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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
Also available Lift Your Spirit ... LP 17.99

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New Van HuntOn The Jungle Floor ... CD
Capitol, 2006. Used ... $4.99
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 ... CD
Verve, 2014. Used ... $7.99
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". CD
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Also available Truth (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 17.99

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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
Also available Truth ... CD 7.99

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John LegendLove In The Future (deluxe edition) ... CD
GOOD/Columbia, 2013. New Copy Gatefold ... $9.99 15.98
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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Ivana SantilliTony ... CD
Do Right (Canada), 2008. New Copy ... $4.99
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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Lizz WrightOrchard ... CD
Verve, 2008. Used ... $3.99
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 front of the backings and push things strongly with her well-noted dynamic range. Instrumentation is usually acoustic guitar, percussion, and a bit of piano – and although there's also some keyboards listed in the lineup, these are definitely kept on the back-burner to preserve the acoustic soul of the set. Titles include "Another Angel", "Hey Mann", "I Idolize You", "My Heart", "Coming Home", "Thank You", "Song For Mia", and "Strange". CD

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New Sandra St Victor with Mark De Clive-LoweOya's Daughter ... CD
Shanachie, 2013. New Copy ... Temporarily 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 Aloe BlaccLift Your Spirit ... CD
Interscope, 2014. Used ... Out Of Stock
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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Lift Your Spirit ... CD 10.99
Lift Your Spirit ... LP 17.99

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New LedisiTruth ... CD
Verve, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
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". CD
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Truth (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD 17.99
Truth ... CD 7.99

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New Positive FlowFlow Lines ... CD
Tokyo Dawn (Germany), 2012. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Warm instrumentation blended nicely with electronics and soulful vocals – and the first we've heard from Positive Flow in a little while – sounding as fresh as ever here on the first PF full length for the Tokyo Dawn label! Keys and beats flow nicely under live strings, flute, sax and other elements on a set that plays like an all stars project – with a roster that includes Omar, Heidi Vogel, Vanessa Freeman, Stacy Epps, Colonel Red and others. Includes "Children Of The Sun" and "Stronger Than A Mountain" feat Heidi Vogel, "My Prediction" and "Do What I Do" feat Omar, "Hold On" feat Colonel Red, "Orange & Brown", "Capoeira", "The Quest – Parts I & II" feat Tesia Rolle, "In The Garden Of Your Life" with Vanessa Freeman, "Axis", "Push" with Stacy Epps and more. CD
 
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Algebra BlessettRecovery ... CD
E One, 2014. New Copy ... $11.99 17.98
Wonderful work from Algebra Blessett – a singer who's really a cut above most other vocalists in the underground soul scene – with a classic sense of depth and timing that really knock this album out of the park! Algebra spent many years working under some of the bigger soul singers on the scene – definitely put in her years in the field – but she's got a fresh style that's really all her own, a way of phrasing and pushing a lyric that really gets some great augmentation here in the production work of Kwame Holland and LTMoe. Shannon Sanders and Brett Baker also help with production, and there's definitely a collaborative feel to the record – but all in support of the righteous talents of the lady in the lead! Titles include "Right Next To You", "Augment To Recovery", "Nobody But You", "Writer's Block", "Struggle To Be", "Recovery", "Forever", "I'll Be OK"," Danger Zone", "Mystery", and "Paper Heart". CD

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Don-ELittle Star ... CD
Dome (UK), 2013. New Copy ... $11.99
One of the leading lights of the UK underground soul scene – back again in very fine formation, and coming across with a style that's even deeper and more mature than before! Don-E wrote and performed most of the tracks on the set himself, and also produced – in an effort that's got him following strongly in the London legacy of Omar – another one word-named soul artist who might be a good comparison to Don-E here! The vibe is definitely different – maybe a bit smoother and warmer in the end – but Don-E's got this great sense of confidence and class that never pushes things too far – and which really avoids any of the pitfalls that might hold back some of his less careful contemporaries. Titles include "Spiritual" – which features guest work from an all-star UK lineup that includes Omar, Carl McIntosh, Noel McKoy, and Junior Giscombe – plus "BS", "Home", "Hold On", "Slave To The Rhythm", "Little Star", "It Just Don't Stop", and "Step In My Room". CD

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New 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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New Shaun EscofferyIn The Red Room ... CD
Dome (UK), 2014. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
We haven't heard from Shaun Escoffery in years – but damn, it's really been worth the wait! This album really knocks it out of the park from the very first note – and pushes Shaun way way farther than his previous work, which we really loved a lot – into some kind of sublime classic soul territory that may hopefully get him the international fame he deserves! Escoffery's got this great back to basics approach on the record – still schooled by his more cosmic years on the London scene, but also soaking up plenty of older, deeper soul elements too – yet fusing them in a way that's completely modern, completely fresh, and very individual. There's nothing retro soul about the record – despite some burning Hammond and guitar at points – and the whole thing was done in close collaboration with producer Gil Cang, who also played most of the instruments and helped on backing vocals too. Titles include "Nature's Call", "Perfect Love Affair", "People", "Do U Remember", "Crazy", "Nobody Knows", "By Your Side", "Get Over", and "Day After Day". CD

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New Big Brooklyn RedForeword ... CD
Big Brooklyn Red, 2003. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Forget this guy's name – which makes you think he's a blues singer – because the album's one of the best new male soul records we've heard in years! Big Brooklyn Red has a sweetly grooving style that's really unique for a male singer – never overdone, never caught up in the realm of cliches – instead nicely stripped down and bubbling, in a style that's almost a 21st century update of the richness of 70s work by Al Green or Marvin Gaye. The arrangements on the set are wonderful too – beat-heavy enough to appeal to a contemporary audience, but filled with plenty of warm and jazzy touches on the instrumentation – pushing the work to the sky with a righteous style that reminds us of Donnie Hathaway! Honestly, at first we almost passed this guy by because of his name but the record's really amazing, and one of our favorite soul records for a while! Titles include "Paradise", "The War Inside", "Sweeter Than Springtime", "Time", "Put Wings On Me", and "My Destiny". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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