to listen to some comforting ballads without having to refer to Reggae (its older sibling). Jamaica’s most popular singjay Mavado released the sultry “I Know You Want Me” approximately a year ago, and I melted like many other girls when I first heard it. When I discovered that Ne-Yo remixed the song two months ago, I was ecstatic! The remix version has now become one of my favorite songs of the moment!
The “I Know You Want Me” remix feels more soulful due to Ne-Yo’s presence. Melding his velvety “come hither” voice with Mavado’s painfully heartfelt voice heightens the song’s seductive tone, which draws the listener into the lyrics even more. The song is about a girl who is into a guy yet is hesitant to love. Both Mavado and Ne-Yo use their sex appeal to rope the female in, and I think it is very successful! Combining two artists who are very talented in their own genres will always make for a great song. I’m happy that Ne-Yo chose to remix this particular song. I have a feeling that “I Know You Want Me” will be in constant rotation for a long time.
August 25, 2011 § 1 Comment
Today marks the 10th anniversary of Aaliyah’s untimely death. She left us at the tender age of 22 in 2001, yet her influence still lives on. I find it appropriate to remember Aaliyah’s musical legacy because she helped to change the face of R&B. She also opened my eyes to a new sound of music, hence becoming someone who I truly admired.
Aaliyah’s passing was a tough time for myself and her fans, her family, her friends, and the world. Right now R&B music needs revival, and I know if Aaliyah was still here she would’ve blessed us with something spectacular. But this is not the case. So all we can do is play her records till they break, watch her movies until our eyes glaze, and soak in her genuine beauty every chance we get. I happily present to you my personal tribute to Aaliyah, a musician and person that I will always love.