A look at our top 5 latest songs of the past week plus a couple of extras because 5 wasn’t enough with the volume of this week’s releases. Let us know what you think in the comments. Spotify playlist available.
1. SZA ft. Travis Scott – Love Galore
We’ve waiting for some time for SZA to provide some more information on her debut album, which we now know will be called be ‘CTRL’ and will drop later this summer. In the meantime, she has followed up her playful ballad ‘Drew Barrymore’ released in January this year, with this Travis Scott infused track ‘Love Galore’. The chemistry between the track and even more so in the video is certainly palpable. “Love Galore” hears the vocalist at her signature best, showing off her strong pen game for the beautiful upbeat ballad and features adlibs and a feature verse from the Houston native, Scott. Big tings poppin’ for the first lady of Top Dawg Entertainment (TDE) in the coming months, watch this space.
2. Frank Ocean – Lens
After a temporary hiatus between his first album ‘Channel Orange’ released in 2012 and his most recent releases ‘Blonde’ and ‘Endless’ in August 2016, we (amongst others) were unsure if Frank Ocean would come back, and if he came back, would he be the same. More fool us, since the turn of the year, we have had a monthly dose of Frank, see ‘Chanel’, ‘Biking’, ‘Slide’ and most recently ‘Lens’ (the subject of this post). It arrived in two forms: One solo, another featuring none other than Travis Scott. It’s almost as if Frank woke up and thought, “I should probably make use of this God given talent I have”. Thank goodness he did, we look forward to seeing him in Barcelona at Primavera, London at Lovebox and possibly New York for Panorama.
3. Majid Jordan – Phases
After headlining two tours and starring at Coachella last month, Majid Jordan have hit us with a new release in the form of ‘Phases’. The track is catchy, uptempo and definitely a sing-a-long candidate with its catchy hook. To us, this really typifies Majid Jordan’s sound and vibe, upbeat R&B with a downtempo under-key and heavy percussion drums. Enjoy.
4. H.E.R – Say It Again
Having garnered co-signs from a host of artists including Alicia Keys and Bryson Tiller in her early secret identity days H.E.R (Gabi Wilson), is one of R&Bs fastest rising female R&B songstresses Having generated a nice steady buzz for herself recently following the release of last year’s self-titled EP, H.E.R. is getting ready to do it all over again & release Vol. 2 on June 2nd, but before she does she has a new leak to share with us ahead of time called ‘Say It Again’.
5. Che Ecru – You
Che Ecru (stylised CHE), co-signed by Soulection and hailing from Boston has been releasing some classic R&B waves in the last year or so. His debut album ‘buries’ dropped last week and we’ve not managed to switch it off since. Even more impressive, CHE produces, writes and masters the majority of the tracks on this body of work. ‘You’ is a particular highlight, he raps like the Weeknd and can reach the harmonies of Chris Brown. In our eyes, CHE has definitely cemented his position as a leader in the new wave of R&B, alongside the likes of 6black, Sonder, Daniel Caesar and dvsn.
Bonus ting dem…
Lil Yachty ft. Migos – Peek A Boo
This doesn’t have the same bite as ‘Bad and Boujee’, but it bangs and features a more trap sounding Yachty which is interesting in light of his recent interview with Joe Budden on Everyday Struggle.
Jesse James Solomon – City Lights
Typically pensive, with an authentic flow, Jesse James Solomon shared his latest work this week in the form of City Lights. We have lost track of the countless jazz infused hip-hop classics the South East London rapper has released in recent years see ‘Before Patrick’ and ‘Scumbag // Barriers’ both unique in their own right but with Jesse’s infectious flow UK hip hop as the common denominator. We just hope that a collective body of work in the form of an album is on its way.