Category archive: R&B

Over & Over EP

This new “Over & Over” EP from El Train & Miki Rose is kinda special to me, because I have seen both grow over the past year as artists.

Miss Miki Rose (Los Angeles) was in search of producers to work with and when I linked her with Brighton-based El Train, a match in heaven was made. I remember Miki telling me she was hopping on the train to visit El Train and work on some music together. Never would I have imagined the two cranking out five songs together resulting in Over & Over in such a short period of time.

Their Futuristic R&B vibe is easy on the ears and we kindly suggest you take a listen to the first three songs of their Over & Over EP here. The remaining two tracks are so Good Good, it might F with U. The entire EP is available now on iTunes or Bandcamp for those that do not fux with Apple.

Oskaar starRo

Oskaar is an electronic soul producer/singer living in Berlin, who recently released his new single “Never Met You“. In his own words Oskaar says: “the song is about pure resignation – feeling so hurt and devastated by a break up that all the negativity outweighs all the good things the two of you’ve shared in the past, and you truly feel that you wish you’ve never met this person. And feeling this, in turn, makes you feel even more sad.”

The song was turned into an elegant, mesmeric video through a collaborative effort featuring photographer/creative director Daniel Bolliger and performance artist/model FavelaPunk. The result is a stark, arrestingly minimal meditation on the bondage of shattered affection – call it a simple vessel embodying the knotted complexity of the human love condition. In other words you need to watch this video.

To top it all off Mouthwatering Records called in the help of Soulection’s starRo to deliver an amazing remix and the moment we heard it we were excited to premiere it exclusively via Soundcloud. And great news! It’s available for free download for a limited time, so make sure you spread the news and grab this freebie.

El Train

This summer LA-based singer/songwriter Miki Rose and Brighton-based producer El Train got together to work on their five track “Over & Over” EP.

They first collaborated on the track “Control” back in January and when Miki was visiting the UK in May, the two decided to get in the studio to record some music. They managed to flesh out 4 or 5 demos in one day and after a couple of months sending files back and forth they finally managed to settle on five tracks that would form the basis of their new EP.

Jamz Supernova premiered “One Step Closer” on BBC 1Xtra last month and we are very happy to bring you the title track “Over & Over”. The full EP will be available September 18th via Shimmy Records, so keep it locked.

Genesea Her Part 1

The Red Bull Music Academy alumna Kadhja Bonet visited Tokyo last year and is working on her solo project. Together with Grammy nominated engineer/producer Itai Shapira, she began working on seeds that would eventually blossom into a duo project titled GENESEA. The duo is based in Los Angeles and are about to release several singles over the Summer.

Their debut single, “Her : Part 1” is officially out now and was co-produced by Nesby Phips. It sounds like heaven poured into a small portion-sized cup greeting you upon awakening. Kadhja’s angelic voice penetrates with a ruthless force, yet feels like the most gentle touch to the soul. Been a fan since the moment I came across this young lady. If she keeps making music as heartwarming as this, I will have to join the official fanclub.

GENESEA seems to be the perfect marriage. Kadhja’s mesmerizing vocal and string arrangements, are an intriguing compliment to Itai’s drums, synth layers and textures. Lets pray this musical matrimony will last forever and bares us lots of musical seeds. For now savor the flavor and purchase the first single on Bandcamp plus press replay!

Birthday Boy

Miss a l l i e is already considered one of Toronto’s finest by us. This blossoming young lady is a stunner and with her previous song “Remedy”, produced by Nick Wisdom, she completely blew us away.

This time around she collaborates for the first time with Toronto producer Birthday Boy. The fruit of this collaboration is a new track titled “I Can’t Wait“. Besides a l l i e’s soothing vocals, Birthday Boy lays down a few vocals himself. The music scene in LA has always been bubbling, but as of lately it seems Toronto is becoming a new musical hotbed.

Emily King The Switch

Miss Emily King is one of the most amazing song writers coming out of New York. Probably one of the reasons she has been nominated for a Grammy.

Emily King is a beautiful soul who has returned with a new album, to match that soul, titled “The Switch“. King’s third album contains eleven songs and showcases her incredible range and song writing ability as an artist.

Her music sounds like feelings and makes R&B sound like something sophisticated yet oh so sexy. The album is out on her own label, Making Music Records, so make sure you purchase the entire release on iTunes.

1234 Creations

November last year I wrote a piece titled ‘A Rise To Power‘ explaining how artists these days form alliances.

We welcome a brand new collective that goes by the name of 1234 Creations. They are full of ambition and consist of a bunch of talented music makers such as Daniel D’Artiste, Jahkoy, Johnny Yukon and Crystal Mec. Why don’t you get acquainted and take a peek at the collective’s Soundcloud page?!

FYI 1234 Creations was formed in 2015 and has 17 members from across the globe. For the first four days of June Pigeons & Planes will be sharing their first four releases. On June 1st Jahkoy, Lean Ghost, and Mecca kicked things off and at this point most of the release is online. We picked “Round/Sleep” (free download) produced by Daniel D’artiste, Soft Glas & Kleber Jones and the organic version of “Nature” with vocals by Jahkoy, Mecca Kalani & Willow Smith (produced by The Johnny Frost Band).

Keep your ear out for this talented group of young music makers, they will grow and surprise you in the future!

Tender Games

Extremely happy Kartell‘s new “Tender Games” EP has been unleashed onto the world.

The Tender Games project from the Parisian producer consists of six tracks and shows his long lasting love for Chill wave, R&B and House music. Both songs with San Jose’s vocalist J-Rican are smooth as butta, but our song of choice has to be “Falling” featuring Tom Bailey. Clearly the a-side is made Tender Games in the bedroom (love making), while the b-side focuses more on getting that ass on the dance floor.

Tender Games will make a perfect soundtrack to your summer out as of today via Roche Musique. Visit the iTunes shop, spend a few bucks and thanks us later!

Nao February 15

British Soul singer Nao made quite the thunderous noise last year with the song “So Good” together with A.K. Paul (yes Jai Paul’s sibling). Seems like brother A.K. has produced for Jesse Ware and Sam Smith as well in the past.

At the beginning of the month her sophomore “February 15” EP was released on Little Tokyo Recordings. It was recorded over the past few months in the Stoke Newington studio and demonstrates Nao’s development as an artist.

Check for Nao’s new EP on iTunes or a check out the special limited vinyl release that’s coming out on Dummy Records July 6th. Pre-orders are available here.

Onra Fundamentals

Parisian producer Onra returns to the All City label with his third album entitled “Fundamentals”.

This right here is a straight tribute to the countless 90’s hip-hop & R&B joint that some of us grew up with. His album is not just inspired by the golden era, it almost sounds like it was made in the nineties. Onra looks back, but thinks forward as he grabs his trusty MPC and uses no computer software whatsoever!

On Fundamentals we find vocal contributions from Daz Dillenger, Chuck Inglish, Olivier Day Soul, Suzi Analogue, Black Milk and Melodee. Fundamentals is available digitally on iTunes now with vinyl and CD’s to follow June 1st.