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XThe best of the contemporary soul underground -- Eric Roberson, Ed Motta, D'Angelo, Incognito, Jose James, Monday Michiru, and many more!

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FloetryFloetic ... CD
Dreamworks, 2002. Used ... Just Sold Out!
The debut album from Floetry – a sweet batch of NuSoul tunes with a street harmony feel! The pair are London-bred, spent time in Atlanta's hotly bubbling scene, and are now part of the massive Philly underground that's been rocking the world over the past few years. This debut more than puts Floetry in the frontline of that scene, and is the kind of fresh new soul album you'll gladly place next to work by Jill Scott, N'Dambi, and other NuSoul divas. Titles include "Fun", "Floetic", "Big Ben", "Say Yes", "Hello", "If I Was A Bird", "Opera", "Mr Messed Up", and "Possibilities". CD

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Lynden David HallOther Side (with bonus tracks) ... CD
EMI (Japan), 2000. Used ... $6.99
An excellent excellent set from British soul singer Lynden David Hall – a record that's even stronger than his debut, with a unified sound that grabs us from the very first tune! Lynden's working here nearly completely on his own – writing, producing, playing all instruments, and delivering the tunes in that earthy, mellow vocal style of his – an approach that clearly heads back towards Al Green territory, yet which manages to do so without any of the obvious cliches that would only ruin such an effort. There's a fresh, personal quality to the whole set – and titles include "To Be A Man", "The Other Side", "Say It Ain't So", "Forgive Me", "If I Had To Choose", "Dead & Gone", "Are We Still Cool", and "Let's Do It Again" – plus two bonus tracks! CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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Fernanda PortoFernanda Porto ... CD
Trama (Brazil), 2002. Used ... $1.99
Lovely work by Fernanda Porta – a talented new singer and arranger, with a sound that's a bridge between Rio and London! Fernanda's like some of her labelmates on the Trama imprint – a vocalist with a sound that's steeped in the bossa traditions of Brazil, yet which also reaches out with some of the more soulful styles of recent work from the European underground. Fernanda wrote and arranged this entire set herself – and the tracks dance along in a skittish style that has a lot of elements of the current London broken beat scene, yet which also retains all the warmth and soul of the best recent Brazilian pop. The album's a real delight throughout – very fresh, with lots of nice twists and turns – and titles include "Amor Errado", "Eletricidade", "1999", "Outro Lugar Do Mundo", "Sambassim", "Tudo De Bom", and "So Tinha De Ser Com Voce". (Brazil, Neo Soul) CD

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Esperanza SpaldingEsperanza ... CD
Heads Up, 2008. Used ... $5.99
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 sensitivities of a bossa vocalist, and the depth of a younger soul artist – all wrapped up in grooves that are undeniably jazzy, with a strong sense of rhythm from Spalding's great work on bass! The set is a great one, and provides a perfect platform for Esperanza's wonderful talents – even more so than her previous import release, and at a much nicer price. Instrumentation is mostly small combo – with lots of piano, a bit of Fender Rhodes, and some trumpet and sax from time to time – and titles include "She Got To You", "Precious", "Ponta De Areia", "I Know You Know", "Fall In", "I Adore You", "Love In Time", and "Mela". CD

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✨✧ John Legend & The RootsWake Up ... CD
GOOD/Columbia, 2010. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
John Legend shakes loose of the contemporary pop soul style of his previous couple of records with a comparatively raw and direct soul vibe – revisiting some of best socially aware, emotionally resonant and still relevant songs of the 60s & 70s! The best tracks on the set are the ones that have the rawest, most live sounding groove – and there's plenty of that, as he's backed by The Roots. There's no denying John Legend's truthful love of this material, and he sings with genuine depth. They wisely choose numbers with lyrics that stand true to this day, a few of which feature fresh rhymes by guest MCs that further bridge the eras. The track selection is excellent – covering classics by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, Donny Hathaway and they also go as deep as Baby Huey & Eugene McDaniels. Includes "Hard Times" with Black Thought, "Compared To What", "Wake Up Everybody" with Common & Melanie Fiona, "Our Generation" feat CL Smooth, "Little Ghetto Boy" feat Black Thought (plus the prelude with Malik Yusef), "Hang On In There", "Wholy Holy", "Shine" and more. CD
 
 
 



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