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
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
Robb Scott —
Siren ... CD Expansion (UK), 2018. New Copy ...
A beautiful tribute to the Cali soul sound of the 70s – served up here by Robb Scott with a wonderfully groovy sound! The music here recalls that great moment when things could be tight, but never slick or commercial – maybe the productions of Larry Mizell, or the flowing soulful ... 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
Surprisingly soulful work from Spacek – on one hand an assortment of the skittish beats the group's been known for, but on the other, a well crafted album of songs that show them picking up the spirit of the current soulful underground! There's some extremely catchy numbers on the set – ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)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
Lisa Stansfield —
Deeper ... CD Ear Music, 2018. New Copy ...
It may be years since Lisa Stansfield last topped the charts – but the singer's lost none of her charm, and is still completely at the top of her game – as you'll discover in this wonderfully grooving set! At some level, it's as if nothing has changed at all – the rhythms are ... (Soul, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Starchild & The New Romantic —
Language ... CD Ghostly International, 2018. New Copy ...
Starchild here sings with a group called New Romantic – a really great name, given the 80s vibe of the set! Yet the music isn't the soft electro pop of the UK new romantics – as the groove here is more funky soul, but with a slightly sexy vibe – almost in the legacy of some of ... 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 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
Thirdstory first came to the attention of most via social media and a big nod from Chance The Rapper – but their music alone is more than enough of a calling card – as the strength of this debut set will likely have the trio going strong for years to come! The mode here is a mix of ... 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
Thundercat with OG Ron C & The Chopstars —
Drank ... CD Brainfeeder, 2018. New Copy ...
A chopped-up take on Thundercat's album Drunk – handled here by OG Ron & The Chopstars – who provide a surprisingly sensitive take on the music! The album's billed as "chopped not slopped" – and that claim definitely seems right – as the music here is mostly ... (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
Umii (Reva DeVito & B Bravo) —
This Time ... CD Fresh Selects, 2018. New Copy ...
Singer Reva DeVito is right on top of the grooves here – adding her upbeat, positive vocal style to the lightly crackling energy of the tunes! Rhythms are straightforward, instrumentation is nice and light, but there's always a forward-moving quality to the cuts – underground club with ... 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
Pharrell Williams —
Girl ... CD Columbia, 2014. Used ...
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
Wonk & The Love Experiment —
Binary ... CD Sweet Soul (Japan), 2018. New Copy ...
A slightly different vibe than usual for Wonk – maybe more soul than jazz overall, but with that criss-crossing style we love so much in their music – just expanded strongly by the presence of Love Experiment! The beats are chunky, funky, and cut with lots of spacey elements – ... (New Grooves, 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
A dozen volumes in – and this wonderful series is still going strong – an incredibly solid, incredibly trustworthy collection of all that's great in the global underground! Gilles Peterson has been opening up our ears for decades, and he's never let us down – and, as before, ... (New Grooves, 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
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 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