"Saint Heron" R&B Compilation - Solange, Sampha, Jhené Aiko & More [Spotify Album Stream]

Patrick Lyons

by Patrick Lyons

Published November 18, 2013

In May, Solange announced that she'd started her own record label, Saint Records. The label's first release is a compilation curated by Solange (featuring artists such as Sampha, Jhené Aiko, Cassie, and Solange herself) called Saint Heron, and it's now streaming on Spotify.

On Saint Records' official website, a description of the album is offered:

Saint Records presents Saint Heron – a collaborative compilation album featuring 11 independent artists telling their unique stories on one innovative platform. Saint Records was designed to give new and ingenious artists a space to create their music and circulate their art – in turn becoming a haven for R&B lovers and listeners to discover music free of marketplace politics. The intent of the album, and the label at large, is to feature, highlight and align a new movement of contemporary, genre-defying R&B visionaries, which will serve as a segue into the diverse evolution of these independent artists as they share their voices and words as only they can – through pure, unadulterated music.

After a few listens, it would seem as though the album's strong point is its "genre-defying" diversity. Saint Heron kicks off with some woozy atmospherics courtesy of BC Kingdom before journeying to its darkest point, the ghostly "Jaded" -- and that's only the first two tracks. Solange does a great job of showcasing artists who are all on the outskirts of popular R&B, and more than that, highlighting the variety of sounds and styles that can be housed under the blanket term of "R&B."

You can buy Saint Heron in a variety of formats on Saint Records' official website, and watch the recent video for Solange's "Lovers in the Parking Lot" right here on Zumic.


Cassie Jhené Aiko Sampha Solange
Electronic Indie Pop
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