Ella Mai – Sauce
Her debut album is finally out. After the surprise success of her single Boo’d Up, Ella has finally delivered a full album which essentially states her purpose. IN all of the noise if trap beats, emo-rap, Ella came and brought back a romanticism to R&B that had been missing for quite some time. Though I believe that other women have been essential suppliers of quality R&B over the past years (Emeli, Jones), Ella made it. Sauce is a necessary listen on Ella’s debut. Dripping with sass, strength, and personality, on sauce Ella states “sorry that you can’t keep up”. I want to keep up and am so excited to see where this gem goes.
Jess Glynne – Broken
I’ve yet to give it a full listen, but Jess Glynne just released her sophomore album Always In Between. After introducing the album with two top ten singles (I’ll Be There No.1, All I Am No.7) the album was released to middling reviews. More of the same they say. What I’ve heard is definitely more of the same, but the formula worked so well. Thursday definitely has a hint of something different, and so does Broken. It’s well-constructed pop ballad with stirring background vocals and a wonderful sentiment. Thursday and Broken are slightly different from her usual formula. More to come when I finish the album.
LANY – Thick & Thin
If you haven’t given this band and their EP Malbu Nights a chance, definitely do. It’s fresh and makes heartbreak sound so good. Thick & Thin is one of my favorites.
Sia – I’m Still Here
Sia returns after a wonderfully charismatic holiday album with I’m Still Here. The first single off her upcoming album. Sia delivers more of what we all expect a Sia song to sound like. Strong vocals, engaging lyrics, accessible melody.