Sampha & Chris Brown Perfect Their Craft On Our "R&B Season" Playlist Update

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LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 29: Sampha performs at Roundhouse on March 29, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Burak Cingi/Redferns/Getty Images)

Kevin Abstract, Naomi Sharon, and BADBADNOTGOOD also shine here; what was your favorite release this week from "R&B Season"?

We're almost at the end of October- and 2023, for that matter- but that doesn't mean that R&B Season is slowing down in the slightest. Moreover, our newest playlist update rounds up the new release heavy hitters this week, which contains a highly anticipated album. Fans waited for Sampha's new album Lahai for over six years, and the resulting project could not have been more worth the wait. Specifically, we decided to pick out one of many gorgeous and impressively crafted cuts on this LP: the song "Suspended." Even though it's been so long, the English creative's tender and immersive songwriting and production remain as fresh and exciting as ever.

In addition, we also have a hot new track from Chris Brown, Davido, and Lojay for our R&B Season update. "Sensational" is an Afrobeats and dancehall-inspired cut, whose genres should hint at its breezy instrumentation and slippery melodies. Going towards a completely different vibe, Mustafa's new soft and melancholy acoustic guitar ballad "Name of God" will sink you into a reflective state. There's a similar emotion, albeit with more indie-rock-inspired production, on Kevin Abstract's new single "What Should I Do?"

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Furthermore, this R&B Season keeps up the guitar-led and groovy vibes with the excellent track "Sleeper" from the always impressive BADBADNOTGOOD and Charlotte Day Wilson. Their past collaborations have all been gentle and soulful, and this latest offering is no exception. Also, we have a new album, Obsidian, from Naomi Sharon, whose Afrobeats leanings on "Time And Trust" make for a very compelling chill-out session. If you're looking for more classic R&B vibes, though, look no further than "LIE LIE LIE!" from SadBoi and Aliyah's Interlude.

Rounding out this playlist update is RealestK's new EP Real World and the synth-heavy "Mr. Lonely." Another solid EP this week came from Arin Ray, and Phases III is spearheaded quality-wise by the woozy "Moonlight." Finally, Shay Lia released her new album FACETS, a diverse and powerful body of work whose cut "HIGH" ties a nice, relaxed bow on this week's new releases. Let us know what we missed in the comments down below and what your favorite release this week was. Check out our R&B Season playlist update above and stay up to date on HNHH for more great drops around the clock.

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About The Author
Gabriel Bras Nevares is a music and pop culture news writer for HotNewHipHop. He started in 2022 as a weekend writer and, since joining the team full-time, has developed a strong knowledge in hip-hop news and releases. Whether it’s regular coverage or occasional interviews and album reviews, he continues to search for the most relevant news for his audience and find the best new releases in the genre. What excites him the most is finding pop culture stories of interest, as well as a deeper passion for the art form of hip-hop and its contemporary output. Specifically, Gabriel enjoys the fringes of rap music: the experimental, boundary-pushing, and raw alternatives to the mainstream sound. As a proud native of San Juan, Puerto Rico, he also stays up-to-date with the archipelago’s local scene and its biggest musical exponents in reggaetón, salsa, indie, and beyond. Before working at HotNewHipHop, Gabriel produced multiple short documentaries, artist interviews, venue spotlights, and audio podcasts on a variety of genres and musical figures. Hardcore punk and Go-go music defined much of his coverage during his time at the George Washington University in D.C. His favorite hip-hop artists working today are Tyler, The Creator, Boldy James, JPEGMAFIA, and Earl Sweatshirt.