20 Best R&B Albums of 2014

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Shlohmo & Jeremih, 'No More' EP
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9. Shlohmo & Jeremih, 'No More' EP

Chicago crooner Jeremih is currently releasing the most boldly original music of his career, first on avant-racy 2012 mixtape Late Nights, and since then with Los Angeles bass producer Shlohmo. In 2013, there was Shlohmo's ghostly, almost grandiose expansion of Late Nights' "Fuck U All the Time" plus the collabo "Bo Peep (Do U Right)," an echo-chamber boudoir of buzzes, clicks, beeps and groans that practically consumed Jeremih's slippery falsetto. Imagine the Weeknd minus the nihilistic sleaze. Those tracks are here, along with four others tapping the same bleary vein; but No More transcends cool diversion when Jeremih finally flexes amid Shlohmo's fog of art-trap melancholy, especially on "Let It Go," where he bops, ducks, swerves and spectacularly caresses the melody. C.A.

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