R&B Music Blog

Faith Evans – All Night Long

Faith Evans - All Night LongWe're starting the first weekend in April with the old skool sounds of Faith Evans and her party anthem "All Night Long". This classic was released March 2nd 1999 taken from her 2nd studio album "Keep The Faith".
Following up from the success of the albums first single 'Love Like This' nobody anticipated that song would do such huge things, but thanks to the vocals of Fatman Scoop giving the anthem a new lease of life as 'Be Faithful' till this very day that song is the ultimate way for any DJ to burst some energy onto the dancefloor across London Grooves R&B clubs London every weekend.

Faith Evans became the first lady of Bad Boy Records and thanks to Puff Daddy choosing some great samples its fair to say they made some R&B magic for years to come. 'All Night Long' features the melodies of Untlimited Touch's 1980's classic 'I Hear Music In The Streets'. In true Bad Boy style Faith & Puffy made the sample their own with the lyrics "We can dance, dance dance, clap your hands, hands, hands, all night, if your in the mood do what you want to do, all night long".

The video took inspiration from Janet Jackson's 'I Get Lonely' directed by Paul Hunter so it made sense for Faith to use the very same director for "All Night Long" with the singer walking through long corridors with dancers shaking their tailfeather, plus a Bad Boy party scene with Puffy rapping on a catwalk and moving escalator 'Jamiroquai style'.

Faith Evans

All Night Long climbed up the Billboard hot 100 to no.9 along with international chart success dominating dancefloors throughout Europe with UK radio stations like Kiss100 & the now defunct Choice FM championing the record with heavy rotation during 1999. Puffy was still very much in high demand with his second album ‘Forever’ also in the charts, its no wonder why he dropped a verse of his own on Faith’song “If it’s hot then I must’ve did it, if it’s not then I wasn’t with it, Bad Boy stay committed whether hip hop or R&B Faith Evans co-starting me P-Diddy’.

Faith has certainly proven I am more than just an average R&B singer giving us some quality R&B music over the years to which DJs across London nightlife are very thankful, and will continue to pump her feel good music for decades to come.

Drake – PassionFruit

Drake - PassionfruitThe sun is shining across the captial and the start of spring has never looked so good. Birds tweeting, trees blowing in the wind and the new sounds of Drake blasting across the office. Since premiering his latest project 'More Life' fans have been requesting his new joints to which "PassionFruit" is top of the list.

This song is perfect for the start of British Summer Time, now that the clocks have gone forward you can imagine 'PassionFruit' in heavy rotation across radio, with cars passing you by on the street while Drizzy is on maximum volume through the speakers. Ladies are most certainly in love with this song and guys know they can sneak an opportunity to serenade the lady of their choice with the R&B vocals of Drake sounding as sweet as ever.

PassionFruit has a soulful house vibe to it which will be dominating islands like Ibiza and Malaga over the summer, which is exactly why Drake has such a wide appeal, because he's versatile enough to make heavy hitting battle rap anthems and then smooth it out on Grammy Award winning songs like 'Hotline Bling'. Drizzy's afrobeat contribution on his last album "Views' saw him collaborating with Rihanna for the smoothed out club banger 'Too Good' or his dancehall inspired ‘Controlla’.

Now he's on the house tip and sounding like another huge hit will be dominating the charts as he sings about a relationship breaking down from a distance: "Passionate from miles away, passive with the things you say, passin' up on my old ways, i can't blame you, no, no". Produced by rising new UK talent Nana Rogues who has been enjoyin success with his productions for Tinie Tempah, Wiley, Section Boyz and many more. He's currently working with Annie Lennox daughter Lola Lennox and now that Drake is championing his skills you can expect to hear much more from this self taught pianist from London town.

Passionfruit lyrics

So far there is no official video for “PassionFruit” but its generating plenty of interest with fans making there own videos, the fan video below has reached over 200k views and with all this demand for his passionate record its just a matter of time before Drake creates an original video of his own. For now you can enjoy “More Life” playlist online and keep requesting “Passionfruit” across our London Groove parties in the city this weekend at Sink Shoreditch on Friday and Laurel Lounge on Saturday.

Major Lazer ft PartyNextDoor & Nicki Minaj – Run Up

Major Lazer ft PartyNextDoor & Nicki Minaj - Run UpMajor Lazer’s new single “Run Up” is the perfect way to celebrate the beginning of spring and get ready for summer. This single is exactly the type of club banger that will get the party going so get ready to gyrate as the tropical sounds of Major Lazer are once again bringing the dancehall vibes.

Following up from the Justin Bieber led single ‘Cold Water’ which is a huge London Groove favourite, this mid tempo club anthem really packs a punch and we’re not talking rum punch lol. Calling upon the talents of Nicki Minaj and Drake’s OVO Sound artist PartyNextDoor, together the artists bring lots of swag and laid back vibes as they tell their love interest ‘I’ll admit I’m wrong when I know that you gon’ come for me, when you gon’ come for me, yeah, never gonna not not hit that, your lovin’ is drugs to me, when you gon’ come to me, yeah. and every time you hit my phone, when you say you need company, oh I’ma run up on you, I’ma run up on you.”

Major Lazer

This is the second single taken from their album “Music Is A Weapon” which the major Lazer crew performed on the American Music Awards back in January, since then the single has been generating over 27million views on YouTube despite not having an official video, fans have been content with the lyric video.

The award winning Diplo explained that they wanted to make a slowed down Afrobeat style groove with dance production to which Nicki Minaj was more than excited to experiment with thanks to her Trinidadian roots. Both Minaj and PartyNextDoor have Caribbean roots so singing and rapping in West Indian patois helps to give the record an authentic island sound.

Run Up is produced by Major Lazer and the R&B sensations Stargate who have enjoyed success with everyone from Beyonce, Rihanna, Chris Brown, to Ne-Yo, Katy Perry to name only a few played across clubland. So far the single is climbing up the US Billboard Hot 100 and UK 20 with people requesting the anthem at every opportunity that get to bring some sunshine music across the dancefloor.

Ariana Grande – Everyday

Ariana Grande - EverydayThe rising star Ariana Grande is back with a new single giving us lots of #MondayMotivation to kick start this week and she’s packing lots of R&B/Rap swag as she collaborates with trap superstar Future on the sexually charged ‘Everyday’. This is the fourth single to be taken from her 3rd studio album ‘Dangerous Woman’ and we think it’s rather cool.

Produced by IIya Salmanzadeh who also created Ariana’s hit song ‘Problem’ plus enjoyed chart success with Fifth Harmony, Jennifer Lopez, Jessie J, Ellie Goulding and many more. In a similar vain to the anthem ‘Side to Side’ played across London R&B clubs, once again Grande is singing about sexual satisfaction, but rather than highlighting ‘soreness’ after hours of love making instead she is celebrating the fact that her lover gives her ‘that good shit’ EVERYDAY!

that good shit..

Speaking of teaming up with Future she said: "I knew I wanted to work with Future, but I didn't know if we could find the right song to do together because we're so different, but we found a dope vibe and it's very unique and exciting." Merging the world of pop with trap ‘Everyday’ is most certainly club friendly as she sings the repetitive of lines “he giving me that good shit, that make me not quite, that good shit,’ leading to the chorus “Oh he give it to me Everyday, everyday, everyday, he give it to me everyday, everyday, everyday”.

The video is very comical directed by Chris Marrs Piliero, it features Ariana singing in the street where she stumbles across an adult couple making out on top of a car for all to see, later she goes to do laundry at the local launderette and yes you guessed it another couple this time two ladies begin to make out in front of the washing machines stripping down to their bra’s and having a fun time.

This is the general theme of the video including a couple in a office, and to ensure diversity was represented fully senior citizens also get bitten by the love bug as they ride the bus getting hot and steamy in front of the passengers including Ariana who gives them a thumbs up.

Although Future doesn’t share a scene with Ariana he spits his verse during the office scene bragging about how he serves his woman everyday helping this song reach its full pop trap potential, so be sure to watch out for this as it slowly climbs up the charts and heats up dancefloors across commercial clubland.

The Notorious B.I.G – Hypnotize

The Notorious B.I.G - HypnotizeIt’s #FlashbackFriday and as March Madness has descended upon us its only right that we celebrate yesterdays date March 9th which was the 20th Anniversary since the death of Christopher Wallace aka The Notorious B.I.G. As we prepare for the weekend you can be sure that ‘Hypnotize’ will be pumped loud on the dance floor of pretty much all London R&B clubs as we celebrate the life of one of hip hop’s most important rappers.

Hypnotize was released on March 1st 1997 and in two decades this has remained a huge party anthem plus a constant reminder of how just like 2Pac, The Notorious B.I.G was taken from us way too soon. Produced by D-Dot, Ron Lawrence and Sean ‘Puffy’ Combs this classic song embodies all of the traits that made Puffy have so much success with Bad Boy Records.

P Diddy and Biggie Smalls

This hip hop classic sees Puffy sampling the beat from Herb Alpert’s 1979 hit ‘Rise’ the groove had always reminded Diddy of the summer when he was 10 years old and that song was constantly playing on the radio along with Chic’s ‘Good Times’. So when the Herb granted him permission to use the beat, he played it to Biggie who gave a smile and hug in return proving that the beat meant just as much to him too.

So many rappers over the years wanted to use this groove and Herb Alpert producer Randy states that not until he heard Biggie’s version did he believe that the song could be a hip-hop hit. Hypnotize climbed to no.1 on the US Billboard hot 100 plus no.10 in the UK which sadly saw sales increase upon B.I.G’s death March 9th.

The video was huge looking like a Hollywood movie thanks to being directed by Paul Hunter shooting it in Florida with Biggie and Puffy cruising on Yachts being chased by Helicopters, leading to an epic high-speed car chase. The rapper looks so happy in the video goofing around with Puffy and little did anyone know this would be his last ever video.

The chorus ‘biggie biggie biggie can’t you see, somehow your words just hypnotize me, and I just love your flashy ways, guess that’s why they broke and your so paid’ is sung by Pamela Long from Total and it sticks in your head. The Notorious B.I.G is only the fifth artist to have a posthumous single in the hot 100 and continues to be respected as the best rapper to ever live.

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