From Washington DC and on the legendary label Dischord, cradle of the most political hardcore, Priests are any rock lover’s dream: a wild and committed band able to concentrate the best lo-fi punk, pop, R&B and noise. An explosive cocktail that the quartet completes with combative lyrics about feminism, group dynamics and human relationships. All of this on their fantastic debut album, “Nothing Feels Natural”, with which the band takes a great leap forward after warming up with a couple of EPs and singles.
As River Tiber, singer/beatmaker Tommy Paxton-Beesley is unafraid to push his love for R&B and hip hop production into unusual places: pitching his vocals to sound like Mariah Carey, multitracking his voice into a dozen ghost choruses, and narrowing the gap in the soul spectrum between Jodeci and Flying Lotus. His early years have already put him into close working contact with Toronto peers like jazz-funk iconoclasts BadBadNotGood (he did overdubs on their 2014 album III and 2015’s Ghostface collaboration Sour Soul), while previous releases like 2013’s The Star Falls EP have shown just how starkly his blend of R&B and bass music stands on its own. River Tiber took his chops to the next level through collaborations with Pusha T and Kaytranada as well as appearing on Drake’s If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late, all ahead of his debut album release, Indigo, in June 2016. This next friday at Sónar.
French pop sensation Christine And The Queens has recently covered Prince and “Panda,” and now she takes on Beyoncé‘s Lemonade highlight “Sorry” for the BBC Radio Live Lounge. Christine stamps ‘Sorry’ with wonderful quirkiness and the occasional French verse. Beyonce’s modern R&B pop gets a synthy, vintage makeover. Four minutes of perfect girl power.
The fertile and prolific alliance between soul and electronic music has found in SG Lewis one of its most recent and outstanding disciples. At the young age of twenty, this Liverpool producer has uncovered a path which travels from James Blake to Disclosure and gives a digital gloss to smooth and velvety R&B. After remixing “You & I (Forever)”, by Jessie Ware, the British artist debuted on PMR Beat Club with “Warm”, his first single was streamed over half a million times in just a few months. At the end of last summer, Lewis followed it up with “Shivers”, an EP on which the warmth of R&B takes on a more avant-garde facet. With growing popularity, at the same time, as a DJ, the British artist has released a second EP .
Brooklyn duo Beacon, who move among R&B, trip-hop, and the most sophisticated electronica, present their second album, ‘Escapements’ (2016). Frontman Thomas Mullarney and minimalist producer Jacob Gossett make their Catalonia debut here in Barcelona as part of the ninth anniversary party for the music website Indiespot. Tonight at Sidecar.
La Musa ens presenta avui a la veu del nou r&b. Amb tot just un parell de llançaments, la londinenca NAO ja s’ha convertit en una de les veus més fresques i prometedores del R&B contemporani i el pop negre. Comparada amb artistes de la talla de FKA Twigs i però amb especial predilecció per les cadències funk i el soul amb vistes de futur, la de Hackney es va donar a conèixer el 2014 amb un primer EP, el vibrant i bromós “So Good”, al qual li han seguit “February 15” i el single “Bad Blood”. Una bafarada d’aire fresc per als sons urbans que, a més d’obrir una nova escletxa en els camins del pop contemporani, ha portat la britànica a colar-se com a veu convidada al “Caracal” de Disclosure. Està previst que el seu àlbum de debut vegi la llum aquest mateix any.