RIFF’d: Aloe Blacc’s ‘Lift Your Spirit’

The past few years have been big for Aloe Blacc. He’s gone from a relatively obscure player in R&B to being a star on the rise with his music being heard by millions. It’s been […]

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Listing: 5 Lyrics that Toe the Passé ‘Heartfelt’ Line on Katy B’s ‘Little Red’

Already a name in her native UK, Katy B sophomore album release was dubbed “sophisticated dance music with heart” by her fellow Brits, making more of us Stateside take notice. It’s easy to see why – […]

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RIFF’d: James Vincent McMorrow’s ‘Post Tropical’

James Vincent McMorrow has the voice of an angel – and I don’t bandy that descriptor around lightly. His falsetto dips smoothly into the R&B register, and it’s impossible to dislike. By his own accord, […]

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RIFF’d: Beyonce’s ‘Beyonce’

Following a string of corporate tie-in songs that failed to connect with anyone save Pepsi and H&M executives, numerous rumors that she had scrapped over 50 songs in order to start afresh and a mammoth world […]

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RIFF’d: R. Kelly’s ‘Black Panties’

R. Kelly has had quite the resurgence over the past few years. Having rebounded from one controversy to the next – from child pornography allegations and assault charges to a near career ending surgery – […]

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Listing: Blood Orange’s ‘Cupid Deluxe’ in 5 Strokes of Urban Love

The chameleon muscle that is Devonté Hynes’ trajectory from freewheelin’ punkist (Test Icicles) to anti-folk humorist (Lightspeed Champion) to en vogue producer (Solange, Sky Ferreira), can make project Blood Orange seem like just another phase in the […]

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Listing: AlunaGeorge’s ‘Body Music’ in 5 Warped-Hearted Lyrics

Formed from the ashes of math-rock outfit Colour and experimental electronica collective My Toys Like Me, London duo AlunaGeorge have been the darlings of the blogosphere ever since they unveiled their pitch-shifted electro R&B sound […]

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Rhyme nor Reason: Willow Smith

Introducing ‘Rhyme nor Reason’ – a SONGLYRICS’ look at lyricists that make us want to jam a pencil in our brain. Or as a man named Shakespeare once wrote: ‘Was there ever any man thus beaten out […]

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RIFF’d: Mayer Hawthorne’s ‘Where Does This Door Go’

Mayer Hawthorne has made no qualms about how his new record sounds nothing like his previous two, which is odd because it does. Sure the sonic angle has changed – thanks to the ubiquitous production of […]

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RIFF’d: Ciara’s ‘Ciara’

Ten years ago Ciara was one of the hottest pop stars around. She had platinum albums, a promising acting career, and was slowly becoming the face of R&B – a tweener of sorts that melded […]

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