Top 5’s | Artists discovered through my mum’s record collection, Pt. II

Part I Eugene Wilde Wilde is responsible for the 80s classic ‘Gotta Get You Home Tonight’ – a record sampled by the likes of Foxy Brown, Blackstreet and The Crooklyn Clan. The track represents a slow jam from the era perfectly, combining some electronic elements with the soul that dominated the decade before. Despite being a love lust song, it still had enough of a groove … Continue reading Top 5’s | Artists discovered through my mum’s record collection, Pt. II

Top 5’s | Tunes Dat Tek Mi Back Tu Mi Yard, Pt. I

<Insert Yardie DJ Sounds Here> My family are from Jamaica, so when I say “tunes dat tek mi back tu mi yard,” I’m talking about the classic Reggae sound that I grew up hearing predominantly at family functions. Here are some of my favourites. Paula – Dynamic ‘Dynamic’ has an essential, laid-back Reggae groove perfectly matched by Paula’s sweet vocals, especially on the hook. This … Continue reading Top 5’s | Tunes Dat Tek Mi Back Tu Mi Yard, Pt. I

Top 5’s | Artists discovered through my mum’s record collection, Pt. I

My mum has had a huge impact on my affection for Soul and R&B and so this list acts as somewhat of an ode to the effect she has had. Below are my top five favourite artists that I initially discovered through my mum’s record collection. Cameo Known mostly to younger generations for the use of the Electric Slide alongside their hit ‘Candy’, but in … Continue reading Top 5’s | Artists discovered through my mum’s record collection, Pt. I

Top 5’s | Emcees with Unconventional Flows

All emcees attempt to create a flow that is unique and distinguishable from others, making them instantly recognisable whenever they spit. After years of listening to countless numbers of emcees, I’ve tried to create a list of the most unconventional flows that I’ve ever heard. Bruza You should be familiar with Bruza’s Grime classic ‘Get Me’ and therefore familiar with the way he uses his husky … Continue reading Top 5’s | Emcees with Unconventional Flows

Top 5’s | The Neptunes Bridges, Pt. I

In music, a bridge is a contrasting section that prepares for the return of the original material section. Here are my top 5 bridges produced by The Neptunes, who became masters of the bridge during their domination of R&B/popular music circa 2000-2005. Usher Ft. P. Diddy – I Don’t Know As soon as you hear the progression of the strings at the end of the second chorus you know you’re in … Continue reading Top 5’s | The Neptunes Bridges, Pt. I

Top 5’s | Single Artist/Producer Albums, Pt. II

Part I Aaliyah – Age Ain’t Nothing But A Number (1994) Producer: R. Kelly* An album that is often overlooked due to the impressive work that followed, but Aaliyah’s debut album should be remembered very fondly for the hits it produced (including ‘Back & Forth’, ‘Throw Your Hands Up’ and ‘Down With The Clique’) and the genre-defining, 90’s R&B sound implemented by R. Kelly. Snoop Dogg … Continue reading Top 5’s | Single Artist/Producer Albums, Pt. II

Top 5’s | Namebe Soul

Within Hip Hop culture, determining one’s Top 5 is a debate that will seemingly continue forever. So, with that being said, I’ve asked artists to share and justify their Top 5 selections… Namebe Soul – Top 5 Rappers Jay Electronica “The thing with Jay Elec is he could have easily been swapped with other rappers such as Black Thought because of his low amount of … Continue reading Top 5’s | Namebe Soul