Top RnB Tracks Of 2016
The kings and queens of R&B anthems have been working hard in 2016 to deliver some sweet new music but it’s been the new emerging acts that really have grabbed out attention over the last 12 months. Our RnB Daily Playlist is filled with a whole host of fresh artists and tracks below but we’ve picked some of the year’s favourites.
Alicia Keys – In Common
Why this Jamie xx-indebted dancehall excursion wasn’t included on Keys’ new album is a mystery. It’s her best single in years and one of the best of 2016.
Rihanna – Work ft Drake
Drake and Rihanna’s romantic entanglements may or may not be a good idea, but please, let’s keep getting them together for duets. This downbeat dancehall anthem was the hottest thing to hit 2016 – a mating ritual set to music, and yet another chance for Rihanna and Drake to flirt outrageously on record. “If you had a twin / I would still choose you,” purred Drake on this sonic fireball
Ray BLK – Chill Out ft SG Lewis
Ray BLK is one of the best new singers coming out of the UK at the moment; delivering the honesty of rap music, with her unique blend of soul and R&B spirit. Their two styles blend well on this RnB atmospheric jam as Ray BLK gets real as she tells her beau, “I know you thought that me and you were on to something, but I had no plans of loving you.”
Solange – Cranes In The Sky
‘Cranes In The Sky’ is one of several standouts on Solange’s new album ‘A Seat At The Table’. This song is a beautiful, soulful musing on depression, escapism and Solange’s place as a black woman in the US. 2017 could be Solange’s to take over her big sis.
Tom Misch – Crazy Dream ft Loyle Carner
It was our summer anthem and Tom Misch’s huge track with Loyle Carner is still a favourite as we go in 2017. The tag team effort titled ‘Crazy Dream’ sees the two trade over a soft summery production merging ’90s hip-hop and soul with melodic guitar slides and modern dance music synth stacks.