With hazy, rap-singy R&B sounds winning at the moment with artists like Sampha, Solange, and Frank Ocean to name a few, there is an assortment of vibe-heavy tracks that deviate from your typical commercial artists. Musicians who make R&B and blend elements of electronic, pop, hip-hop, trap and anything else you can imagine are taking center stage. Here are some of the top new artists to follow that will leave you incredibly inspired, to say the least.
A singer & songwriter, Abra sings her heart out over bass-heavy, lo-fi sounds. Her beat selection is unique, retro, and something the game needs. There's a certain bounce to her songs that help her stand out from the rest of the pack.
2. Daniel Caesar
It's no secret that Toronto has a distinct sound (ahem, Drake, PARTYNEXTDOOR) and a number of successful R&B artists from the 416. Upcoming artist, Daniel Caesar, can be added to that list, pressing forward in his own lane with his own sound. His single "Get You" is just a taste of this artist's potential.
With moody, hypnotic melodies and an impressive vocal range, alternative R&B artist Kelela has her own style. Endorsed by none other than Solange herself, Kelela's sound will have you vibing so hard you'll find yourself putting many of her tracks on repeat.
4. Steve Lacy
If you haven't already heard The Internet's music, stop what you're doing right now and google a few tracks. The group is comprised of various talented artists, some of which have moved on to create solo projects. Member Steve Lacy, although only 17, is an incredibly talented guitarist, producer, songwriter, and vocalist. Don't let his age fool you, he is already a pro, destined for solo success.
Frontwoman of soul-rooted alternative R&B group, The Internet, Syd has just released her first solo project. Frank lyrics, shadowy, groove heavy vibes are what has catapulted Syd to officially making a name for herself outside of her peers.