Nothing beats playing R&B on a cold day. To warm you up, here’s a compilation of some of YR Media’s favorites, including Sza, Dijon and more.
Sza – “2am”
Sampling “Come and See Me” by Partynextdoor, Sza’s version could probably be better. From his deluxe album “Ctrl”, Sza samples his track in a higher octave complementing his soulful tone. Although the chorus of both songs aligns, the Grammy winner weaves in an unreleased song to the very end that will hopefully make it onto her long-awaited next album.
Dijon – “Big Mike’s”
Dijon’s voice is one of a kind and will leave you speechless. His song “Big Mike’s” is the first title of his latest album “Absolutely” which will capture your first piece. The Maryland musician talks about all the little things he loves about his partner as his raspy voice blends perfectly with his self-produced acoustics.
Sun of Orion – “Antidote”
Multi-intrumenalist, Orion Sun, gives you that nostalgic, contemporary feel with the combination of subtle vinyl crunches and adlibs to her compelling vocals on this track. She drags you along by stalling when the beat drops for dramatic effect, enhancing her dreamy vocals and catchy chorus.
Brent Faiyaz – “Missin Out”
Off his debut album “Sonder Son,” Brent Faiyaz shows off his pipes with melodic leads on the song “Missin Out.” Dark instrumentals are the recipe for a modern day blues as Brent inspires his significant other to make plans with him before fame kicks in, but it may be too late. The timeless love story is reminiscent of soothing ’90s R&B.
Smino – “Blu Billy”
Smino’s layered wordplay and variation in his intonation is what makes him so unique. This track features enriching backing vocals and musical production by Monte Booker and Charlie Myles, which is formula for a classic.
Cleo Sol – “When I’m in Your Arms”
Cleo Sol longs for her lover’s safety and comfort through the ethereal symphonies of strings and drums on her song “When I’m in Your Arms.” Her airy voice is soothing and the melodious bridge will no doubt get stuck in your head.
Radiant Children – “Poke Bowl”
With a groovy baseline and angelic touches, “Poke Bowl” is a staple on your playlist. The London group Radiant Children perfectly composed the track with the healthy voice of singer Fabienne Holloway, with strong jazz influences.