By Meg Barbera
Hello, February! Spring break is quickly approaching, and whether you’re spending it with your significant other, your best pals, or at home with a pint of Ben and Jerry’s, there’s always one thing that can bring everyone together: Music.
The new year most definitely brought new music. January was filled with fresh sounds from both up-and-coming and well-known artists.
Releases from Migos and Drake were the most talked about, and strong R&B female singers seemed to be the theme of the month, as Jhene Aiko, Tinashe and H.E.R all released new singles.
Let’s take a look at some of my favorite releases from last month. Read about them below, and check out my Spotify playlist that compiles all my favorites in one place.
Justine Skye: ULTRAVIOLET
Brooklyn-based R&B singer Justine Skye released the 10-song album “ULTRAVIOLET” on Jan. 19. Her hard-hitting beats and smooth lyrics earned her a top spot on my favorites list.
This album shows diversity in sound, as tracks like “Back For Life” and “U Don’t Know” bring a fun dancehall vibe, and songs like “You Got Me’ and “Best For Last” showcase a modern, powerful sound.
“ULTRAVIOLET” is perfect for the ladies, as well as anyone who loves modern R&B.
Rejjie Snow: Dear Annie Parts 1 and 2
Rejjie Snow, an Irish hip-hop/R&B singer and definite artist to watch in 2018, released EPs “Dear Annie: Part 1” and “Dear Annie: Part 2” this month, setting the year off with a smooth, jazzy feel.
These songs have a unique vibe, with song “Egyptian Luvr” giving off a fun, dancey feel, and songs like “23” and “The Rain” showing hints of a groovy, jazz-inspired sound.
These EPs are meant for a sunny weekend with your friends, and they are a certain recommendation for anyone who loves to hear new sounds from up-and-coming artists.
Jhene Aiko: Sativa (Remix) with Rae Sremmurd
Jhene Aiko brought a fresh sound to an already hot track by adding Rae Sremmurd to her song “Sativa.”
This song has a smooth, wavy feel to it, and Rae Sremmurd balances out Aiko’s sweet, seductive sound to create an aesthetically pleasing and on-trend R&B track.
Russ: “Some Time” and “Flip”
Russ is cooking up some heat this year, as he releases singles “Flip” and “Some Time” on Jan. 11 and 25.
These hard-hitting songs add a tougher vibe to Russ’s typically chiller sound, possibly hinting at a new album in the works for this year.