Oklahoma’s retrofuturist R&B punk tours behind last month’s new holiday album, Socks. Behind 11 fresh Yuletide rockers, McPherson accomplished a lot, crafting warm, witty, air-tight originals. It results in an instant Christmas classic alongside A Christmas Gift for You From Phil Spector. You might even pull it out in July just to feel good.
Ricardo Valentine has quickly become one of the principal purveyors of trap soul, following hit single “Prblms” from his 2016 debut, Free 6lack. The Atlanta native, who once languished on Flo Rida’s International Music Group label, put the R&B world on notice in September with the magnificent East Atlanta Love Letter, which crested at No. 3 on the Billboard 200.