The Playlist: Neo Soul and Nu Jazz

presents two playlists in one: Neo Soul and Nu-Jazz

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

Raphael Saadiq

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

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