FIVE SONGS YOU NEED TO CHECK OUT.
1- Chris Brown ft. Aaliyah – Don’t Think They Know
Leading the pack this week is the second single from Chris Brown’s forthcoming album X. ‘Don’t Think They Know’ continues his journey through soul and R&B, though it’s the feature from Aaliyah that really makes the track shine. While Chris pushes through some falsetto warblings, unreleased material from deceased Aaliyah’s archive blends through the song, with her unforgettable smooth tone, sounding as fresh now as it ever did and giving some idea of what she could have been capable of if she had still been here today. The video is worth a watch too as it cleverly lifts holograms of the singer from her previous music videos.
2- Stooshe – My Man Music
When they were shortlisted for BBC’s Sound Of poll last year, Stooshe promised to be one of the big names in UK Pop and R&B, but since the release of the hit ‘Black Heart’, an uninspired cover of TLC’s ‘Waterfalls’ and a further bland release, they haven’t quite delivered the energy and spice they originally brought. Thankfully though, their new single ‘My Man Music’ is right back on track, with fun lyrics and a Summery island feel, taking up a hint of Caribbean soca music. This demands you to “Wine Up Yuh Waist”, and if you have one, you’d be hard pressed not to.
3- Syleena Johnson & Musiq Soulchild – Feel The Fire
‘Feel The Fire’ is the lead release from collaboration album 9INE from Neo-Soul singers Syleena and Musiq, both artists launched in a blaze of glory at the turn of the century and have seen mixed success in their homeland of the USA ever since, with both so far releasing 6 albums a piece. As real R&B and sounds of the Caribbean show a much welcome return to music, this glorious track harks back to the early 90s steel drum sounds of Reggae Pop acts like Beenie Man, Diana King and Shabba Ranks. Their voices blend so nicely together, it’s a wonder it took them over a decade to have this brainwave.
4- Cam’ron ft.Yummy Bingham – So Bad
This week may seem a bit R&B heavy, I’m not sure whether that shows huge strength in the genre at the moment or just that I’ve had little chance to go clubbing this month, but sitting outside in the sun with a slick piece of bumping R&B has been a particular pleasure of mine since I can remember. Rapper, Cam’ron found success about 10 years ago with his hit ‘Hey Ma’ along with working with the likes of Mariah Carey, Usher and KanYe West. He returns after a 4 year hiatus now with comeback jam ‘So Bad’ featuring 00’s rent-a-hook singer, Yummy Bingham.
5- Katy B – What Love Is Made Of
This week we’re on the brink of the comeback of dubstep favourite Katy B with her new single ‘What Love Is Made Of’, already picking up plenty of airplay on National radio, this one bridges the gap between the heavier acts in the genre and the mainstream sounds of Disclosure, Jessie Ware and Rudimental. Katy’s undeniable vocal ability helps carry this pulsating beat to the next level. It could be her year.