Cody ChestnuTT is probably best known for writing and performing on the Root's hit "the Seed 2.0," but despite the success of that track his solo career has had little success or recognition. My Love Divine Degree is a mixed bag of R&B, soul, funk, and even a slight ska tint on some tracks (see tracks 7 & 13). Production oscillates between clean spacey modern R&B like something you'd find on a Gilles Peterson Brownstone Bubble compilation, to consciously lo-fi neo-great Raphael Saadiq offering vocals on several tracks (3 & 14). Imagine Gary Clark Jr. if he made modern R&B instead of blues rock.
Takuya Kuroda’s laid back, yet immaculately in-the-pocket trumpet style is complemented by a tight rhythm section of Rhodes, bass, and syncopated, versatile and constantly evolving drums from Nate Smith. The group effortlessly and proudly shine their influences from many styles of music, from Funk, R&B,(trk1), Afrobeat (trk2), Cuban jazz (trk4), and Neo-soul(trk5), all composed by Kuroda except for 5&6 which are interpretations of Roy Ayers tunes. Deep grooves, cool chords, and funky, lyrical horn playing all over this one. RIYL J Dilla, D’Angelo, BBNG, early Roots.
Favorite Tracks: Rising Son (1), Afro Blues (2), Mala (4), Everybody Loves The Sunshine (5), Green and Gold (6)
The consistently innovative hyperdub is still pushing boundaries in electronic music 10 years after its creation, originally as a blog about dub music’s influence in the UK underground electronic music scene. 10.2 shies away from the bangers and focuses on tunes that lean more in a soul and R&B direction – featuring a variety of guest vocalists, notably Fatima and Ghostface Killah, over beats that blend influences from far corners of dance music, from the dream-electro-R&B of Jessy Lanza to Terror Danjah’s booming hip hop/grime/post-dubstep production with Meleka’s nostalgic UKG-style vocals.
Favorite Tracks: Burial - Shell of Light , Jessy Lanza - You And Me  Morgan Zarate - Sticks & Stones ft. Eska & Ghostface Killah , DVA - Just Vybe, ft. Fatima , Terror Danjah - You Make Me Feel ft. Meleka