With hip-hop ruling most of urban mainstream music the first half of 2015, the Vixens of rhythm and blues are out to ensure their voices ring off in a loud way this summer.
Outside of Estelle’s versatile True Romance album, Jazmin Sullivan’s critically-acclaimed, Reality Show, Ciara’s disappointing Jackie LP, and Tamia’s latest, Love Life, it’s been relatively quiet for women in R&B. Fortunately, we got a taste of what’s to come when Jilly from Philly took us to church and sang from the pits of her soul when she released “You Don’t Know” in mid-March and later, the nostalgic feel of the 90’s in her lead single, “Fool’s Gold.”
Set to embark on her summer headlining tour in less than two weeks, Jill Scott will deliver her fifth studio LP, Woman on Friday, July 24th. The iconic neo-soul singer explained the vibe of the new album as, “classic Philly soul meets Country rhythm, served with captivating storytelling.” Welcome back, Jill. We’ve missed you.
The next three R&B albums we’re checking for all drop simultaneously on Friday, July 31st, but from a body of women with varying sounds.
Lianne La Havas follows behind Scott with Blood, the sophomore work of art from the London-based songstress who hasn’t dropped new music since 2012. La Havas–also set to commence her North American tour this weekend at the Essence Festival–gears up for what she notes is, the album where she has “a lot more to say.”
With the first single “Unstoppable” leading the way and Lianne’s current release of “What You Don’t Do,” it’s clear the brilliant vocalist is ready to dig deeper into her roots and our ears with her fresh acoustics. La Havas’ jazzy aura infused with her alt-R&B flare makes Blood one of the albums to support this summer.
Tamar Braxton is steady grinding after belting it out on “If I Don’t Have You” and making an appearance this past Sunday (June 28) at the BET Awards. Calling All Lovers, out later this month is proclaimed to be Tamar’s most personal, tackling self-love, the good, bad, and ugly side of emotions, and of course, relationships, because what’s R&B without crooning over the should’ve, would’ve, could’ve’s?
Joss Stone is leading the pack this summer with Water for Your Soul. The album has a solid, Caribbean-soul finish with the British songstress uniting with Damian Marley and calls hip-hop “the backbone” of her seventh LP. The 14-track album will be released via the singer’s Stone’d Records and credits the theme of the album to “conversations, arguments, ideas about ways of living in the world.”
It’s a big leap sonically for Joss, but if “Stuck On you” and “The Answer” is any indiction of the dope sounds she’s experimenting with this time around, Water for Your Soul is sure to be an album the most fitting for the season.