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Lip Service

The best guys singing soul, because Frank

A few days ago I had the bright idea of making this list to hold us over until Frank Ocean dropped his album. That day it did.

The reason I love Frank so much, and why I’m overshadowing all these other artists for him, is because there’s a difference between him and them, for me. All of these singers have at least one good song, but it’s the song, not their singing, that I love. With Frank it’s different. I just love hearing his voice. On anything. Few other singers do that for me.

Not to discredit any of these artists. All of them have that potential, especially Breezy Lovejoy. Now known as Anderson .Paak. It took me two years to come out with another list of favorite male singers. Still got a lot of catching up to do compared to my favorite females.

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starRo · · cooler than kinda cool

If you can't listen to him live, hear him here

Up until a few days ago, I knew starRo for his relaxing tunes, California & Seduction. I did like House Party when it came out, but the SoundCloud ad in front ruined it for me – and I annoyed the shit out of starRo about it.

Going through his entire SoundCloud catalogue and explore.fm, I see where he’s taking his sound and I love it, every which way. I don’t see many (hardly any) producers do as well with one sound as starRo has done with a few of his […]

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2012’s Most Promising Musicians

Guaranteed at least one goodie or your money back

We’re finally getting our favorite musicians of 2012 out there. Remixes & heavy sampling have made up most of the other best music of 2012, but the rest of these are all originals (at least for the most part).

I also decided to change it from 2012’s best musicians to the most promising. They may be our favorite musicians of 2012, but they’re probably all new to you – except Frank, Madeon & Miike maybe.

Also remember, not every one of these may be your favorite style, but you’ll definitely find a few you’ll enjoy for a good while.

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Frank Ocean · Scared of Beautiful

Produced by Midi Mafia

Here’s a demo we got ahold of recently, but which actually leaked late 2011. ‘Scared of Beautiful’ houses Frank’s always straight-forward, heartfelt words. Production is provided by Midi Mafia and holds well with Frank’s vocals.

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Frank Ocean ·· Channel Orange

Can't get away from 'Lost.' It's always that melody... or is it?

Running through Channel Orange over, I can’t stop going back to ‘Lost.’ I mean, I connect with a few of the others, mostly which were already released, but I just can’t get away from that melody in ‘Lost.’ The lyrics haven’t really hit me like a few of his others have, but I’m never one to look into lyrics all that much – ’cause usually when I do, some ass has to correct me, and usually they’re right. Or it could be the words and I just don’t know it, yet. Wish I could get a little more lost in life, physically – got the mental down.

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Frank Ocean · Sweet LIFE

"my tv ain't HD that's too real"

‘Sweet LIFE’ is the latest single off Frank O’s Channel Orange. Co-produced by Pharrell Williams, ‘Sweet LIFE’ changes gears from his last single, ‘Pyramids,’ with a simply smooth, jazzy vibe. Frank lays down those ever lucid lines and reminisces about high society’s secluded life of luxury. Effortlessly lovely as always, Frank.

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The New Soul of R&B

with eleven 'hipster R&B' tracks carefully soulected

Ever since I started up Silence, I’ve always wanted to discover the next big thing in R&B, mainly because of my disliking for its mainstream counterpart over the past few decades. The problem with finding this underground soul that’s about to reinvent R&B is that they’re not easy to dig up online, but I managed to do it, eventually.

I got my first taste of neo soul, or so I liked to call it, when I heard the super-group out of Minneapolis, Gayngs, play ‘The Gaudy Side of Town.’ The group gained a decent following, but never enough to start a movement, even in light of all the names behind the project. Six months later, however, a duo out of Toronto created one soulful tune that set the spark for soul & R&B’s reunion, their name was The Weekend […]

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Frank Ocean · Pyramids

He just keeps gettin betta

A new Frank Ocean with the usual sensual seduction, but unlike his usual, “Pyramids” takes that synth to heights, something similar to a Starfucker beat. I wonder if it’s from a Starfucker beat… I just love saying Starfucker.

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Frank Ocean · White

+ a nice, little refix from Kief Ledger

Frank continues to push out a story that’s on a whole ‘nother level than any other R&B today and is “frankly” only of a few I actually care to listen to. His sound in “White” is smoothly still and the beat carries the same. Like always, Ocean makes me wanna tear up every time I listen to him, in a good way.

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Jay-Z & Kanye ·· Watch the Throne

Not just a bunch of HAM releases, thank god.

After listening to Watch the Throne and right before I go to bed, I wanted to throw out the tracks that stuck out the most on the first listen. Right from the start, most of you will recognize “Who Gon Stop Me” samples Flux Pavillion’s “I Can’t Stop”. Like how they slowed it and smoothed the dubstep out a lil – although, I would of loved to hear Jay-Z & Kanye rap over Bass Music.

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