Cinematic soul rooted in the rawer organ, drums and horns vibes that resonated deeply in records from north to south in the 70s – done with a lean, tight and head nodding groove no doubt informed by Aloe Blacc's own roots in hip hop – on his best album yet and one of best raw soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Badu is back with some of the deepest, funkiest and best music of her career – a mindblowing treatise for a New Amerykah – and what we'll consider an instant classic whether the world at large catches on or not! Erykah steps up this time with a set that balances the wilder impulses ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ten years since his underground Headphone Masterpiece and Cody Chesnutt is finally back with a proper follow up – one that has a more fully-fleshed out production – and it's pretty damn great! There's some striking differences in approach, but thankfully, the idiosyncratic creative ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Please note: Vinyl plays at 45 RPM. Includes download code.)
The long-overdue return of Coultrain – an artist we've been digging right from the start, when he dropped off a pile of handmade CDs as freebies to give away in our store! Since that time, Coultrain has emerged to become one of the freshest talents of the underground – through work ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An instant classic from Roy Davis Jr – and a record that really takes us back to the deepest days of the Chicago house scene! Roy's tunes are simple, effective, and straightforward – yet also have a cosmic burning soul that moves them past the coldness that could sometimes hold back ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice little trip with Dinner At The Thompsons – the duo of producer/beatmaker FabLive and singer Lucille Tee – and one that finds them driving a bit further into spacey electro soul territory! Includes a couple of mellow, moodier numbers like the lovely "Pink & Grey", ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Robert Glasper —
Black Radio ... LP Blue Note, 2012. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ....
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An amazing new chapter in the career of Robert Glasper – one of our favorite new jazz musicians of the past decade or so! This set features loads of Glasper's enigmatic piano lines – those fluid, elliptical sounds that are always filled with plenty of soul and imagination – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mindblowing work from Robert Glasper – a set that makes us fall in love with his music even more than before – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given that we've loved him for years! Glasper's working here in his collaborative Black Radio format – but at a level that's even more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A sweet little record from Mayer Hawthorne – put together with the kind of care and straightforward sound that so few folks have been using in recent years! Back at his start, you might have been tempted to think of Hawthorne as slightly ironic – an underground talent who could work at ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really compelling mix of folk roots and deeper soul – served up here by one of the most unique artists we've heard in years! Valerie June is really carving out some unique territory here – singing and playing guitar at a level that feels rooted in Appalachia, but also sometimes ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jyoti (Georgia Anne Muldrow) —
Denderah ... LP Someothaship, 2013. New Copy ....
One of the most stunning records we've heard from Georgia Anne Muldrow in years – even more mindblowingly cosmic than just about all her other recent work! The set features mostly instrumental tracks – heavy on keyboards, both acoustic and electric – and played with this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
The full length debut for Michael Kiwanuka – a record that stands out brilliantly, not only for it's strength and depth – but also because almost no one is making airy, often acoustic soul music on a major label in 2012! The record has been compared to Terry Callier's work with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The long-overdue return of soulsinger Terri Walker – teamed up here brilliantly with Nicole Wray, and served up in a format that's even better than before! Lady have a style that's totally great – a really old school female duo, presented with strong Truth & South touches that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kendra Morris is no mockingbird here – no copycat singer or too-retro diva – and instead finds a great space on this album that really has her coming into her own! The album definitely draws on older soul modes – as do the arrangements by Jeremy Page – but the overall ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tremendous work from Ed Motta – a record that not only lives up to all the promise we've found in his music over the years – but which also goes way way beyond, and really knocks it out of the park! The title here is no lie, as Ed's a huge fan of AOR modes from the 70s – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Georgia Anne Muldrow & Dudley Perkins (G&D) —
Lighthouse ... LP Someothaship, 2013. New Copy 2LP ....
A lighthouse of soul and spirit from the duo of Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins – coming together here in a mode that has both artists at the top of their game! The album's got a dense, layered feel that really lives up to the image on the cover – and definitely has the sort of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Georgia Anne Muldrow & Madlib —
Seeds ... LP Someothaship/Epistrophik Peach Sound, 2012. New Copy 2LP ....
A stunner from Georgia Anne Muldrow – a record that makes us love her even more than before – and that's saying a lot, given the love we've shown her over the years! The cover's got the feel of some dusty old record, and many of the tunes do too – some wicked 70s soul elements ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brilliant work by one of our favorite NuSoul singers! N'Dambi's moving way past her Little Lost Girls Blues album on this set – a beautiful set that showcases a much more expansive musical vision than before! The set's got the feel of a laidback studio session with N'Dambi – as ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(NOTE –- This copy no longer has the cover, and comes in a plain sleeve.)
Continuing proof that Meshell Ndegeocello is one of the most compelling soul singers of the past few decades – as she steps forth here in a tribute to Nina Simone, all with a rich criss-crossing of styles that's unlike any of her previous work! Meshell's vocals are right on the money – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Man ... LP Freestyle (UK), 2013. New Copy ....
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A killer set from Omar – an artist we've loved right from the start, and someone who's never ever let us down! The record's got a great lean feel – almost a return to the modes that Omar first released on his classic material for Talking Loud – that tight, no-nonsense approach to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Patterson's second LP, with a transitional sound between his more mainstream debut effort and his later neo classic approach. With "Treat You Like A Queen", "Sure Boy", "It's Alright Now", "Do You Feel The Way I Do", "Friend Of Mine", "The ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first we've heard from this UK group – but given the strength of the record, we're betting we'll be digging them for many years to come! The album's a great no-nonsense contemporary soul affair – put together in a really old school sort of way that recalls the energy of Brand New ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
PM Dawn —
Bliss Album? ... LP Gee Street, 1993. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ....
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After being thrown off a stage by KRS, Prince Be moved from rhyming to mostly singing. Yeah, it's easy to make fun, and if you're looking for hip hop, you won't find it here at all. But if you're looking for good early 90's Sunday-afternoon pop-soul arrangements, this LP is right up your alley. ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gregory Porter arrives on Blue Note Records – and the result is Porter's most fully-formed set so far – just the kind of album that will push him firmly into the limelight – a place that we've felt he's deserved for quite a few years! Porter's a hell of a singer, and a hell of a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Quadron steps up the bigs with Avalanche – an impeccable second album and first to be co-released Epic Records – and as much as we appreciated their earlier album on Plug Research, this really is an epic-level creative leap forward for the duo! They're still working mix of electro and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A pretty great little project – a surprising turn for Slakah The Beat Child – working here as the leader of this groovy little group! The music has a lot less "beat" than before – and plenty of the warm sunny tones you might guess from the cover – a beautiful ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Thing with Neneh Cherry —
Cherry Thing ... LP Smalltown Supersound (Sweden), 2012. New Copy ....
A mindblowing collaboration – one that brings the soulful vocals of Nenah Cherry into play with the avant jazz sounds of The Thing – but all in a mode that's unlike anything either artist has recorded before! The mix of talents is no surprise – given that Nenah's dad is Don ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Independent soul supernova YahZarah's first proper full length in 7 years – she teased us with a very promising EP and some guest singing with Foreign Exchange in the interim – finally bringing us The Ballad Of Purple Saint James in 2010, a record that's doubtlessly going down as one of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Music found online, then collected here in one sweet little set – a great illustration of the way that in the 21st Century, internet sound files have come to represent a whole new level of digging! All the cuts here were issued digitally first, and are making a wax debut here – as a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great collection from the Soul Togetherness scene – a name that can always be trusted to deliver a smoothly grooving tune! Most of the work here is contemporary, but the set includes a few classics too – key cuts that help support the older-styled vibe that's present in the newer ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Vinyl is VG+ overall, save for a mark that clicks a bit on track one of Side 3, Cover has a bit of light wear and a partially unglued bottom seam.)
A soul series we've been loving for a decade – and for good reason too! Soul Togetherness sets always have a great way of mixing contemporary soul with some sweet older tracks – particularly the sort from the modern soul years of the early 80s – when jazzy riffs and sophisticated ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great stuff from the always welcome annual soul effort compiled by Expansion – warmly expansive numbers from Heston, Rahsaan Patterson, Deborah Bond, They, Reel People, Electric Empire, the legendary Leon Ware and many more – brought together for Soul Togetherness 2011! Modern soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album