Part 2 of my ’09 favs. I have to say: R&B is Soul to me. So there’s a lot of R&B in this Soul chart.
(edit: links added)
Okäi’s Top 15 Soul Tracks of 2009
- Drake – Best I Ever Had
Best of his tracks yet. That beat is so chopped and he goes so shmoothly over it. Nice.
- Cassie – Must Be Love
The instrumental kills it. Cassie is not a real singer. Everybody knows. Nevertheless it works here. It has to be heard without Diddy’s verse which is unbearable.
- Chrisette Michelle – Epiphany
It’s noteworthy that she’s indeed on Def Jam. Her gospel-experienced voice is tremendous.
- Jaheim – Ain’t Leavin Without You
Jaheim still has it. And the Whatnauts-sample always rocks.
- Keri Hilson – Knock You Down feat. Ne-Yo & Kanye West
Cheese galore. But good Pop though. The hook sticks to my head for days.
- Lylit – Change
Sweet voice and the beat sounds so UK ’98. And she’s from Austria (!?).
- Mavado – Neva Believe You
Of course Mavado is a Dancehall artist. But hey – that’s a real good R&B-joint as well.
- Maxwell – Cold
Another real good comeback. The funkiest joint on the album. When the pre-EP was released that made my day.
- Mayer Hawthorne – Maybe So, Maybe No
Real good album. This for me is one of the standout-cuts. Sadly I missed him play in Hamburg.
- Melanie Fiona – Give It To Me Right
This came out of nothing for me, Don’t know much of her other material, but this is such a funky track. The remixes with Kweli and Busta also do well.
- Mr. Hudson – Anyone But Him
Really don’t know what to think of him. He always seems to be something like Duran Duran light. That song is great. What a line: “I’d rather hear you had the whole football team, Than have to watch his filthy lips on your skin”. He just released an new Version (via FirstUp) which will be on his upcomming LP.
- Q-Tip – ManWomanBoogie feat. Amanda Diva
Q-Tip is still a rapper of course. That one is so soulful, the Can-sample and all. I wait for Amanda Dive to do more like this. His LP was great too, so soulful too.
- Raheem DeVaughn – Bulletproof feat. Ludacris
Raheem is one of my favourite active singers. That song is so down south, and Luda flows nice too. Deep.
- Raphael Saadiq – 100 Yard Dash
I didn’t like RayRay ‘s 60s inspired LP as much as his first two solo efforts (which are classic all the way). But still: Too good to be left out here.
- Shafiq Husayn – Lil Girl feat. Fatima
My track of the year. Summer madness. When I heard it on BBC the first time i went nuts. The LP is also fav ’09.