I know there are a lot of people hurting from Frank Ocean missing yet another deadline...However I have something to heal the forever aching wounds of needing some R&B. Jesse Boykins III released Bartholomew just yesterday and the production quality and soul in that project will keep you hooked for a while.
"Only Way Out" is one of the closing tracks in the album but I picked it to demonstrate some of the brilliant production you can find all over the project. The track itself is an honest confession from Jesse and the minimal instrumentals really help translate the topics. Featured in the track is a verse from Mick Jenkins, a leading artist from the Chicago hip-hop scene.
I highly recommend giving the whole project a listen (stream below). I went into it not knowing what to expect, having never heard of Jesse Boykins, but was impressed by the flow and consistency of the album, despite venturing to a lot of directions sonically. There are a number of high-profile features on this project that fit surprisingly well without clustering the tape too much - look out for verses from Noname, Little Simz and bits from Syd (from The Internet), Isaiah Rashad. Stand out tracks for me were : Kumbaya in June, Tomorrow, Mean Girls, No Worry, Only Way Out.
I hope you enjoy the listen as much as I did!