MIXTAPES

New Music: DJ Reg West Presents: Saturday Afternoon Tunes 2 (Mixtape)

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Just in time for the holiday season, DJ Reg West has partnered up with ThisisRnB to release the second edition to his “Saturday Afternoon Tunes” mixtape series. The brand new 45-minute live mix features R&B hits from the ’80s, ’90s and present, along with some unique blends.  This mix of classics will surely leave you nostalgic and put some listeners on to some great music, who may be unfamiliar.

DJ Reg West explains his inspiration behind making the mix series. “It started with the idea of putting together a project of uptempo R&B songs that I heard in my household growing up on a Saturday afternoon. From albums my parents might play, to my older brothers collections and of course music that I listened to. Enjoy!”

Get ready to kick up your feet and zone out with DJ Reg West’s brand new mix below!

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New Music: Jordin Sparks – #ByeFelicia (Mixtape)

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Jordin Sparks says goodbye to the haters and hello to new experiences, after her split from boyfriend Jason Derulo, on her first mixtape #ByeFelicia, hosted by L.A. Leakers. The singer/actress sheds her good-girl image and explores new territory on the nine track project.

She calls out the Instagram stalkers on “Double Tap” featuring 2 Chainz and takes shots at her ex-boyfriend Jason Derulo on her remix to Drake’s “How Bout Now.”

“There’s a little part of me in every single [track],” said Jordin. “But because it’s been so long and because I’ve been working so long, it has been kind of like a perfectionist mentality. Life is too short. This stuff is great. I feel good about it. I’m confident in it, I love what it’s saying, and I think people will be able to relate to that.”

Jordin is currently working on her follow-up to 2009’s Battlefield, which is titled ‘Right Here, Right Now‘ and is due out early next year.

Download and stream her comeback mixtape below:

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New Music: BJ The Chicago Kid Releases ‘The M.A.F.E. Project’ and “One In a Million” Video

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BJ The Chicago Kid finally returned with some gems for our speakers this year, and now he continues the gifts into the holiday season with his anticipated new EP ‘The M.A.F.E. Project.’

The EP features 11 original songs with guest appearances from Schoolboy Q, Smoke DZA and Freddie Gibbs, as well as Harold Lilly, Sasha Go Hard, and noted guitarist, Jairus Mozee. The soulful singer/songwriter has also premiered a new video for his bonus track, a ’90s tribute titled “One In a Million,” which not only includes his rendition of Aaliyah’s famed song, but also brilliantly covers R. Kelly’s “R&B Thug” and Jodeci’s “Feenin” over Aaliyah’s hypnotic beat.

“This body of work was a labor of love done especially for my fans,” said BJ. “I am excited for everyone to get a full experience through, The M.A.F.E. Project, and to walk away with a revitalized love of RnB.”

The project takes listeners through a journey of love and loss, happiness and strife. With BJ’s vocals accompanied by deep, sensual beats, and gritty guitar riffs, fans are in for an overall aural experience.

Earlier this year, BJ heated up the airwaves with his smooth hook on Schoolboy Q’s No. 1 single “Studio.”  He is currently finishing up his debut album, which is set to hit stores early next year via Motown Records.

Check out his new EP and video below!

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Listen: Jay Sean Returns with R&B Mixtape ‘The Mistress II’

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Reinventing, Reconnecting and Reclaiming. Jay Sean is back to claim his R&B vibe.

More than a decade and 15 million singles sold, the UK native has returned to his homeland and his musical roots.  Last month, Jay announced that he had chosen to part ways with Cash Money Records and was preparing to release his first independent project, the sequel to his stellar 2011 mixtape The Mistress.  Today, he delivers that follow-up with The Mistress II.

Sean admitted that while his departure from Cash Money is amicable, there were artistic differences that lead to his decision: “I had and still maintain a great relationship with [Cash Money CEOs] Slim and Baby. They believed in me and my talent and our partnership obviously garnered a lot of pop success. But, it got to the point where I was chasing pop success and ‘the smash’ when really my heart wasn’t in it anymore,” he said. “That’s not why I got into this game.”

“The Mistress II is a return to my musical roots. I needed to make music that meant something; music that had substance again,” says Jay.

The project includes 9 original songs, including the promotional releases “Tears In The Ocean” and “All I Need.”

Honestly, we were skeptical, but this project is very solid and a great return to the style that got him signed to Cash Money in the first place.  Stream and download Jay Sean’s new mixtape below!

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New Music: Blaq Tuxedo – Red Flowerz (Mixtape)

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R&B duo Blaq Tuxedo (formerly known as D&D) have finally delivered their well anticipated EP, Red Flowerz.

Featuring one of my favorite slow joints from the summer titled “Pinkberry,” the famed producers/singers have certainly impressed with the 13-track project. With guest appearances from Ty Dolla $ign, IamSu!, and rapper Roscoe Dash, Blaq Tuxedo provided a nice mixture of sounds for fans to enjoy.

Hosted by DJ Carisma, Red Flowerz opens up the reintroduction of the artists formerly known as D&D. If you weren’t familiar with the West Coast siblings prior to now, this might have you reconsidering what took you so long to get there.

Lend you ear to the new mixtape below:

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Listen: Maé Oriel Releases ‘The Playback Mixtape’

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Toronto has seriously been an exceptional breeding ground for many great talents, and especially one for many exciting R&B up-and-comers.  Since first featuring her a year ago, with the hot single “Toyin,” we have been patiently waiting for rising singer/songwriter Maé Oriel to deliver her debut project, ‘The Playback Mixtape,’ and that moment has finally come!

From the opening intro, which finds Mae showing off her vocal gifts with an a cappella cover of Monica’s classic “Before You Walk Out of My Life,” the theme and tone for the whole project is set. Featuring production from K. Alexander (of the Soundsmith), Jacob C. Thompson, Boogie Beats, and Jordan Manswell, the 10 track mixtape brings listeners back to the golden age of the ’90s with its hard hitting beats, strong R&B vocals and intoxicating melodies.

Don’t be late on this one, stream Mae’s debut mixtape below!

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Listen: Sylvia Sylvia Releases Debut Album ‘Fog. Smoke. Dust. (Stories of a Love Song)’

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After impressing us with her first two releases, up-and-coming singer-songwriter Sylvia Sylvia brings us her first full length project!

The Los Angeles native has an intoxicating, raw vocal, which is immediately eminent upon hearing seconds of her records. On her new album ‘Fog. Smoke. Dust. (Stories of a Love Song),’ she continues to impress, delivering a unique, soulful vocal with folky and jazzy elements. As expected on any artists first project Sylvia brings listeners into her world, through revolving thoughts on her experiences with love, relationships and life.

The inventive and progressive production creates large and compelling soundscapes for her vocal inflections to shine. Fans of SZA, Lianne La Havas and even Amy Winehouse will find some pleasing similarities here.

Take a listen to Sylvia Sylvia’s debut album below:

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Mixtape: DJ Chris Styles & ThisisRnB – ‘Fresh Radio’ (November ’14) (Hosted by Elijah Blake)

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It’s about that time again! November is here and we are bringing you this month’s brand new ‘Fresh Radio‘ mixtape with DJ Chris Styles of Sirius XM’s ‘The Heat,’ and hosted by rising R&B star Elijah Blake!

The 60 minute live mix features some of the hottest R&B singles climbing the charts and rockin the clubs right now, from the likes of Chris Brown, Mary J. Blige, Adrian Marcel and many more. Plus exclusive interlude breaks from Elijah, who released his brand new EP ‘Drift‘ last month.

Follow the jump to stream and download the new mix now!!

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