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New R&B/Soul Music: Feb. 2013

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It looks like February 2013 will have a British accent when it comes to new R&B/Soul albums coming our way during the month. Of the handful of releases scheduled to drop in the U.S. during February, half of them are from English artists. They are: Soul singer Alice Russell, whose latest solo project, To Dust, is her second new release in 10 months; dance-Soul funkateer Jamie Lidell, who has a self-titled project coming out; and newcomer Emeli Sande, who follows up her 2012 debut project with a live album recorded in her native UK. Also releasing projects this month are American romantic crooners Avant and Will Downing, Southern hummingbird Tweet; and underrated, eclectic vocalist Bilal. For the full details, have a look below.

1. 'Face the Music,' Avant

Avant's seventh studio album, which comes out Feb. 5, is the follow-up to 2010's The Letter.


  1. Toast to Love
  2. 80 In a 30 (feat. Kajun and J'Lyn)
  3. You & I (feat. KeKe Wyatt)
  4. More
  5. Excited
  6. Don't Know How
  7. Nobody's Business
  8. Best Friend
  9. Like You
  10. When It's Over
  11. No
  12. Gratitude

2. 'To Dust,' Alice Russell

British Soul singer Alice Russell, who released a well-received collaborative album called Look Around the Corner with DJ Quantic less than a year ago, is back with an all-new solo album. It comes out Feb. 26 -- except in the U.S., where it'll be released April 30.


  1. A To Z
  2. Heartbreaker Pt. 2
  3. For A While
  4. Heartbreaker
  5. I Love You (Interlude)
  6. Hard and Strong
  7. To Dust
  8. I Loved You
  9. Twin Peaks
  10. Heartbreaker (Interlude)
  11. Let Go (Breakdown)
  12. Drinking Song (Interlude)
  13. Citizens
  14. Different (Bonus Track)

3. 'Jamie Lidell,' Jamie Lidell

British Dance-Soul singer-musician Jamie Lidell produced his latest album in his Nashville, Tennessee studio. It'll be in stores Feb. 19 in the U.S.


  1. I'm Selfish
  2. Big Love
  3. What a Shame
  4. Do Yourself a Favor
  5. You Naked
  6. why_ya_why
  7. Blaming Something
  8. You Know My Name
  9. So Cold
  10. Don't You Love Me
  11. In Your Mind

4. 'A Love Surreal,' Bilal

The eclectic and avant-garde singer Bilal's fourth studio album (but only his third to be released commercially) comes out Feb. 26.


  1. Intro
  2. West Side Girl
  3. Back To Love
  4. Winning Hand
  5. Climbing
  6. Longing and Waiting
  7. Right at the Core
  8. Slipping Away
  9. Lost For Now
  10. Astray
  11. Never Be the Same
  12. Butterfly (feat. Robert Glasper)
  13. The Flow
  14. Outro
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5. 'Simply Tweet,' Tweet

It's been a long eight years since southern hummingbird Tweet released a full album. And although she's not putting one out this month, this new five-song EP is a good step in the right direction. It'll be available on iTunes and amazon.com starting Feb. 26.


  1. Intro
  2. Day Dreaming
  3. Way To Love
  4. Sorry
  5. Enough

6. 'Silver,' Will Downing

Will Downing's latest project, which comes out Feb. 12, contains a combination of a handful of new songs, some previously-released ones and a live medley of some of his best tracks.


  1. Stuff That I Like
  2. One Step Closer
  3. Falling
  4. Send For Me
  5. The Blessing
  6. What Would You Do?
  7. Sexy
  8. You Were Meant Just For Me
  9. Never Find Another Love
  10. Ooh Baby Baby
  11. Only One
  12. I Go Crazy/Wishing On a Star/I Try
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7. 'Live at Royal Albert Hall (CD/DVD),' Emeli Sande

The first live album by British songbird Emeli Sande is due out in the U.S. Feb. 26. It's the follow-up to her 2012 debut album, Our Version of Events.

Disc 1: CD:

  1. Daddy
  2. Where I Sleep
  3. Breaking the Law
  4. Enough
  5. My Kind of Love
  6. Clown
  7. River
  8. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
  9. Suitcase
  10. Read All About It, Pt. III (feat. Prof. Green)
  11. Wonder
  12. Mountains
  13. Heaven
  14. Beneath Your Beautiful (feat. Labrinth)
  15. Maybe
  16. Next to Me

Disc 2: DVD:

  1. Menu Screens (Read All About It, Part III)
  2. Daddy
  3. Tiger
  4. Where I Sleep
  5. Breaking the Law
  6. Enough
  7. Pluto
  8. My Kind of Love
  9. Abide With Me
  10. Clown
  11. River
  12. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
  13. Suitcase
  14. Read All About It Pt. III (feat. Prof. Green)
  15. Wonder
  16. Mountains
  17. Heaven
  18. Beneath Your Beautiful (feat. Labrinth)
  19. Maybe
  20. Next to Me
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