Stream Janine and the Machine’s ‘High Places’ EP

Emerging singer-songwriter Janine and the Machine has released her debut EP, High Places. 

Executived produced by Tricky Stewart, the EP consists of seven genre blending tracks that fuse R&B, hip-hop and pop into one.

Speaking on High Places, Janine said, “High Places is my introduction to the world! It’s a small glimpse into the crazy world of Janine The Machine! I executive produced it with Tricky Stewart and we did everything independently— no major label, no crazy budget, just a few dope people who believed in the art. It was a shit ton of work, but it was a lot of fun and totally worth it! I wrote or co-wrote every song, recorded all my own vocals and even helped direct my first video!”

Janine said she learned a lot from working with Tricky. “Tricky’s always pushing me to take risks and think outside of the box,” she said. “He’s been in the game for so long, accomplished so much, and still manages to remain humble — I think that’s really cool. He’s always encouraging me to push myself as an artist and stay true to who I am. He trusts my process and I trust his…that’s what makes our relationship so dope.”

Listen to High Places below.

Keithan is the founder/editor-in-chief of Rated R&B

Listen to Justin Love’s New EP ‘When Love Returns’

Rising singer Justin Love has released his new EP When Love Returns.

The nine-track offering, which features no guest appearances, is packed with radio-friendly melodies and laid back vibes. The project includes previously released tracks “Models” and “Bed Springs,” which has an accompanying visual. He even gives us a taste of his iSingHipHop, an alter ego he cites as his “bread and butter.”

In April, Love shared with Rated R&B the stories he wanted to tell on his new EP. “When Love Returns is literally the return of love,” he said. “I haven’t dropped material in a good two or three years because of a situation I was in. I was legally tied to working with other people I didn’t want to work with. I couldn’t blatantly say that to my fans, though. I could only hint that towards them at least at that time.”

He added, “Now, I can say whatever I want. I was just legally bound to people. When Love Returns is just the return of me showing the world that I’ve been working and I’m here to stay. I’m going to give a bunch of different vibes. They’re going to get a little iSingHipHop, which is my hip hop-singing shit.”

Love is currently working on his debut album, which will be released independently. He plans to support the album with a tour.

Listen to When Love Returns below.

Beyoncé and JAY-Z Release Joint Album ‘Everything Is Love’

Beyoncé and JAY-Z surprise fans with the release of their highly anticipated joint album, Everything is Love. The nine-track offering includes guest appearances from Pharrell Williams (“Nice”) and Migos (“Apeshit”).

The powerful couple is currently on the European leg of their On The Run II Tour. The North American leg will kick off on July 25 in Cleaveland, with stops in Philadelphia, Boston, Atlanta, Detroit and Los Angeles.

Stream Everything Is Love on Tidal.

Watch their visual for “Apeshit” below.

Stream Jacquees’ Debut Album ‘4275’

It’s finally here! R&B heartthrob Jacquees has released his long-awaited debut album, 4275, on Cash Money Records. The album is loaded with 18 tracks with features from Chris Brown, Trey Songz, Jagged Edge, LaTocha Scott, Young Thug and Dej Loaf.

“The music is timeless. It’s classic. It feels good,” he told Rap-Up earlier this year. “You can play it in the morning, middle of the day, or night for the rest of your life. I’m very confident. If this was my last work, I would stand on it.”

The album includes the 24-year-old’s platinum-selling single “B.E.D.” and the Trey Songz-assisted track “Inside.”

Stream Jacquees’ 4275 below.