Welcome back for another week of Enforcer Friday. Last week I got some much needed time off, and I feel refreshed and rejuvenated to inform you all about my selections for the week. This week I will be focusing on R&B releases, since it appears the genre is not dead after all.

It feels like there has been a lot of hype surrounding the music charts this year. From Hip Hop having a downward trend in popularity to R&B making a huge stride upward, the music landscape is shifting. Where exactly is the music heading only time will tell for the music industry.

Though change can be hard, the shift in the music scene could be a prime opportunity for artist and corporations to focus on how music is delivered and displayed to us consumers. Hopefully the spikes in the music could signal for a void to be filled, and lead to more quality music being released.

Sampha – Lahai

It’s been a few years since we last heard from Sampha, 2017 to be exact when Sampha dropped his debut album Process. The British singer has resurfaced with his sophmore release Lahai. The fourteen track project is littered with soundscapes ranging from Afro-Beats, to EDM that will have you singing in your happy space. Guest features on the album include, Yaeji, Lisa-Kainde Diaz, Ibeyi, and Sheila Maurice Grey. Do yourself a favor, take a drive and put this album on and you will not be disappointed.

Terrace Martin & Alex Isley – I Left My Heart in Ladera

Terrace Martin and Alex Isley have linked up for a 9 song EP I Left My Heart in Ladera. This project is well worth the listening pleasure with solid production from Martin, coupled with the sultry vocals of Isley, I Left My Heart in Ladera is cool vibes all around. Besides the lead single “Paradise” that was released a few weeks ago, my favorite tracks on the album include “Glad I Found You,” “2 Step In The Living Room,” “La Brea & Stocker,” and the self titled “I Left My Heart in Ladera.”

Arin Ray – Phases lll

After releasing Hello Poison in 2022, Arin Ray returns with his third installment of Phases. The Cincinnati native looks to stay consistent and prove that he is an artist that has staying power. Ray new album comes at a time where the music industry is seeing an incline in r&b music and hopefully this will mean more expose for him. Notable tracks to check for on the 11 track project include “Tequila,” “Cold, and “Save It All.”

Enforcer Friday

Thanks for stopping by today, don’t forget to check out the playlist for the rest of today new entries that include new singles from Jay Rock, Yuna, Nappyhigh, and more. Have a fun and safe weekend.

Elvin Chambers