We probably don’t have to tell you that music matters. It’s a task to find another element with so much of an intangible influence over emotions and environs all at once, and whenever the occasion presents itself, properly exerting control over such a force should not be taken lightly.

Saint Valentine's Day is officially among us, and while you were scurrying to put together the ultimate ambiance, you may have caught yourself slipping on the ever-essential tunes. While the go-to compilation of Chris Brown and Trey Songz slow jams might just do the trick, we’d like to offer our hand in helping you craft the perfect change of pace this year.

The following fourteen tracks are a handful of carefully selected tracks from some of R&B’s most promising up-and-comers. A thoroughly refreshing take on the genre is the underlying theme here and extends a clear path towards the ultimate playlist for Valentine’s Day and beyond. While far from definitive, this list should be regarded as something more of a guide, as each track chosen will likely introduce you to an artist you may or may not have heard of before, presenting you with a catalog that will definitely leave you and that special someone coming back for more.

You’re welcome.