During this chilly winter I have compilations to keep me warm! I’ve traded in the Christmas classics for creative collaborations and emerging artists. It all started when Robert Glasper released Black Radio 2 with a stellar R&B lineup that included voices like Jill Scott, Faith Evans, Dwele and Lalah Hathaway. The atmospheric drum and piano combo in “Let it Ride” provides the perfect complement to soft vocals by Norah Jones. When I am in the mood for crisp harmonies with lyrics of love and hope by strong voices in rhythm and blues—I’m tuning into Robert Glasper. Since I know the pianist likes to take suggestions for collaborations I’d like to suggest Marquis Toliver and Coco O of Quadron.
Robert Glasper & Norah Jones – Let It Ride
Last spring I was on a Bonobo high after experiencing his live show at The Warfield in San Francisco. In fact, it was what drew me to the west coast. The multi-talented composer has returned to my headphones this season with, Night Tales. I had no clue he was releasing another record this year since The North Borders hit stores in March. My luck continued when I listened to the comprehensive collection. It was like he made me a personal mixtape. In fact, he did. Bonobo says, “The criteria for choosing the songs was really music I’ve been playing away from the dance floor over the years. So there’s a wider variety of stuff on here, from neo-classical to more abstract electronic pieces to spiritual jazz.” If you’re a fan of many genres this is the mix for you!
Bonobo & Szjerdene – Get Thy Bearings
Solange has certainly proved herself this year. Since the success of her hit Losing You, the world can’t get enough of the fashionable hipster. She has been everywhere from festival stages to posh red carpets. I’ve always been a fan of Solange. I mean, since Feeling You. It has been great to follow her transformation from dancer to singer to art director/creative consultant for Puma, and now record label owner. Her latest project, Saint Heron proves her skills as a singer, songwriter and executive producer. The collection introduces us to emerging voices in contemporary R&B. It also reintroduces us to Cassie from the 2006 hit Me & U, and Jhene Aiko from some song Drake did this year. The album sets an entirely new tone in contemporary R&B with Solange leading the movement. In 2014 we should see a full length record.
Solange – Cash In