Civil Selects (R&B Edition): Smiles Davis + Quiñ, JSPH, Chrystian Lehr, ODIE & Lou Val
by RK Jackson
Wrapping up quarter one of 2018 music calendar with some exciting new releases. This week, we highlight some bright and soulful new additions to the R&B genre. Take a listen and let us know what you think.
Artist: Smiles Davis + Quiñ
Track: Just A Game
Hot Take: Multifaceted DJ with a decade behind the decks for Missy Elliott, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monáe & more joins forces with the vibe inducing rising star Quiñ to create a woozy Electro-Afrobeat dipped bop.
Track: When You
Hot Take: Loaded with soaring falsetto, new artist JSPH drops his first single of 2018 “When You”. Feeling both fresh & nostalgic, the law school grad turned singer-songwriter rides a groovy wave you can catch. An artist to watch in 2018.
Artist: Chrystian Lehr
Track: Hit My Line (ft. Junior)
Hot Take: Most known recently for his self produced covers & mashups, the 106 & Park alum just released his dance heavy visual to his lates single “Hit My Line” which features a classic R&B falsetto guided by a thumping beat with masterfully executed runs.
Hot Take: Dream-like soul singing comes from this Bay Area/Toronto singer that uses his own blend of R&B with Hip-Hop almost like a chant. His album “Analogue” is one to get lost in, “Northface” & “Little Lies” are standouts.
Artist: Lou Val
Hot Take: The canadian newcomer singer brings moody melancholy meets optimism to the game with “Crisp”. Sonically a mix between The Weeknd & Frank Ocean, Lou Val brings croons with a new vibrancy alongside his contemporaries.