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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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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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Man
Freestyle (UK), 2013. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Morning Light
Expansion (UK), 2013. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Baduizm
Universal, 1997. Used
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 ... CD
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Dusty DJ Inc, 2006. Used
Sweetly stepping grooves from the Chicago scene – one of the greatest albums to come from the Windy City in a while, and easily the best so far from DJ Inc! The group have a mellow bottom groove that's totally great – spare beats and basslines that never lapse into the too-slick, or ... CD
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All About The Funk
Shanachie, 2004. New Copy
The Brand New Heavies back on top in the early 00s – coming across with a batch of funky soul tracks that should cross over large! The sound here is much tighter and hook-heavy than on their recent Japanese release – more in the vein of the chart-crossing funk the group were cooking up ... 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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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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Motown, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The second chapter of Erykah Badu's New Amerykah – recorded for the most part, quite incredibly, during the same period and with the same collaborators as the mind-altering, murky and righteous hip hop funk experimentalism that was Part One – some months that must be among the most ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Terrible Records, 2013. New Copy
Beautifully catchy soul from Solange Knowles – a set that's completely captivating in its basic approach – yet surprisingly far from commercial as well! The album's almost got a 80s sort of vibe – but the soul from that time that was often warmer than the rest because it never ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Back To Black
Universal, 2006. New Copy
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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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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Shanachie, 2014. New Copy
The title's really evocative here, and so is the music – maybe the strongest solo moment we've heard from Floacist so far! The tunes have a sensual quality that grabs us right away – not cloying, commercial romantic modes – but a laidback, personal, positive vibe that's produced ... CD
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Oya's Daughter
Shanachie, 2013. New Copy
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, ... CD
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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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Appaloosa
San Francisco, 2014. Used
No description available. CD
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Emotional
Bad Boy, 1999. Used
No description available. CD
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ManMade
Hard Boiled, 2013. Used
We've been digging Zo for many years, and knew he was a superstar right from the start – but this time around, he blows us away even more than ever! The album's got a special spark that goes beyond even all the great music Zo's given us before – and even past his work with Foreign ... CD
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Love In Flying Colors
HBD, 2013. New Copy 2LP
The best yet from Foreign Exchange! FE began as a transatlantic collaboration between rapper/singer Phone in NC and producer Nicolay in Holland – who literally got it done by exchanging files online – but since Nicolay moved closer, they've grown into one of finest indie soul acts in ... LP, Vinyl record album
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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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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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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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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Delicious Vinyl, 1997. Near Mint- 2 x 12"
One of the cuts that veered a bit more towards the mainstream than some of the earliest work by the Heavies, off their breakthrough Shelter album, with a post P-Funk/80s groove hook, that gets a tougher remix courtesy Ski, the man behind many of Jay Z's big hits. Plus there's the whole second ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
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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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Sire/Warner, 1990. Used
No description available. CD
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Lucy Pearl
Pookie, 2000. Used
Raphael Saadiq meets Dawn from En Vogue meets Ali Shaheed Muhammad. Sounds too good to be true? It's not, it's Lucy Pearl. With the huge hit "Dance Tonight" plus "La La", "Everyday", "Without You", "Don't Mess With My Man" and "Do It For The ... CD
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Fall For You
J & T, 2014. New Copy
Not even work on a reality show can dampen the fire of Leela James – still one of the boldest R&B singers of our generation! The album's got the sharp sound and no-nonsense approach that's made James a powerhouse right from the start – served up with an open, honest style on 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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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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Sunroom
Shanachie, 2014. New Copy
Avery Sunshine stunned us with her debut, but she really blows us away with this amazing second set – a record that has the singer not only deepening her sound, but also hitting this really classic vibe that takes us back to legendary music on Stax or Hi Records! The production and setting ... 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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EMI, 2000. New Copy
The first-ever full length presentation of a legendary live set from D'Angelo – recorded early in his career, and working through a host of classic tunes that really add in a nice layer to his own great music! D'Angelo's caught here in the legendary temple of groove – London's Jazz ... 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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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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Ninja Tune, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Concord, 2013. New Copy Gatefold
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 ... 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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Love Surreal
Purpose/E One, 2013. New Copy
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 ... CD
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ManMade
Hard Boiled, 2013. New Copy
We've been digging Zo for many years, and knew he was a superstar right from the start – but this time around, he blows us away even more than ever! The album's got a special spark that goes beyond even all the great music Zo's given us before – and even past his work with Foreign ... CD
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Universal, 2014. New Copy
Mayer Hawthorne hits the Casablanca label – and he celebrates with this totally unique, triangular-shaped, glow-in-the-dark single! 10 inches across – but spins more like a 45. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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No Beginning No End
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy
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 ... 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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Universal (Japan), Early 2010s. New Copy
A contemporary take on the Free Soul genre – initially a way of digging back into vintage soul from the 70s, in order to find a whole new groove – but also a surprisingly great way of digging 21st century work as well! The collection brings together tracks from both the underground and ... CD
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Verve, 2014. New Copy
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 ... CD
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Home Again
Interscope, 2012. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Hard Water
Jonathan Sigel, 2014. New Copy
Sweet soulful trumpet from Jonathan Sigel – an artist who's got a really great ear for the best fusion styles of the 70s – particularly work by some of the more R&B inflected trumpet players of the time! The grooves are awash in warm keyboard lines, and sometimes feature either a ... CD
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In My Headphones
BBE (UK), 2014. New Copy
No need to just restrict this sweet little set to headphone-only listening – because the sound is so bold and proud, it really should be loud – blasted out of speakers that really make the most of the bassy bottoms and the far-reaching vocals from Lady Daisey! The Lady's a blue-eyed ... CD
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Chicago Forever
Ubiquity, 2004. New Copy
CD...$5.99 16.98
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 ... CD
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Mommy What's A Depression?
Crockett Gallery, 2013. New Copy
CD...$9.99 12.99
Maybe the strongest, boldest album we've ever heard from Alison Crockett so far – a record that has the singer bursting forth with a sense of power that really blows away her previous albums! The album's a great reminder of Crockett's place in the soul underground over the past decade or so ... CD
 
Updated July 29, 2014


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