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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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AkikoHit Parade – A Tribute To London Nite ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2009. Used ... $9.99
Man, Akiko always knows how to keep things interesting – always moving between different genres and styles, to serve up a fresh new groove with each release! This set's got the singer hitting a host of British rock tunes, mostly from the 80s – doing them with a harder edge than you might expect from her other albums – some of the heavier modes picked up on her R&B tribute, but a lot sharper overall! There's less jazz in the mix than before, replaced by guitars that fit these tunes well – and there's almost a new wave feel to the record at points. Titles include versions of "Breakaway", "Should I Stay Or Should I Go", "Sugar Baby Love", "Video Killed The Radio Star", "99 Red Balloons", "Wake Up Boo", "Do You Really Want To Hurt Me", and "Goody Two Shoes". CD
(SHM-CD pressing! Includes obi.)

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Dam-FunkToeachizown (2CDs) ... CD
Stones Throw, 2009. Used 2CD ... $9.99
Galactic funk & synth soul from Dam-Funk – his epic full length debut Toeachizown for Stones Throw – and a record that should be a game changer for the southern Cali ambassador of cosmic funk beats, heavy bass and synth grooves!Dam-Funk is part throwback to the electro era – his vintage synths, bass and drum machine grooves are strongly rooted in the end of the 70s and first few years of the 80s vibe, but he's putting his own modern spin on the sounds, keeping it vital and fresh, and quite likely to be bitten by a bevy of superstar producers to come! Occasionally with slow jam or tripped out vocals, but with longer instrumental jams, Dam Funk's fusion of old school and future funk is in a cosmic realm of its own! CD version has 24 tracks on 2CDs: "Let's Take Off (Far Away)", "Come On Outside", "Mirrors", "One Less Day" feat G Shaft, "Brookside Park", "The Sky Is Ours", "(My Funk Goes) On & On", "Searchin' 4 Funk's Future", "Keep Lookin 2 The Sky", "10 West", "I Gots 2 Be Done Wit U", "Spacecapades", "In Flight" and more. CD

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Mayer HawthorneWhere Does This Door Go ... CD
Universal Republic, 2013. Used ... $4.99
A sweet little record from Mayer Hawthorne – put together with the kind of care and straightforward sound that so few folks have been using in recent years! Back at his start, you might have been tempted to think of Hawthorne as slightly ironic – an underground talent who could work at a level that rivaled some of the best blue-eyed soul singers of decades past, but who might have been doing the whole thing with a nod and a wink. Yet with a record like this, Mayer really comes across as a top-shelf talent – an artist with strength and confidence that really come through in his performance and overall presentation – less care for any posturing or the ways in which anyone might perceive him – and instead just a great dedication to reviving the kinds of sounds that used to make the west coast scene sparkle so much in the 70s! Production is wonderful – crisp enough to be contemporary, but full of plenty of old school touches on the instrumentation too – which really helps the lyrics resonate in a space between the fresh and the classic. Loads of hook-heavy numbers, and even if our kid cousins are downloading this one in years to come, we'll still be proud we were with Mayer from the start. Titles include "Back Seat Lover", "Allie Jones", "Wine Glass Woman", "Reach Out Richard", "Crime", "Corsican Rose", "Robot Love", "The Stars Are Ours", and "All Better". CD

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Cecile McLorin SalvantWoman Child ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2013. Used ... $7.99
A sublime debut from the up-and-coming Cecile McLorin Salvant – a fresh new jazz singer with really rich roots – and a vocalist who's equally at home with both contemporary styles, and modes from the earliest years of jazz! There's a really complex approach to this record – both stylistically and referentially – and Salvant wants to show right from the start that she's a force to be reckoned with – a singer who can resonate with the best of the contemporary jazz underground, yet one who's got a special attention to creative roots as well. The tunes are a really surprising blend of well-chosen nuggets and a few original numbers – and Cecile gets some killer backing from a creative quartet that features Aaron Diehl on piano and Rodney Whitaker on bass. Cecile's got a sound that's right up there with the best work by Dee Dee Bridgewater or Carmen Lundy in recent years – yet an approach that's definitely all her own as well! Titles include "Baby Have Pity On Me", "Woman Child", "Nobody", "Le Front Cache Sur Tes Genoux", "You Bring Out The Savage In Me", and "Deep Dark Blue". (Vocalists, Neo Soul) CD

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✨✧ Zo & Tigallo (Phonte of Little Brother)Love The 80s EP ... CD
Hall Of Justus, 2008. Used ... $11.99
An ode to the 80s from the duo of Zo & Tigallo (aka Phonte of Little Brother) with a little help from Nicolay, Darien Brockington and Trackademiks – a keyboard-soaked, neon-bright, just let your soul glow homage to the r&b & pop hits of the 80s! Zo handles the keys and most of the instrumentation and Phonte takes on a soul croon – if he was amazing singer he'd quit his day job as a great rapper – but it's really all about having a good time here, and it delivers! You can tell from the cover photo that they're doing this tongue-in-cheek, but they actually show genuine respect and affection for the material they're covering – bringing fresh life to some VH1's "I Love The 80s" caliber pop tunes! Titles include "Africa", "Take On Me", "I'm Only Human", "Written All Over Your Face", "Steppin' Out 2008", "Steppin' Out" (Trackademicks Extra Wet Like Stoney Jackson's Curl rmx), "Something About You 2008", "Something About You" (Nicolay's Nighty Night Quiet Storm rmx). (Hip Hop, Neo Soul) CD
(Limited, numbered edition of 2500.)
 
 
 



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