What is the genre of music in the Kitchen Swagger playlist on Spotify?

Lost in Paris - Tom Misch
I Wish I Missed My Ex - Mahalia
Closer - Corinne Bailey Rae
How Deep is Your Love - PJ Morton & Yebba
MPB - Womack & Womack
It Runs Through Me - Tom Misch & De La Soul
Soulmate - MMYYKK
Why Don't You Call Me Anymore - Prince
The Sweetest Meditation - Lord Echo
Petit Prince Du Macadam - Folamour
Loose Tonight - Hips
Jeri Curl - Cam O'bi
Calm Down - Burna Boy
Bad Bad News - Leon Bridges
The Look of Love - Maydie Myles
Summer - The Carters
Tints - Anderson.Paak
Conexao - Amber Mark
Doing Better - Jamie Isaac
Starlight Groove - Lex One & Lucian White
My God Has a Telephone - Flying Stars of Brooklyn
Over You - Macy Gray
February 3rd - Jorja Smith
Gonna Love Me - Teyana Taylor

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This is mostly "Alternative R&B" (sometimes called "PBR&B" or hipster R&B). R&B ("rhythm & blues") is the long-running catch all term used by the Billboard charts for music aimed at the black American audience --but it has meant many very different sounds over the years. "Alternative R&B" began to be used as a term in the 90s to mean neo-soul, which was a retro revival of the soul sound of the 70s, but with some more modern sensibilities. Neo-soul started in the mid 90s as a more organic, less synthesized, less aggressive and beat-driven alternative to the black pop chart hits. It is still an active genre today, but modern alternative R&B now often also includes elements of hip-hop, EDM and indie rock. In addition to its core black American community of artists and fans, it is also popular among young Brits of all colors.

In addition to neo-soul (Lauryn Hill, Angie Stone, India.Arie), and PBR&B (Tom Misch, Shawn Mendes, Anderson.Paak) this particular list also includes some actual classic soul (Luther Vandross, Bill Withers) and a bit of retro funk. Mostly this is music created by, with, or in imitation of young black American musicians, just a little bit outside the mainstream pop charts, over the last 30 years --with some exceptions.

I'd expect this playlist to be popular among younger Gen Xers or older Millennials, particularly if they are African-American or prefer African-American music. It's a little chill, but not overly so --lively enough to keep you awake and grooving, but not really "get up and party" music.

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