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BilalLove Surreal ... CD
Purpose/E One, 2013. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
Tremendous work from Bilal – and further proof that his life on the indie side of the soul spectrum has been a very good thing! There's a crispness to the record that crackles right from the start – slight cosmic touches in the beats, but never too over the top – just enough to electrify the vocals and push Bilal past any sort of mainstream soul – and help him deliver the rich promise we first heard in his music so many years ago – but never found this fully formed during his major label stretch! There's some nice electric bits that percolate forth – moogy keys or sparkling samples – yet the vocals still have all the core warmth that's kept us coming back. Titles include "Astray", "Lost For Now", "West Side Girl", "Back To Love", "Longing & Waiting", and "Butterfly", which features a guest appearance from Robert Glasper! CD

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Aloe BlaccLift Your Spirit ... CD
Interscope, 2014. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Real spirit-lifting sounds from Aloe Blacc – a set that starts with a sense of righteousness right on the very first track – almost a gospel sense of spirit, mixed with Aloe's wonderfully secular groove! The beats are lean, the vocals are clean, and the record's got a tight snap all the way through – that hip fusion of modes that Aloe Blacc's been serving up for years, but which may well push him towards an even bigger audience this time around – thanks to the album's sharp production, and his ever-increasing songwriting talents. DJ Khalil produced the album – and titles include "The Man", "Here Today", "Wake Me Up", "Chasing", "Can You Do This", "Ticking Bomb", and "Red Velvet Seat". CD

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Van HuntOn The Jungle Floor ... CD
Capitol, 2006. Used ... $2.99
Van Hunt makes a big step forward for his second album – shaking off the simpler soul of his debut, and going for a wider range of sounds that should push him firmly into the mainstream! We're not saying this one's commercial, but just that Van Hunt's bringing in a bit more crossover elements – touches of the funky Prince sound from years back, or the fuzzy guitars of Lenny Kravitz – still set alongside the classic soul vocals we loved on his first album, but carried off with a fair bit more confidence here, even on the gentler ballads. Nikka Costa guests on "Mean Sleep", and other tracks include "Hole In My Heart", "The Night Is Young", "Ride Ride Ride", "Being A Girl", "Suspicion", "If I Take You Home", and "Daredevil Baby". CD

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Angela JohnsonNaturally Me ... CD
Nia, 2014. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Every new album from Angela Johnson turns out to be a treasure – but this set may well be one of the best she's done in years – and a really strong step forward for the singer! The music has this full, rich style that almost feels like classic soul at times – not a retro 60s vibe, but a really powerful use of rhythms and instrumentation to push Johnson's sublime vocals at a level we've never heard before – a really fresh mode that's completely current, yet very aware of the best sounds of decades past as well! We might liken the approach to Swing Out Sister at their recent best – even though the record's nothing like theirs at all – and our hats are off to Angela for continuing to win us over and over again after all these years – especially when she could have just been sitting back and doing the same old thing. Titles include "To Love Again", "Deja Vu", "Black Boy Lullaby", "Handz", "Music's My Religion", and "A Beautiful Place". CD

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LedisiTruth (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 2014. New Copy ... $17.99 18.98
Wonderful work from Ledisi – a singer we've dug for many many years – and who always lives up to our faith in her music! We first dug Ledisi as an underground talent back in the 90s – but with this Verve album she's poised to take on all the best that mainstream soul has to offer – hitting strongly with a sense of pride and power that we've never heard this clearly before! We're not saying that Ledisi's getting commercial – just that she's got this tight, powerful, rich quality to her music that is bound to finally push the singer out to the wide audience she really deserves – new ears to add to Ledisi's always-growing audience of fans from the farther reaches of the soul universe. Rex Rideout helped put the album together with Ledisi – with a respectful vibe that really opens the singer up – and tracks include "That Good Good", "Missy Doubt", "Lose Control", "88 Boxes", "Like This", "The Truth", "Anything", and "I Blame You". Deluxe edition features three bonus tracks – "Mine", "I Swear", and "Quick Fix". CD

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Angie StoneRich Girl ... CD
Saguaro Road, 2012. Used ... $5.99
Angie Stone's first for Saguaro Road – one that she's calling a more personal project than some of her recent work – and sure enough, it's a strong one! We actually dug Angie's couple of albums for the rebooted Stax label in the late 00s – but you know what, if Angie's happier with this one, we are, too. It's filled with solid songs, from easygoing modern soul ballads, to some classic dancefloor soul inspired gems, and beyond – and it's all done with Angie's true soul vocals out front. It's well produced, but done with an eclectic, indie soul spirit that's indeed a bit less pop than some of her later recordings. A win! Includes "Do What You Gotta Do", "Backup Plan", "Proud Of Me", "First Time", "Guilty", "Alright", "Livin' It Up", "Right In Front Of Me", "Rich Girl", "Push 'N'Pull", "U Lit My Fire", "Sisters" and more. CD

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New Ed MottaPoptical ... CD
Studio Canal (Brazil), 2003. New Copy ... Around December 5, 2014
A bold leap forward for Ed Motta – once a mainstream Brazilian soul singer, now the darling of the jazz groove underground! The album's even more experimental than Ed's groundbreaking Dwitza set – and has him working through a warm blend of jazz and soul styles – heavily drenched in 70s-styled keyboard work, with Ed's lush vocals sounding even better than before! The range of expression on the set is amazing – Ed will be scatting at one moment, crooning another, always in perfect step with the album's jazzy keyboard work – soaring along with a really righteous sound. Plus, the album's also got a few songs in English – a real change for Ed, and something that is bound to push him onto even greater audiences! Titles include "Rainbow's End", "The Rose That Came To Bloom", "My Rules", "Gifts & Sorrows", "Quem Pode Surpreender", and "Tem Espaco Na Van". CD

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Aloe BlaccLift Your Spirit ... CD
Interscope, 2014. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Real spirit-lifting sounds from Aloe Blacc – a set that starts with a sense of righteousness right on the very first track – almost a gospel sense of spirit, mixed with Aloe's wonderfully secular groove! The beats are lean, the vocals are clean, and the record's got a tight snap all the way through – that hip fusion of modes that Aloe Blacc's been serving up for years, but which may well push him towards an even bigger audience this time around – thanks to the album's sharp production, and his ever-increasing songwriting talents. DJ Khalil produced the album – and titles include "The Man", "Here Today", "Wake Me Up", "Chasing", "Can You Do This", "Ticking Bomb", and "Red Velvet Seat". CD
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New Ed MottaAs Segundas Intencoes Do Manual Pratico ... CD
Universal (Brazil), 2000. Used ... Just Sold Out!
An amazing album from one of Brazil's greatest soul stars! Ed Motta's the nephew of Tim Maia, and he's part of a huge legacy of Brazilian soul music that's been largely untapped by listeners in the US. Fortunately, Ed's been getting his dues in other scene's lately – as his album before this was picked up by the London groove scene, and the recent MG4 album by Japanese combo Mondo Grosso had Ed doing some guest vocals. This album, though, is a monster – and it's certainly one to push Ed firmly onto the map over the next few years. The record perfectly blends modern soul production with touches of Brazilian rhythms and Ed's warm soulful vocals. The record's got arrangements that are a lot more complicated than some of Ed's earlier work – and it fits perfectly with some of the modern Japanese soul we've been stocking in our New Grooves section, especially work by Mondo Grosso. Lyrics are mostly in Portuguese, but the grooves are perfectly global in flavor. Titles include "Dez Mais Um Amor", "Ela Disse Sim", "Magica De Um Charlatao", "Joia De Magoa", "Outono No Rio", "Assim Assim", and the wonderful "A Tijuca Em Cinemascope", a complicated jazzy number that ends the record, and which sounds like some lost gem from MPS or Mark Murphy! CD

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New Sandra St Victor with Mark De Clive-LoweOya's Daughter ... CD
Shanachie, 2013. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Some of the best work we've heard from Sandra St Victor in years – a stunning full-length project done in close collaboration with Mark De Clive-Lowe! Sandra's always had one hell of a voice – one we first fell in love with when she was a member of The Family Stand – but here, Mark really helps push St Victor into rich new territory – soaring to the heavens on his own cosmic beats and keys, which unlock this righteous energy that makes the record Sandra's hippest ever! Yet throughout, Sandra also really keeps things grounded in a strong soul tradition – bringing rootsy inflections to the lyrics that are much deeper than the usual sort of singer you might find on a cosmically-tuned project – showing a relationship between vocalist and producer that's very double-sided. Mark hangs onto some of those snapping Family Stand tones that always seemed to spark the best energy in St Victor's vocals, while still pushing the boundaries a lot too – and titles include "Is This Thing On", "Stuff Momma Used To Say", "Awakenings", "Presence", "I Prefer", "Eternal", "Sugarfoot Is Dead", and "Spirit Talk". CD

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New John LegendLove In The Future (deluxe edition) ... CD
GOOD/Columbia, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Another step forward for John Legend – on a record that should have that amazing voice reaching even more ears than ever before! By that, we don't necessarily mean that the set's commercial, just put together with a mode that goes way beyond conventional soul – still deep at the core, but richly expressive past barriers of age and style that few other pop artists could push this successfully! Titles include "Who Do We Think We Are", "The Beginning", "Save The Night", "Tomorrow", "Hold On Longer", "All Of Me", "You & I", "Caught Up", and "Dreams". Deluxe CD features four bonus tracks – "So Gone", "We Loved It", "Aim High", and "For The First Time". CD

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New Ivana SantilliTony ... CD
Do Right (Canada), 2008. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
The most deeply soulful set so far from Ivana Santilli! The beats and bottom of the record are a lot heavier than before – and set perfectly to Ivana's well-voiced lyrics, which go far beyond simple soul cliches, and really show a nice push forward in her songwriting abilities over the years. It's hard to believe it's nearly a decade since Santilli's first record – but hearing the mature, focused sound of this set, that passage of time is no surprise! This could well be the record that breaks Santilli biggest with American listeners, and titles include "Been Thru This", "Leave It Alone", "Still Anymore", "All Afternoon", "Always Better", "Hollywood", "Keep It 2 Yourself", and "Depend On U". CD
 
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Rahsaan PattersonAfter Hours (UK pressing) ... CD
Dome (UK), 2004. Used ... $8.99
Incredible, simply incredible – and the best album to date from Rahsaan Patterson! Rahsaan first clocked in at the end of the 90s – as one of the first singers in a new spirit of soul that's now been firmly taken up by the Neo Soul underground. But instead of resting on his laurels and holding onto a surefire sound, Rahsaan's grown tremendously in the years since his last full LP – really pushing his style, deepening his approach, and coming up with a sound that's more powerful than we would have even expected! The album's got a completely solid feel that makes it a near-classic all the way through – spare and intimate, yet done with a fullness and confidence that easily puts Rahsaan in line with some of our favorite male soul singers of all time. Titles include "I Always Find Myself", "The One For Me", "The Best", "Loving You", "Don't Run So Fast", "So Hot", "April's Kiss", and "You Make Life Good". CD

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Eric RobersonEric Roberson Presents: The Vault Vol 1 ... CD
Eric Roberson, 2002. New Copy ... $9.99
Brilliant work from America's next great soul singer – the incredible Eric Roberson, one of the freshest male soul vocalists in years! At one level, Eric's work is steeped in the classic styles of Donnie Hathaway and Marvin Gaye – but at another, it's completely without cliche or stylistic precedent – as fresh as the best newer work by female singers like Jill Scott or Julie Dexter. Roberson's rhythmic conception is really tremendous – open, free, and presented in a way that pushes the vocals past obvious patterns that so often plague male soul singers. The set's got a really fresh approach that's also due in part to Roberson's use of a variety of producers – including Osunlade, Vidal Davis, Redhead Kingpin, and others. Jill Scott does guest vocals on the track "One Time", but it's Eric's genius that really brings the whole set home! Titles include "Rock With You", "Past Paradise", "She Couldn't Hear Me", "Rebound", "Rain On My Parade", and "When Love Calls" – and if you've been looking for a soul record to change your life, this is it! CD
(Back in print and featuring songs that did not appear on the 1.5 version!)
 
 
 



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