The Real J Israel – “When You Need Love”


Fans of scorching, seductive R&B are likely to be smitten with For the Sake of R&B, the new album from Atlanta-based artist The Real J Israel. Opening track “When You Need Love” immediately entrances with its arousing lyrical sentiments, speaking to desire and making love until sunrise. Latin-inspired guitar tones and soulful vocals captivate throughout, the “your beauty is always a sight for sore eyes,” escalates into more risqué sentiments amidst lush organs, reminiscent of Frank Ocean. The album’s 12 other tracks engage similarly, from the spacey yearning of “Mr. Good Good” to popular single “I Love You.” ’90s nostalgia and sensual confidence drive this consuming album throughout.

Stream For the Sake of R&B below:

This track and others released in January can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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