R&B / Soul: Spring 2022

Monarch R&B/Soul Recommendations


The new album follows Moonchild’s critically acclaimed album Little Ghost, which saw huge support from the likes of Jamie Cullum (BBC Radio 2), Phil Taggart (BBC Radio 1), and Jamz Supernova. On Starfruit, Moonchild creates an atmosphere where anything feels possible. The beats are laidback, the basslines drip with funky, insouciant charm, and the lyrics ooze with optimism. This is partly down to the confidence they have developed over the past decade but also from collaborations with highly respected names from across music, including Kamasi Washington, Stevie Wonder, the Internet, and Jill Scott. They have been compared to the likes of Tom Misch and Jordan Rakei and have built up a host of iconic supporters, from Robert Glasper (who has collaborated with Amber on his projects) and Laura Mvula to James Poyser, Jazzy Jeff, 9th Wonder, and Tyler, the Creator.


Circmvnt sees Elujay tap into his Trinidadian roots as a source of inspiration while exploring and pushing new boundaries with his sound. The album showcases masterful production from Elujay and his frequent collaborators, Benny Bock (The Weeknd), Simon Ajero, Anthony Shogun, and many more. The album boasts a feature from Serpent with feet on the undeniably groovy single, “Luvaroq,” which Billboard hailed “a timeless, laid-back trip, transporting listeners to the LA-based singer’s groovy world.”

Samm Henshaw
Untidy Soul

The debut album from singer-songwriter and multifaceted, multi-instrumental artist Samm Henshaw, the 16-track Untidy Soul spans myriad genres and sounds. Built from strains of rootsy, old-school soul as well as ’90s hip-hop, bluesy jazz, and gospel, this is an album about modern notions of selfhood: fallibility, hypocrisy, self-improvement, and self-worth.


Motomami, the upcoming third studio album by Spanish singer-songwriter Rosalía is presented as conceptual, experimental, and “her most personal and confessional album so far.” Scheduled to be released this year through Columbia Records, this project includes vocal appearances by Tokischa, Frank Ocean, Tego Calderón, the Weeknd and Billie Eilish.

Music for Your Soul

One of the most soulful singers ever, Maysa has established two incredible careers, first as part of the collective Incognito and later as a solo artist. A couple years ago, Maysa took a leap of faith and created her own Blue Velvet Soul Records, where she is preparing her May 1 Blue Velvet Soul debut album, Music for Your Soul. To get fans ready for the album, she issued a two-sided single that displays two different aspects of her musical talent. “Just Stay” is an R&B number reminiscent of Adult Soul radio. And on the flip side, Maysa transforms the song, “Make Sure You’re Sure,” a song written by Stevie Wonder for the Jungle Fever soundtrack album, into a jazzy, soulful nighttime ballad extraordinaire.