Navigating the vast sea of newly released R&B tracks to uncover the hidden gems can be a daunting task. For those who yearn for the smooth melodies and soulful rhythms of R&B, we present a curated selection of the best new releases each Friday. This digest ensures that enthusiasts can indulge in their passion without getting lost in the multitude of options.
Since the last update in the world of R&B and Afrobeats, the genre’s landscape has been abuzz with musical and news-worthy revelations.
Miguel takes bold strides towards his forthcoming album with “Number 9,” featuring Lil Yachty, while Tory Lanez‘s sentencing casts a shadow over his career. Tori Kelly brings a convenience store to life in the vibrant “Cut” video, while Beyoncé declares Washington D.C. the “eerbody on mute” champion of her Renaissance Tour. Meanwhile, Ciara announces her third pregnancy with Russell Wilson, and Erykah Badu gracefully handles DJ Akademiks‘ criticism.
Here’s a closer look at more sensational releases from the R&B realm:
Toronto’s Raahiim steals the spotlight with his exquisite R&B project, BUT IF iiM HONEST. This 11-track release boasts a velvety assortment of tunes that showcase Raahiim’s remarkable songwriting and artistic ingenuity. Noteworthy tracks like “Friend Zone,” and “Outside Freestyle,” promise to resonate deeply with listeners, making this project a must-listen.
Tone Stith — “I Need You“
As the anticipation builds for his upcoming EP, Tone Stith drops his second single of the year, “I Need You.” Backed by funky guitar strings, Stith lays bare his emotions for a woman he holds dear. The track’s infectious rhythm and heartfelt lyrics capture the essence of yearning and desire.
Emotional Oranges continues their impressive streak with Still Emo, their fifth project in four years. Boasting eight songs and collaborations with Tkay Maidza, Aáyanna, Nonso Amadi, and Zhu, “Still Emo” effortlessly straddles the line between pop and R&B. The collection offers an array of moments, from vibrant and fun to sultry and grounded.
Def Jam‘s rising star, Elmiene, commands attention with “Mama,” a thought-provoking single co-written and produced by Sampha. Following his El-Mean project, this confessional track delves into introspection, revealing the artist’s vulnerability while contemplating imperfections.
Emerging from Houston, Jastin Martin makes an impactful debut with her project Miss Me Yet? Comprising ten tracks, the album encapsulates intimate moments from different phases of her life. Martin’s delicate vocals add depth to her narratives, as showcased in the title track.
Seattle-born Umi returns with “Happy Im,” a single that encapsulates the joy of falling in love. Set against an acoustic guitar backdrop and a stripped-back drumbeat, Umi’s vocals convey the elation of surrendering to happiness. The song serves as a reminder to embrace life’s simple pleasures.
Afrobeats luminary Olamide makes a triumphant return with Unruly, his latest album featuring collaborations with CKay, BNXN, Rema, Fireboy DML, and Asake. The 15-track record transcends sonic boundaries, offering a liberating exploration of sound and vision.
Ghanaian afrobeats sensation Black Sherif follows up on his debut album with the Take Care Of Yourself Blacko EP. The release comprises two captivating tracks: the vibrant and triumphant “Yaya” and the more serene “Simmer Down.“
With her Bet That EP on the horizon, Laya unveils “Need 2 Know,” a sincere and vulnerable single that showcases her captivating vocals. The track’s honesty is its strength, providing a platform for Laya’s voice to shine.
Frex — “Hoodie Back“
LA-based artist Frex captures the complexity of moving on in her single “Hoodie Back.” This poignant track addresses the end of a relationship and the plea for the return of a cherished hoodie, symbolizing the readiness to move forward.
As the R&B landscape continues to evolve, these releases stand as a testament to the genre’s enduring creativity and passion. Whether through introspective ballads or infectious grooves, each artist showcased here contributes to the rich tapestry of contemporary R&B.