This week’s playlist lures you in with scented candles and incense before bashing you off the cliff of complex melodies and three-minute piano solos: yes of course, it’s a joint Neo Soul/Nu-Jazz playlist. They both have pretty silly names, and are equally vague in what it does or does not count within their boundaries; thus it seemed only natural to blend them together into one indistinguishable soupy mess.
Neo Soul as a genre was coined around the 90s during RnB’s rising popularity in the charts, and stood for the stuff that had more of its sound dipped in Hip-Hop, Jazz and Gospel. Nu-Jazz on the other hand holds Electronic music’s influence closer to its heart, blending synthesized influences and traditional Jazz instrumentation with more popularized song structures.
Try to figure out which songs belong to which genre. I would give you some clues, but I barely know myself. Enjoy!
Erykah Badu – Kiss me on my Neck
Omar – The Man
Dwele – I’m Cheatin
Shigeto – Huron River Drive
Amy Winehouse – What is it About Men
Haitus Kaiyote – Nakamarra
Bonobo – Animals
Floating Points Ensemble – Post Suite
Flying Lotus – Tea Leaf Dancers
The Cinematic Orchestra – Burn Out
Jaga Jazzist – For All You Happy People
Yesterday’s New Quintet – Uno Esta
Dwele & J Dilla – Dime Piece (Remix)
Mr. Scruff – Midnight Feast
Portico Quartet – Ruins
Hidden Orchestra – Seven Hunters
D’Angelo – Africa
Anthony Hamilton – Charlene
Bilal – Sometimes
Badbadnotgood – Fall in Love