Erykah Badu —
Live ... CD Universal, 1997. Used ...
A surprising second album from Erykah Badu – a live recording, coming right on the heels of her first studio set – and showing that the girl's equally great without any added production work! The feel is warm, earth, and wonderful – intimate, and richly spiritual – as ... read moreCD
Great stuff from Eryka Badu – sweet, mellow, soulful, and with a very righteous vibe! The record's got some impeccable production – and the best cuts have a stripped-down groove that mixes keyboards and vocals in a way that's similar to recent work by D'Angelo and Jill Scott. Eryka's ... read moreCD
The group's second real album, and one that never manages to totally capture the groove of the first – but which still has some pretty great writing and playing that set it apart from most of the soul of its generation! The cut "Dream On Dreamer" is one of those early 90s groovers ... read moreCD
Strongly emotional and slowly simmering craft from Ty Causey – a veteran of the midwestern smooth, jazzy soul scene – and his efforts are as strong as ever here! There's an easygoing confidence in Ty's approach that he's carried for a while – and that continues in full effect ... read moreCD
Extremely nice work from soul singer Dessy Di Lauro – a warm and wonderful 6 track ep that's overflowing with sweet jazzy influences! Dessy recorded the set with keyboardist Ric'key Pageot, who really brings a special sound to the record – taking Dessy's already deeply soulful vocals, ... read moreCD
They definitely got the title right on this one –as Noel Gourdin sings in a contemporary urban mode, but with lots of the deeper inflections we remember from classic southern soul – a wonderful blend that really makes the record his best so far! Production is nice and lean – ... read moreCD
The only album ever from Groove Theory – but the set that introduced the world to Amel Larrieux – whose vocal talents alone are worth the price of admission! The feel here is a bit more mainstream soul than some of Amel's later work – but given the mid 90s date of release, the ... read moreCD
A really strong debut from Anthony Hamilton – easily the strongest album we've ever heard on the usually much more commercial So So Def label! Anthony seriously vibrates the rich depth of southern soul on every cut here, as filtered through late-model natural hip hop beats and vibes. He's ... read moreCD
One of the best tracks off Incognito's excellent Who Needs Love album – remixed nicely! The original version is a smooth little groover with a really deep feel – and on the Brand New Heavies mix, the track gets a bit more of an 80s sort of beat approach – pumped up, but not too ... read moreCD
A great remake of the classic "Listen To The Music" – lifted from Incognito's Black Sunshine album, and served up here in a sparkling remix by Ski Oakenfull! The original's great enough, but the new mix has some very kicking beats – and it's backed here by the nicely tippling ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from Incognito – perhaps their greatest album ever! By the time of this 1993 release, this Brit funky soul combo was in perfect form – blending together classic modes of jazz funk into a tight modern blend that's lasted a lot longer than anyone might have thought at the ... read moreCD
A stunning little set from Incognito – the group's first full album on Talkin Loud records, and a set that's head and shoulders above their earlier jazz funk from the 80s! The sound here has a real "instant classic" quality – not just because it's dripping with the best ... read moreCD
Finally – the first full length album by Jiva, a group that we've loved for their singles in recent years, and have been dying to hear more of! Jiva are one of the strongest acts on the current Atlanta scene – a warmly soulful group who've also got a nice touch of jazz – and a ... read moreCD
The first album in years from the mighty Kashif – kind of mainstream soul during the 80s, emerging here as a strong underground talent for the 21st Century! The album's actually Kashif's first for the 21st century – and it's got a sound that's quite different than his earlier work. ... read moreCD
The third album from KEM and it's a wonderful one – delivering on the promise of the title with a deeply soulful, truthful and personal approach – a record that brings grace, subtly and a timeless warmth in a way that surprises us in a wonderful way! We love a modern soul that evokes ... read moreCD
Don't write Alicia Keys off simply because she's a pop princess! This second album might sit at the top of the charts for six months, or it may falter quickly and be seen a "sophmore slump" – but whether you see clips on Access Hollywood or not, this Diary is pretty nice to our ... read moreCD
The first indie release by Amel Larrieux – and a great one! Amel's sounding stronger than ever here – working in stripped-down territory that recalls her earlier work, yet which also put her in the forefront of underground soul artists keeping the genre fresh and strong. After years ... read moreCD
A seminal set in helping shape the sound of Neo Soul for the 21st Century – the solo debut of Amel Larreiux, recorded after an initial rise to fame in Groove Theory! The set's got a simple, yet seductive groove – a mix of spare beats and keyboards that really gives Amel's sweet vocals ... read moreCD
The amazing debut of Ledisi – presented here in the original mix and with the original cover! Ledisi's got a heck of a voice – very rich and mellow, in a style that reminds us a bit of classic work by jazzy soul singers like Jean Carn or Dee Dee Bridgewater, but with more of a bite, ... read moreCD
Damn great work from Ledisi – an artist who hasn't missed a beat since moving to the majors a few years back – sounding almost funkier than ever before, thanks to some impeccable production and razor-sharp instrumentation! Ledisi's vocals are beyond challenge – old school deep ... read moreCD
A sweetly soulful debut from Glenn Lewis – a modern singer with a classic approach to vocals, dipped heavily in the tradition of Stevie Wonder, especially on his early 70s masterpieces, produced here with a bit of the current vocal processing approach used in the NuSoul era. Andre Harris co-w ... read moreCD
Raphael Saadiq meets Dawn from En Vogue meets Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Sounds too good to be true? It's not, it's Lucy Pearl. With the huge hit "Dance Tonight" plus "La La", "Everyday", "Without You", "Don't Mess With My Man" and "Do It For The ... read moreCD
An excellent bit of modern soul – a smooth seductive album that fits perfectly with an older mellow groove, but which also sparkles with the best recent efforts of the past decade. Maxwell's got a wonderful vocal style – reminding us a bit of classic Isley Brothers, Leon Ware, or O'Jay ... read moreCD
Maysa (Maysa Leak) —
Maysa ... CD Blue Thumb, 1995. Used ...
The soulful vocalist of Incognito strikes out on her own – serving up an excellent debut LP! This one's got a bit more of a modern R&B approach than the jazzier work of Incognito – but still stays in the hip London soul mode, thanks to some great production work by Ray Hayden of ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Mondo Grosso —
MG4 ... CD Epic (UK), 2000. Used ...
The fourth album by Mondo Grosso – and maybe their best to date! Unlike some of the earlier records, which noodled around a bit too much (although not that much), this is a totally solid record, with a very united set of tracks, and a heck of a lot more music than you get on some of their ... read moreCD
One of the best new soul records we've heard in years! An independently produced first effort – filled with rich warm jazzy production, and a sweet mellow soul sound that brings to mind some of our favorite records of the old days. N'Dambi has an incredible voice – and although she ... read moreCD
This record, as we're sure you know, is a spunky bit of hip hop-inflected R&B, with the kind of sinister groove that got Me'Shell noticed immediately after the record was released. It got a bit overplayed and overblown at the time it was released – but it actually holds up well over the ... read moreCD
Pretty sweet work from Orange Pekoe – a dreamy Japanese group with a sound that's somewhere between Monday Michiru and Lisa Ono! Most of the work on the set is in Japanese, and the music's a nice blend of bossa-inflected rhythms, acoustic guitar, jazzy bits, and some Nu Soul stylings. ... read moreCD
A deeply soulful set that's every bit as great as the group's name might imply! Paprika Soul work in a spicy blend of styles that's part classic 70s soul, part Brazilian groove, and part London underground – smoothly jazzy, and often with great lead vocals, but also inflected with a slightly ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Digipack has some light wear.)
Platinum Pied Pipers —
Triple P ... CD Ubiquity, 2005. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
The long-awaited debut from Platinum Pied Pipers – an incredible set that melds underground soul, deep hip hop, and innovative club groove into a cohesive sound all its own! The PPP is essentially the duo of Waajeed (a founding member of Slum Village and frequent Jay Dee collaborator) and ... read moreCD
Quiet Boys —
Bosh! ... CD Acid Jazz/Hollywood, 1995. Used ...
A sweet steppers classic that never gets old – one of the best albums ever by The Quiet Boys, a UK acid jazz outfit who broke big on both sides of the Atlantic in the 90s! The group's the brainchild of jazz DJ Chris Bangs – and the work here is steeped in older jazz funk influences, ... read moreCD
Sweet vocals and jazzy keyboards – a combination we couldn't like better if we tried! The Rurals have always been one of the most soulful groups coming out of the UK underground in the past few years – but on this set, they really open things up and deliver a record of near-classic ... read moreCD
We're not normally the biggest fans of remix albums, but this set is pretty darn great – and stands equally nicely next to the regular full length sets by The Rurals! Given that the Rurals groove is one that's already pretty tuned towards the dancefloor, their work makes them a perfect ... read moreCD
Soulful house and mellow grooves – very much in the spirit of some of the work from Naked Music, with a similar warm finish! Most of the tracks are uptempo – but even amidst the fast beats, they've got a mellower spirit, keyboards and washes of sound taking time to stop mix it up a bit ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Alice Russell —
To Dust ... CD Tru Thoughts (UK), 2013. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Dusty grooves from Alice Russell – a set that's steeped in heavy soul influences all the way through – from her great vocals on the top, to the tight instrumentation in the middle, to all the heavy drums that keep things kicking on the bottom! The album may well be Russell's tightest ... read moreCD
Lisa Stansfield —
Moment ... CD ZTT (Germany), 2004. Used ...
The surprising union of Brit soul diva Lisa Stansfield and legendary producer Trevor Horn – in a set of tracks that marks one of the first for the newly-revived ZTT label! Horn is nicely restrained in his presentation of Lisa – never resorting to too many tricks or studio gimmicks, and ... read moreCD
(Includes videos for "Treat Me Like A Woman" & "If I Hadn't Got You".)
Angie Stone's second album for Stax – and some of her most insistently catchy songs ever – with a sound that bridges a deeply melodic, modern-to-future soul vibe to the grounded, self determined and emotional neo classic groove that she's built her solo repution on! If you've been ... read moreCD
An indie soul classic from Gary Taylor – his first full album, originally issued in 1987 for Virgin! The set's got a style that's very much in the 80s mellow soul groove – a fair bit of electronics in the backing, but a smooth, round style in the tunes that snakes out with a good late ... read moreCD
It's been four years since Lewis Taylor's stunning debut album – but it's been worth the wait! Few recent singers have grabbed our attention so much – and we'd put Lewis into an "instant classic" soul category that would include the elite group of Omar, Monday Michiru, ... read moreCD
A new concept in soulful music – live house tracks, performed by a great trio led by drummer, singer, songwriter Christian Urich – member of Cooley's Hot Box! Given their neat look and tie-wearing, you might be tempted to expect Tortured Soul to be a mod or funk combo – but upon ... read moreCD
An instant classic – and one of the best new soul albums of the 21st Century so far – the debut of Valvin Roane II, aka V – a fresh talent from the wide side of the Philly scene! V's working here with production from Jazzy Jeff, Pete Smoovah, and Pete Kuzma, Jill Scott's ... read moreCD
One of the most deeply soulful sets we've ever heard from singer Lizz Wright – a record that has an even more acoustic feel than before, which really opens up the sound nicely! Given the depth of Wright's vocals, this shift is a really great move – one that lets her really stand out ... read moreCD
A sweet young jazz singer – steeped in the traditions of Dee Dee Bridgewater and Dianne Reeves, striking out on her own in a really solid debut album! The set's got a warm, jazzy feel – lots of keyboards and piano in the backings, but done in a way that lifts up the voice of Lizz on a ... read moreCD
Hats off to Kloud 9 for this excellent set of music – new tracks from the current soul underground, all produced and supported by the mighty talents of the Kloud 9 duo! There's a much more unified feel here than other collections of this type – thanks to a set of original tunes penned ... read moreCD