By: Maddie Wood
Admittedly, my music taste is different than most 19-year-old girls. I was raised on a mix of Marvin Gaye, the Temptations, and the Four Tops, a departure from the typical Backstreet Boys obsession.
I have my parents and their love of Motown to thank for my love of old-school crooners and rhythmic melodies, but I’ve also become quite the connoisseur of R&B music, as my friends would be quick to confirm.
Contrary to popular belief, R&B isn’t a thing of the past. While it seems as though EDM, pop, and hip-hop are conquering the current music scene, R&B is actually making a pretty cool comeback.
Much of this can be attributed to the recent fame of R&B masterminds like The Weeknd and August Alsina, and Fox’s wildly popular show Empire whose music is produced by none other than media mogul Timbaland.
I know R&B might make you think of early 2000s Usher and distasteful Trey Songz/ Chris Brown lyrics, but I promise it’s more than that.
Cue performer/producer duo, Majid Jordan.
Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman first burst onto the scene in 2013 when they were featured on Drake’s mega-hit, “Hold On, We’re Going Home.” Since then the two have kept busy, releasing 2 EPs and signing to Drake’s OVO label.
Their much-anticipated first studio album was released on Feb.5, and surely didn’t disappoint.
Majid Jordan brings airy vocals and dreamy backgrounds together to create a unique blend that combines electronic and classic R&B beats, a hybrid between Miguel and Daft Punk.
Some of their best work on the self-titled debut album includes the drowsy-yet-upbeat track “Something About You,” “Every Step Every Way,” a mythical song with an infectious melody, and “My Love (feat. Drake),” featuring their mentor and label-head.
While Maskati and Ullman are becoming well-known for their suave vocals, they’re also smooth in the style department. Their signature look can best be described as Toronto-trendy, drawing inspiration from the city’s chic architecture and rugged street wear.
They’ve spotted wearing up-and-coming designer 3.Paradis in the music video for “My Love (feat. Drake),” as well as popular cool-guy brand Givenchy.
Before you diss R&B once and for all, trust everyone’s favorite Canadian (sorry Justin Bieber), and give Drake’s dreamy duo a shot.