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Amel LarrieuxBravebird ... CD
Bliss Life, 2004. Used ... $4.99
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 singing with Groove Theory, Sweetback, and on other projects, Larrieux's vocals are incredible – deeply-crafted, but never overdone and cloying – sliding around with a style that's sweet and righteous at the same time, and set here amidst arrangements that have some great twists and turns. Nicely defying cliché, Amel's got a sound here that's fresher than ever! Titles include "For Real", "Congo", "Sacred", "Giving Something Up", "Beyond", "All I Got", "Say You Want It All", and "Dear To Me". CD

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LedisiSoul Singer (original version) ... CD
LeSun, 2000. Used ... $8.99
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, and more of a hip hop sensibility. The tracks on this debut set are wonderfully produced – blending together jazzy instrumentation and heavy beats with some warm soul arrangements that are both totally fresh, yet also infused with a classic approach to the music. The record's a treasure, and will be one of the best new soul albums of the past decade! Titles include "Stop Livin In Ya Head", "Hotel", "Groove On", "Free Again", "Papa Loved To Love Me", "I Wantcha Babe", "Groove On", "Get Outta My Kitchen", and "Take Time". CD

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New Amel LarrieuxInfinite Possibilities ... CD
Epic, 1999. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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 plenty of space to open up and flow – a wonderful change from other contemporary R&B at the time – and a record that still sounds plenty darn fresh many years later! "Get Up" was a huge radio cut here, but there's so many smooth groovers on here, you'll never have to skip around, including "I N I", "Sweet Misery", "Even If", "Weather", "Shine", "Searching For My Soul", and "Make Me Whole". CD

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VRevelation Is Now Televised ... CD
BBE (UK), 2005. Used ... Just Sold Out!
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 bandleader – and the set has an amazing quality that more than lives up to it's classic-styled cover and title! V sings with a voice that would be great enough on its own – a church-schooled mode that's deeply soulful, and which hearkens back to 70s Marvin Gaye or Stevie Wonder – but with the added production from Jeff and the Petes, he really strides forward with a bold new sound – one that's spacey one minute, crispy the next – often laidback, yet never lazy in its approach to the music. And while it would be easy enough to label this one as "classic soul" and leave it at that, V's also got a vibe that's richly his own – one that really fits the unpretentious photo on the cover, and which is a refreshing change from overly-postured male soul (and that includes even the stuff that's pretending its not!) Titles include "Born Again", which features Jill Scott – plus "Confess", "Best Friend", "Picture This", "Still", "Who Would I Be", "Would U Be Mine", "Anotha Phase", "Melody", and "Hey Pretty Baby". CD
(Out of print.)

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New LedisiSoul Singer – The Revival ... CD
LeSun, 2003. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
An excellent bit of modern soul – very much in the vein of Jill Scott, Laurnea, N'Dambi, or some of the other current underground divas from the US indie soul scene! 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, and more of a hip hop sensibility. The tracks on this debut set are wonderfully produced – blending together jazzy instrumentation and heavy beats with some warm soul arrangements that are both totally fresh, yet also infused with a classic approach to the music. The record's a treasure, and will be one of the best new soul albums you've bought in recent years! Titles include "Stop Livin In Ya Head", "Hotel", "Groove On", "Free Again", "Papa Loved To Love Me", "I Wantcha Babe", "Groove On", "Get Outta My Kitchen", and "Take Time". This is "revival" version is remixed and remastered – with the bonus tracks "Hold On To Love" featuring Meshel Ndegeocello, and a live version "Soulsinger". CD

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New Maysa (Maysa Leak)Smooth Sailing ... CD
N Coded, 2004. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Smooth Sailing from Maysa Leak – a wonderful little record that captures all the warmth and soul of her work with Incognito, yet which also steps forward strongly in her own voice as well! The album's got a bit of Incognito help from Bluey and crew, but a number of tracks make a nice change by featuring production from Rex Rideout, Will Downing, and Herman (p-Nut) Johnson. The tunes are laidback and mellow, with Maysa's vocals stretching out in a style that's righteous, but nicely restrained – coming across with all the maturity you'd expect from her years in the studio, yet always sounding fresh, personal, and inspired. Titles include "Hypnotic Love", "Smooth Sailing", "Soul Child", "So Very Hot", "All Day Long", and "Scat World". CD
(BMG Direct pressing.)
 
 
 



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