Joss Stone does a great job of reinventing herself here – taking her soulful vocals, and using them in a collaborative project that also features sounds from partners Nitin Sawheny, Jonathan Joseph, Etienne M'Bappe, and Jonathan Shorten! As you'd expect from the lineup, the style here is a ... read moreCD
RC & The Gritz —
Feel ... CD Rexamillon/Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
RC Williams really outdoes himself here – moving The Gritz way past their previous role as the backing band for Erkyah Badu – and finding their own wonderfully strong sense of soul! The groove is fantastic right from the start – funky, but very fresh in approach – with lots ... 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
Fantastic sounds from Eric Roberson – one of the best contemporary soul singers of the past decade or two – and an artist who never fails to blow us away with his music! This time around, Roberson is even more positive and upbeat than ever – both in his lyrics, which have always ... read moreCD
Eric Roberson —
Fire EP ... CD Blue Erro Soul, 2017. New Copy ...
Elemental genius from Eric Roberson – an artist who's already touched on Earth and Wind with previous records, but who's really on fire with this sweet little set! As with the others in the series, the album's an EP – but the 8 tracks here are even deeper than most longer albums you'd ... 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
Jamison Ross is a drummer at heart, but he's also turning into a hell of a singer who seems ready to help the music of New Orleans find a great new space of its own – as he works here in a sweet small combo set that mixes his voice with grooves that draw together strong currents of classic ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Christian Scott just seems to get hipper and hipper with each new record – and that's saying a lot, as he was already pretty darn hip to begin with! This album's part of Scott's brilliant trilogy that has him reworking his sound even more than before – using his horn in both acoustic ... (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
The debut album by Bette Smith – a singer with a definite 70s look on the cover, and a definite sound to match! Bette was raised in Brooklyn, where she worked for years to hone her voice to a uniquely raspy style – but she recorded this album in Mississippi, with a deep soul vibe that ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Great sounds from Sol – an artist with a warm glow right from the start, but also a nice sense of crispness that really personalizes his lyrics! Sol's got an approach here that almost feels like gospel – especially given his vocal range, and his positive energy – but the music is ... 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
Soweco is just a trio, but one that comes across with the fullness of a classic combo from years back – particularly the sorts of blue-eyed soul groups from the end of the 70s! Singer Fredric Frosche Renmark has a great range, and this warmly gliding style to his vocals – which are set ... read moreCD
Sublime work from a truly amazing artist – one who both sings and plays acoustic bass – all in a captivating blend of jazz, soul, and Brazilian styles! Esperanza Spalding has a fresh, unique feel that's all her own – the warmth of a jazz singer like Carmen Lundy, the sharper ... 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
Eddie Romero's the name of the album, not the artist – a fantastic debut from the duo of Sulu & Excelsior, who have this really unique way of blending together old soul modes with a contemporary hip hop crackle! There's a sweet soul vocal style to many of the lyrics – in keeping ... read moreCD
Ctrl ... CD Top Dawg Ent., 2017. New Copy ...
A stunning debut from SZA – a soul singer who seems to represent a whole new way of being – with a style that's at once very understated and completely compelling! SZA's clearly got a hell of a voice – but she's also content to weave it into the rich mix of beats, keyboards, and ... 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
A nicely laidback album of mellow modern soul – featuring the keyboard and vocal talents of Gary Taylor, set to some smooth arrangements that have a classic early 80s quiet storm sound to them. Titles include "Gotta Be A Way", "The Nightlight", "About The Real", ... read moreCD
A hell of a classic from UK singer Lewis Taylor – one of the best blue-eyed soul albums recorded in the 90s, and a record that's still years ahead of its time! In a stretch when so many others were putting out fake soul – or breathing heavily on downtempo records – Taylor found a ... read moreCD
A set that really lives up to its cover – as the music here is a very galactic take on contemporary soul – grounded by excellent vocals from Tea, but served up with lots of cool cosmic elements in the music! Things are nice and warm throughout – that version of space first ... read moreCD
Molly Tentarelli is quite a soulful singer – one who definitely lives up to her placement on the Atlanta label – as she reminds us of some of the great recent soul talents we've heard from that city! There's a nicely organic quality to the instrumentation here – a real band, with ... 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
Kim Tibbs —
Kim ... CD Expansion (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
The debut album from Kim Tibbs – not only a wonderful singer, but also a heck of a keyboardist too – as you'll hear here through her work on Hammond and Fender Rhodes! Kim's got a soaring style of soul – upbeat, positive, and with this flow that moves right along with the ... 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
Jamila Woods —
Heavn ... CD Jagjaguwar, 2017. New Copy ...
A fantastic debut from Chicago soul singer Jamila Woods – the kind of artist that makes us very proud to be located in the Windy City! Woods is an extremely inventive lyricist – strongly inspired by poetry, but also immediately trying to communicate in a wider spectrum with her sound ... 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 music here is sharp as a diamond – thanks to great production and mixing from Yuki "T-Groove" Takahashi on all the cuts! Tunes are by a variety of artists, and are mostly in a soulful club style – upbeat, positive, and overflowing with great energy – never too ... 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
Fantastic soul from the contemporary scene – most of it by British and American artists who work in the soul underground – hand-picked by the always-trusted ears of Expansion Records! As you might know, the label also reissues lots of classic soul from the 70s – and we'd ... read moreCD
Tracks by Rich Medina, The Rebirth, Misty Oldland, Break Reform, Boozoo Bajou, Kim Hill, Platinum Pied Pipers, Deborah Bond, Teddy Rok Seven, Shaun Escoffery, Heavy, Maya Azucena and more. (New Grooves, Neo Soul)CD
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
Lots of killer contemporary soul tracks – but served up with the kind of classic warmth we've always loved in the Soul Togetherness series! The set's got a great selection of well-chosen cuts that are mostly from the current underground – some by artists who've gotten a shot at fame, ... (Funky Compilations, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A very different sound here than the first volume in the series – one that goes strongly for a later take on R&B influenced soul jazz! There's a strong groove here for the steppers on the Windy City scene – a blend of jazzy soul and smoother jazz that's set together nicely without ... (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