The ’90s influence on R&B feels like it will never go out of style. We certainly aren’t complaining either, especially when young artists can borrow from the era, pay homage, and still build on it for today. That is what we are getting from NYC based singer/songwriter SahLence, who has returned with the feel-good, summery new single “Groove Me.”
Chilling out with her girls on the block during a warm summer day, the songstress gets caught off guard by a potential new lover, who she begins to seduce on the bouncy track.
“If you play your cards right, then maybe by the end of the night, we can kick it till the sunrise / But it depends on how you groove me,” she sings.
“Groove Me” is the lead single off SahLence’s forthcoming sophomore EP ‘12 Days of Summer,’ which is coming soon.
Based on the cover art, we hope she’s pressing this up on cassette single! Take a listen below!
Indie R&B crooner J. Buck has a smooth, positive message on the way, with his forthcoming sophomore album Love Matters.
The Memphis native’s new album is dedicated to spreading love through the exploration of agape, phileo and eros: the way we love God, the way we love each other, and the way we love through romance. His movement also encourages the love of self, your neighbor and your neighborhood-particularly within the African American community, which is crucial now more than ever.
The project’s lead single, “Love Me Back,” is a perfect example of how to make a feel-good, timeless love song, with just the right blend of soul, and sexy, for being intimate with your special someone.
Love Matters is set to hit digital outlets on July 26, while “Love Me Back” is available on iTunes and streaming services now.
Take a listen below.
Legendary R&B/Funk band Kool & The Gang have made a surprise comeback with a feel-good new single for the summer, titled “Sexy (Where’d You Get Yours).”
The groovy track brings a dance floor bounce filled with bright horns, and it’s a perfect addition to the legends classic catalog of party-rockin hits. Talented seems to never disappear as the group aims to get you up and dancing again!
Formed in 1964 by brothers Robert and Ronald Bell, the group still includes George Brown and Dennis Thomas, as well as Curtis Williams and Michael Ray, among others.
Stream “Sexy” below, and you can pick it up on iTunes now.
Man! So we posted this record back in June, and are a few days late to the video, but it’s such a dope surprise. Whether you heard the track already or not, whether you already love Gallant or not, you need to check out this visual.
SG Lewis is an English electronic music producer signed to Republic Records, and he teamed up with burgeoning singer/songwriter Gallant, on the excellent, rhythmic, future-soul single, “Holding Back.”
Adding a unique perspective to the songs potential, the newly released video pays homage to the legendary Atlanta skate park, ‘Cascade,’ and unifying impact of the local skate culture.
“Holding Back” is the latest track to be lifted from SG’s forthcoming ‘Yours’ EP.
Check out the video below.
Building on the waves he created with the explosive single “Rude Boy,” dynamic UK singer/rapper Angel is back with a straight banger titled “Hop On” featuring female rapper Stefflon Don.
Drawing you in with a slice of 90s nostalgia, courtesy of a sample of Keith Sweat and Kut Klose’s classic slow jam “Get Up On It,” Angel’s soulful vocals take the song back and forth between chill vibes and bedroom banger.
“If you really wanted to make love to me / You would come over here right now, take it off / Put some kissin and huggin on me / Lovin on me just to f*ck with me / 24/7 I’m wreckin it / Plus I can see you lovin’ the thug in me,” he sings.
Stefflon Don adds a strong female perspective with a killer verse seducing him with her island flow.
Signed in the US by Motown Records VP, Ezekiel Lewis (also responsible for forming the group The Clutch who have gone on to write and produce hits for Beyoncé, Justin Bieber, Ne-Yo and more), Angel continues to reinforce his position as one of the UK’s hottest new R&B talents.
Take a listen to “Hop On” below.
International artists are often flying the flag for feel-good ’90s inspired R&B and Soul, and that remains the case with Australian singer CVIRO (pronounced ‘Cairo’) and producer GXNXVS (pronounced ‘Genius’).
The duo have reunited for the infectious new single “Problem,” which juxtaposes a throwback funk with modern future soul. CVIRO’s entrancing vocals perfectly intertwine with GXNXVS’ bouncy, synth-driven melodic track.
“Love my precious baby, my special kinda lady / I’m lost without my baby / I can’t deny how I’m feeling,” sings CVIRO on the catchy hook.
He might be feeling the pains of breaking up with his girl, but the singer makes us feel pretty good, and we feelin’ the ’90s themed artwork too.
We got no ‘problems’ with this one, take a listen below.
If chivalry is dead, then Sammie wants to bring it back.
The R&B singer has been mostly quiet since the release of his 31872.0 EP, back in March, but felt compelled to break his silence after noticing real men are fewer in numbers these days. He sings about as much on his newest single, “I’m Him.” Sammie explained the motivation behind the track on his Soundcloud.
“I derive from an era where it was perfectly ok to praise a woman, to court her and show her off. It wasn’t solely based on her physical attributes. I felt it was time to resurrect that content that gave women hope again. That’s why I wrote ‘I’m Him.’ I’m that guy to show you different.”
Over a scaled back beat from The Doh Boy, Sammie shares how he stands apart from other men (“they ain’t even tryna get to know you”) and insists that he’ll appreciate a woman like she’s never been appreciated before. It’s not about the flash for Sammie, it’s about taking the action to be good to her. And that’s a welcome change of pace these days.
Listen to Sammie’s “I’m Him” below.
While out in New Orleans covering the 2016 ESSENCE Festival, ThisisRnB’s own Ni’Kesia Pannell caught up with the amazingly talented singer/songwriter Mali Music for a brief interview, live from the press room in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.
Opening their conversation by reflecting on our incredible acoustic session with Mali from 2014, the RCA Records artist spoke about his love for giving songs a fresh take acoustically. He went on to talk about his anticipated second album on RCA, and even shared with us his favorite lyric from the album.
We had one pressing question for Mali though. If he had to choose a president and vice president for the country, only within the R&B genre, who would it be and why? Well, let’s just say it wasn’t easy for him. At the end, Ni’Kesia gifted Mali with a TSA-friendly backpack from our friends at ecbc.
Check out the candid conversation below.