We're a little bit delighted to tell you that electronic R&B producer Javeon has curated a little playlist for us here at The 405. The playlist mainly features some of his greatest influences that helped him begin his journey to where he is today.

The choices for the playlist are predominantly R&B based (Usher and Genuwine both make appearances), but there's sprinklings of UK hip-hop and garage in there too with the likes of Kano and Craig David featuring at points throughout Javeon's selections.

Lovesong by Javeon is out October 28th via PMR.


Craig David - 'Fill Me In' (Ryan Hemsworth remix)

Major influence 1: Although I should probably be mentioning the original, as it was the version which hooked me to this artist, this remix represents what I'm doing more - a reminiscent sound of the past done in a current way. I love this because it was new, fresh British R&B when it came out. The sound of the underground was brought to the mainstream. I knew this was the path I wanted to go down.

Usher - 'Nice and Slow'

Major influence 2: With R&B and hip-hop being my first introduction to music, Usher was probably the first artist I took to and idolised in the late 90s. This song in particular I chose to sing with a friend in a talent show, which was one of the first times I performed on stage.

Ginuwine - 'Same Ol' G'

Ginuwine was a part of my introduction to R&B. Quite a few of the artists I was listening to at the time had Timbaland's production - getting that hard mixture of hip-hop and R&B (Aalyiah and Missy Elliot for example). This was the first time I experienced a cross pollination of genres.

Bobby Brown - 'Two Can Play That Game

This was the sound of my childhood. Radio was full of R&B house tunes like this. Although I didn't know it then, and wasn't the biggest fan at the time, without knowing I took this, and all songs like this, in and it's helped me mould my sound today. Looking back, now that I'm older, I can appreciate this for what it is. The energy and vocals of these songs have are insane!

Joe Smooth - 'Promise Land'

When I started working with L-Vis 1990 he began to school me on old Chicago house records - this track showed me how getting the message, and the vibe of the song, across was one of the most important things to do. This guy isn't over-singing, he's just telling you how it is and I love his delivery and tone. Knowing this tune really helped when it came to working on 'Father Father' with Julio Bashmore.

Roni size feat. Beverley Knight - 'No More'

Seeing the video to this tune on TV made me realise that I don't have to be from anywhere else to make it. I could be from Bristol and that would be enough. Coming up at 15 and honing my skills on the underground I was looking at this guy and thinking he's from where I'm from: if he can do why can't I? Other heavyweights like Massive Attack and Portishead made me want to be a part of Bristol's musical history (I mean that in the most un-cheesy way possible).

Roy Davis Jnr feat. Peven Everett - 'Gabriel'

This is simply just a tune! Garage has had a big impact on me and continues to influence me whenever I listen back to classics such as this. The moment my songs are played, I want them to have this effect. I want the listener to feel the vibe and emotion, and take whoever is listening to it to an isolated zone in a room full of people.

Monstaboy feat. Denzie - 'I'm Sorry'

That big garage tune everybody knows (hopefully). I remember loving this tune the moment I heard it and not being able to get it for ages. I remember going to this nappy night in Bristol when I was 13 - every time I went there the DJ would end with this tune and that was the cue for the guys to go find a girl to dance with. It was that emotional you couldn't enjoy it alone. Denzie's voice is so sick on this. The desperation in the opening line ("I cant live without you") sets the tone early on, and is an instant singalong. This is probably why I feel a catchy hook is so important, because of tunes like this.

Kano - 'Nobody Don't Dance'

One of my favourite UK MCs. When this came out in '04/'05 I wasn't expecting to hear this. Not just from a grime MC, but from anyone, as grime had come from garage. When I heard this it took me right back to what had connected me to underground music in the first place. Although it hadn't been that long since it arrived, the development happened quick. This is feel good, isn't aggressive and definitely makes you want move!

Teedra Moses - 'Be Your Girl' (Kaytranada remix)

This is my favourite tune at the moment. Like the 'Fill Me In' Ryan Hemsworth remix, he's taken a great song and done something that works now. People do reworks of songs all the time, but they often miss that connection between the song/vocal and the music... but this one hits the nail on the head. The way he's used the vocal, and that driving kick, is sick.