R&B/Soul roundup: 10 songs you’ve got to listen to

quami.xyz – “i know the sound”

Can a song be this vibey yet so powerful? Well, that’s something to ponder as you listen to “i know the sound”, the latest single from quami.xyz. The dreamy track sees the Oakville, Ontario native musing on the unjust state of society. “i know the sound” is overwhelming both lyrically and musically. The track was co-produced by him and dru.xyz and mixed by Grammy nominated engineer, Jay Kurzweil. It is taken from the musician’s upcoming EP, No One Asked.

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Lou’ana – “Wolves”

Lou’ana has shared the music video for her song “Wolves”. Working with director Anna Rose Duckworth, the New Zealand artist created a tantalizing visual that goes with the track’s alluring vibe. “Wolves” plays with the themes of temptation and addiction. It’s taken from Lou’ana’s 2020 debut album, Moonlight Madness, a collection of songs steeped in funk and soul.

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Alex Dicconson x JXCKY – “Sticky Icky”

“Sticky Icky” is the new collaboration bringing together Australian artists Alex Dicconson and JXCKY. A chill R&B track with hints of 90s West Coast G-Funk, it’s filled with smooth vocals, swaying harmonies and pleasurable lyrics. The song is about the ecstatic feeling of being around that special someone. It is perfect romantic evenings.

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Hi Love – “Cold Wind”

Hi Love (formerly known as Kamilah Sumner) has dropped a new EP titled Cold Winds. Carrying six beautiful songs, the self-released project was produced by Trackhouse Productions. It’s lead by a well-crafted title-track, “Cold Winds”. This is an empowering piece about how to deal with the obstacles that we face in life. The singer-songwriter created a befitting music video to accompany the hip-hop influenced R&B/soul song.

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Lake Stovall – “Lace”

Out now via Lekker Collective is this new song from San Franscisco-based American singer-songwriter and producer Lake Stovall. Called “Lace”, it’s a sensuous R&B jam with irresistible melodies and seductive lyrics. As Stovall is heard craving intimacy, he also flirts with the idea of love. “Lace” is magnificent in many aspects — and the musician’s great talent worth highlighting.

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Sy Smith x DominiqueXavier – “Feeling Good”

Los Angeles soul singer Sy Smith is back with a delicious new song, “Feeling Good”. The gladsome and uplifting track features acclaimed keyboardist DominiqueXavier. “Feeling Good” captures the essence of Sy Smith’s music, with her sweet vocals, fervent lyrics and refreshing style being highlighted. Released via Psyko, the track was accompanied by a video directed by Mike Quain.

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Chadster x 6lack – “Sin”

“Sin” is a new song by New York-born, Atlanta-based artist Chadster. Featuring singer-songwriter and rapper 6lack, it is part of Chadster’s new EP, Good Afternoon. “Sin” captures both artists crooning heartily as they take a critical look at (the lack of commitment in) modern relationships. “Like we’re in a relationship but they’re still single…,” remarks Chadster, who is currently signed to the label, Avico.

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Claire Reneé – “I’m Tired”

Multi-talented artist Claire Reneé has a great new single out. Produced by Dr Dundiff and named “I’m Tired”, the soulful R&B song captures the singer-songwriter and dancer’s diverse music influences, which range from R&B, soul and hip-hop to jazz and pop. It finds Claire venting out her frustrations on those who make relationships overly tasking. It’s about the need to walk away from people who mistreat you or take your time and energy for granted.

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Sy – “Feelin Me'”

LA-based newcomer Sy has debuted with the song “Feelin’ Me”. Written in Vegas by Grammy-nominated songwriter Vincent Berry II, and produced by KP DID IT, it’s a bouncy R&B track with alluringly sexy vibes. “Feelin’ Me” describes the moment you meet someone at a party and immediately realize there’s some serious chemistry between the two of you.

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Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez – “Better For You”

Brooklyn-based singer and songwriter Raina Sokolov-Gonzalez has delivered a powerful new song, “Better For You”. The jazz-inflected R&B song is lyrically profound (and to some extent explicit), with the artist discussing sex and how men’s pleasure tend to be prioritized. Beyond the complex and though-provoking lyrics, “Better For You” is quite engaging. The listener experiences a compulsion to rise to their feet dance.

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