Heating up the airwaves is what Dontae Peeps does. His smooth, powerful, supple voice was made for seductive R&B. Dontae is so sultry and soulful that he could coax the steam out of anything — it’s almost unfair that his knack for melody and colorful harmony is as irresistible as it is. That talent has been well recognized in Dontae’s storied hometown, where he’s worked with some of the heaviest hitters in the recording industry: Usher, Birdman, Raheem Devaughn, Jaheim, and many others. He’s established a reputation as a go-to guy for an irresistible hook, a brilliant arrangement, or a vocal performance that lifts a mix to the stratosphere.
His upcoming album is called 1990 for a reason: he’s inspired by the velvety textures and the intense, focused, no-nonsense R&B of the golden era of radio singles. “Ordinary Love” sounds unmistakably modern, but it’s replete with callbacks to the nineties. There’s the drum machine thump, like the knocking on a lover’s door, the teasing, whistling synthesizers, the sugar-spun melody, and the pledge of devotion from the singer, who is absolutely and unswervingly dedicated to turning his girl on.