R&B / Soul: Summer 2020

Monarch R&B/Soul Recommendations

Lianne La Havas

It has been about five years since singer- songwriter Lianne released a project. Her indie-folk, soul sound has evolved considerably between her first and second albums. So expect some surprises on her third record. Her lead single provides some insight to this slightly new direction. “Bittersweet” is a glorious soul-folk belter that showcases her vocal incredible range.


Normani started off last year brilliantly with a Sam Smith collaboration and her first single all by herself, “Motivation,” was one of those songs from 2019 that felt like it should’ve been a Top 10. While it topped out at Number 27, it did hang around for a fair few weeks and helped get Normani plenty of attention. All eyes now turn to Normani’s debut solo album to see if she can match the success of her former Fifth Harmony- bandmate Camila Cabello.

Janet Jackson
Black Diamond

Music Icon Janet Jackson will release her 12th studio album “Black Diamond” along with a supporting world tour this year. The tour is scheduled to stop off in the United States and Canada in June, July and August, with Europe and world dates “soon to be announced.” “Black Diamonds are the toughest of all the diamonds, the hardest to cut,” said Jackson on her Instagram. “I see that as the hardest to hurt or destroy. There is a lot that I have endured. I see myself as a Black Diamond in its purest form.”

Jessie Ware
Whats Your Pleasure

Ware is 1970s Roxy Music disco on her fourth album titled “What’s Your Pleasure?” Lead single “Spotlight” is funky disco of the sleekest variety; and judging the record’s collaborators— including Shungudzo, Model Child, Kindness, Metronomy, Clarence Coffee Jr., Benji B, Midland and Matthew Tavares— this record will see Ware firmly on the dance floor.

Hil St. Soul
One Life

In a market overcrowded with vanishing one-hit wonders, Hil St. Soul delivers the kind of music that promises to stand the test of time.