Abri & The Dreamfleet —
We Fly ... CD Desmo, 2017. New Copy ...
Abri is Hamdan Al Abri – the former singer of the excellent Dubai soul group Abri – getting back into his own groove here, at the forefront of a tight little trio! The instrumentation is heavy on warm keyboards and understated beats – often moving with a mellow rhythm that really ... read moreCD
A fantastic young jazz singer, and one who really has her own style very firmly in place – one of those rare talents that comes along once in a blue moon, and makes us instantly sit up and go "wow", right after hearing just a few notes! Natasha Agrama is steeped in many of the best ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Guitarist Tim Bowman has a mighty nice touch – a smooth, soulful style that hearkens back to the 70s sound of George Benson – with a well-rounded vibe that's perfect for the R&B inflections in the instrumentation! Bowman's got a very strong sense of color – and rings out ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Really beautiful stuff from this very cool group – music that seems to resonate in a special space between 70s AOR and underground pop of the following decade – touched by some jazz aspects in the instrumentation, and delivered with a vibe that's as as poetic as the title! The core ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)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 ...
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
Tanika Charles —
Soul Run ... CD 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 moreCD
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
One of the most unique artists we've heard in years – and one who will no doubt be setting the world on fire for years to come! Benjamin Clementine's a singer, but also a poet – inspired by jazz and classical music, yet working here in neither – and instead, finding a path that's ... 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
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
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 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!)
Mindblowing work from Navasha Daya – a singer you might know for her key role in the group Fertile Ground many years back – still one of the most important contemporary acts we've ever stocked at Dusty Groove! Here, Navasha returns as a tremendous soul star on her own – working ... read moreCD
Charlotte Dos Santos —
Cleo ... CD Fresh Selects, 2017. New Copy ...
Charlotte Dos Santos is a hell of a singer, and one with a really amazing range – able to float to the top of heavenly spaces with her light inflections in the music, but also tied strongly to the planet with a mellow-stepping soulful groove! The blend of lightness and depth here is ... 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
Stephen Emmer & Others —
Home Ground ... CD Stephen Emmer (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ...
Stephen Emmer delivers an incredible record with this set – an album that's inspired by the classic blend of symphonic soul and powerful commentary in the music of artists like Curtis Mayfield, Marvin Gaye, and Bill Withers – but handled here with a sound that's completely Emmer's own! ... read moreCD
Amp Fiddler's got his hands on some motor city booty – and the result is one of his greatest records in years – a funky little album that mixes up his 21st Century Detroit groove with some older soundtrack styles and blacksploitation modes! The titles of the tunes give a good idea of ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A totally fresh post-millennium take on the electric jazz sound of the late 70s & early 80s from Atlanta-based quartet 4 Korners – inspired by the funky fusion era, but really putting it in a timeless light of their own! We've always loved the sound that provides inspiration here – ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreCD
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
Vivian Green —
VGVI ... CD Caroline, 2017. New Copy ...
A fantastic new direction for Vivian Green – and a record that seems to have the singer setting her sound on fire all over again! In the notes, Green credits co-producer Kwame Holland for giving her career all new energy – and that claim definitely comes through in the music, which ... read moreCD
Trumpeter Keyon Harrold starts out this album with an inspirational message from his mother taken from his voicemail – then draws from that message to create one of his most amazing albums to date! Harrold's already been part of a strong underground scene for years – but here, he's ... (Jazz, 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 moreCD
The cover's got a couple of monkeys playing the music – but the sound here actually comes from bothers Mike and Aaron Dolton – the first of whom plays the drums, the latter who seems to handle just about everything else! Their music is a blend of jazz and soul – sometimes with ... 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
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
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
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
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
The stunning debut of Kelela – a singer who's been bubbling under for so long, she bursts out strongly right from the very first note! Kelela's ready to take on both the indie underground and the mainstream with this set – as the album's got a depth to rival some of the most compelling ... read moreCD
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
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
A fantastic debut from the James L'Estraunge Orchestra – a studio combo, but one who come together with this amazing mix of groove and sophisticated arrangements! The project is the brainchild of Ricky Reid – who you might know in his work with The Soul Renegades – and there's a ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A stunning full length debut from Lady Wray – a voice you might know from her previous collaboration in the duo Lady – but one that's even more amazing out front here on her own! The album's got a rock-solid, totally classic vibe – thanks to Leon "El" Michels – ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A sweetly soulful set from trumpeter Philip Lassiter – a jazz musician at heart, but one who's blowing here with a strong range of contemporary R&B elements! Phil's trumpet is often processed a bit – with a cool, compressed sound that fits right in with the well-produced mellow ... read moreCD
You might know Bill Laurance as the keyboardist with Snarky Puppy – but here, he's something else entirely – a hell of a jazz musician with a mighty rich vision – one that's got just the right sort of heavenly vibe to be recorded in a church! There's nothing churchy about the ... read moreCD
An overdue full-length set from Simon Law – one of the founding members of Soul II Soul, and a British soul producer as well – working here in a mode that delivers strongly on both sides of his experience! The album's a very collaborative effort – and features appearances from ... read moreCD
Ledisi's an artist that we've been following right from her very first album back in the 90s – and over the years, she's undergone an amazing amount of growth – and continued to stand at the forefront of the Neo Soul generation she helped launch lmost 20 years back! And this time ... read moreCD
Lee may not know his math, but he sure knows how to give us some great music – both back when he was working as the Square Egg, and now when he's out under his own name too! The man's a one man force in underground soul – a very creative songwriter and sharp-edged producer who's always ... read moreCD
A masterpiece from trumpeter Josef Leimberg – a set that features guest appearances by Kamasi Washington, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Miguel Atwood-Ferguson – yet a record that has an amazing sound that's all its own! Washington's working in a blend of spiritual and electric jazz ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Fantastic work from Carmen Lundy – one of our favorite jazz singers of all time, and an artist who keeps on giving us her best as the years go on! This album's definitely some of Carmen's best – as it features the singer working with a wonderful group that includes Jeff Parker on ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul)read moreCD
We really loved Malia the last time around, and we love her even more on this record – and really hope the rest of the world can find out what a wonderful singer she is! The lady's got an approach that draws on so many different strands – bits of jazz, soul, and even east African music ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A jaw-dropper from Terrace Martin – the kind of record that sneaks on the market under everyone's ears, but will no doubt be one of those sets we'll all go back to again and again over the years! Martin's got a beautifully fresh take on funky jazz – steeped somewhat in the classic ... read moreCD
We never thought we'd hear Maysa singing a Pat Benatar song – but as with most of Maysa's music, the results come across surprisingly well! The album's heavy on covers – and also includes songs first made famous by The Isley Brothers, Natalie Cole, Luther Vandross, Jerry Butler, and ... read moreCD
That's quite an unusual cover for a jazz vocal album – but then again, Cecile McLorin Salvant is quite an unusual singer – and one who may well be out to change the future of her genre with records like this! The songs are this fantastic blend of original compositions, jazz standards, ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Really great remixes from Monday Michiru's Nexus album – tracks that make some really great magic with the originals! Monday's selected a great array of talents for this project, and the music really takes off from the sound of Nexus – often into territory that's even more cosmic and ... read moreCD
Great remixes from Monday Michiru's Routes album – and a set that really continues her strong tradition of collaboration with some of the hippest talents of the underground! As with some of our favorite Michiru remixes from years back, the tracks here are more re-imaginations or re-recordings ... read moreCD
Monday Michiru in a beautifully stripped-down setting – working here with just the guitar of Adam Rogers alongside her wonderful vocals – on a record that shows just how much she's grown over the years! The format is spare, but that also seems to unlock even more jazz expression in ... read moreCD
Beautiful work from Monday Michiru – an artist we've loved for over 20 years, and who just keeps on rewarding our faith in her work with records like this! Years back, Monday was a soul singer, then she grew into a very talented jazz singer too – and here, she's in a very special space ... read moreCD
Monday Michiru —
Nexus ... CD Artist Share, 2008. New Copy ...
Brilliant work from Monday Michiru – one of her jazziest records to date, and one of her most soulful too! There's a really deep feel going on here – light years past the basic soul and dancefloor grooves that Monday was cutting a decade ago, with a musically evolved sound that's ... read moreCD
Monday Michiru —
Routes ... CD Artist Share, 2006. New Copy ...
Another top-shelf session from Monday Michiru – one of the few current artists who's been able to hold our attention for so many years, thanks to an ever-deepening quality in her work! Back at the end of the 90s, we were first amazed when Monday moved simpler dance-based work into more ... read moreCD
Wonderful solo work from Tony Momrelle – a singer you may know from his tremendous contributions to Incognito and Reel People over the years, and a hell of a soul artist on his own! Tony may well be one of the UK's best male soul singers these days – and he steps forth beautifully here ... read moreCD
Sweet bassy soul from Moniquea – a record that's got as many basslines and keyboard riffs as some of our favorite early 80s underground work – but which also has a nicely lean, contemporary vibe too! Moniquea's vocals have a great way of fitting into this setting, too – almost ... read moreCD
Musiq Soulchild has been making music for many years – the man virtually invented the beats n keys format back at the start of the century – and he's still got the sharp crackle and classic depth that won us over to his sound back in the day! This double-length set is completely ... read moreCD
Joey Negro's got a decades-long love of disco – one that began at a time when so many other artists were going for colder, easier ways of serving up a groove – and Joey was a rare talent who could really take things back to the glory days of the clubs! That talent has only gotten ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Omar's been blowing our minds for years now – turning out some of the freshest soul music on the global scene – from his tremendous debut at the start of the 90s, to a range of crucially-overlooked albums that should have made the singer huge! The man's a hell of a singer, and a really ... read moreCD
Maybe the best album we've ever heard from Japanese duo Orange Pekoe – a set that's served up in a Brazilian mode the group have never hit this strongly before, yet in a way that still holds onto all the soulful currents of their usual work! As you'd guess from the title, the set's a tribute ... read moreCD
A set that's as smooth as the baby lotion offered by the title – warmly laidback soul, with a definite old school vibe – and a style that almost feels like lost underground work from the LA scene of the early 80s! There's a funky core to most tracks, but one that moves nice and slow, ... read moreCD
A dream of a record from Marvin Parks – a hell of a jazz singer, and one that we'd place in an elite legacy that runs from Oscar Brown up through Jose James! The work here is wonderful – as Nicola Conte produced the record, and gives it the same sort of jazzy sparkle as his own sublime ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A big step forward for The Right Now – branching out from the retro soul of their past work into a bigger, brighter neo-classic sound – but still firmly rooted in soul! Now, as always, the band is an excellent showcase for the powerful voice of singer Stefanie Berecz – and she's ... read moreCD
Eric Roberson —
Wind EP ... CD Blue Erro Soul, 2017. New Copy ...
Eric Roberson's one of the few people who can make us fall in love again with his music from the very first note of a record – as he does here on the opening track, which is an incredibly soulful ode to the greatness of Clarie Huxtable! The set only gets better as it moves on – and ... read moreCD
The continuing genius of Myles Sanko – served up here in a record that's easily his best so far! We've been watching Myles for the past few years – really impressed by the way he can work equal parts jazz and soul into his phrasing, and go for a groove that's unabashedly catchy – ... read moreCD
Christian Scott just seems to be finding his groove more and more with each new record – really opening with a new sense of pride and power after adopting the Atunde Adjuah name – and blowing here not just on trumpet, but also "reverse flugelhorn", sirenette, and siren – ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A fantastic step forward for trumpeter Christian Scott – an artist who takes on a new name with this recording, and a vibrant new sound as well! Scott still plays trumpet, but he also works with some electronics and effects, too – in a group that mixes acoustic elements from piano, ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A pretty wonderful retrospective of Jill Scott's years at Hidden Beach – timeless, richly emotional neo classic soul from one of the leading lights of her generation! We've been fans of Jill's from the first album onward, and if you're a younger fan, this excellent collection is a great place ... read moreCD
Somi sounds even better here than on her previous records – and we really loved those a lot – taking a stronger step into the world of American jazz and soul, which he handles with effortless ease – thanks to some excellent musicians on the session, and some really well-penned ... (Global Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreCD
The first we've heard from the Sounds Of A&R – and we're guessing the start of a great legacy in years to come! A is April May – whose lovely vocals are intertwined with the trumpet lines of R – Russell Haywood, whose musical component on the album is maybe even more center ... read moreCD
Solo work from Stokely – a singer who hardly needs an introduction, given his well-known work with Mint Condition – but who also sounds quite nice here on his own! Stokley's got a tight, proud vibe to his sound – still the warmth that he brought to Mint Condition, but maybe also ... read moreCD
Just the kind of record that reminds us why Avery Sunshine is one of the best female soul singers to come up in recent years – an artist who was instantly a pro, yet also very much her own person too – able to write the kind of fresh lyrics that really keep us interested, and put ... read moreCD
A great introduction to the voice of Gabriel Tajeu – a singer who has this way of grabbing us right from the very first note, with a vibe that's classic enough to have made him huge way back in the 70s! Gabriel's music has a sound that's as sunny as the image on the cover – a style ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A jazz vocalist with a great blend of classic roots and contemporary soul – working here in a mix of her own original tunes and some well-chosen standards! Laurin's sense of lyric is very personal – spun out with a richness that's immediately apparent, and underscored by some warm ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Drunk ... CD Brainfeeder, 2017. New Copy ...
Fantastic work from one of the most compelling mainstream talents in recent years – an artist who can get wide fame and acclaim, yet keep on pushing the boundaries into fresh new cosmic territory! This album may well be Thundercat's masterpiece – not just a summation of all the ideas ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Spacey jazz and a lot of processed vocals – wrapped up together in a wonderfully soulful way, thanks to the talents of Adam Turchin! Turchin's kind of the maestro here – working a range of electric elements that include mini moog, Fender Rhodes, and other keyboards – while other ... read moreCD
A strong overview of recent sounds from U-Nam – one of the few contemporary guitarists to inherit the best 70s styles of artists like George Benson or David T Walker – and a set that also features a few new titles too! Like both of those jazz giants, U-Nam has a way of playing with a ... read moreCD
A fantastic album from trumpeter Kenny Wellington – one that shows us that the 70s spirit of artists like Roy Ayers and the Mizell Brothers is alive and well – as long as you know where to look! The record's contemporary, but has a really classic blend of jazz and soul – one that ... read moreCD
Diane Witherspoon —
Live ... CD Life Force Jazz, 2016. New Copy ...
A very hip singer, and one of the most righteous jazz vocal albums we've heard in while! Diane Witherspoon has family ties to Jimmy Witherspoon, but her style here is completely different – in that mode of jazz singing that's way past torch, way past standards, and in much hipper territory ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Lizz Wright —
Grace ... CD Concord, 2017. New Copy ...
Lizz Wright teams up with producer Joe Henry on a tribute to the grace of the American south – on a record that may well be her strongest to date! The set's got a warm core that really suits Wright's vocals – and the strength of her presentation here is so rich, she hardly needs any ... read moreCD
Satoshi Yoshida with Takuya Kuroda —
Mememto ... CD Pirates (Japan), 2014. New Copy ...
A great little set that follows strongly in the mode of some of the best recent Blue Note work from the spiritual funk underground – such as releases by Robert Glasper and Takuya Kuroda – the latter of whom plays on most of this set! The album's leader is guitarist Satoshi Yoshida, but ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreCD
The duo of Phonte and Nicolay have been giving us great music for many years – and here, they serve up a special selection of their favorite tracks from recent years – all with the warm glow and soulful currents we've always loved from the Reel People label! The set features two ... read moreCD
An excellent edition of this long-running series – one that's put together by the folks at Expansion Records – who've given us years of fantastic soul music – both in the world of reissues, and in the contemporary underground! This package brings together both – with a ... read moreCD
An excellent overview of the hippest side of contemporary Blue Note – that moment when the label really started paying attention to some of the more soulful currents of the underground, and found a way to help hip players make some really wonderful sounds! Much of the work here is from that ... (Funky Compilations, Neo Soul)read moreCD
An excellent collection of underground soul – one that brings together tracks from both the British and American scene, including a number of titles that we've never seen on CD before! The set comes from the Reel People label, and has the same depth of sound as that group's wonderful music ... read moreCD
A really wonderful title for this excellent little collection – as the package is overflowing with tremendous work from artists who've really held onto their soulful strengths over the years! Some of the artists are older ones, others are part of the Neo Soul underground of the past decade ... (Funky Compilations, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A killer collection of contemporary soul – put together by a Japanese label that's building a great reputation for digging out the coolest corners of the global underground! The set definitely earns the "world" in its title, as the singers here aren't just from the US scene – ... read moreCD