Category Archives: r&b

Scene and Heard – CCCLVII : Back It Up –  Dia Grover (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

If songs charted because of sass and swagger rather than sales then Back It Up would be occupying the top spot for a long time. It is the perfect storm of groovesome old school R&B, pop energy, hi-octane soul and … Continue reading

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Exponents  –  Agency (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

I spend so much of my time trying to find something new to say about music that lands on my desk with the label R&B attached, music that is really just production line pop with the same stolen groove and … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXLIV : Immature – Celeste Buckingham (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Celeste has got guy trouble. It’s the age old story, she’s with a man who in reality is a boy, he doesn’t treat her right, he’d rather be hanging with his friends and she has had enough. What do you … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCCXXXIX : Not What I Want –  Jackie Dope (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Revelling in the past is all very well and good but the best music, or at least the most original,  seems to be made as people move things forward. It’s evolution, it’s forward-thinking, it is the way the world turns. … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXCIX : Never Enough – Joan Mercury (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

The best pop music has the ability to walk fine lines between different worlds and is able to appeal to wide demographics without sacrificing its own integrity. We often see the opposite of this idea at work, at one extreme … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCXCI :  Avec Moi  – Angelle ft. Philmoore Rich (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Angelle is one of those artists who, despite working in the contemporary world of soulful, R&B infused pop, also manages to remind us of a host of great names from Roberta Flack to Witney Houston to Toni Braxton. And that, … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard  –  CCLXXXVI Final Warning “Bye Bich” – So Unique (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Final Warning is the perfect sound creation for the modern music fan, just the right blend of old school familiarity and new ideas and the result is a slick urban groove-laden, R&B infused track, one perfect for the clubland dance … Continue reading

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Scene and Heard – CCLXXXIII : Shero – Da Voicez (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Who says that pop music can’t have a conscience? Who says that pop can’t be both big and clever? Just because by its very nature it is a form aiming for mass appeal and therefore a certain amount of immediacy … Continue reading

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Be The Change (The Shelter) – Marieme (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

Marieme does that most rare of things, she makes pop that sounds both grown up and wonderfully infectious at the same time. Throwaway pop is two a penny, it always has been, and that is pretty much the nature of … Continue reading

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Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow –  Addy C. (reviewed by Dave Franklin)

This isn’t normally the sort of thing I get to review on this site. Usually I am surrounded by piles of CDs from European dream-pop explorers or West Coast alt-country bands. But music comes in many forms from the highly … Continue reading

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