The battle is real, and 2014 has been an incredibly strong year for music. Here, we have lovingly picked some of our favourite tracks that can be placed under the broad umbrella of ‘R&B / Soul’. On one side of the spectrum, we have the big divas of British music breathing new life into old musical conventions: FKA Twigs, whose album was given Dummy Mag’s title of #1 album of the year, and Eglo Records’ soulstress Fatima, a favourite of Gilles Petterson’s. This is teamed with sugary Aaliyah-like R&B from American sweetheart Tinashe, the return of the king that is Frank Ocean, some lesser known gems that the Stamp team have been closely following all year around, and many more.
You can listen to the tracks individually on the following page, and enjoy the selections as a playlist on Soundcloud (we couldn’t find all of them though!) and a continuous Mixcloud mix below.