Alicia Keys is back in a big way!! Dropping a seriously addictive track, ‘In Common‘ which delivers dancehall undertones perfect for the summer!

Produced by Illangelo, known for producing Drake, The Weeknd and Majid Jordan, the track is a fresh, slightly unexpected sound for Alicia Keys.

Details of a new album are yet to be announced, but fans can catch Alicia as a judge on the new season of The Voice in the US later this year and you can pick up the new track here

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Another homegrown talent for RnB fans to keep their eye on this year as London based singer/songwriter Rene debuts her first single, ‘Underwater‘. The track showcases Rene‘s rich, soulful and emotive vocal with smoooth electro-RnB Vibes.

Take a listen to the stunning debut below and check back soon for details of an EP dropping this year.

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Maxwell fans are being spoilt right now! Not only has the legendary singer broken his 7 year musical silence with the release of ‘Lake By the Ocean‘ but he has also been opening up about his personal life to the hosts of US radio show, ‘The Breakfast Club‘.

As any Maxwell fan knows, press appearances for him are not that common. Refreshingly this 30 minute interview gives us a real insight to the man behind the music as he discusses his anxiety about coming back with new music, how he keeps himself grounded, handling female attention and heartbreak, how D’Angelo helped pave the way for him, what to expect from the new album, his desire to work with Jay Z and he even shares a marketing idea about selling a very personal product to fans!

Currently celebrating 20 years since his first album release, ‘Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite‘ and enjoying a continued relationship with Columbia Records ever since, Maxwell proves with the interview below that hard work, humility and a sense of humour are the key to a long lasting music career!

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Well R&B family,
needed to let you know that after a seven year hiatus, soul legend Maxwell will be dropping the second album from his ‘Black Summers Night’ trilogy on July 1st 2016 consisting the lead off single “Lake by The Ocean” available here
It’s a welcome return from the man who has delivered seminal albums ‘Urban Hang Suite’ and Embrya in 1996 + 1998 respectively.
The first in the trilogy dropped way back in 2009 but had the killer cuts ‘Pretty Wings’, ‘Bad Habits’, ‘Help Somebody’ and ‘Love You’ on there so if this ‘Summers’ return from the man comes anywhere close to that piece of work, Maxwell fans should be happy. I know i will be!!
Check the #TheBIGRnBShow to hear the new single.
In the meantime…Stay soulful
Ronnie H x

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Following a surprise OVO Sound showcase at SXSW‘s Fader Fort at the weekend, PARTYNEXTDOOR and Drake have dropped their new collaboration, ‘Come and See Me‘.

Fellow OVO member Noah “40” Shebib shines on the production of this ambient track which will feature on PARTYNEXTDOOR‘s forthcoming album, ‘P3’ (release date TBC) check it below:

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It’s not easy to gain a fanbase and critical acclaim from dropping a few tracks without doing any promo or revealing any artist details, yet that is exactly what Toronto’s mystery RnB force DVSN have done!

Since they dropped their debut single, ‘The Line‘ in October of last year, the RnB world has been speculating who the vocalists, writers and producers are. We know that they are signed to Drake‘s OVO Sound label, we know that producer Nineteen85 is involved, we know that they have released four flawlessly enigmatic tracks and we now know that their debut album entitled, ‘Sept 5th‘ will be released on April 1st.

The album will consist of 10 tracks including previously released singles, ‘With Me‘, ‘The Line‘, ‘Hallucinations‘ and ‘Too Deep‘, pre-order it here and remind yourself of DVSN‘s addictive vibe below.

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Multi talented, Grammy award winning producer and musician Robert Glasper has just announced a new album entitled, ‘Everything’s Beautiful‘ an 11 track project of reworks and reinterpretations of classics from Miles Davis.

The album features collaborations with Illa J, Erykah Badu, Laura Mvula, Stevie Wonder, Ledisi, Phonte, King and more and is set for release on 27th May. ‘Everything’s Beautiful‘ is the second Miles Davis project Glasper has undertaken, he also produced the soundtrack to the forthcoming biopic ‘Miles Ahead‘ which stars Don Cheadle set to drop on April 1st.

Glasper explains that he feels ‘Everything’s Beautiful‘ explores the kind of music that Davis might have be making if he were alive today and reflects the kind of artist collaborations he would likely have chosen. Pre-order the album here to unlock the first track ‘Ghetto Walkin‘ which features Bilal and click the link below to see Glasper talking about this incredible new project.

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2016 is looking seriously strong for female soul artists and adding to the pool of talent comes 19 year old UK singer/songwriter Savannah Dumetz. Savannah shines with effortless vocal elegance and mature lyrics on her new track, ‘Naked‘.

Previously making a name for herself performing covers of RnB classics, ‘Naked‘ is her first original recording and an impressive debut, click the link below to listen and keep your ears open for more from Savannah this year!

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It’s pretty tough to get mash-ups right, it’s even tougher when you take on tracks that are regarded as soulful royalty from the likes of Sade! However 18 year old UK producer Seanh has achieved the seemingly impossible – blending soul Queen Sade and rapper MF Doom to create, ‘Sadevillain‘ and trust me it works!

It’s been a while since we’ve heard any new material from Sade or MF Doom so it feels good to hear something fresh with their voices and if the production on this EP are anything to go by, Seanh is a homegrown talent to keep a close eye on! Keep up to date with what he’s up to via Twitter: @TheSeanh2k11 and download Sadevillain here.

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If like me you’re devastated about missing Gallant’s tour over the past few weeks, you can find comfort in the arrival of his stunning new single, ‘Bourbon‘. Bringing life to his self penned layered lyrics with that incredible falsetto we know and love him for, Gallant delivers a soulful ballad with an edge that feels current, yet also reminiscent of early 90’s RnB.

Gallant has just announced the title of his debut album, ‘Ology‘ which will be released on April 06th, pre-order it here and you’ll get Bourbon straight away as well as singles ‘Weight in Gold‘ and ‘Skipping Stones‘ which features Jhene Aiko. And whilst you wait for the new album why not revisit his first EP ‘Zebrahere.

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