R&B

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Amy Winehouse’s 20 greatest songs – ranked!
With the 10th anniversary of her death this week, rediscover the best of Winehouse’s discography, where heartbreak and anger are mixed up with wit and joy

Alexis Petridis

22, Jul, 2021 @12:03 PM

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Prince: Welcome 2 America review – the best album of his last two decades
Prince’s stock as a recording artist was low in 2010, so it makes weird sense for this work to appear in 2021, getting the posthumous attention it deserves

Alexis Petridis

22, Jul, 2021 @11:00 AM

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Mercury prize 2021: first-time nominees dominate shortlist
No 1 albums by Wolf Alice, Mogwai and Celeste are joined by leftfield artists such as Hannah Peel and Nubya Garcia in race for prestigious music award

Ben Beaumont-Thomas

22, Jul, 2021 @10:16 AM

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Song of the summer 2021: our writers pick their favourite tracks
From Olivia Rodrigo to Leon Bridges to Bo Burnham, Guardian critics recommend their most played songs of the season

Lisa Wong Macabasco, Jim Farber, Ben Beaumont-Thomas, Treye Green, Adrian Horton, Laura Snapes, Rob LeDonne, Benjamin Lee and Dream McClinton

19, Jul, 2021 @5:47 AM

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‘Something has changed’: Tobi Kyeremateng on falling out of love with R&B
Wrestling with a theme of George the Poet’s new podcast series, the writer and cultural producer asks if the dreams of romance R&B sold us were really a lie

Tobi Kyeremateng

17, Jul, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Stevie, Gladys, Nina … Summer of Soul uncovers a festival greater than Woodstock
As the US boiled with violence, 1969’s Harlem cultural festival nourished spirits with soul, jazz and gospel. Now, Questlove has turned lost footage of it into a brilliant, pertinent documentary

Stevie Chick

15, Jul, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis: Jam & Lewis: Volume One review – worth the 40-year wait…
The veteran US hit-makers line up the guest stars on their immaculately produced debut

Michael Cragg

11, Jul, 2021 @2:00 PM

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Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis: ‘Janet Jackson was fearless – she could do it all’
The duo started their debut album 36 years ago, but work for the Jackson siblings, Mariah Carey and others got in the way. Now it’s finally complete, R&B’s great studio psychologists look back at an unmatched career

Alexis Petridis

09, Jul, 2021 @12:29 PM

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Snoh Aalegra: Temporary Highs in the Violet Skies review – inventive R&B with retro charm
The Swedish singer’s third album snakes through Whitney Houston-esque ballads, early Kanye-style beats and Neptunes-produced smash hits

Rachel Aroesti

09, Jul, 2021 @7:45 AM

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Sault: Nine review – a masterclass in anger and balm
The enigmatic collective’s fifth album in two years is another masterclass in confounding expectations

Kitty Empire

03, Jul, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Cosha: Mt Pleasant review – confident and carefree come-to-bed beats
The Irish singer seizes artistic control in an album charged with heated possibilities, sensual new love and sexual self-belief

Alim Kheraj

02, Jul, 2021 @7:30 AM

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Doja Cat: Planet Her review – pop-rap queen is in a world of her own
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With her unerring ability to kickstart TikTok crazes, Doja Cat’s sci-fi concept album – with guest turns from Ariana Grande and SZA – shines as a paragon of 2021 pop

Alexis Petridis

24, Jun, 2021 @10:30 AM

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