SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: COMFORT MUSIC
Three months ago we delighted r&b lovers palate with the selection called Chase The Sound recommending brilliant pieces by Ro James,Tiffany Gouche,Roy Woods,Shay Lia,N.B.L and many others. R&B music is living a radical change and in our humble opinion sometimes it’s not easy to identify it beacause there is a blurred line between r&b,pop and modern electronic music , so de facto is like r&b is losing its distinctive essence. Anyway, the world wide web is like a huge jewelry box that gives us the opportunity to discover good and quality music. Comfort Music is a new selection of interesting modern r&b songs curated by scratchtheblock.com staff in order to set the mood and give y’all some mintues of pure pleasure.
Australian songbird Vanessa Elisha is breaking the boundaries of local music scene,earning the attention of international urban media such as Hypetrak,Earmilk and Complex to name a few. Inspired by the seductive flow of Drake,The Weeknd,How To Dress Well the young and beautiful performer engaged the senses of the listeners working with the most influential producers of the current scene such as J-Louis (from Soulection label). Today we serve you up an amazing treatment remix of Vanessa Elisha single called Out Of Time (peep the official video) originally produced by Orlando electronic,downtempo and experimental bass producer Marcel Everett aka XXYYXX . The remix version is masterfully handled by canadian gifted producer Elaquent (three months ago he dropped the beat-tape Less Is More and collaborated with r&b singer Allie on her little jewel Moonlust ). Damn….Elaquent revamps the joint adding exquisite urban beats flecked with jazzy exciting vibez.
On da r&b selection Chase The Sound we delivered a special treat performed by Shay Lia. The emerging canadian r&b singer knocks we out with her eargasmic vocal skills and the fruitful collaboration with fellow Montreal-based producer Kaytranada sounds definitely lika a match made in heaven. We’re talking about the beyond amazing single entitled 3 Months (check out the official video),that displays the huge qualities of the canadian singer,equipped with a buttery and charming voice that seems to reach a higher level through the laid back and seductive backdrop provided by Kaytranada. Kaytranada is almost ready to drop his debut album entitled 99.9% scheduled for May via U.K label XL (the home of artists like Adele,FKA Twigs,Sampha,SBTRKT). The project includes a superb line-up of artists: Anderson.Paak,Syd Tha Kyd,Vic Mensa,BADBADNOTGOOD,Phonte Coleman,Little Dragon among others. Pre-order the album now and taste the first leak called Bus Ride featuring the incredible Karriem Riggins.
Ovo affiliated Roy Wood$ is one of the finest r&b performer around. His project Exis is a journey through dark,contemplative,seductive alternative r&b vibrations and his distinctive vocal skills sounds really really cool!! The Brampton-born artist breathed new life into da super-hit SKRT performed by Florida rapper Dieuson Octave aka Kodak Black…and wow… we nearly fell off our chair when we heard the supa-hot revisitation. Finely produced by SkipOnDaBeat (hats off to him for the masterpiece) , the superlative and melancholic beats sound like an elegant suit created especially for Mr.Wood$. Waiting for more music by the excellent young r&b singer , we invite y’all to explore the official video of Get You Good and if you love laid back beats don’t miss the amazing artists includes on the r&b selection The Future Is Here
The homie Kevin Wettstein better known by the moniker Melodiesinfonie released recently his brand new fantastic opus entitled Be Thankful via german indipendent label Melting Pot Music . The body of work is a reflection of “Melo” proclivity and taste for a sound where elements of jazz,soul,electronic and hip-hop merge together to give shape to his signature dainty production. The swiss producer delights his fans with a project composed by six top-tier instrumental and seven collaborations alongside swiss songstress Djemeia (she appeared on neo-soul selection Groove Easy), Christian Crow , Miles Bonny ,Nothoya among others. We selected for your pleasure the dilla-esque extra smooth When I’m Home enhanced with the murmured delectable voice of swiss singer Anja Joie Guevarra . Support the artist and peep out the video for the brilliant piece Tuk Rueh
The next song is a flawless collaboration that connects U.K with Canada,London with Montreal! London singer/songwriter/musician Katy B is almost ready to release her third album called Honey,expected to be released on April 29th via U.K label Rinse . The project boasts apparances from Major Lazer,Floating Points,Craig David and Sasha Keable and it will embrace different genres but….as you know,we reject genres such as dubstep,pop,EDM. However the work includes a sumptuous r&b piece that deserves a lot of praises! We’re talking about the song called Honey masterfully produced by the skilled hands of Mr.Kaytranada who definitely cooked a meandering production that highlights the seductive and intense vocals of Katy B. The song unveils Katy B love of 1990s r&b , as she says “I’m a big fan of slow jams, you know Ginuwine, Jaheim, Faith Evans and Mariah Carey”.
ITSROUTINE – PRETEND (CO-PRODUCED BY DANYAL)
Five days ago we introduced to our fans the talented rapper/singer/producer known as ItsRoutine.The ATL bona-fide artist stepped into the limelight after his collaboration on Erykah Badu mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone and his affiliation to Badu’s ControlFreaQ Records.The collaboration with Badu generated a lot of confusion among the audience because of the undeniable similarities between ItsRoutine and Drake but the Dallas native songstress swiftly confirmed that it wasn’t Drizzy to grab the mic. Today we continue to spotlight the young ItsRoutine focusing our attention on his vocals abilities as r&b singer recommending the downtempo tune called Pretend written and produced by ItsRoutine (co-produced by Danyal) and included on the EP entitled A Beautiful Mess. ItsRoutine is currently working a new project named Since June 2.
HYGHER BABY FEAT. PARASTO – WHEN I FOUND U
On the 10th installment of The Remix Session series , we selected a superlative gem by Hygher Baby entitled Let U Go remixed by DJ Asparagus. The Scandinavian duo thrilled us with the album entitled Let Me Play U Something U Have Never Heard dropped in 2009 (under the indiependent label from Stockholm, Raw Fusion Recordings) combining nice beats and lyrics tinged with 90s r&b flow all mixed in to a stew of great music. The compelling album includes some interesting collaborations such as swedish songstress Fatima .We highly recommend to listen closely the laid back r&b track called When I Found U performed by the sultry voice of Stockholm born singer/songwriter Parasto . Well if you really love to spend your time listening to r&b music that embraces the 90s urban sound, then we bet Hygher Baby music will satisfy your palate.
At the end of the last year enigmatic group dvsn made a splash in the r&b music scene! dvsn were introduced by Ovo Sound in-house producer Paul Jefferies aka Nineteen85 during Ovo Sound Radio 8th episode and since then the buzz surrounding dvsn continued to grow with speculations about the identity of the artist. So,unfortunately we can’t give you details about the mind behind this interesting project but we can recommend to prick up your ears ,open your mind and sit back in order to appreciate the succulent song entitled Too Deep. dvsn delivers a special nut where downtempo,melody,luscious and dark undertones will fulfill your listening pleasures. Recently dvsn announced the official release date for their debut album and the tracklist,so mark your calendar , April 1st is coming!
Open the door of your room,dim the light,get undressed and lie down next to your partner because the next tune is a real panty-dropper!! Yessir, the tempting r&b downtempo track entitled The Audio Nude will stimulate your senses, produced, arranged, composed and performed by U.K 8 pieces collective known as The House of Suede . The enigmatic group delivered a special nut able to send tingles up and down your spin. Their sound is a kinda of balanced blend of alternative r&b smooth sonorities and soulful hip-hop and for the brilliant jewel The Audio Nude , they recruited the extra-seductive voice of british emerging interestin singer Ojerime . We recommend to scout her bandcamp area to get familiar with the hot project called The Silhouette
Last year in September we delivered a special joint by Namuuna,who excited us with an amazing rendition of a hip-hop classic by Blackstreet and Dr.Dre No Diggity. Affilliated to London based label Deep Matter , the young r&b singer got plenty of aces up her sleeve : embracing the qualities of her musical heroes , like D’Angelo,Lianne Le Havas,Amy Winehouse , Namuuna’s galaxy exudes great song writing abilities, a particular skill to convey her emotions through the notes, semplicity,a penchant for experimentation. Scratchtheblock.com select for y’all the soothing r&b song entitled Life’s Good. For the occasion the Berlin based songbird decided to unleash her sultry vocals over a subdued instrumental cooked by Seattle based beatmaker Krawn Uno called No Bodyguard from the beat-tape Palmtr33$ . The 21 years old San Francisco native artist draws inspiration from producers like 9th Wonder and J.Dilla and his music reflects a taste for r&b and hip-hop with a particular appreciation for the underground scene listening to spitters such as Dave B and Michael Christmas.