For R&B enthusiasts, discovering the best new rhythm-and-blues tracks amidst the influx of new releases each week can be a challenge. To help fans focus on the essence of the genre they love, we’ve curated a selection of the finest new R&B songs to listen.
Snoh Aalegra continues her journey towards her upcoming fourth album with the track “Wait A Little Longer,” while Tinashe also contributes to her forthcoming BB/Angel album with “Needs.” Jessie Reyez and Miguel teamed up for “Jeans,” and Davido enlisted Latto for a remix of “Unavailable.” Usher and Kelly Rowland sparked controversy with their “Boyfriend” video, Brent Faiyaz released a video for “Jackie Brown,” and Jamila Woods shared a visual for “Boomerang.” Blxst and Bino Rideaux also announced their project, Sixtape 3.
Here are more releases on the new music front that deserve your attention:
Ciara immerses herself in her “R&B era” with her new EP titled CiCi. Released four years after “Beauty Marks,” Ciara treats listeners to seven songs featuring Chris Brown, Lil Baby, and Big Freedia. She promises that these tracks will “make you feel like you’re at an old school house party vibing to R&B.“
Leon Thomas delivers this week’s standout R&B release with his debut album Electric Dusk. Spanning 12 songs and featuring contributions from Victoria Monét, Benny The Butcher, and Ty Dolla Sign, Leon delves into themes of love, heartbreak, and personal growth. The album’s exceptional production, impressive songwriting, and clear vision make it one of this year’s best R&B (and overall) albums.
Formerly known as Jess from VanJess, Amaka introduces a new era with her debut solo EP Oasis. This six-track project, created in collaboration with Kaytranada, is all about “feeling yourself and owning your confidence in peak form.”
Elhae & Xavier Omar — “Favourite”
Toronto singer Dylan Sinclair keeps the momentum going in 2023 with his single “Fly Girl.” The track is a tribute to a “fly girl” in his life, someone he shares perfect chemistry with and is captivated by due to her effortless style.
Jozzy presents a deluxe edition of her EP Songs For Women, Free Game For N****s. This updated release includes two new songs (“Like Me” and “Since 21”), a remix of “Commotion,” and an accelerated version of “Favorite Shirt.”
Lyfe Harris — “Sunkiss”
As he gears up for his upcoming project SAGE (Such A Good Experience), Lyfe Harris drops “Sunkiss.” This warm track explores feelings of love and lust, questioning whether the sun can provide the same warmth and affection as his love interest.
Massachusetts singer Ballad returns with the vibrant single “Stories.” Addressing a past lover, Ballad invites them to check his Instagram Story if they ever miss him. He affirms that life is better without them, and he intends to keep it that way.
Samaria — “Tight Rope”
Singer Samaria captures a moment of uncertainty in her new single “Tight Rope.” Describing it as a “final plea to make something work at the time that was showing me exactly why it absolutely would never work,” the track conveys lovelorn sentiments and acceptance of an undesired outcome in love.
Shay Lia — “Upside Down”
Ahead of her upcoming LP Facets, French-Djiboutian singer Shay Lia releases “Upside Down.” This upbeat and lively track is meant for the dancefloor, expressing the fun and freedom she dreams of. “UPSIDE DOWN is all about going back to ourselves and being authentic,” says Lia.
With a diverse range of R&B tracks to explore, this week’s releases offer an array of sounds and emotions for fans of the genre.