Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Music Monday: the wonderful umbrella of R&B [belated post]

This past Monday our libraries were closed due to Labor Day, so I'm doing a belated "Music Monday" post for our wonderful, probably 2 followers. SO! What is Music Monday? The Central Mississippi Regional Library System has a ridiculous amount of FREE to you resources available for patrons. One of those is Freegal, a free and legal service that now allows patrons to download five songs each week for FREE (notice the emphasis on free). Every Monday we’ll be picking five songs that we love that are available on Freegal for you to download.

Lately I've been on this huge R&B kick. And while I generally love R&B music as a whole, there is this particular sub-genre deemed "PBR&B" or perhaps more respectfully "alternative or indie R&B" that is the cream of the crop in my opinion. The term was coined a few years ago on reddit as a joke, and as a result, many long-term fans of R&B have become offended by it. However, I don't really care because I find it hilarious and ultimately insignificant because the music is all that matters to me. What stands out about it is this almost hybrid between traditional rhythm and blues and electronic pop music with a big ol' well-blended composition of hazy synths, reverb and soul. Among these rarities are artists like The Weeknd, Elle Varner, Miguel, How To Dress Well, Frank Ocean, and Holy Other. Unfortunately Freegal hasn't hopped on the train for all of these musicians yet, but there are a few that I must name:

1. Birthday by Elle Varner ft. 50 Cent

2. Looking 4 Myself by Usher ft. Luke Steele

3. Do You... by Miguel

4. Ready for the World by How To Dress Well

5. Pretend by Tinashe ft. A$AP Rocky

If any of these catch your eye, head on over to Freegal and download them all for FREE!