New Music: Kelby – You’re Welcome (EP)

Kelby You're Welcome

Emerging New York City based R&B artist Kelby has made his official introduction with the release of his debut EP, You’re Welcome.

Led by the singles, “Play,” and the title track, the singer/songwriter offers a noteworthy blend of contemporary R&B with his Latin roots, often switching between English and Spanish over the 8-track project. Across the EP, Kelby delivers a stellar combination of sultry bedroom jams and sexy urban pop.

Executive Produced by Creative Director Torey Nelson and featuring production by Grammy-nominated producers K-Quick and SamTrax, You’re Welcome, is a fitting vibe for summer in NYC.

Take a listen below… What do you think?

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Listen: Samm Henshaw Releases New EP ‘The Sound Experiment 2’


Rising UK bred soul impresario Samm Henshaw has released his anticipated sophomore EP, The Sound Experiment 2.

Led by the uplifting single “Our Love,” the 5-track project is steeped in vintage, authentic soul. Building from his 2015 debut, the ‘experiment’ continues as the young crooner displays a vocal, and sonic depth well beyond his years.

A blend of singer-songwriter storytelling, with blues guitar, and soulful emotion in his melodies, Henshaw has quickly garnered the support of BBC 1Xtra, Spotify, Google Play and many others. Following a string of sold-out shows, the 22-year-old has embarked on an extensive European festival run this summer, in support of the new EP.

On the warm and feel-good, “Our Love,” Samm reflects on his childhood growing up in South London, and the experience of his parents (who are originally from Nigeria). “I wrote ‘Our Love,’ about a story my Dad tells from when he first started dating my Mum: his family didn’t approve, but he didn’t care.”

On the closing track “Easy,” Samm lets himself live past his vulnerabilities. “I’m a broken man, yes I am / But I won’t let it stand in my way” … “It’s only for a little while longer, I’m trying to stay strong, but it’s hard when you’re shattered in two / Things could be easy, easy, if I hadn’t gone at this alone / That would be easy, easy, easier for my soul.”

Stream the EP below via Spotify, and pick it up on iTunes now.

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New Music: PARTYNEXTDOOR – Not Nice

PND Not Nice

PARTYNEXTDOOR is here for the weekend, with the release of a brand new single, titled “Not Nice.”

Offering a Dancehall/R&B vibe, PND sends a message to a woman in his life who’s unkind on the melodic tune.

“Girl, you look so nice / But you’re not nice, you’re rude / Look what you’re putting me through / I’d never do this to you,” he sings.

The rude girl anthem follows the Kylie Jenner-starring music video for “Come and See Me,” and his new single with Jeremih, “Like Dat.”

Additionally, the Toronto native has announced the release date for his anticipated new album P3. The 16-track album is due out August 12 and is now available for pre-order on iTunes.

Take a listen to “Not Nice” below.

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Listen: Aaradhna Releases New Album ‘Brown Girl’

Aaradhna Brown Girl

New Zealand based soul singer Aaradhna has returned with her long-awaited new album Brown Girl.

Recorded live in Brooklyn and Los Angeles under the guidance of Jeff Dynamite, of Brooklyn-based Truth & Soul Records (Aloe Blacc, Adele, Lady), Aaradhna’s 4th studio album is a literal “who’s who?” of the greatest retro soul instrumentalists and session players on the scene today, creating a dark, therapeutic pace that delves into intertwining topics of race relations, label politics, love, heart break, judgment and ignorance. Above all, the album is Aaradhna’s boldest statement to date.

Covering a broad musical landscape including mixed genres of R&B, Soul, Country, and Blues, Aaradhna delivers a quiet intensity that grows with every story she tells through her music.

“‘Brown Girl’ is a collection of songs about love, heartbreak and dealing with life in general. To me it represents growth. Brown Girl represents how far I’ve come from a girl to a woman,” explains Aaradhna. “My last album ‘Treble & Reverb’ had a little bit more sparkle. This new album is all me, like a slow burning incense stick, it burns slow but leaves behind a scent that’s 100% authentic.”

Stream the album below via Spotify, and pick it up on iTunes now.

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Keith Sweat Releases New Album ‘Dress To Impress,’ Featuring Dru Hill, Silk, Gerald Levert & More

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R&B veteran Keith Sweat continues to build on his outstanding career with the release of his anticipated 12th studio album, Dress To Impress.

Hitting stores and streaming platforms today (July 22), the legendary singer makes a bold return with his first album in 5 years. Led by the single “Good Love,” the 16-track project is filled with sexy ballads, smooth grooves, flawless harmonies and heartwarming lyrics from the seasoned crooner.

Next year, Sweat will celebrate the 10-year anniversary of his nationally syndicated radio show, “The Sweat Hotel,” and it appears his experience has continued to influence his own craft. The album touches on various eras of R&B, while remaining fresh and potentially his best material in well over a decade.

While Keith is in prime form, the LP also includes unexpected features from classic R&B groups Silk and Dru Hill, plus previously unreleased vocals from the late-great Gerald Levert.

Stream the album below via Spotify, and you can pick it up on iTunes now.

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Video: Bibi Bourelly feat. Earl St. Clair – Perfect


Bibi Bourelly and Earl St. Clair have a twisted way of telling us that things ain’t “Perfect.”

After debuting their soulfully stunning new collabo on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” a few weeks ago, the Def Jam signee’s release the official music video. Mirroring the content of the lyrics, the crooners perform the song in a white room with disintegrating walls. As they both sing about the joy of imperfections, the walls and their faces crumble, leaving a gruesome result.

As Bourelly explained to The FADER, “I guess that behind everything that appears to be perfect there are imperfections. It’s unnatural to be perfect or to pretend to be perfect.”

Her feelings were  by Earl, who added, “Nothing is perfect. We wanted to show you that perfection is not achievable, but it is perceivable with this video. That can be a bad thing… or a good thing depending on what or whom you’re looking at.”

Last week, Bibi announced her first headlining North American tour, kicking off Sept. 2 in Washington, D.C.

Check out her new video below.

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New Music: Jacquees feat. Birdman – Gangsta

Jacquees Gangsta

Fresh off his first headlining tour, young R&B star, Jacquees returns with his Cash Money boss, Birdman, on the new collabo “Gansta.”

After releasing their joint mixtape, Lost At Sea, the duo reunite on the laid back, melodic single, which may or may not appear on Jacquees’ anticipated debut album.

Quees sings out to a girl with a fatty that caught his attention, and drops that fresh money-talk about his new lifestyle. Birdman does what he always does best and stunts heavy on his verse, rapping about which luxury car to drive, and making it big out of New Orleans.

“Put you on some new sh*t, but I know you miss the old us / Since you got my back you know I’ll be right there to hold ya,” sings Jacquees.

Find out how to be his “Gangsta” girl below.

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New Music: Kehlani – Distraction

Kehlani Distraction

The Tsunami Mami, Kehlani, is bringing the heat with this one!

Fresh on the heels of her latest single, “CRZY, Baelani is giving fans the perfect summer vibe with “Distraction. Admitting that she’s not looking for anything more than a fun distraction from her reality, the R&B princess delivers sultry vocals on the up-tempo track.

It’s just the right song for anyone who can relate to wanting nothing more than a fling while they work on keeping themselves their first and only priority.

Over the slowed down bridge, she sings, “I need you to give me your time. I need you to not want to be mine.” Then as the tempo ramps back up, Lani asks, “Are you down to be, a distraction baby? But don’t distract me. Let me ask you baby… Do you? Do you? Do you wanna be a distraction baby?”

Would you mind being Kehlani’s distraction?

Check out the track below.

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