Top 40 of 2016: #3

TSJ: KING make cool, distinctive R&B with a Sade edge, a group whose influences span decades. They look like an updated version of SWV, around-the-way girls who knows what’s up, but their sound has more in common with ’80s Brit-cool soul like Loose Ends. “The Greatest” celebrates Muhammad Ali, and its accompanying video celebrates (with cheeky, clever Atari-esque graphics) black athletes of all stripes: if this feels like the most chilled-out anthem of empowerment you’ve ever heard, it’s probably because it is.

Another reference point: The Pointer Sisters. If you love R&B, you owe it to yourself to check out their album, because it’s magnificent, a small-scale masterpiece.

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