R&bangers: Joel Compass, Tank, Frank Ocean & More
Oiiiiii! Guess who’s back for another round of R&Bangers! If you missed the last one, check it out here and get dosed up on some of the best bangers in rhythm and blues from across the blogosphere - and whilst you’re at it, here’s your fix for the week...
JOEL COMPASS – ‘FORGIVE ME’
After watching his MTV Brand New performance a few weeks back, I knew this guy was set to adorn the music skyline - incredible vocalist. After previous drops ‘Run’ and ‘Astronaut’ doing the rounds, his new single ‘Forgive Me’ (out on April 20) speaks volumes on just why Joel Compass is the guy to watch this year.
TANK – ‘YOU’RE MY STAR’
Known for causing a lot of pregnancies out here, Tank decides to switch it up a bit with a track for the clubs. At first, I was quite sceptical but it’s actually rather good! With a catchy hook and sampled horns, it’s one to make you grab the person next to you and two-step until closing time…
LILY MCKENZIE FEAT. GIGGS – ‘SUPPORT MACHINE’
Mellow and chilled. Haven’t heard Lily McKenzie’s solo stuff before (she usually guests for Wiley, Breakage and Brackles to name a few) so it was nice to hear this relaxing soulful track from the former BRIT School student. With Giggs lending her a hand, it’s all green lights for her and the EP with the same name will be released on March 30.
FRANK OCEAN, DIPLO & THE CLASH – ‘HERO ‘
There’s only so much you can rinse your ‘Channel ORANGE’ album, so I was very happy to get some new Frank Ocean in my inbox recently, even if it means him teaming up with others, in this case Diplo and The Clash for Converse’s latest edition of their Three Artists. One Song. Feature. Cue: Hero.
KALEEM TAYLOR – 'LOVE ME BACK'
I’ve followed his journey over the years and it seems like this guy can do absolutely no wrong. Soulful, vibrant and infectious are three words to describe Kaleem Taylor’s latest track 'Love Me Back', produced by super-duo The Code who we recently featured. This song is sick!
THROWBACK BANGER – AUGUST ALSINA FEAT. CHRIS BROWN & TREY SONGZ – ‘I LUV THIS’
After spending almost an entire week with this kid for his first European tour, I realised just how much of an incredible artist he is. At just 21-years old, having faced terrible tragedies (his brother being murdered), he really defines the saying ‘turning something negative into a positive’. So in light of this, the track that took him to #1 and opened doors is my throwback banger of the week (not THAT much of a throwback, but hey, it’s a wicked drop!) featuring Chris Brown and Trey Songz, enjoy the remix of ‘I Luv This’ by Mr August Alsina.
Words: Ra’ed Khan (@RaedKhan_)
Online Edit: Maz Khan (@MazHalima)