Rnb parties at London nightclubs are always questionable. Rhythm and blues is now a diverse genre. R&B has different meanings to different generations it could be rare groove R&B to the older generation, its can mean Rihanna to the youngsters of today. Rihanna alongside beyonce are the two most popular females artists to be requested at London nightclubs regardless of whether the London nightclub is an old skool party or a commercial west end nightclub but really in fact they are pop artists now. So where does that leave R&B at London parties.
Soul and rare groove parties still exist for the older mature crowd on random promoter nights however you won’t find a Rihanna or Jagged Edge being played there.
Onto Jagged Egde, 112, Dru Hill, Faith Evans, Soul 4 Real, ie 90s R&B this is a favourite and popular demanded genre of R&B but not often found at London nightclubs. The majority of hardcore 90s old skool R&B listeners are generallu people of 25-40 and this R&B is played at promotional nights and needs to be played by DJs that really know the music. New upcoming House DJs today can get away playing at many London parties in the West End and Shoreditch but with R&B alongside Rare Groove Funk Disco 90s can’t get away with playing the genre if they don’t know the songs.
If you are looking for an Old Skool R&B night, soul, rare groove and you see R&B advertised at a West End London bar or nightclub it maybe an idea to call up the bar, promoter or companies involved with organising the evening and ask about which type of music, because in all honesty R&B is a very diverse genre and most R&B played in the West End is not Old Skool but, top 40s charts and pop R&B.