Civil Selects (R&B Edition): Layton Greene, Devin Tracy, Narissa, Brandon Banks & Iyla
by RK Jackson
We’re back at it with new Civil Selects for November! These rising artists blend the best in contemporary and alternative new wave R&B. Check them out below and let us know what you think.
Artist: Layton Greene
Hot Take: 19-year old viral sensation Layton Greene shot to digital prominence after covering Kodak Black’s ‘Roll In Peace’. The St. Louis singer sticks to her R&B guns on ‘Myself’ even interpolating Kelly Price’s ‘You Should’ve Told Me’.
Artist: Devin Tracy
Track: For Me
Hot Take: The Florida native soulfully croons over boom bap R&B weaving an intricate story about love and loss. The track is lifted from his Black Label EP with Soulection.
Track: Next 2 U
Hot Take: Narissa floats over the instrumental looped track that goes from sparse to a one-man band in seconds. Just getting her start in 2017, the LA artist has two projects on all platforms including ‘Long Story, Short’. Check out ‘Breathe Hard’.
Artist: Brandon Banks
Hot Take: The up and coming singer-songwriter navigates unpredictable emotions and circumstances on ‘Blue’. The lo-fi track straddles the alternative line but stays true to its R&B core. The hook is bound to get stuck in your head, “stuck in the blue”.
Hot Take: LA-based songstress Iyla, pushes the envelope in her Alt-R&B sound with ‘Juice’ with bright and vibrant arrangements and billowing bass lines. The video for the song even takes the track to new heights, watch it here.
Add our Civil Selects: November Playlist to keep track of all the artists we feature.