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Frank Ocean “At Your Best (You Are Love) (starRo Version)”

The passing of what would have been Aaliyah’s 36th birthday on January 16th brought with it the expected barrage of remixes and covers paying honor to the late, great Baby Girl, but trumping all of these tributes ended up being Frank Ocean’s downright gorgeous remake of Aaliyah’s stripped-back cover of The Isley Brothers’ 1976 gem […]

Nick Hakim “Lift Me Up”

The entire first half of Nick Hakim‘s latest gorgeous release “Lift Me Up”, the second preview of his forthcoming Where Will We Go Pt. 2, bears the blurried, lo-fi markings of a third-hand bootleg tape. But even with the record’s waterlogged-like non-clarity, the combination of the buzzing Brooklyn singer-songwriter’s soulful voice against nothing but piano […]

Jessie Ware “Say You Love Me”

If for some mysterious reason, you’ve yet to understand why Jessie Ware is consistently on the tips of tongues as THAT chick, it likely has something to do with the UK songstress constantly pushing out the best doses of sophisticated diva soul-pop this side of Sade and Whitney Houston. On the heels of Ware’s much […]

Gabriel Garzón-Montano “6 8”

A self contained singer-songwriter-producer/ multi-instrumentalist with a preference for old-school recording techniques who sounds like the respective histories of R&B, jazz and funk course through his veins, Brooklyn super-talent Gabriel Garzón-Montano makes the kind of good, laid-back soul that you, your parents and your grandparents could equally enjoy. The work of his debut EP, the […]

Kyan “Insert Runaway”

Possibly because we were much too busy giving repeated replays to Kyan‘s awe-inspiring springtime release The Purple Experiment, we were a bit out of the loop to the fact that Brit-soul singer-songwriter had unleashed yet another fine EP last month in the form of the four-track Days In A Triangle. Being some Johnny-Come-Lately’s to the […]

D’Angelo “I’m Glad You’re Mine (Al Green Cover)”

Because living life continues to be pleasant, holding one’s breath over that looooooooooooooooooooooooooooooong-awaited D’Angelo studio album quickly got shucked over to the “Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That” personal folder once it became apparent that we would all be walking zombies busting out our best “Thriller” moves by the time this now mythical album saw […]

Kelis “Rumble”

Consider the fact that it’s been four long years since the last Kelis album, she’s got a whole new team behind her (hot British indie label Ninja Tune and, behind the boards, TV On The Radio producer Dave Sitek), and that the singer is well-noted for always daring to be different, and, yes, it’s hard […]