“I want you out of my comfort zone” – 3/50, SNDTRK ’18

I was privileged to witness Tamia live this year. With a career spanning 20 years, she effortlessly pulled gems and deep cuts from all seven of her albums. From the Jermaine Dupri-produced “Imagination,” to her latest hit from this year’s Passion Like Fire – “Leave It Smokin’.”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QsXQOaf0LQo The Salaam Remi-produced track builds on a 90s hip-hop […]

“….And I love it” – 9/50, SNDTRK ’18

Jessie J boasted one of the industry’s biggest voices with power and range. But for some reason her stateside success had been a bit light. Other than a few pop standout singles, she kinda came and went.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CB2_4IT4n-U Personally I felt indifferent to the pop singer. Her vocal ability was top notch, but I felt […]

“A little more of this, little less of that” – 17/50, SNDTRK ’18

Leon Bridges keeps a low profile as the purveyor of cool personified. His second album Good Thing found the Texas native crooning over polished R&B and jazz production, flexing he can do more than the 60s doo-wop of his debut. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cztfyj1dVgk With “Bad Bad News” Bridges rides a jazzy break-beat with a pseudo-political message — that sadly […]