Welcome to the very first installment of For The Record! FTR will provide weekly suggestions of songs to add to your playlist curated by me, someone who gets frustrated when someone asks what type of music I am into because I don’t know, all of it? Each week I’ll be here with a few jams that caught my ear recently that I want to share, some are new, others are just new to me! This week’s recommendations are full of rhythm and soul and I cannot get enough of them.

Reverse Faults – Sampha

If you aren’t already a Sampha fan you have probably at least heard his voice either in the chorus of Drake’s “Too Much” or more recently Solange’s “Don’t Touch My Hair”. Sampha’s voice is subtle and haunting but the multi-talented producer makes his own tracks to compliment that perfectly. The production on “Reverse Faults” specifically is intricate and complex demanding your attention immediately, making it one of the stand out tracks of his first LP, Process, released last week.

Work – Saux, The Septembers

This gem is the product of a collaboration between up and coming Australian band The Septembers and Amsterdam producer Saux. The song is low key, perfect for studying or a rainy day. Carried by the soulful vocals and minimalistic production the song is simple yet finds a way to be entirely captivating.

2am – RAY BLK, Courage

Both native Londoners, indie R&B singer RAY BLK and house producer Courage come together for a smooth and sensual sounding track. The song captures a story of loneliness and the sounds in the production reflect the lyrics perfectly. If you are at all into the like of Ta-ku, this song is for you.

Cave Me In – Gallant, Tablo, Eric Nam

R&B singer Gallant’s debut last year caught the attention of many, and with the recent release I am sure he will only get bigger after this dreamy collaboration with Korean artist Tablo and Eric Nam. Their voices complement each other flawlessly and I cannot stop listening.

Crawl – Gabriel Garzón-Montano

Another artist fallen victim of the Drake sample, Gabriel Garzón-Montano released his major-label debut album late last month and it does not disappoint. Crawl is a combination of many different styles from funk to blues to pop but it comes together seamlessly with catchy lyrics and Montano’s smooth vocals.

So what are you listening to this week?

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