Last August, Chicago R&B singer Jeremih released a sonically rich and thoroughly lascivious mixtape, Late Nights With Jeremih
, and in a matter of a few short weeks it upgraded his reputation from “the guy who did the ‘Birthday Sex’ song” (affable and capable, though not entirely memorable) to one of the hottest names in a radical wing of new artists intent on injecting R&B with an aesthetic daring it’d been lacking for years. A follow-up, Thumpy Johnson
, was supposed to drop in spring 2013, but he and his team are apparently willing to delay it pretty significantly in order to properly capitalize on the massive increase in buzz around him. In the meantime, Late Nights
’ fantastically addictive FKi-produced single, “All the Time,” has gotten an official release (with a new verse from Lil Wayne), and Jeremih has recorded a song called “Bo Peep (Do U Right)”
with avant-R&B producer Shlohmo that proves his artistic comfort zone to be even broader than Late Nights
suggested. —Miles Raymer Assata Jones and Runway Bella open.