Mixtapes focusing on hip hop, mash-ups, rock, indie and the many combinations thereof are plentiful. Less bountiful, but just as packed with potential, are selections that focus on softer R&B, as Tom Krell, known to fans under the moniker How To Dress Well, does on his recent FACT mix.
How To Dress Well recently released its second full-length album, "Total Loss," a forlorn, spooky mix of modern R&B and gentle gothic noise. Drawing on a similar emotional palette as James Blake and pushing a soft but evocative falsetto through curtains of echo, Krell on "Total Loss" displays an affection for sound that's both lusty and sophisticated. "Running Back" is one of my favorite R&B tracks of the year.