By all likeliness, Outkast and D'Angelo could have legitimately had the love child that is Anderson Paak.
His second full-length under this moniker, Malibu, has been in my ears from rise 'til rest since hearing two tracks spun on REPREZENT last week - and it embodies easy listening R'n'B at its best.
Malibu seems to come out of nowhere - but Paak's history has not exactly been under-the-radar. A casual six(!) features on Dr Dre's Compton - one of which was effectively stolen by The Doctor for his album, not Malibu; another of which where Paak trades verses with Eminem. Put these together with two features on The Game's The Documentary 2, and we can see that he's got some strong creds.
Though recent years have brought us the introduction of 'PBR'n'B' in Abel Tesfaye - known much more as by moniker The Weeknd - Paak brings his own touches to the genre, with jazz, funk and soul inflections along the way - taking the tempo up, bringing the harmonies to front and centre, and even showcasing a dab hand with his own lyrical flow.
Channeling the sound of the city the album is named after, Paak's raspy voice is reminiscent of high risers Kendrick Lamar (you might not have heard of him) and Chance the Rapper (Acid Rap firmly one of 2013's best albums, still inexplicably free to download) - another of the A* pupils in this R'n'B'n'so-much-more class. Check this out soon.