20 Best R&B Albums of 2014

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Fatima, 'Yellow Memories'

10. Fatima, 'Yellow Memories'

Fatima Bramme Sey, a dazzling Swedish vocalist, brims with optimism, poetry and introspection on her debut LP: "Love, peace and tranquility — inhale it baby, yes!" she proclaims. Her Yellow Memories is a nuanced blend of jazz, soul and stuttering electronic textures: There's the dusty Oh No-produced double-bass loop of "Technology," Computer Jay's P-Funk-inspired funk sludge on "Circle" and "Do Better," a fervent collaboration with British house minimalist Floating Points. Throughout, she radiates a quiet beauty, intimate and honest. M.R.

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