An incredible collection of work by Brit soul legend Carleen Anderson – born of American parents (and James Brown bandmates) Bobby Byrd and Vicki Anderson, but a key figure in the London soul revival of the 1990s and beyond! The set brings together work from a wide array of sources – ... read moreCD
A long-overdue second album from Sunshine Anderson – the protege of Macy Gray who first broke big a number of years ago, then dropped from view until this release! The set's still got the upfront and positive sound of Anderson's debut – but there's also a deeper groove going on, and ... read moreCD
A hell of a great album from Jarrard Anthony – an artist who's been bubbling under for the past few years – but who really comes into his own with this beautiful album! The set's got all the spiritual overtones you might guess from the cover – but also comes across with a tightly- ... read moreCD
An incredible debut – and the birth of a genre! India Arie burst upon the Neo Soul scene with this sweet little set a few years back – and her career's been burning up ever since! The set's got all the best elements of some of the best indie soul of recent years – sweet beats, ... read moreCD
Smooth and lush soul from singer Nicolas Bearde – a great vocalist with a really classic approach! Nicolas has a sound that almost reminds us of some of the classic Norman Connors albums from the late 70s – soul, but with a jazz sensibility clearly working underneath. And although ... read moreCD
The Brand New Heavies are back on top – 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 at the end ... read moreCD
Cee-Lo the Lady Killer and hip hop soul phenomenon – continuing his unpredictable win streak! Celebrating spontaneity, funk and soul and with his signature raspy vocals – and blending classic soul and funk influences with straight up modern hip hop production seamlessly! Features ... read moreCD
It's been almost five years since we last heard from Gordon Chambers – and in that time, he's really come into his own! This set's easily Chambers' best so far – tight, focused, and served up with the sort of energy that should have him crossing over to a much wider audience – ... read moreCD
Soulful house warmth from Andy Compton – the first solo set by veteran groover known for his work with The Rurals – and a diverse set of sounds with a capable roster of guests! Numbers range from soul jazz keyboard flavored club soul to more atmospheric and spacey vibes and some more ... read moreCD
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 Cafe, home to some of the best funk and soul ... read moreCD
Timeless soul sounds from Darien – an expressive, emotional vocalist working well here with a solid production and a strong batch of songs – really coming into his own here in a seductive soul vibe! Darien is working with influences of some of the best soul of the past few decades, but ... read moreCD
An explosion of wonderful tracks – almost like finding a crateful of some of the best contemporary club work around, all sung by a single artist! We loved Victor Davies' Hear The Sound album tremendously, and this remix project takes the whole thing even further – pushing the ... read moreCD
Karl Denson has long been one of the funkiest reed talents on the west coast – working the groove in classic Ubiquity recordings of SF acid jazz from the early 90s, and playing on some of the strongest records to come out of the Greyboy label at the same time. Here, he makes his Blue Note ... read moreCD
Karl Denson's come a long way here since his earlier funk sides from years back – and for the record, his tiny universe gets expanded nicely by the addition of Meshell Ndegeocello on bass! The groove here is rich and full – almost a late 60s funky soul approach – but harder than ... read moreCD
UK soul from Don-E – an artist who's perhaps a bit more mainstream than some of his contemporaries on the Dome label, but who has a great sound nonetheless! There's a leanness here that we really like – as Don-E pulls out a few strands of contemporary R&B, but distills them down to ... read moreCD
Conya Doss —
Still ... CD Conyadosssongs, 2008. Used ...
Conya Doss delivers some of the best and brightest underground soul – and this set is just as beautiful as her earlier work – and perhaps her best to date! Conya has been bubbling just under the mainstream radar for far too long now, with roots in the Cleveland scene but with a soaring ... read moreCD
A step deeper for Detroit soul maestro Dwele – his third and perhaps best album – a record brimming with the timeless sounds of underground Detroit hip hop soul, while bringing in some off kilter, psychedelia tinged elements that really elevate it to a higher realm! His trademark ... read moreCD
Shine ... CD Atlantic/HomeSchool, 2008. Used ...
Peven Everett gets taken to a whole new level – as Timmy Regisford and Adam Rios step in to offer up a remixed version of his Beyond The Universe album! The core record is already one of Peven's most house-heavy albums – but in the hands of the mixers, it really hits the dancefloors ... read moreCD
Sweet, laidback modern soul from Gianna – warm, sophisticated, and with some jazzy touches – produced by Kendall Duffie of Kloud 9, and with a sound that's floats nicely in that kind of easygoing mode! Gianna hails from Texas, but she has a universal style, with a casual, elegant sound ... read moreCD
Compelling work from Caroline Henderson – a singer who's definitely got her own voice – or more appropriately, a range of different voices that change things up here from track to track! At some level, Henderson comes from an older, torchier style of jazz – but at another, more ... read moreCD
Marques Houston —
Mh ... CD Tug, 2003. Used ...
James Hunter at the Daptone Studios – working here with Bosco Mann production, and a sound that's much rawer than before! James has always had one hell of a voice, but this time around he also gets a bit more bite in his music too – a funky undercurrent that's more late 60s soul than ... read moreCD
Spacey soul beats and emotive vocals from Hygher Baby on Raw Fusion! Hygher Baby features Melo on vocals and Pure P on beats – and it's got a nice sound made from diverse bed of influences, from the slow rolling, bass and cracking beats and a bit of a cleaner club soul sound on other tracks. ... read moreCD
Damn great work from Inobe – a singer who's waited more than a few years before giving us this sweet little record, but who's definitely used all that time to really deepen her game! Inobe's got a vocal range here that's really wonderful – very old school in its sense of richness, at a ... read moreCD
A joyous celebration of Angela Johnson's first decade in soul music – and a smoking little set that revisits some of her best tracks from the time, and sets them on fire all over again! The package is way more than just a batch of remixes – a lots of tracks here are re-thought from the ... read moreCD
One of the most perfectly-formed albums to come from indie soul hero Raymond Jones – a smooth seductive batch of tunes that sparkles with a sound that reflects Raymond's rich pedigree of years in the music business! The set's got the gentle glide of some of the best modern soul work by ... read moreCD
Deborah Jordan —
Light ... CD Futuristica (UK), 2009. Used ...
A fantastic full length set from Deborah Jordan – a singer we know mostly for her wonderful work with Silhouette Brown on an album that was one of our favorites from the London scene a few years back! This set has all the cosmic crackles of Jordan's previous work with Dego & Kaidi Tatham ... read moreCD
At the time of this album's original release, the Neptunes had yet to take over the world, so it barely saw the light of day. Combining Chad & Pharrel's tight beats and infectious ghettofied songcraft with Kelis' sweet vocals, we can't really tell what the folks at the label were thinking, as ... read moreCD
Kindred The Family Soul —
Arrival ... CD Hidden Beach, 2008. Used ...
Killer soul from Kindred – a set that's ever bit as warm and wonderful as previous releases, and proof that our faith in the group is always well-placed! Kindred have a way of making music that seems effortless and easy – but comparing their work to most of their contemporaries, they're ... read moreCD
Smooth Sailing from Maysa Leak – a wonderful little record that captures all the warmth and soul of her work with Incognito, yet which also steps forward strongly in her own voice as well! The album's got a bit of Incognito help from Bluey and crew, but a number of tracks make a nice change ... read moreCD
We've been waiting years for this one – and our patience has been duly rewarded! Stephanie McKay teased us a few years back with a self-titled EP, issued after her UK debut (as McKay) – but with this finally-released full album, she really blows our mind – emerging as one of the ... read moreCD
There's been a big break since Meshell Ndegeocello's last album – but from the sound of the album, it's been worth it! One of the baddest soul singers of the past decade is back in business, and sounding better than ever – serving up a fierce blend of beats and vocals, done in a more ... read moreCD
Platinum Pied Pipers —
Triple P ... CD Ubiquity, 2005. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
The long-awaited debut from Platinum Pied Pipers – an incredible set that melds underground soul, deep hip hop, and innovative club groove into a cohesive sound all its own! The PPP is essentially the duo of Waajeed (a founding member of Slum Village and frequent Jay Dee collaborator) and ... read moreCD
We're getting reacquainted with the music of Will Preston all over again – thanks to this sweet little set and its really fresh sound! Will's vocals are very much at the level of his previous two sets – but the groove here is even greater, and bristles with lots of nice crackle right ... read moreCD
A really really great debut – far far better than you might think from the cover! Forget the silly purple-hued, leather-capped, over-exposed image of Nick on the front – because he's a hell of a soul singer, with a really great voice, and a warmly classic sound that grabbed us right ... read moreCD
Real Love and real soul from Ryan Shaw – the best we've heard from him! On this album he once again shows love for classic American soul, be it emotive anthems, ballads or funk-tinged slower cookers. The production by Jimmy Bralower and Jimmy Gale – the latter of whom also handles a ... read moreCD
Mindblowing stuff – the first album from Siji, and an immediate classic that grabbed us right away! Siji's been bumping around on various records for the past few years – lending his vocal talents to a number of great club tracks and singles – but this is his first full album, ... read moreCD
The second smash album from soul sensation Joss Stone – and even more of a star-studded affair than the first! Joss is working here in a deep Miami Soul-styled approach that's similar to her first album – made all the more real with help from Miami stalwarts that include Latimore, ... read moreCD
Smooth soul from Dennis Taylor – a collection of work from a variety of recent albums, pulled together here as a great introduction to his music! Dennis has a warm, mellow approach that's really great – very much in the classic mode of singers from the 70s, and produced with a ... read moreCD
A beautifully smooth batch of modern soul tunes – picked not only from recent releases on Expansion Records, but also from a host of great American independents as well! There's a glistening feel here that really links the songs together wonderfully – a unified sound that's warm and ... read moreCD