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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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Sweet Freaks
Eagle Rock, 2014. New Copy
The Brand New Heavies never seem to lose their power at all – and while it might show our age a bit to say we've been digging these guys for 25 years, we're still very proud to be keeping tabs on their music! This time around, BNH work at a level that still has all the great funky touches of ... CD
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Love Apparatus
Empire, 2014. New Copy
Warm love and plenty of soul from Jesse Bokyins – an artist who keeps on perfecting his craft more and more with each new record – to create a special place in soul that's very much his own! The grooves are heavy on keyboards, but with these very trippy touches – and the whole ... CD
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Love Apparatus
Empire, 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Warm love and plenty of soul from Jesse Bokyins – an artist who keeps on perfecting his craft more and more with each new record – to create a special place in soul that's very much his own! The grooves are heavy on keyboards, but with these very trippy touches – and the whole ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Unisex (UK), 2004. Good 2LP
A great collection that really captures the best side of the New York scene in recent years – the rich tapestry of underground soul music that's been bubbling out from beneath the hip hop and house music scenes! The package has a feel that's as rich and diverse as the 5 Boroughs – a ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Ruth
Flatline Collective, 2014. New Copy
A beautiful debut from Ruth Koleva – a singer with roots in Bulgaria, but an ability to sing in a really universal style – a crisp take on 21st Century soul music that's bound to make her a real up-and-comer in the global soul underground! The album's got a perfect groove from start to ... CD
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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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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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Amplified Soul
Shanachie, 2014. New Copy
Incognito never lets us down – and records like this keep us listening strongly year after year! The set's got all the core brilliance of Incognito at their best – a really classic approach to jazzy soul, served up with top shelf instrumentation by the group – and sent home ... 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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Comet Come To Me
Naive (France), 2014. New Copy
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 ... 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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Worldwide Underground
Motown, 2003. New Copy
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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Universal (Brazil), 2000. Used
An amazing album from one of Brazil's greatest soul stars! Ed Motta's the nephew of Tim Maia, and he's part of a huge legacy of Brazilian soul music that's been largely untapped by listeners in the US. Fortunately, Ed's been getting his dues in other scene's lately – as his album before ... CD
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Peace Beyond Passion
Maverick/Reprise, 1996. Used
No description available. CD
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Live At The Wetlands
Dare, 2002. Used
Pretty unique work from Robert Randolph – one of the most soulful pedal steel players you'll ever hear! Randolph's working here in a live setting before a very enthusiastic crowd – playing pedal steel and singing with a deeply soulful approach – running through styles that range ... CD
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Unclassified
Dare Records, 2003. Used
No description available. 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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J Records, 2000. Near Mint-
No description available. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Gotee, 2006. Used
No description available. CD
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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
 
Updated November 27, 2014


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