Five Reasons Rhye Should Soundtrack Your Next Date Night

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It’s Friday night and you’ve got that special someone coming over. You’ve already purchased take-out that you’ll pass off as your own cooking. Then you clean up that sloppy apartment to make it look somewhat decent. Now for the ever-necessary “slow jams” tape: Before you reach for usual suspects like Prince, Marvin Gaye, and Teddy Pendergrass, consider Rhye, the discreet airy soul duo of Mike Milosh and Robin Hannibal. Here are five reasons why.

1. Rhye is sensual, in that breezy sort-of way

You can’t be aggressive all the time, dude. Sometimes you need finesse to seal the deal. Rhye’s debut album, Woman, has all the sensuality you need: a breezy soundtrack, atmospheric vocals and sugary stanzas. “I’m a fool for that shake in your thighs,” Milosh moans on “Open.” “I’m a fool for that sound in your sighs.” Only robots would be oblivious to these charms.

2. It’s like Sade, but not really

We’re sure Milosh is tired of that comparison, but his high-pitched falsetto is eerily akin to the British-Nigerian songstress. The music is something a bit different, however: Sade opted for smooth jazz; Rhye is noticeably dipping into soft electronics. It’s just as smooth.

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