This album's hardly a monologue – given that Aaron Abernathy's got some great help on the whole thing – from artists who include Phonte, Zo, and Deborah Bond – each of whom add a special slice of their talents to a tune! Yet undeniably, Aaron's the main man on the whole thing ... read moreCD
Adele's got a whole host of talents on board this time around – from Danger Mouse to the Filmharmonic Orchestra – but the lady's still out front of the pack, looming proud and large with that trademark voice that's managed to endure well into her twenties! Titles include "Hello&quo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The Holiday in the title is Billie Holiday – as Japanese singer Akiko pays tribute to Lady Day in this really sweet set of tracks! The range of styles is what really makes the record work – as some tunes are done in the spare traditional style of Billie's original recordings, while ... read moreCD
A great little collection of work from Japanese jazz singer Akiko – pulled from her first few Verve albums, and packaged into one really beautiful set! Unlike other contemporaries on the Japanese scene, who tend to be a bit more soul-based, Akiko goes for a style that's often more ... read moreCD
Man, Akiko always knows how to keep things interesting – always moving between different genres and styles, to serve up a fresh new groove with each release! This set's got the singer hitting a host of British rock tunes, mostly from the 80s – doing them with a harder edge than you ... read moreCD
Akiko's tribute to the "style" of jazz – soon followed by her "spirit" set – and a package that has far more substance than you might expect! The work's got a cool, classy sort of feel – older jazz modes handled with small group instrumentation that either ... read moreCD
Cinematic soul rooted in the rawer organ, drums and horns vibes that resonated deeply in records from north to south in the 70s – done with a lean, tight and head nodding groove no doubt informed by Aloe Blacc's own roots in hip hop – on his best album yet and one of best raw soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anderson Paak —
Malibu ... CD Steel Wool, 2016. New Copy ...
A brilliant creative leap for singer/rhymer/producer Anderson .Paak as a solo star – release months after his standout, near show-stealing moments on Dr. Dre's Compton record! .Paak's proved himself a stellar collaborator many times over by the Malibu dropped, and here he proves a stellar ... read moreCD
Dayme Arocena —
Cubafonia ... CD Brownswood (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
The deepest work we've heard so far from Dayme Arocena – a Cuban singer we first discovered in Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura project, but one who's really gone onto find her own strong musical paths in recent years! This set has Dayme working with Dexter Story on production – and ... read moreCD
Badu is back with some of the deepest, funkiest and best music of her career – a mindblowing treatise for a New Amerykah – and what we'll consider an instant classic whether the world at large catches on or not! Erykah steps up this time with a set that balances the wilder impulses ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
It's been many years since Daz I Kue first rocked our world with his grooves in Bugz In The Attic – and since that time, he's only gotten stronger and more soulful as a solo act – to the point where a new project like this almost blows away some of his previous work! As you might guess ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beady Belle's not really on her own here – just working away from her regular group, with an all-star batch of musicians that includes Bugge Wesseltoft on piano and Fender Rhodes, and the mighty Joshua Redman on tenor sax! The album's got even more of a jazz core than some of the other Beady ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
15 tracks from one of the best jazz funk bands of the past 25 years! The Brand New Heavies have a wonderful sound that mixes 70s jazz funk with a tight modern soul groove – never sleepy, and infused with all the best energy of older groups. They first sprung into being in the early days of ... read moreCD
The group's second real album, and one that never manages to totally capture the groove of the first – but which still has some pretty great writing and playing that set it apart from most of the soul of its generation! The cut "Dream On Dreamer" is one of those early 90s groovers ... read moreCD
An album with a very classic look on the cover – and an equally classic sound to match – one that takes us back to some of the hippest, coolest work by early 60s singers like Sam Cooke or Marvin Gaye! Both artists are a good comparison here, as Leon Bridges is unabashedly in the same ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Till Bronner —
Love ... CD Verve/Motor (Germany), 1998. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Warm and jazzy tracks – courtesy of German trumpeter Till Bronner, who plays muted trumpet and flugelhorn with really wonderful tone! Till takes the older sound of players like Art Farmer or Chet Baker, and fuses it with some arrangements that bear traces of more recent smooth jazz work ... read moreCD
JC Brooks parts company with the Uptown Sound – and comes across here with a completely different sound! Brooks is a Chicago soul singer whose risen to great acclaim with that previous group – who've given him a retro-styled, old school soul approach – but here, he comes across ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Maurice Brown —
Mood ... CD Mobetta/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Fantastic sounds from trumpeter Maurice Brown – a straight jazz player by training, but one who opens up here in a warmly soulful groove! The record bristles with loads of great keyboards from Kris Bowers – whose sound is as important to the album as Brown's trumpet – and the ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Ronald Bruner Jr —
Triumph ... LP World Galaxy/Alpha Pup, 2017. New Copy 2LP ...
A very well-titled album – given that the whole thing's a real triumph from Ronald Bruner Jr – who serves up some wonderful vocals alongside his work on drums – in a set that's got a swirlingly cosmic approach to soul! The album's overflowing with hip talents from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Cool, catchy soul from Matt Cab – a soul singer with American roots, but one who's been making much bigger waves recording albums like this for the Japanese scene – where he seems to be creating quite an audience for his music! Matt's got a style that could be huge if he were given ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from everyone involved – and a great reminder of why we first fell in love with the sound of the Atlanta scene years ago! At a time when so much underground soul only goes digital, or stays underground too deep, it's great to get a record like this from such wonderful artists ... read moreCD
Tanika Charles —
Soul Run ... LP Record Kicks (Italy), 2017. New Copy ...
The first full-length from Tanika Charles – a deep funk singer with a difference! Tanika definitely works in some of the old school soul modes that you'll know from other artists on the Record Kicks label – but there's also a bit more of a contemporary crackle to her music, too – ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Divine sounds from the mighty Cody Chestnutt – a singer who's come a long way from both his Headphone Masterpiece album, and the long drought that followed that classic set! Cody's very firmly back in the driver's seat – and he's working strongly to remind folks that fuzzy, abstract ... read moreCD
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Divine sounds from the mighty Cody Chestnutt – a singer who's come a long way from both his Headphone Masterpiece album, and the long drought that followed that classic set! Cody's very firmly back in the driver's seat – and he's working strongly to remind folks that fuzzy, abstract ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
They definitely got the title right on this one – as the music is so upbeat and positive, it's certainly got a feel good agenda! Mike City does a wonderful job of mixing clubby rhythms with deeper soul currents – getting help from an amazing array of guests talents along the way – ... read moreCD
A very cool collective from the contemporary Detroit scene – one led by a soulful saxophonist, and a great female singer – working here with strong guest contributions from Amp Fiddler, Zo, Dwele, Marcus Douglas, and John Bibbs! Saxappeal handles the reed solos and production – ... read moreCD
We waited years for the full length debut of Columbia Nights, and not only was it worth the wait, it's a stunner – a beautiful batch of timeless spacey soul! Essentially the multi-instrumentalist trio of John E Daise, Jason "Brotherspanky" Edwards and Hayling Price, they have really ... read moreCD
We waited years for the full length debut of Columbia Nights, and not only was it worth the wait, it's a stunner – a beautiful batch of timeless spacey soul! Essentially the multi-instrumentalist trio of John E Daise, Jason "Brotherspanky" Edwards and Hayling Price, they have really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Braxton Cook is a singer, but he's often one who speaks first with his alto sax – which he blows in this wonderfully sharp way – often with cascading notes that set this beautiful mood for his tunes! The music is mostly electric – filled with Fender Rhodes, bass, and guitar ... read moreCD
D'Angelo comes back after many years awol from the studio – and the result is a stunning new step in his music! We've loved the man from day one – and some folks could well say that he really helped reinvigorate soul back in the 90s – and all his time away from the studio has ... read moreCD
D'Angelo comes back after many years awol from the studio – and the result is a stunning new step in his music! We've loved the man from day one – and some folks could well say that he really helped reinvigorate soul back in the 90s – and all his time away from the studio has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A record that was an instant classic from the moment it was first released – and a set that's still pretty darn pleasing all these many years later! At a time when mainstream soul was often too smooth or too poppy, D'Angelo came along and not only found a way to return the music to the years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We already loved D'Angelo's version of this timeless soul classic, and there's 4 great versions of his sweet downtempo take on it offered up here, plus a remix of the title track off the LP. 12-inch, Vinyl record
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Robert Glasper takes on the music of Miles Davis – in a set that's way more of Glasper's own than you might guess from the presentation! True, the tracks are all based around Miles Davis material from the Columbia Records vaults – but Robert really opens things up right away with his ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Robert Glasper takes on the music of Miles Davis – in a set that's way more of Glasper's own than you might guess from the presentation! True, the tracks are all based around Miles Davis material from the Columbia Records vaults – but Robert really opens things up right away with his ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Shirley Davis & The Silverbacks —
Black Rose ... LP Tucxone (Spain), 2016. New Copy ...
There must be something funky going down in the water in Spain – because in recent years, the nation's scene has given us some mighty hard-hitting funky artists – the best of whom may well be featured on this set! Shirley Davis isn't one of those easy retro soul singers – and ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A brilliant debut for singer Andra Day! Ms. Day, as you're surely aware if you've read any of her press, is profoundly influenced by classic soul, but believe us, she's got style, confidence and a voice – wow, that voice – that truly transcends retro revivalism. This is truly one of ... read moreCD
James Day has always been one heck of a collaborative fellow – but this time around, he seems to be even more so than ever – as the album's overflowing with an insane amount of guests artists – a huge lineup that includes Gordon Chambers, Tony Terry, Audrey Wheeler, Glenn Jones, ... read moreCD
(CD includes 2 bonus tracks not on the digital version!)
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 ... read moreCD
A bumping little Australian funky soul single on the reliable Hope Street label! "One Plus One" is a bit of a surprising, but a very sweet one, with a laidback soul, introspective lyrics and a tender vibe – perhaps bearing the influence of earlier Erykah Badu in it's emotional ... (Funky 45's, Neo Soul)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
(Includes download of the 5 track EP.)
Conya Doss —
VII ... CD Conyadosssongs, 2015. Used ...
Hard to believe we're hearing a seventh full album from the great Conya Doss – but we've also been loving the lady so long, it's hard to believe we could ever do without her! As before, Conya's working here at a level that's really a cut above – wonderful vocals, thoughtful songwriting ... read moreCD
The best in years from Dwele – who honestly has yet to really make any kind of a creative misstep – and Greater Than One is one of his greatest records to date! Detroit singer and producer Dwele has long balanced a love for classic soul of the Donny Hathaway school with contemporary, ... read moreCD
Soulful grooves by Atlanta scene dream team Edgewood Agents and all star guests – with songs steeped in jazzy soul and some breezy Brazil influences – on one of the finer compilations of contemporary tunes we've heard in a couple years! The Edgewood Agents themselves are the trio of ... read moreCD
Why isn't Shaun Escoffery bigger? He's easily been one of the top soul singers in the world for over a decade – and a record like this should be in everyone's collection! Shaun's always had a cutting edge sound in his music – and this time around, he inflects it with a bit of classic ... read moreCD
Fertile Ground —
Remixed ... CD Counterpoint (UK), 2003. Used ...
One of our favorite groups of all time – taken to a whole new level! Fertile Ground, to us, is one of the most exciting groups currently recording – a masterful group of musicians steeped in a soulful style that stretches back to the most righteous groups of the 70s, but who also have ... read moreCD
Izo Fitzroy may look like a languid country singer on the cover (we're not sure why – maybe it's the old American car) – but she comes across with a deeply soulful sound on the album, and a strong raspy edge in her vocals that comes as a mighty nice surprise! The set's definitely going ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Izo Fitzroy may look like a languid country singer on the cover (we're not sure why – maybe it's the old American car) – but she comes across with a deeply soulful sound on the album, and a strong raspy edge in her vocals that comes as a mighty nice surprise! The set's definitely going ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Future Prospect —
Climb ... CD Ropeadope, 2016. New Copy ...
These guys really live up to the "future" in their name – and serve up a wonderfully soulful version of funky jazz – one that's brimming over with youthful energy, and a strong vision that should guide the group for years to come! The music is almost a reworked version of old ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Gabriel Garzon-Montano —
Jardin ... LP Stones Throw, 2017. New Copy ...
The Stones Throw debut of Gabriel Garzon-Montano – a soul singer with a nicely laidback vibe – one that lets his crispy, raspy vocals fall in nicely between the keyboard lines and spare rhythms that really set the pace for the record! The tunes are never too over the top – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Robert Glasper Experiment —
ArtScience ... CD Blue Note, 2016. New Copy ...
Tremendous material from Robert Glasper – a set that takes us back to the brilliance of his first few releases for Blue Note – while also encompassing all the changes he's gone through in recent years too! There's definitely some vocals on the record – but this time around, ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A sweet little record from Mayer Hawthorne – put together with the kind of care and straightforward sound that so few folks have been using in recent years! Back at his start, you might have been tempted to think of Hawthorne as slightly ironic – an underground talent who could work at ... read moreCD
A pretty remarkable set of spacey soul songcraft from Hiatus Kaiyote – a Melbourne group that blends moody, laidback live soul instrumentation with bubbling futuristic elements in a surprisingly seamless way – elevated even higher by strong songwriting and the soulful vocals of Nai Palm! ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A pretty remarkable set of spacey soul songcraft from Hiatus Kaiyote – a Melbourne group that blends moody, laidback live soul instrumentation with bubbling futuristic elements in a surprisingly seamless way – elevated even higher by strong songwriting and the soulful vocals of Nai Palm! ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The great James Hunter – sounding even better than before – thanks to sock-solid soul production from Daptone Records! James already recorded at Daptone Studios before – for his previous record – but this set's completely in the hands of the label, from top to bottom – ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A stunner! If what you're looking for is the most personal and boldy creative I Ced effort to date, well, this is that and more – delivering boisterous modern funk beats and atmosphere underneath his soulful, spiritually-heightened vocals – probably his best ever! Those traits carry the ... read moreCD
Three great albums from Incognito – served up at a mighty nice price, and with bonus tracks too! Who Needs Love is a gem from over a decade ago – and Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick pulled out all the stops on this set – working with a range of vocalists that includes Joy ... read moreCD
Early early work from the Brit jazz funk ensemble Incognito! Jean Paul "Bluey" Maunick was just starting out when he cut this album during the early 80s – but the record's got a tightly grooving sound that shows all the power that he'd later have during the 90s, mixed with some ... read moreCD
Pure wonderfulness from Internet – a group who seem to bound forward strongly with each new release! These guys are easily one of the most compelling mainstream soul acts we can think of – still very lean, and working with an indie-level vibe – but also able to focus in on hooks ... read moreCD
Wonderfully smooth work from Boney James – one of the few players of this nature who can always hold our attention! The album's a contemporary one, but it draws strongly from the best smooth jazz funk of the 70s – a rich mix of modes that's heavy on influences from the Kudu Records ... read moreCD
Jose James has a very different look on the cover this time around – and he's got a very different sound, as well – something that might be underscored by the parental advisory logo in the bottom corner of the image! The music is far from the straight jazz or rootsy soul of previous ... read moreCD
Jose James has a very different look on the cover this time around – and he's got a very different sound, as well – something that might be underscored by the parental advisory logo in the bottom corner of the image! The music is far from the straight jazz or rootsy soul of previous ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
Leela James is one of those singers who reminds us that no matter what the fame of the artist, no matter what the setting for the music – the voice is still what matters when it comes to making a soul record! And, more than ever, James is wonderfully in control of her distinctive voice ... read moreCD
A new label for Jamiroquai, and a new sound as well – a bit more of an 80s groove than some of the previous records – but still handled with a wonderfully soulful style overall! There's a bit more keyboards and bassy beats in the mix – but the core songwriting is still every bit ... read moreCD
One of the first singles from Jamiroquai, and one of the best! Served up here with 6 mixes, 1 the moody "digeridoo" one, and others the "JK", "Cante Hondo", and "original demo" mixes. 12-inch, Vinyl record
Valerie June's been bubbling under for almost a decade – recording work with other artists, doing a variety of projects, and finally getting her chance to shine in the spotlight with her previous debut – yet it may well be this well-crafted second album that finally puts the singer over ... read moreCD
Valerie June's been bubbling under for almost a decade – recording work with other artists, doing a variety of projects, and finally getting her chance to shine in the spotlight with her previous debut – yet it may well be this well-crafted second album that finally puts the singer over ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kenya's plenty warm in her own skin – coming on with this full, rich quality right from the very first note – the kind of indie soul power we haven't heard this well in a while! The album's very down-to-earth and unassuming – just wonderful vocals from the lady herself, well-penne ... read moreCD
Alicia Keys —
Here ... LP Sony, 2017. New Copy Gatefold ...
Some of the most hard-edged work we've ever heard from Alicia Keys – a great record to follow her new stripped-down, no-nonsense attitude – and maybe one that we could include with a bold wave of energy from the mainstream, in a new wave of pride and politics – which would include ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic debut from Khalid – a singer we're expecting will shape the sound of American soul in years to come – thanks to the strength of the work on this album! Khalid's got a voice that's totally unique – upfront about his weaknesses and youth, which he never tries to hide ... read moreCD
A fantastic debut from Khalid – a singer we're expecting will shape the sound of American soul in years to come – thanks to the strength of the work on this album! Khalid's got a voice that's totally unique – upfront about his weaknesses and youth, which he never tries to hide ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The long-awaited second set from Kindred The Family Soul – a duo who really grabbed us with their excellent Surrender To Love, and who really follow up on its promise with this excellent set! Kindred have a totally righteous sound that's long steeped in traditions of soul and gospel – ... read moreCD
The close knit modern soul of Kindred The Family Soul – grooving on as warmly and as sweetly as ever on this set for Shanachie & Purpose – and they're reaching out to an extended family of guests including Ursula Rucker, Raheem Devaughn, Snoop Dog, Rich Medina & others! The ... read moreCD
(Digipack case has some edgewear.)
Corey King —
Lashes ... CD Ropeadope, 2016. New Copy ...
A striking debut as a solo act from Corey King – an artist who's been on the New York scene for years now, and had the chance to work with artists as diverse as Gil Scott-Heron, Esperanza Spaulding, Lonnie Smith, Mos Def, and Glen Hansard – and has come up with a sound that's completely ... read moreCD
Jay King's had quite a career in soul music – some of it back in the 80s, through his work with Club Nouveau – and lots of it behind the scenes, as a writer, producer, and greater creative force in the business! Yet standing up front here on his own, Jay's maybe in his greatest ... (Soul, Neo Soul)read moreCD
One of the best female soul groups we've heard in years – and one of the few who've really found a way to come up with a fresh new sound of their own! King blend together three singers with this style that's really spacious, and almost cosmic – not too far-out to ever lose the groove, ... read moreCD
One of the best female soul groups we've heard in years – and one of the few who've really found a way to come up with a fresh new sound of their own! King blend together three singers with this style that's really spacious, and almost cosmic – not too far-out to ever lose the groove, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album