Sometimes you just need a goddess boost, and here it is - an on-going track list of the evolution in sensual and neo-soul music.
"The London singer’s heady, sensual R&B is informed by the usual clutch of '90s artists (Janet, Aaliyah), but she takes those familiar spirits and sends them in wildly unfamiliar directions, like a kite wrenching in the wind. Some of that waywardness is located in her voice: supple, evasive, and dipping into word sounds like fingers into a full paint can. Some of it is located in the words, which are phonetically ripe and poetically elusive: her first lines on "Bad Blood" are "You’re a holiday/ A glass of ocean slipping down my throat." - Pitchfork
"KING’s eclectic sound is relatable yet not simply defined. Though they play with the boundaries of their many influences, throughout each song is the common thread of a certain soulful authenticity. The smooth vibe, intricate production, and harmonic style of their music evolved beautifully in their home studio, a product solely of the three women and a result of their Minneapolis and Los Angeles roots." - WeAreKing.com
"Vocalists Erin Jantzen and Yadira Brown debuted their “synth-soul” sound under the name Keeper in 2013, collaborating with Austin’s BoomBaptist on the singles “Bad Doctor” and “Happy To Be Sad” (the latter ended up on the TV show Broad City). Two years later Keeper released a full-length, another subgenre-exploring collaboration with San-Antonio-based producer MoonDoctoR". - KUTX.COM
The D.C. natives, both 19, make up a neo-soul hip-hop duo known as OSHUN preaching love, peace, and spirituality. After meeting at the Martin Luther King scholarship orientation at NYU, the two became friends, and one fateful night in an NYU dorm dance studio, they formed OSHUN. First came a few YouTube covers that evolved into a SoundCloud account with a loyal following.
SZA is a Neo Soul singer whose music is described as Alternative R&B, with elements of soul, hip hop, minimalist R&B, cloud rap, ethereal R&B, witch house and chillwave. Rowe's lyrics are described as "unravelling", that revolve around themes of sexuality, nostalgia, and abandonment. Rowe cites a variety of artists as influences including Billie Holiday, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Björk, Jamiroquai, and Wu-Tang Clan. - Wikipedia
Tagged as a body-positive, feminist rapper by the media, Lizzo's star has been rising since her 2013 debut, Lizzobangers, a catchy hip-hop album made in collaboration with producers Lazerbeak and Ryan Olson. Born in Detroit and raised in Houston, she came up through the Minneapolis music scene, independently releasing another album, Big Grrrl Small World and appearing on Prince's Plectrumelectrum before and relocating to Los Angeles in 2016 ahead of her first major-label outing, Coconut Oil, which arrived last October via Atlantic Records.
Hers are performances fully aware of the artifice, and the silliness, of performance. Better than almost anyone, she uses the opportunity presented by physical presence to exert a spontaneous creative control, using familiar material to fashion something genuinely new. - THE FADER
"Her third full-length album, is the work of a woman who’s truly grown into herself, and discovered within a clear, exhilarating statement of self and community that’s as robust in its quieter moments as it is in its funkier ones." - PITCHFORK
"The years since her stellar 2011 release Pieces Of Me have apparently been bittersweet ones for the Lousiana-born singer and songwriter, highlighted by a rise in recognition, record sales and respect from fellow peers." - SoulTracks
The years since her stellar 2011 release Pieces Of Me have apparently been bittersweet ones for the Lousiana-born singer and songwriter, highlighted by a rise in recognition, record sales and respect from fellow peers. O