LW, “Sunshine” [Single Review]


LW brings the heat on single “Sunshine” LW • Sunshine – Single • Lewayne Scott • Single Release Date: September 27, 2014 On single “Sunshine,” multitalented R&B artist LW likens Sunshine (his lady) to the sunshine whose rays come down from the heavens. Fittingly, the song itself is exuberant, lush, and “sunny” in sound, representing…

Review: SZA, ‘Z’


  SZA leaves a superb first impression on her full-length debut album Z SZA • Z • Top Dawg Entertainment • US Release Date: April 8, 2014 For many up and coming R&B artists, alternative R&B seems to be a sound choice for establishing artistry. With R&B going through an identity crisis (not unlike other…

Review: Ledisi, ‘The Truth’


Ledisi unleashes more contemporary R&B moments on The Truth Ledisi • The Truth • Verve • US Release Date: March 11, 2014 Ledisi Young is one of more talented R&B singers of present times, period.  Honestly, the 41-year old artist has nothing short of extraordinary, soulful pipes; the passion translates easily. Even so, being talented…

Review: Aloe Blacc, ‘Lift Your Spirit’


 Aloe Blacc’s third album Lift Your Spirit does just that Aloe Blacc • Lift Your Spirit • Interscope • US Release Date: March 11, 2014 R&B singer Aloe Blacc is not in his first rodeo; he had an outstanding single out in 2010 entitled “I Need A Dollar” that should have foreshadowed what was to…

Review: Ashanti, ‘BraveHeart’


The long and oft-delayed BraveHeart is a much better album than expected…  Ashanti • BraveHeart • eOne/Written Entertainment • US Release Date: March 3, 2014 R&B Ashanti’s career began much more promising than it has been as of late.  Two number one albums, a Grammy win for best contemporary R&B album (now best urban contemporary…

Review: Sam Smith, ‘Nirvana EP’


Sam Smith’s Nirvana EP serves as a sound preview of his upcoming debut album  Sam Smith • Nirvana EP • Capitol • US Release Date: January 28, 2014 Every year there are a number of new artists looking for their breakthrough.  Sadly, only a few hopefuls have their dreams realized.  Sam Smith is the latest…

Review: Dana Salzman, ‘Deep Down’


 On Deep Down, Dana Salzman delivers an eclectic album mixing jazz, funk, and hip-hop On her third album Deep Down, vocalist Dana Salzman presents herself as a premiere eclectic artist, delivering a mix of jazz, funk, and hip-hop.  Throughout the 16-track album, Salzman’s musicianship shines through both her nuanced pipes as well as her thoughtful…

Review: Toni Braxton & Babyface, ‘Love Marriage & Divorce’


  Toni Braxton and Babyface make some sweet, classy music on Love Marriage & Divorce  Toni Braxton & Babyface • Love Marriage & Divorce • Motown • US Release Date: February 4, 2014 There’s just something special when two R&B veterans collaborate together.  Honestly, when your career has past its peak, why not come together…

Review: Algebra Blessett, ‘Recovery’


 Algebra superbly delivers the ups and downs of the recovery of the brokenhearted Algebra Blessett • Recovery • eOne • US Release Date: January 28, 2014 Stating that R&B has cooled considerably in recent times would be an gigantic understatement.  When Beyoncé shocked the world in December 2013 with her surprise fifth LP, she definitely…

Discovering New Music: Breezy Malone, ‘Starts With Love’ EP


 Breezy Malone Thinks Neo-Soul Resurgence on Starts With Love  Breezy Malone • Starts With Love EP • Soulful Child Records • US Release Date: February 5, 2014 One of the saddest days within the face of R&B music was the day that neo-soul music seemed to fade away like “It’s Nothin’”, to quote Wiz Khalifa. …