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Spotinews recomendation
25.05.17

Howdy. On the final day of this release week, I have a bunch of updates coming your way. First, the groovy debut album by soul singer-songwriter Nick Hakim. Enjoy! (US version...

Clash review
28.04.17

A mixed return from a true great...

Clash review
31.01.17

An honest, engrossing journey that lives up to the hype...

Afro Monk review
21.11.16

Jhene Aiko is a female R&B artist that I’ve been completely obsessed with. The album is quite old and was released in 2013 but it’s something I think you’d all enjoy!

Clash review
09.11.16

A solid debut, albeit one that doesn't quite tap into their potential...

Clash review
09.11.16

A truly marvellous work from an artist in full creative control...

Clash review
15.09.16

Pristine production from the South London newcomer...

Clash review
16.11.15

Child star deserves to be taken seriously...

Clash review
07.07.15

At the pinnacle of genre-defining pop music...

Clash review
07.10.14

Returning with a record that’s even better than her impressive debut

Under The Radar review
24.10.14

On her debut full-length Devotion, Jessie Ware achieved something many of her contemporaries still crave. The record's sound was unquestionably pop with a hint of soul, yet unlike...

Insound review
09.09.14

EP debuted #1 on the R&B charts and #8 on the Top 200.

Clash review
23.10.14

A slow-burning debut that impresses with time…

Insound review
15.04.14

Born and bred from the streets of New Orleans, Louisiana enter into the game, 21-year-old August Alsina. With the love and hustle of the Crescent City running through his veins...

Insound review
03.09.13

Limited physical edition of this Brooklyn duo's debut album, with a bonus track not available digitally. Denitia And Sene's first EP, Blah Blah Blah was released in August 2012...

BBC review
11.03.13

Hunter’s latest cuts recall the golden ages of soul and blues.

Spin review
13.12.12

Pop's unlikeliest radio killer gets ambitious, sprawling, and splendidly weird.

BBC review
16.10.12

Mary J. Blige’s greatly accomplished fourth album.

Spin review
01.10.12

Astounding, sex-drenched R&B breakthrough proves Frank Ocean ain't the only game in town.

Under The Radar review
04.12.12

It's hard to fault a young artist for putting out a record that sounds like vintage Prince; it's been too long since Prince himself released one that did just that. The often...

BBC review
19.11.12

One of the finest pop vocalists of the moment, with a terrific second album.

The Quietus review
16.10.12

He may like drugs and hugs, but Miguel Pimentel must love good press too. After a tentative 2010 debut album still managed to send 'Sure Thing'-one of the greatest singles of the...

Pitchfork review
04.10.12

Since his debut in 2010 with the outstanding "Sure Thing", the young Los Angeles singer/songwriter Miguel has been something of a for-the-R&B-heads-only sleeper star. He showed up...

Pitchfork review
17.08.12

To begin to understand where Jessie Ware is coming from, let's look at her stuck between an acoustic guitarist and an MPC beat pusher in the back of a London taxi. As part of the...

AudioCred review
16.11.12

As the drums trace out a heartbeat on “Wildest Moments,” Jessie Ware’s voice dances ably above them. Though she lacks the show stopping theatrics of Adele, she adds something...

Spin review
07.09.12

Budding British dance-pop diva flaunts the power of sublime restraint.

NME review
28.08.12

Filled with moments that bring you to your knees

Resident Advisor review
21.08.12

Two years ago, on tracks like SBTRKT's "Nervous" and Joker's "The Vision," UK songstress Jessie Ware seemed like just another competent vocalist, catnip for dance tracks but...

NME review
30.07.12

He's got a great voice, but he still needs tunes

Pitchfork review
14.07.12

Frank Ocean is airborne, looking around, taking it all in. "Up above the birds, I saw the sky like I never seen before," he whispers on his major-label debut, Channel Orange, as...

Under The Radar review
20.07.12

Frank Ocean has had quite the 2012. After word surfaced that his debut mixtape, Nostalgia, Ultra, wouldn't see a deluxe rerelease from label Def Jam, it seemed there was a real...

AudioCred review
18.07.12

In the course of about a week, Frank Ocean has gone from relative background member of L.A. rap collective Odd Future to the world’s most famous R&B singer. And the reason? Well...

NME review
29.06.12

Jessie takes a step in Florence's direction

Insound review
19.06.12

Debut solo album of Chantal Claret (of Morningwood fame). The One, The Only... puts a modern twist on early '60s femme-pop. "When people ask what the music sounds like, I say...

BBC review
01.11.11

A near-perfect example of soft, RnB-tinged neo-soul.

BBC review
25.08.11

Well-made, extremely personal and exceptionally heartfelt.