Over the last 2-3 years, R’n’B and soul became more and more interesting and important to me. I guess Hiatus Kaiyote earn a big part of this newly discovered passion and I’m really thankful for that. Since neo-soul became a thing, this whole genre made a huge step foward, with so many amazing artists emerging from it. I will show you a few of them in this article, all of them released amazing records in 2016!
Anderson .Paak – Malibu
Probably one of most critically acclaimed records of 2016, but for good reason. Anderson .Paak blends hip hop, R’n’B and neo-soul so greatly together, every song is fresh and new, catchy and with incredible feeling.
Naia Izumi – Soft Spoken Woman
Sadly, Naia Izumi’s many EP’s in 2016 slightly decreased in quality in my opinion, but the first one, Soft Spoken Woman, is still one of my favorite releases of 2016. Her music is ‘one in a million’, absolutely unique and refreshing. Check this out if you’re interested in math rock-influenced soul.
dvsn – Sept. 5th
Daniel Daley and Nineteen85 came together and created magic. That’s all about it. Another record which also appeared in my AOTY list. So damn great.
Flume – Skin
While this album could be considered electronic/downtempo, I always got a strong R’n’B feeling from it. Harley Streten, better known as Flume, created some amazing tunes!
River Tiber – Indigo
Maybe one of the most interesting R’n’B artists of the last years. Hailing from Canada, River Tiber manages his hypnotic and nostalgic sounding tunes with sheer brilliance.
Blood Orange – Freetown Sound
Dev Hynes is known for his bustling nature, releasing great music with Test Icicles, solo under the name of Lightspeed Champion and nowadays as Blood Orange. His latest record relies heavily on 80’s synth pop and the overall present trend of retrowave, but he jumps out of any profane distractions with his amazing sense for songwriting.
NoName – Telefone
Incredibly soulful music. Amazing lyrics, wonderful songs, magnificent sound.
Easily one of my favorite releases in 2016 and indubitably my favorite EP. 3 songs, 2 interludes. Nothing more is necessary to create something uniquely beautiful. The chemistry between Ta-ku and Wafia is stellar.
How To Dress Well – Care
Art pop, soul, R’n’B, electronica and great beats. Care is exciting from start to finish. Don’t miss this.
Solange – A Seat At The Table
I guess everything is already said about this. Great album.
NxWorries – Yes Lawd!
Anderson .Paak for the second time! This time, he teamed up with producer Knxwledge to create a new NxWorries album! So yeah…Anderson .Paak is amazing. As is this recod.
Adrian Younge – Something About April II
Amazing old school feeling, combined with a slightly psychedelic vibe. Really special record with many catchy tunes!
Michael Kiwanuka – Love & Hate
I can’t praise this record enough. Timeless and epic, you can dance to it, you can dream to it, you should live with Love & Hate.
James Vincent McMorrow – We Move
That voice. Folks. What a voice! Like cotton, it hugs you, comforts you. Absolutely stunning record.
Slowly Rolling Camera – All Things
Absolutely underrated. Why is this record not praised more? Excellent executed and organic jazz/soul record with interesting gospel influences. Don’t miss this.
JMSN – It Is.
Oh no, I didn’t forget about this masterpiece. In fact, I’m listening to this record while writing this article. Every song is so tasty, wonderful, refreshing, positive, energetic, so much more than just a song.
Paper Void – Increments
A little sweet gem to close this. Neo-soul par excellence, with hip hop, jazz and fusion influences under its belt. Sadly, this record is overlooked by many.
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