Hey everyone, thanks for sticking around. I feel comfortable saying this since my wife made the announcement already, but our baby was born last week. That’s why I had to take some time off. So time management is going to be at an all time high. Speaking of management, TOKiMONSTA’s has been living the best life managing artists like Rochelle Jordan and still finding time to put out new music of her own. Enlisting the help of VanJess on her version of Floetry’s classic Say Yes. I got a shoutout from Italian artist Kuban on Instagram sharing some love for her new track Jukai. And we have the last single from Jessie Ware called Hot N Heavy before the release of her deluxe version of last year’s album What’s Your Pleasure. It’s called The Platinum Pleasure Edition. Enjoy this week’s selection.
With the help of his daughter Sasha, President Obama has given us another year-end playlist of his favorite music. There is a lot to digest, but we are only going to cover the R&B hits on here.
Hope Tala – All My Girls Like To Fight
I just want to post this tweet from Hope her self:
It’s not like I was expecting anyone or song on here, but you gotta love the positivity just by being on something so iconic as this and reactions from it.
H.E.R. – Damage
I think this song has been one of the best songs release this month. I can’t say I’m surprised to see it make this list. I’ve seen H.E.R. perform this song on several venues now and I can’t get tired of it.
Jhene Aiko – Summer 2020
With the power of one the most recognizable songs, Summer Madness, Jhene Aiko puts her twist and thoughts on what she’s been seeing regarding race relations and Covid.
Yebba – Distance
This song caught my attention back on its release in early May and it surely has aged well. There is so much soul in her voice and it’s so unique. She’s an artist I would LOVE to see live.
Jessie Ware – Remember Where You Are
I’m thankful that someone remember that one of the greatest British singers of this decade put out an album this year. I guess when it came to the R&B talk towards the end of the year, Jessie Ware didn’t make it on everyone’s talking points, but her album, What’s Your Pleasure?, should be on everyone’s rotation. I should know, I reviewed it.
Take a listen to President Obama’s Favorite Music of 2020
Cover Art – Jessie Ware – What’s Your Pleasure?
All of this month, there has been this anticipation for the release of this album. People have speculated that it was going to have an 80s disco vibe. You can tell based off the 5 singles she released leading up to the album release. When the entire project released on June 26, you could instantly tell it was going to be a masterpiece.
This album is an example “The whole is greater than the sum of its parts”. That is not to say that the songs by themselves are bad, far from it. But this album you can tell from the beginning that there was a theme and vision. Production-wise, it was on point and lyrically it was all positivity, hope, and a little lust tossed in.
One major takeaway I had was the length of the songs. Maybe it is just me, but over the years, they have been getting shorter and shorter. But for Jessie, you see songs hitting 4 minutes and upwards to 5 and a half. If I were to ask a question, I would like to know if that was a conscious effort to squeeze as much sound as they can from each song. The songs never feel long because the groove just takes you away. You don’t even realize it’s over until the next song plays. That’s a good feeling.
If you want to have a cry or whatever is going on, this isn’t the album for you. She is going to want you on your good foot. To get up and dance the ills away. It’s not an album that I was expecting to get during 2020, but as how 2020 has been shaping up, I’m glad Jessie decided to give the world a positive distraction even if it’s for an hour. I promise you however, once it has its claws on you, you will want to put it on repeat until it’s time to go to sleep.
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I just wanted to give a shout out to these two awesome singers from the UK and say that I’m happy they are back bring the hits. I was able to listen to both of their singles as I was going into work. Lianne La Havas, I was aware that she had a single out because I saw previews of it on Twitter. Bittersweet is the title. She just has that sultry voice in that low register and with those run she gets from gut. You feel it in the soul. Makes you feel good like eating a bowl of grits on a winter morning.
Jessie Ware was the one that I was not expecting to hear at all. When I hear Spotlight come up, I was like oh this is nice. Then the beat drops 35 seconds and I was like, “Oh this is nice groove.” And then her name showed up on the Spotify feed and I was so excited. I am a forever fan for hers. It’s good to know that the (now) veterans of British Soul is back at it again. They aren’t new so expecting a standard of excellence is something I have and with these two new singles, it’s something Lianne and Jessie provides.