Mark Bonafide – U Thought

Singaporean R&B – hip hop. A slick production with pop smarts and more depth than your average unsigned, though not to be taken too seriously and the synth brass must be sacked. Mark Bonafide, McLovin be thy middle name.

w-inds. – Fantasy

Well-travelled three-member boy-band ex-Japan by-numbers Prince/Jackson. As pimpin’ as chocolate coins and unsipped tumblers of Scotch.

The Weeknd – Earned It

I briefly thought this was something new from Canadian nerd-rockers The Weekend. How disappointed I was to discover bakelite R&B pooped out for the sake of the Fifty Shades franchise.

Sean Kelly – Hands In The Sky

R&B, but in the classic sense, with a Cali-seaside twist. There’s a good times vibe without being dumbed down, and a sense of confidence with a refreshing lack of attitude. More substantial than your average made-for-the-beach fare.

Wretch 32 – 6 Words

Happy clappy, family-style, Western-themed, British R&B. Does that make sense to anyone other than Lewis Hamilton? Currently has 666 comments on YouTube and I will NOT be the one to spoil that irony.

Hilary Duff – All About You

Banjo-pluckin’ white girl R&B. Yes, that’s what I said. Appears to be built entirely out of choruses and bridges. The meta chart song.

Stelar Rey – Naked

Self-described ‘world pop’ from a well-travelled stage and television performer. A slightly unconventional approach to R&B and a fairly average attempt at meaningful lyrics suggest an artist with ability who would benefit from stronger musical influences and more time spent in the songwriting workshop if she really wants to craft something unique and substantial.