If there is anything that 2019 has taught us – it is that music is the fountain of expression, especially during the era of the digital age and it is, without a doubt, a paint colour that we at IndustryMe have chosen to submerge ourselves in.
With a shade range so vast, matching that of the development of liquid foundation shades, music has truly evolved into the beautiful brain-child we had all hoped for.
We’ve put together some favourites. It was so difficult to choose that we’ve divided our top 20 list of fire into two parts this year; Top 10 Projects of 2019 and the Top R&B Singles of 2019. We hope your enjoy our closing symphonies and reflect on the year 2019 in the key of R&B.
Each of these works of art moved us emotionally and at times even physically through the sheer amount dancing they have inspired. We’ve been blessed enough to discuss their growth like proud aunties at graduation ceremonies!
Top 10 EP’s/ Albums
In no particular order, these are the 10 R&B albums we enjoyed the most during 2019.
1. Tamaraebi – Heaven’s Gate
2. Mylezia – Issues
3. Sinéad Harnett – Lessons In Love
4. Kevin Garrett – Hoax
5. DOA – The Journal
6. Miraa May – Dark
7. Bellah – Last Train Home
8. Kara Marni – No Logic
9. Thutmose – Don’t Wake Me
10. Mahalia – Love & Compromise
Top R&B Singles of 2019
2019 was definitely a year of great projects, but let’s not forget the singles! We couldn’t go without mentioning our favourites so here are some carefully selected tracks for your listening pleasure.
1. Shae Universe – Meant To Be
2. Emiko – Pride (ft. Baker Aaron)
3. Jean-Mikhael – Rollin’ (ft. Realz)
4. Madison Paris – ETA
5. KVNG – Teardrops Remix (ft. Geovarn)
6. Melica – Calling
7. Laker – I’ve Got Plans
8. Vade – Be Mine (ft. Jermaine Riley)
9. Matt Blvck – No Time
From naturally warming a cappella tones, to twisting to the wave that is afrobeat, to bouncing with trap snares, to exploring the modern revamp of bass drops in pop music with the genre’s future icons, we have been singing loudly and proudly to the beats of new and returning artists.
R&B has really evolved and we have been grateful to have the opportunity to grow with it. Music has really shattered ceilings and garnered light upon a year of wonder, instinct, mystery, and insight.