A hypnotic collection of high-flying vocals and downtempo, slow jams, this song set pays homage to Mr. Abel Makkonen Tesfaye, a.k.a. The Weeknd.
In this week’s lineup, up-and-comers like Jorja Smith toy with unconventional samples and the themes of lust and heartbreak — with decidedly less sexual menace than The Weeknd. And where The Weeknd is influenced by smooth criminals like Michael Jackson and R. Kelly, sweet, sultry, jazzy Jorja says her influences range from Lauren Hill to The Streets. The 20-year-old is already drawing comparisons with the late and infinitely-great Amy Winehouse.
With a dash of good oldies, this collection of hazy alt-R&B grooves emits a fog of apathy and hedonism. Life is tough. Boogy is life. Rinse. Repeat.