SCRATCHTHEBLOCK PRESENTS: XO (THE R&B INFECTION)
Frankly we think r&b music scene is not living a great and fruitful time ,in terms of quality and relevance! However we try to discover,highlight and select what we consider the right music for r&b lovers.
We hope you will appreciate the talented artists we selected for the brand new selection titled XO.
TREE CITY FEAT. ASANTE’ – BOATS & BUILDINGS (PRODUCED BY ARKIV)
We start with an outstanding joint titled Boats & Buildings. We highlighted the single in November and we want to include it on this new selection because it got a great impact! Boats & Building is a balanced and super-catchy blend of hip-hop and r&b with a tasteful flava of 90s thanks the perfect collaboration between hip-hop group Tree City from Michigan and r&b veteran group Asanté. Australian producer Arkiv is the mastermind behind the production of this dope gem!
Here we go with two interesting artists from California: Michael Uzowuru (skilful producer who made some dope beats for several hip-hop artists like Vince Staples,Vic Mensa,Domo Genesis) and songstress Rayana Jay (we recommended her smooth track Coffee in August). Michael Uzowuru enchanted us with his superb and buttery instrumental titled May 10th Rough Draft and Rayana Jay borrowed the fantastic beat adding her own imprint with sultry and warm vocal. The result is the track titled Thundercat Taught Me!
POO BEAR – HOLDING ON TO NOTHING (PRODUCED BY POO BEAR AND THE AUDIBLES)
Jason Boyd aka Poo Bear is one of the most renowned and respected name of the black music scene. Boyd’s reputation earned notoriety and four grammys,thanks his multitasking skills as gifted songwriter and consummate producer working with artists like Chris Brown,Usher,Pink,112,Lupe Fiasco,Fat Joe,Big Boi. Poo Bear is also a deft singer as you can realize listening to his masterpiece titled #Beats2BreakUp2 (available on his official site). We selected the groovy and sweet like honey track titled Holding On To Nothing,co-produced by grammy nominated duo The Audibles, composed by Dominic “DJ MECCA” Jordan and Jimmy “Jimmy G” Giannos (Mishon,Lupe Fiasco,Yelawolf).
MALICE SWEET – TRY YOU (PRODUCED BY JAKE ONE)
On selections For The Sake Of Neo-Soul and Sexy As Hell we spotlighted the immeasurable talent of Malice and Mario Sweet. The interesting duo gained positive reviews by influential sites like Soulbounce,Bamalovesoul,DJ Booth,Moovment,2DopeBoyz thanks sumptuous albums (make sure ya to peep their catalogue via Bandcamp).We’d like to recommend ya the “fresh out the box” single by Malice Sweet titled Try You. We are in front of a seductive and delightful masterpiece enhanced by Malice delectable and supa-warm voice and masterfully produced by influential producer Jake One. This is not the first collabo between Malice and Jake, infact they worked together also on the project Enjoy:Like:Love.
KAY FRANKLIN FEAT. JOYCE WRICE – EDGE OF FOREVER (PRODUCED BY MNDSGN)
Stones Throw Records’s affiliate MNDSGN takes the brush to paint the relaxing,chill and dreamy beat of Edge Of Forever performed by singer,songwriter,producer Kay Franklin and California’s r&b singer Joyce Wrice. The downtempo vibe oozes seduction and the laid back vocals provide to give it mo’ consistence!
JMSN – DELAY
Recently JMSN released his last effort titled JMSN:The Blue Album. As ususal the singer/songwriter/producer created an intense and touching work where the audience can leave the senses to start a journey into appealing melodies! On r&b selection The Vault we selected from JMSN last album the track Street Sweeper and today we chose Delay.
JAMES JAPAN – LONG ROAD HOME
Allow us to introduce Shamel Stevens aka James Japan. Who is James Japan? He’s a very talented singer/songwriter/producer from The Big Apple able to mesmerize us with his slinky voice. In order to highlight the prowess of this young performer we selected the smooth r&b joint titled Long Road Home from his album Weird Dreams & Comic Books. On this track you can feel the same harmony of Channel Orange by Frank Ocean.
IMAN EUROPE – MIINE (BEYONCE COVER WILL ULLMAN RE-WORK)
Hush!!! Don’t talk , just listen to the great re-arrangment of Mine originally performed by Beyoncé and revisited by New York singer Iman Europe and San Diego producer Will Ullman. The wishpered stream of smooth words by Iman Europe will be like a panacea for your daily struggles!!
MAJID JORDAN – CHILL PAD DELUXE
The Ovo Sound’s affiliate Majid Jordan gained notoriety with their co-production for the single Hold On,We’re Going Home from Drizzy Drake platinum third album Nothing Was The Same. We stumbled upon Majid Jordan’s music when they used to produce under the moniker of Good People. Take your time to listen to the avant-garde sound of Chill Pad Deluxe from the project titled Afterhours EP. Recently the Toronto duo released their brand new album titled A Place Like This
BJ THE CHICAGO KID – PERFECT
Time to celebrate the huge talent of neo-soul/r&b crooner BJ The Chicago Kid! Recently he dropped his last mixtape titled The M.A.F.E Project recruiting some artists like Smoke DZA,Kobe,Schoolboy Q and Freddie Gibbs. Taste the sound of the downtempo ballad titled Perfect!