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Interview: Chris Jasper on Playing Synths for the Isleys

Michael A. Gonzales talks to the inventive, classically-trained keyboardist for some of the Isley’s most indelible hits.

opinion

Key Tracks: Daryl Simmons on Babyface’s Tender Lover

Inside the definitive solo album of one of R&B’s biggest hitmakers.

opinion

Key Tracks: Jimmy Jam on The S.O.S. Band’s Just the Way You Like It

The celebrated producer remembers the sessions for the album that revitalized the Southern R&B group’s career

opinion

TSONYC: The Mutiny That Relocated the Philly Sound

Throughout the ’70s, MFSB defined the Philadelphia disco sound. In the late ’70s, however, key members of the group defected to New York and created another set of legendary tunes for Salsoul. Nate Patrin explains why.

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Tony Maserati On Shaping The R&B Sound of New York

Having worked with R&B and hip hop superstars, the lauded record engineer talks about some of his most definitive work.

Lecture

D’Angelo

A rare audience with one of modern soul’s most enigmatic figures.

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Mandré: A Tribute

Nate Patrin explores the career – and enduring influence – of the Masked Marauder.

opinion

Key Tracks: Whodini’s Escape

Jalil Hutchins recounts the luck and skill that went into creating a hip hop classic.

opinion

Key Tracks: Sade’s Diamond Life

Stuart Matthewman and producer Robin Millar reflect on Sade’s timeless debut album.

opinion

Key Tracks: Mary J. Blige’s My Life

Two of the key producers of the hit album from the queen of hip hop soul talk about its genesis.

opinion

Make It Funky: The Rise & Fall of the Highland Place Mobsters

The story of the best ’90s R&B group you’ve never heard of.

interview

Key Tracks: Jimmy Jam on Janet Jackson’s Rhythm Nation 1814

The legendary producer goes deep on the 25th anniversary of Janet Jackson’s groundbreaking album.

interview

Interview: Mtume on Miles Davis, Juicy Fruit and Donny Hathaway’s Last Recording Session

Dispatches from a remarkable multi-decade, multi-genre career.

Lecture

Erykah Badu

The reigning queen of soul talks about her big break, Dilla, and the continued evolution of her sound.

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Carl McIntosh

Lessons in slickness with Loose Ends' main man

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opinion

All I See Is Controversy: Rihanna’s “Pour It Up”

The R&B singer’s provocative video has set off a conversation about exploitation and misogyny in the music industry. Melissa Bradshaw explains why.

opinion

A Guide to Saint Heron

Meet the new generation of R&B talent that Solange Knowles has collected on her label’s first compilation.

opinion

Key Tracks: Carl McIntosh on Loose Ends’ “Hangin’ on a String”

How a Philly assist led to one of the most successful UK R&B hits of the ’80s.

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Soul II Soul’s Enduring Influence on the Music of the UK

Jazzie B’s chart-topping group paved the way for a generation of independent artists in the UK.

opinion

Give Me Something Good: Chaka Khan, 1978 – 1984

Alfred Soto picks through the messy discography of the funk-soul vocalist before her hit “I Feel for You.”