Hey guys… I know, you’ve probably been wondering where the segment had gone — or maybe not — but either way we’re back! It’s been a few weeks since the last installment and lots of things have changed. The wave in music lately has been the soft, more sensual sonic direction as the summer turns to fall. We’ve gotten fantastic projects from Mac Miller, Isaiah Rashad and even Dave East — though that was anything but soft. But the biggest (pleasant) surprise has to be Solange and her number one album, A Seat at the Table. A beautifully crafted and uplifting album, A Seat at the Table, has gained so much acclaim and respect that many are saying it could be the best release from a Knowles sister this year. Yes…. That’s a nice way of saying that maybe Solange made a better album than big sissy this year. Regardless, the vibe has been set and with that I present to you a very sensual version of With All Due RESPECT. These tracks will either have you getting lucky or reminiscing over that special someone. Check them out below.
ZellyVibes – “Forever”
Anybody who has followed this segment closely knows that Las Vegas commands a huge presence on this list. Sin City is ooozing with talent at the moment with the only problems being unification and lack of a breakout star — minus Dizzy. Well, that excuse may no longer be valid as LV native ZellyVibes sounds (and looks) primed for superstardom on her mega wavy track, “Forever“. Hailing from her Zelly Vibes: The Mixtape project, “Forever” highlights Zelly showcasing her unorthodox vocal abilities and unique songwriting. Meshing her distinctive appearance with sensual mystique and great music, Zelly is on the verge of blowing up and don’t say I didn’t try to tell you. Check out, “Forever” below and be sure to keep an eye on the Vegas native.
Sed – “Red Shirt”
About two years ago, I stumbled upon a track that changed the course of my life. That track was, “Kate” by Jay Bel, a member of a New York collective by the name of Sleepercamp. The find prompted me to dig deeper into the camp and I was introduced to his comrades, Jimi Tents and Sed. While Tents and Bel have both released acclaimed projects the past, Sed has been quietly building up a following who were anticipating this release heavily. He didn’t disappoint. Part of the #SlprCampSundays series that saw individual releases from every member, Sed dropped an introspective but catchy track in, “Red Shirt“. All I can say is, those Sleepercamp boys aren’t playing. Check out, “Red Shirt” below.
Brent Faiyaz – “Poison”
R&B is at a tricky point in 2016. It’s having trouble finding out what it’s new sound is going to be and what sonic direction is going to drive the genre. Artists like The Weeknd who provided an alternative sound have gone pop, leaving the genre in the hands of newcomers hoping to carve out their own legacy. One of those artists is BJ The Chicago Kid and while checking out his L.A. stop of the In My Mind tour, I witnessed a prospective member of that group open up for BJ, Brent Faiyaz. Faiyaz immediately caught my attention with the emotion he poured into his performance. One track in particular had an unfamiliar sound that drove me crazy. While watching the performance of it amongst many at a crowded Roxy Theatre, I felt as if I was alone in my car, burning one up and pondering my relationship. That track turned out to be, “Poison“, a heavily emotional, yet somehow seductive track that will have you in your bag for sure that hails from his recently released EP, A.M. Paradox. Check out the track below.
SiR – “Go There”
Keeping it in the R&B lane, we head to Los Angeles to get familiar with City of Angels native SiR. After releasing an awesome project last year in Seven Sundays, SiR aligned himself with TDE wordsmith Jay Rock and provided a much needed vocal presence to the heavy hitting track, “The Ways“, off of Rock’s acclaimed 2015 album, 90059. Gaining some traction from that feature, the Inglewood native channeled that energy into one of the best Soul projects of this year with, HER. Throughout the whole album, SiR demonstrates the chilling vocals and unmatched melodic ability that has turned him into one of music’s best prospects. In many ways, he reminds me of a young Musiq Soulchild, particularly the track, “Go There” which is perhaps the best song on the EP. Throughout the ballad, SiR sings of a two broken people trying to console in one another without catching a connection that will lead to more heartbreak. “But I’m gon’ let her be who she want/ she ain’t gotta change around me/ said she got some sorrows to drown and a ni*ga know how it be” croons SiR in one of the most simple, yet relatable lines of the whole year. That’s R&B at it’s best, simple, yet it strikes a deep chord. Check out, “Go There” from HER, which is available through all online retailers now.
Coach Tev – “Class of ’82 (Feat. B. Anderson & Blake Cris)”
I know…. I promised you guys an all R&B list but you know I couldn’t leave you without a BANGER. Actually, that might be an understatement for Dallas native Coach Tev’s bass heavy track, “Class of ’82” an ode to the old school players of the south with a little bit of militant attitude sprinkled in. “Fu*k a black president if he can’t get our rights up/we gon’ run up in the oval office bit*h and light it up” raps Tev over the Chudi produced track. The Soundcloud bio for this track reads, “Raunchiness of a HBCU step show + social awareness of a #BlackLivesMatter meeting that just took place 3 hours ago” and to be honest I can’t think of a more perfect description for this infectious yet, informative track. Check out, “Class of ’82” below and be sure to stop sleeping on the Dallas native. The kid has next!
There you have it! Let us know how we did, did we get it right? Are we still sleeping on your favorite local artist? Let us know in the comment section below!