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10 Best New R&B Songs We Heard This Month

We get it: There's so much music out there, it's impossible to listen to it all. So the Fuse staff compiled this list of the best R&B tracks released in October

1 / 10

Jessie Ware, "You & I (Forever)"

This surging slice of synth-pop is one of the best cuts off Jessie Ware's brilliant Tough Love album. The track was crafted by production duo BenZel (a.k.a. hitmaker Benny Blanco and partner Two Inch Punch), who helmed other standouts on the LP, including "Say You Love Me," "Champagne Kisses" and the title track.

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2 / 10

Tamar Braxton, "Let Me Know" ft. Future

The Tamar and Vince star shows off big belts and whistle tones over a beat that samples Aaliyah's "(At Your Best) You Are Love." Rather inventively, Future doesn't get his own verse, but instead handles the repetitive hook in his signature AutoTune crooning.

3 / 10

Mary J Blige, "Nobody V2"

Co-penned by Sam Smith, this track puts Mary's rousing vocals over a slick, house production that shows that the Queen of Hip Hop-Soul can still tug at our heartstrings, even on the dance floor.

While the official single version kicks off with the beats, Mary uploaded an alternative version, "Nobody V2" (above), that starts with a dreamy intro sequence to extend our experience just a little bit longer. And we very much appreciate it.

4 / 10

Kindness, "I'll Be Back"

Otherness, the very excellent sophomore album from British singer Kindness, is hard to pin to one genre. The record spans everything from '80s synth-pop ("Why Don't You Love Me") to feel-good soul ("World Restart"), but this lulling house joint is sure to please R&B fans. Listen to the end for the unexpected soul singer (who sounds a bit like Cee Lo) riffing to close the track.

5 / 10

Goapele, "Powerful"

This underrated neo-soul sister released her fifth studio album, Strong as Glass, this month, and the album cut "Powerful" showcases her sounding stronger than ever. Goapele purrs over reggae-guitar riffs on the verse and coos over dreamy piano lines on the pre-chorus before letting her rasp run wild on the punchy, spunky chorus. 

It's everything an R&B fan could want rolled into one sonic treat.

6 / 10

Usher, "I Don't Mind" ft. Juicy J

A surprisingly tender ode to falling in love with a stripper and supporting her in her grind.

7 / 10

Nicole Scherzinger, "Electric Blue" ft. T.I.

Nicole Scherzinger is still trying to make her mark stateside, but the former Pussycat Doll is going strong across the pond, where she dropped her sophomore solo disc, Big Fat Lie, this month. The LP was entirely produced by The-Dream and Tricky, and this Prince-esque cut recalls some of the duo's best and most experimental work.

8 / 10

Danity Kane, "Tell Me"

Danity Kane's future is in question, but their new music is as strong as ever. "Tell Me," the band's latest (and possibly last) single, is a synthy mid-tempo track that's dripping with the band's signature harmonies. Don't leave us, girls.

9 / 10

Mystery Skulls, "Number 1" ft. Brandy & Nile Rodgers

Mystery Skulls dropped his debut album Forever this month, with the disco-pop singer snagging not one, but two cuts featuring music MVPs Nile Rodgers and Brandy. While "Magic" has more of a vintage disco sound, we're partial to the super feel-good single "Number 1," which sounds a bit like a modern-day update of the Jackson 5 classic "I Want You Back."

10 / 10

Beldina, "Ocean"

The Swedish singer-songwriter offers a slinky, synthy creation that goes down super smooth, even with the spastic tribal beats and woozy vocal layers inside the chorus.

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