Saint Heron

It's satisfying to know Solange Knowles is behind this new-school R&B-compilation-cum-label-manifesto, since the singer (and Queen B's kid sis) has been threatening big things for years now. Exploring the trippy, introspective aesthetic branded by the Weeknd, the music is long on spacey synths and dubby grooves. It can verge on its own kind of formula, but high points are high – including Solange's delicious "Cash In," built on a lowing church organ, a stark ride cymbal and a winking title. Interrogating money lust while reaching skyward, it's a good note to launch a label on.

From The Archives Issue 1198: December 19, 2013