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It’s time to get familiar with a new leader in alternative R&B. Brooklyn-based singer and multi-instrumentalist Cautious Clay’s discography to date has included just covers, but his take on the work of both Billie Ellish and Tori Y Mor was enough to get the tastebuds ticking for his standout blend of modern soul and ambient production hallmarks. ‘Cold War’ blends poignant word play with a harrowing and lovesick spin on the modern R&B sound, setting Cautious Clay up to be one of the most anticipated North American newcomers of 2017 so far.

Josh Pan went out on a limb with this one in the best possible way. More recent Abra collab ‘Give It To Ya’ was a classy affair, but things take a twisted little turn for ‘Jug’ this month. Warped leads and tightly executed beat work lead a solid vocal delivery from bbno$, forming a track that sounds like something that could have held its corner circa 2009, but with enough teeth to sound like something ultimately fresh for the modern market.

DJ Snake has become a good old reliable fella where the crossover market is concerned. Premiered during a live stream taken from atop the Arc Du Triomphe in his hometown of Paris, ‘A Different Way’ was always shaping up to be a big offering from the Parisian hitmaker, who took a break from rubbing shoulders with A-list vocalists for ‘A Different Way.’ His familar melodic flavours match an always on-point focus on inpenetrable hooks once again, making the likelyhood of DJ Snake picking up the mantle from where his heavyweight peers left off all the more likely for the coming year.

There’s not many people that can get away with remixing Kendrick Lamar these days. Then there’s Skrillex. Having barely caught his breath from dropping the Poo Bear accompanied ‘Would You Ever,’ his take on ‘HUMBLE’ builds into a heavystepping affair of the kind of main room wizardry we have come to expect from Sonny Moore for more than a decade. Here’s to the A-list EDM acts keeping it fun and not falling flat on the A-list remix endeavors.

Logan Henderson is a North American pop prospect on the rise. Following up on debut single ‘Sleepwalker,’ the Los Angeles newcomer channels coherent crossover capacity with ‘Bite My Tongue,’ a love-torn electronic pop cut with serious teeth from start to finish. It’s a side to Henderson fans are sure to turn a head to, setting the bar for future singles considerably high.

Aussie heavyweights Stafford Brothers kept us waiting for this one. ‘Love Cliche’ is a catchy little crossover number of the highest caliber, but its official video brings that tongue-in-cheek attitude we’ve come to love from the duo right back home. You’ll never watch Flashdance the same way again.

The trp – Eagle

Sep 21 2017

R&B as a genre tends to fall into generational ‘safe spots,’ but every once in a while an exceptional act comes along and crushes the lull. For 2017, that act has very much been The trp. The self-profession ‘surreal R&B’ trio has been lacing the marketing with intricately layered jams for a good couple of years now, but hit a brand new high corutesy of ‘Eagle.’ With soul you could sink your teeth into and beautifully minimalistic instrumentation, the track sets anticipation for their forthcoming SOAK EP at an all time high, proving there are some new and exciting shades to the R&B world for 2017.

Kraver – Moorea

Sep 21 2017

Italo disco still has a place on dancefloors – just as Dutch duo Kraver. The act has had a long and sparing run of high quality releases keeping the genre ticking, but finally break their silence this motnh with ‘Moorea.’ The track sits somewhere between a retro video game soundtrack and a melodically charged ode to the genre, marking a surprise return from Kraver and a sound that refuses to admit defeat.