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✨✧ Adriana EvansNomadic ... CD
Next Thing, 2004. Used ... $6.99
The long-awaited second album from Adriana Evans – head and shoulders above her debut! The sound here is a lot more complicated than on the first LP – with a righteous vibe that mixes together elements we never would have expected in her previous work! Adriana's working here with longtime collaborator Jonathan "Dred" Scott – in a blend of styles that includes bits of folk, Brazilian, and classic soul touches – all produced in a sweetly compressed mode that makes all the best bits cook together into a simmering brew that's got a unique flavor of its own. Adriana's grown in leaps and bounds in the years since we last heard from her, stepping out here as a whole new artist with sound that's bold and fresh – on tracks that include "Remember The Love", "Rollin On", "7 Days", "Morning Light", "What It Is", "Something", "In Search Of", and "Cold As Ice". CD

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✨✧ Nigel MartinezSo Good ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1998. Used ... $3.99
R&B studio guru Nigel Martinez put together this excellent set of modern soul tracks with a great approach that mixes tight professionalism with the kind of indie soul groove that keeps things fresh, and which prevents the session from falling into the cliches of other albums of this sort. Includes the nice stepper's track "Everlasting", plus other nice originals like "Hold Onto Me", "Special Way", "Dreams Come True", and "Who Can I Run To". CD
(Out of print.)

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Shuya OkinoDestiny ... CD
Village Again (Japan), 2011. Used ... $19.99
Timeless club soul from Kyoto Jazz Massive groover Shuya Okino – who recruits an all star line up of guests for Destiny – and crafts dancefloor ready, string-sweetened soul and jazzy boogie styled numbers that are nice as just about anything he's done to date! Most impressively, Okina honors the legacy of 70s jazzy soul while employing modern elements, and makes fresh grooves out of it that will stand the test of time. Guests include N'Dea Davenport, Aavasha Daya, Diviniti and Pete Simpson. Includes "Still In Love" with Navasha Daya, "Sun Will Rise (Boogie Mix)" and "Take A Look At Yourself" with Diviniti, "Look Ahead (Shuya Okino Re-Edit)", "Deep Into Sunshine" and "Destiny" with N'Dea Davenport, "Just Do It", "Give Your Love A Chance", "Let Nothing Change You" with Pete Simpson and more. (New Grooves, Neo Soul) CD
(Out of print. Deluxe booklet packaging, too! Book has some light wear.)

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Lewis TaylorStoned Part 2 ... CD
Slow Reality (UK), 2004. Used ... $24.99
Wondeful work from one of our favorite soul singers of recent years – the amazing Lewis Taylor, one of the freshest voices in R&B of the past decade! The album's Lewis' second on his own label – and it's even better than the first, with a tightness and sweetness that are instantly infectious. Lewis has dropped some of the experimental moments of earlier albums, and gone for a song structure that's more straightforward and direct – but never commercial or slick – just honest, open and fresh! His vocals have a lightly floating feel that's a bit of a change – set up perfectly next to skipping drums, sweet keyboards, and nice touches on guitar that really pull out some of his jazzier tendencies, and almost create a Shuggie Otis feel at times! Another instant classic from Lewis, filled with great tunes that include "Out Of My Head Is The Way I Feel", "Carried Away", "Keep Right On", "When Will I Ever Learn 2", "Throw Me A Line", "Won't Fade Away", "Keep On Keeping On", and "Positively Beautiful 2". CD
(Out of print.)

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Rhonda ThomasBreathe New Life ... CD
Rhonvocals, 2004. Used ... $7.99
Sweet, deep, and righteous – some wonderful solo work from Rhonda Thomas, the lead singer of Jiva! The album's got a warm-flowing, easy-stepping sort of groove – gentle keyboards on mellow beats, almost in a style that takes us back to classic Minnie Riperton jams of the 70s – but which also opens up into some numbers that groove with a funkier, more full-on sound that's more in keeping with Rhonda's work with Jiva. The whole set's great – a really fresh approach to indie soul, handled by an artist who's really got her stuff together! Titles include "Fly Away", "Passion Plea", "Breathe New Life", "Friday Night", "Stand & Know", and "Kiss Your Smile". CD
(Out of print.)

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Amy WinehouseBack To Black (clean version) ... CD
Universal, 2006. Used ... $2.99
An incredible album from Amy Winehouse – even way better than her fantastic debut! Although a contemporary soul album, this one's steeped in tradition – soul styles that run the gamut from Detroit down to Kingston, and which are carried off here with a rougher, sharper-edged sound than before! The instrumentation on here is really mindblowing – almost at a Motown level, with isolated instruments really crackling out from the fuller backings – all set to rhythms that snap and bounce, and are almost a bit funky at times. Credit is definitely due to producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi – but Amy's vocals are really tremendous too – classic, but really personal and fresh! Titles include "Rehab", "Just Friends", "Back To Black", "Love Is A Losing Game", "He Can Only Hold Her", "Some Unholy War", and "Me & Mr Jones". CD
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