Playlist: Sexy '90s R&B is back, and it's making love to modern electropop
Sax solos. High-pitched vocals. Funky-ass bass. Sampled electronic drum loops. No, this isn't your recurring Bill-Clinton-Playing-the-Sax-Soulfully-in-Your-Bedroom dream. But it's equally dreamy. And '90s-flavored. That's right; it's a playlist bursting at the seams with modern electro pops paying homage to the smooth sounds of 20-ish years ago.
Lately, it's like culture had a séance and resurrected the nineties from the dead. Not just in fashion, where ripped jeans, flannels, and chalk-hair dominate, but also in music, where the cadence, instrumentation, and funky beats of the decade that brought you Beavis and Butthead are making a comeback that would make the Karate Kid jealous. Modern artists like Shy Girls, Juce, How to Dress Well, Blood Orange, and Solange, are getting jiggy with the soulful authenticity of '90s greats like Brandy, Ashanti, Sade, En Vogue, R. Kelly, Jodeci and Groove Theory. And good lord, is it groovy.
Here's what it sounds like ... bonus points if you listen to it in overalls and a bandana.