Playlist: The Other Side… Alt Soul Now

Whether it’s rock, hip hop, dance, or bubblegum pop, soul and R&B has been the backbone of it all. This origin genre has filtered its way through pretty much everything you’ve ever heard in the rock & roll era, but has somehow managed to maintain its own identity and grow and evolve with time. Today, alternative soul, specifically, is one of the most lauded, but under-recognized forces in music. I have compiled a playlist of some of the best alt R&B tunes in recent times, some of which you will know, and some of it you won’t (yet.) From the electro-tinged to the throwback jams to the straight up funky gems, The Other Side… Alt Soul Now is sure to set you right. Please enjoy. (PS – I refuse to properly drop the term “PBR&B.”)



  • Rhye “Open”
  • Blood Orange “Chamakay”
  • The Weeknd “Often”
  • Toro Y Moi “So Many Details”
  • Frank Ocean “Lost”
  • James Blake “Life Round Here”
  • Solange “Lovers In The Parking Lot”
  • Shy Girls “Second Heartbeat”
  • Janelle Monáe featuring Prince “Givin’ Em What They Love”
  • AYER “Black Diamond”
  • Banks “Waiting Game”
  • Lady “Money”
  • Miguel “Kaleidoscope Dream”
  • Jamie Woon “Lady Luck”
  • Chromeo “Over Your Shoulder”
  • Jhene Aiko “The Pressure”
  • AlunaGeorge “Your Drums, Your Love”
  • Jessie Ware “Tough Love”
  • Sam Smith “Money On My Mind”
  • Mapei “Don’t Wait”
  • Sky Ferreira “Everything Is Embarrassing”
  • Mayer Hawthorne “Her Favorite Song”
  • Movement “Ivory”
  • ASTR “Operate”
  • HAIM featuring A$AP Ferg “My Song 5” [Remix]
  • SZA featuring Chance The Rapper “Childs Play”
  • Flying Lotus “Coronus, The Terminator’
  • SOS “Youth In Decline”
  • Purity Ring “Lofticries”
  • How To Dress Well “Words I Don’t Remember”

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