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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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Skytown, 2014. New Copy
Wicked guitar work from U-Nam – a contemporary musician, but one who's drank deeply of the best vintage modes from CTI and Kudu Records – and who is one of the few who can really get such a classic sound just right! This album's got all the sharp edges of a 70s funky fusion set by ... CD
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My Time Is Here
Expansion (UK), 2014. New Copy
Victor Haynes' time has been here for a few years now – as he's really be serving up some great music over the past few releases – but this album's definitely got a positive, confident feel that really lives up to its title – jazzy, upbeat, and rock-solid all the way through! The ... 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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Expansion (UK), 2014. New Copy 2 CDs
Richly soulful sounds for a mighty nice price – with a lot of great tunes by soul legends and contemporary torch carriers alike – in a nicely paced 3CD set! A good deal of the tracks here put a contemporary twist on the sophisticated soul sounds of the later 70s and into the 80s – ... 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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Muzart
Expansion (UK), 2013. New Copy
A tremendous little record from Muzart – upbeat, positive, and wonderfully grooving right from the start – served up in a beautiful blend of club rhythms and righteous soul, all with a sense of precision that we haven't heard this well in years! The vibe here is a bit contemporary, but ... CD
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Worldwide Underground
Motown, 2003. New Copy
LP...$9.99 10.98
A nice one from Badu – one with a depth of feeling and genuine soulful vibes that live up to its title, despite the fact that she records for one of the world's biggest media conglomerates! It's all about the vibe here. Erykah rolls her syllables, scats and emotes feelings more than an ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Groove Theory
Epic, 1995. Used
The only album ever from Groove Theory – but the set that introduced the world to Amel Larrieux – whose vocal talents alone are worth the price of admission! The feel here is a bit more mainstream soul than some of Amel's later work – but given the mid 90s date of release, the ... CD
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Virgin, 1999. Near Mint- (pic cover)
With Redman & Method Man. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Hidden Beach, 2001. Near Mint- 2LP
Second volume recruiting contemporary jazz artists reworking rap songs as modern smooth jazz. We're not certain if the world needs a smooth jazz version of Nelly's "Hot In Herre" or Ludacris' "Roll Out (My Business)", but we guess everything has it's place. 12 tracks in all, ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Groovin, 2005. Used
Jazzy Jeff serves up some of the best of the current Neo Soul underground – all mixed together in a great way that has Jeff adding a bit more grit to the sound of the tunes! There's a great blend of the rough and the raw on the set – and the style of mix has the tunes sliding into one ... CD
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Stage Two
Epic, 2004. Used
The long-awaited second album from Sweetback – a group that was originally known for their backing work behind Sade, but who have really come into their own with this set! The album's overflowing with warm vocals from the lovely Aya – sliding into the mix to meet the laidback and jazzy ... CD
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Princesses Nubiennes
Virgin, 1998. Used
Titles include "Demain (Jazz)", "Les Portes Du Souvenir", "Embrasse Moi", "Sugar Cane", "Bebela", "Tabou", "Princesse Nubienne", "Sourire", "Makeda", "Desolee", and "Tabou (Roots rmx)". CD
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Def Soul, 2000. Used
Classic-styled soul from Musiq Soulchild – his debut set for Def Soul, and the start of a great run of mellow grooves! As you might guess from the compressed wording of the title, the tunes here have a great set of flow – a laidback, kicked-back sort of sound that's not nearly as full-o ... CD
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Lift Your Spirit
Interscope, 2014. Used
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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Jive, 2001. Used
The debut album from Syleena Johnson – daughter of 70s soul legend Syl Johnson, and a heck of a great singer in her own right! Syleena's got a style that's got some of the bluesy touches of her heritage, but she's working in a style that's got smoother touches of modern R&B – ... CD
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Soulception
Adventure Music, 2012. Used
Fantastic sounds from Monday Michiru – quite possibly her greatest album in years, and one that really draws together all the best elements of her style! The vocals are wonderful – soaring, fluid, and filled with soul – almost more confident than ever – and set to these ... CD
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Peng (UK), 2002. Used
No description available. CD
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Surrender To Love
Hidden Beach/Sony, 2003. Used
Just when you thought Philadelphia had shown us all its great new soul singers, another fantastic act pops into the limelight! Kindred The Family Soul are a treasure, and the kind of group we can warm to on first listen! This debut record for Hidden Beach is a rich blend of male and female vocals ... CD
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Sire/Warner/ZTT, 1994. Used
No description available. CD
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Get Lifted
Getting Out Our Dreams/Sony, 2004. Used
You just have to love that one breath of fresh air on the pop charts at any given point – and John Legend is profoundly worthy of it! John has a feel for classic soul – strings and horns filter in with his own piano playing and emotive vocals – but the production approach is ... CD
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Unorthodox Jukebox
Atlantic, 2012. Used
We're always hard-pressed to define that certain something that makes Bruno Mars so great – that unusual quality that isn't quite soul, isn't quite pop, and which almost takes us back to some of our favorite crossover moments of the early 80s. Bruno's got this classic raspy voice, but ... CD
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Wines & Spirits
Artistry, 2007. Used
No wines or spirits in evidence here – as Rahsaan Patterson's even tighter than ever, and certainly not in need of a quick nip to get his groove this great! The album's awash in wonderful vocals from Patterson – that heavenly crackle that really makes him stand out from his ... CD
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Voodoo
Virgin/Modern Classics, 2000. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Sweet and gritty soul from D'Angelo – who takes a huge step into deeper territory on Voodoo – and it's one of the most monumental records of its time! On one level, Voodoo works as a nicely stripped-down session with a very classic soul feel. Gone are the overzealous flourishes that ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Early Riser
Brainfeeder, 2014. New Copy
A great debut from Taylor McFerrin – family member to another famous jazz singer, but very much possessed of his own self and style! The album's got this crackling, glistening quality – subtle electronics and Fender Rhodes mixing with Taylor's well-crafted vocals – never ... 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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Erykah Badu – Icon
Motown/Universal, 1990s/2000s. Used
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Cewbeagappic
Jazzland (UK), 2003. Used
Stunning – simply stunning! This album by Scandinavian group Beady Belle is the first to really unlock their full potential – and offers a haunting blend of jazz, electronics, and other elements that make for a record beyond description. Beady has a style that's impossible to peg ... CD
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After Hours (UK pressing)
Dome (UK), 2004. Used
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 ... CD
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Stone Love
J Records, 2004. Used
Angie's out to prove that she's one of the best young soul singers around – kicking off the record with a straight acapella track, then rolling into some of the most classically soulful tracks she's ever recorded! The set's a stunner from the word go – grabbing us like a classic mellow ... 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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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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Comet Come To Me
Naive (France), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Meshell Ndegeocello comes on with the force of a comet – and delivers one of her boldest records in years – a crackling set of cosmic soul tunes that have all the power of the singer in her early years! Meshell's definitely absorbed some of the headier elements of her varied projects ... LP, Vinyl record album
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No Beginning No End
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A great new chapter in the career of Jose James – and a record that really seems to take his already-amazing vocals to a whole new level! In a relatively short career, Jose's already been turning a lot of heads with his work on other projects, his jazz-based recordings, and his debut for ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Delicious Vinyl, 1992. Very Good
Great stuff from the Heavies – issued here on a US 12" single, with a huge bunch of extra mixes designed to get the cut on the dancefloor. If all the cuts on that second album were as good as this one, the group would still be in business today! 12-inch, Vinyl record
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Kajmere, 2005. Near Mint-
2 great tracks from a new singer we're sure to be hearing more from – both produced by Nicolay of Foreign Exchange, with a sweetly loping vibe that's totally great! "Shine" is completely infectious – a slinky blend of beats and keys, all wrapped up with Havana's loving vocals ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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So Many Ways
Atlantic, 1996. Used
No description available. CD
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Luvanmusiq
Atlantic, 2007. Used
Philly-bred Musiq Soulchild heads over to Atlantic from Def Jam with his tight modern soul sound intact and better than ever – Luvanmusiq might be his best set yet! Musiq's brand of hip hop informed, steady soul has been consistent from the get go, but this one has a tightness that surpasses ... CD
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What Did He Say?
Compass, 1997. Used
No description available. 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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Mean Love
DFA, 2014. New Copy
CD...$11.99 14.98 (LP)
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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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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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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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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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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In The Red Room
Dome (UK), 2014. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Journey Of A Woman
Rajdulari Music, 2014. New Copy
A really great debut from Rajdulari – a singer with a hell of a strong voice, and a great ability to mix her lyrics with funky instrumental elements – maybe the best artist to do so since the debut of Jill Scott! The record's got a really special sort of punch – a quality that's ... CD
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Blue Note, 2014. New Copy
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 ... 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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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
 
Updated October 25, 2014


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