Malinchak’s back, and so it seems is his affinity for song titles beginning with the word “so”. After his debut So Good To Me, the American producer hits us with a laid-back affair, all blissed-out beats and faded vocals. Perfect fodder to while away the remnants of summer.
Well, this was a nice surprise in the morning. We’ve been fans of “it’s just me, Misha B” for a long time, and now we can’t help but love her even more thanks to this Lauryn Hill-channeling MishStyle. There’s some dark rapping here for sure (“I’m the crack baby that cracked the crack”, anyone?) but ultimately it’s another facet of a woefully underrated star and hopefully becoming to the X-Factor what J-Hud was to American Idol.
Another underrated beacon of R&B is the fresh Jhene Aiko (see Stranger for full evidence), though that’s partly her own doing for releasing naff all since her first mixtape/album. We loved her first freestyle take on Comfort Inn Ending, a raw and exasperated letter of heartbreak, which was over just as it was getting interesting. Now Ms Aiko has deigned to release a longer version that gets even grittier (“I should have never fucked you on that boat on your birthday”), a full-on exorcism of personal demons and always feeling like a believable freestyle.
If there’s any label impressing as much as PMR these days, it has to be Greco-Roman – Valentina, Joe Goddard, and TEED are no small names to be trifling with, and now they bring us Cologne-based Roosevelt to strengthen their roster. There’s a brilliant nu-dance vibe to Elliot; the press notes say hazy and loved-up, which is a pretty accurate summary of how this will make you feel.
Meet the Braxtons (again). While sister Toni loves it up with Babyface, it’s Tamar that’s actually churning out content worth remembering. All the Way Home is another solid cut from the upcoming Love and War album, whose title track we loved too. If she keeps this up she’ll certainly leave a legacy that’s more than just an Unbreak My Heart disco megamix repeated on KISS every day in the late 90s.