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The best of the contemporary soul underground -- artists we know and love, and are proud to support!


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J Records, 2000. Near Mint-
No description available. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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RCA, 2012. Near Mint- 2LP
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Baduizm
MCA, 1997. Near Mint-
A strange title for a first record – but quite fitting, given the impact that Erykah Badu has had on soul music! The record defines a whole new style of expression – "Baduizm", if you will – one in which Erykah sings with a depth that stretches back through a century's ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Cricklewood Broadway
Jazzland (Norway), 2013. Very Good+
Stunning sounds from Beady Belle – one of the greatest albums we've heard from the group in years – and that's saying a heck of a lot! Beady Belle are as soulful as ever, but also have a new sort of crackle too – a bit more clavinet mixed in with their Fender Rhodes, and this ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Back To Black
Universal, 2006. Near Mint-
An incredible album from Amy Winehouse – even way better than her fantastic debut! Although a contemporary soul album, this one's steeped in tradition – soul styles that run the gamut from Detroit down to Kingston, and which are carried off here with a rougher, sharper-edged sound than ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Epic, 2000. Near Mint-
A great major label single from Amel Larrieux – and one that features a sweetly thumping groover that should have been a hit! The track's a bit more mainstream than some of Larrieux's later work, but it's still plenty darn great – graced with really wonderful vocals throughout! 12-inch, Vinyl record
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From Manhattan To Staten
Internal Bass (UK), 1996. Very Good 2LP
In Chicago, Down To The Bone need no introduction, with their fierce "Staten Island Groove" popping along as the hottest stepper's cut in years. Aside from that track though, this LP is still filled with strong, jazz inflected instrumental modern soul and acid jazz, tastefully produced ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Let's Talk About It
Bad Boy, 2004. Used
Bad Boy Records hip hop/soul vocalist Carl Thomas, who's soulful vocals can be heard in the background on who knows how many Bad Boy singles of the last five years or so, FINALLY see's his sophmore full length released. Features "She Is" with LL Cool J, the Jus Blaze-produced "My ... CD
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Mama's Gun
Universal, 2000. Used
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 ... CD
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Brasilified Nights
Hydra (Japan), 2014. New Copy
Monday Michiru returns to one of our favorite modes from her early years – collaborative grooves cut with some of the best talents of the underground – all of whom breathe incredible new life into her Brasilified album! We loved that record to death – and so did most of you ... CD
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Brasilified
Billboard (Japan), 2013. New Copy
Wonderful work from Monday Michiru – and a record that reminds us all over again why we love her music so much! The album's got Monday serving up all the Brazilian sounds you'd guess from the title – but always with that positive, upbeat style we've always dug in her music – a ... CD
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Say Somethin
Do Right (Canada), 2014. New Copy
A great Canadian soul singer – and one that we'd rank right up there with the contemporary best from the American underground! Dawn Pemberton's got a great approach here – sliding into the record in a very personal, subtle way (without any sort of "intro" track either – ... CD
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Yes No Maybe
MoFunk, 2014. New Copy
A nice one on the MoFunk label from singer Moniquea – whose laidback, warmly soulful voice is backed by lean, bouncy synth funk production – coming off as a sweet modern take on the boogie soul and digital funk sound of the 80s! Monquea's voice and a strongly song-based approach really ... CD
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Bad Boy/Atlantic, 2013. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The electric lady is back again – getting great help on this set from Prince, Erykah Badu, Miguel, and Esperanza Spaulding! The set features further chapters in Janelle's Metropolis story – but apart from that overarching structure, and cool notes that situate the singer as some future ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Gotee, 2006. Used
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Sweetback
Epic, 1996. Used
We love this album! The set's a classic batch of jazzy grooves from a combo who were first known as Sade's backing band – but who've rose to almost near-legendary fame through the strength of this set! The album's quite unique – and was even more so for the time – a cool, classy ... CD
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Dwitza/Tummy Touch, 2013. New Copy
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 – ... CD
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BBE (UK), 2014. New Copy Gatefold
A great selection of future soul tracks, all handpicked by radio DJ Radhu – an American talent with ears that may well rival those of Gilles Peterson for finding the sounds we'll all enjoy tomorrow! The work here is from a wide range of the soulful underground – not just Neo Soul, but ... CD
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Life Cycles
Debra Debs/Arts Quest (UK), 2013. New Copy
A brilliant batch of new millenium soul from Debra Debs! Debra is a London-based, Cameroon-born singer, and Life Cycles is the first full length effort we've heard from her, but it leaves us with little doubt that she'll be around for years to come. This is some of the nicest indie soul we've ... CD
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DFA, 2014. New Copy
The best yet from Sudan-born, Brooklyn-dwelling Sinkane – distilling a lot of diverse sonic influences into his own distinct soul! There's a lot going on here, inspiration wise – with modern synth-stoked twists on 70s Afrobeat influences, tropically-inflected R&B and lots of other ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Def Soul, 2001. Near Mint- (pic cover)
No description available. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Brand New Heavies
Delicious Vinyl, 1990. Used
A monumental piece of funk – and a record that came into the world at a time when it seemed like just about everyone had forgotten how to play real funky music! This set's the US version of the first album by London scenesters The Brand New Heavies – and although it came out in the ... CD
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Collaborations
Hidden Beach, 2007. Used 2CD
Jill Scott's a singer with a mighty generous spirit – and in addition to her own (all too few) recordings over the years, she's made some tremendous appearances on records under the leadership of other artists – a good deal of which are included in this set! Jill's not the kind of ... CD
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Ghetto Love
Warner, 2001. Used
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Forward
Shanachie, 2013. Used
Brand New Heavies back in action – and sounding every bit as great as always! The group still has that sublime mix of soul, jazz, and funk that's made them so great right from the start – a mode that's steeped in classic influences from the 60s and 70s, yet finds a way to come out ... CD
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Standing Tall
Dome (UK), 2014. New Copy
A great debut from Imaani – the soulful singer who's made some great music with Incognito in recent years! The cover's got a shoutout from Bluey on the front – but the music has a nicely different vibe than Imaani's music with Incognito, as she works here with studio talent Kevin Leo, ... CD
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Linguistics
Society Hill/Essential, 2014. New Copy
One of the younger stars in the Ingram Family galaxy – and one of the more contemporary-sounding ones as well! Bianca Ingram has an approach here that's quite different than some of the more classic-styled work you'd know from Butch and some of her family members – very much in a ... CD
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Skytown, 2012. New Copy
A nice little tribute to soul, jazz and fusion legend George Benson – and a project that's a labor of love for Benson-devotee, soulful spirit and brilliant guitarist U-Nam – with an allstar lineup that features Ronnie Foster, George Duke, Patrice Rushen, Andreas Oberg, Tim Owens, Marcus ... CD
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Universal, 2011. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A (sadly) posthumous release from Amy Winehouse – a voice we loved for a couple good years before knowing how troubled she was in real life and now lament the loss of – and this set, largely put together by producer Salaam Remi turned out surprisingly well! It'd be pretty easy to bow ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Lift Your Spirit
Interscope, 2014. New Copy
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 ... CD
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LeSun, 2001. New Copy
Killer work from Ledisi – one of the best underground soul singers alive! This album has Ledisi opening up her bag a lot from her Soulsinger debut – moving into some more jazz-based material, sung with a sweet mellow vibe that still retains all the soulfulness of earlier work, yet ... CD
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Victor (Japan), 2014. New Copy
One of the coolest collections of contemporary soul we've ever heard – a wonderful batch of work in a laidback, cosmic sort of vibe! The music here resonates strongly with the 70s vintage you'll find in most of the other Free Soul compilations – but it's all relatively recent, and ... CD
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Dome/Soul Lounge (UK), 2013. New Copy 3 CDs
Stunning sounds from the soul lounge – a magical place filled with the hippest contemporary cuts from the underground – all served up at an astoundingly low price! The work here comes partly from the great Dome Records label, who put the whole thing together – and partly from ... CD
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Naturally Me
Nia, 2014. New Copy
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 ... CD
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BamaLoveSoul, 2012. New Copy
A wonderful compilation put together by BamaLoveSoul – who are among the greatest champions of the best, deepest soul in the contemporary landscape! This diverse set is 10 strong with excellent underground soul, laidback instrumentals and otherwise solid sounds – all of which we're ... CD
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Esoteric
Eric Roberson, 2001. New Copy
The genesis of a modern soul genius – Eric Roberson's first album, finally back in print, and filled with a wonderful assortment of early work! Eric kind of set this one up as an introduction to his wide range of talents – including notes in the booklet about each tune and the story of ... CD
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Eric Roberson, 2002. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Blue Note, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Jose James sounds even deeper than ever here – really moving forward with that amazing voice, and really finding a special space between all the jazz, soul, and funk projects of previous years! The album has James almost emerging as a singer who can span genres and reach out to new scenes ... LP, Vinyl record album
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If You Knew Her
Brownswood (UK), 2013. New Copy
An even better album than Zara McFarlane's debut – and a record that lets us dig even deeper into the wonderful world of her vocals! The instrumentation here is mostly stripped down – usually just a bit of percussion, bass, or piano – used as sparingly here as on some of Jose ... CD
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Mean Love
DFA, 2014. New Copy
The best yet from Sudan-born, Brooklyn-dwelling Sinkane – distilling a lot of diverse sonic influences into his own distinct soul! There's a lot going on here, inspiration wise – with modern synth-stoked twists on 70s Afrobeat influences, tropically-inflected R&B and lots of other ... CD
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Feel Good
Columbia, 2014. New Copy
Bubbling avant soul from The Internet – aka Syd The Kid & Matt Martian – who really step up their game on Feel Good! Syd has developed strongly as a singer – with a light, breathy touch that's a warmly welcoming foil to some of the more abstract production touches. That said ... CD
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Flint (CD/DVD)
Ground Up, 2014. New Copy 2CD
A really striking solo set from keyboardist Bill Laurance – an artist we know best for his work in Snarky Puppy, stretching out here in some much more personal territory! At some level, the album's a trio date – with Bill on Fender Rhodes and piano, plus bass and drums – but all ... CD
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Expansion (UK), 2013. New Copy 3 CDs
Soulful luxury at a mighty nice price – 3CDs and 35 tracks of music from both the contemporary underground, and back in the day! The package is one of the best so far in this annual series – and like the others, it has a great way of turning up unusual numbers we might have missed ... CD
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LeSun, 2000. New Copy
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, ... CD
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Ropeadope, 2012. New Copy
Grooves from the ground up – played live, with a very spontaneous energy – in the best Snarky Puppy way! These guys have a really wonderful sound that's one of the freshest we've heard in years – a real return to the best energies of on-the-spot soul music – but not in a ... CD
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Kosi, 2013. New Copy
Kosi really grabbed us right away with the first track on this one – a sublime vocal reading of Charles Mingus' "Goodbye Pork Pie Hat" – done in a way that just features her own slow-scatting, wordless vocals over a spare electric guitar – then she held us fast with a ... CD
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If You Knew Her
Brownswood (UK), 2013. New Copy
An even better album than Zara McFarlane's debut – and a record that lets us dig even deeper into the wonderful world of her vocals! The instrumentation here is mostly stripped down – usually just a bit of percussion, bass, or piano – used as sparingly here as on some of Jose ... LP, Vinyl record album
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People Of Tomorrow
Dome (UK), 2014. New Copy
A really sweet set from this Incognito side project – a group who are even jazzier than usual work from Bluey and crew! The album's mostly instrumental – save for some great guest vocals from Valerie Etienne – and the focus is on longer solos on keyboards, guitar, and trumpet ... CD
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Ninja Tune, 2014. New Copy 2CD
The never predictable, always endearing spacey pop soul chanteuse Kelis's debut for Ninja Tune – working with producer Dave Sitek – and it's her best record in years! We've loved Kelis from get-to around here, going back to when her vocal presence grounded the spacier sounds of the ... CD
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Black Magic
Brownswood (UK), 2010. New Copy
A brilliant second set from Jose James – and that's saying a lot, given that his debut was already a classic in our book! The sound here is a little more full, and a little more confident – a magical blend of James' raspy vocals with some jazz and funk-inflected rhythms – never ... CD
 
Updated November 23, 2014


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