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


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✨✧ Greg DeanGreg Dean Project ... CD
Purpose, 2016. Used ... $9.99
A hell of a soulful record from composer/arranger Greg Dean – a real up-and-coming star on the contemporary soul underground – getting help here from an equally great array of other talents – including an amazing array of singers that includes Gordon Chambers, Eric Roberson, Jarrod Lawson, Carol Riddick, Chantae Cann, and Aaron Marcellus! We've loved individual records by most of those artists, and they come together wonderfully here in a great collaborative spirit – singing Greg's songs, alongside his own work on piano – given some great focus by music director Shedrick Mitchell on a number of tracks, who also plays some wicked Fender Rhodes! The blend of soulful vocals and warmly jazzy currents is better here than on most releases we've heard in years – and Dean's got a really fresh approach to songwriting that really sets this record apart from the pack. Titles include "Unconditional Love", "Like Rain", "That Would Be All", "New York Six Train", "Pitter Patter", "Grass Ain't Greener", and "Sacrificed Queen". CD
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Gnarls BarkleyOdd Couple ... CD
Atlantic/Downtown, 2008. Used ... $1.99
A round two knockout for Gnarls Barkley – an album we think is better than the landmark St Elsewhere LP – boisterous pop art & soul from Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo! We were slightly trepid when the Odd Couple was announced, fearing a hasty attempt to rekindle the magic that clearly caught everyone by surprise a couple years ago, but that worry is squashed. This is a near masterpiece, kids! Incredibly deep and impressively spun from obscure sound library records, Italian soundtracks, and all kinds of moddish samples by Danger Mouse – with warmly scratchy vocals by Cee-Lo that are as fresh as anything he's ever done. Again, he's laughing in the face of darkness and depression, and somehow making a party out of it! You won't find another mainstream success story this year that's so fun and charming on a superficial level – while truthfully dark and troubled if you focus some on the lyrics. Hype be damned, this one's amazing! Tracks include "Charity Case", "Who's Gonna Save My Soul", "Going On", "Run (I'm A Natural Disaster)", "Would Be Killer", "Open Book", "Whatever", "Surprise", "No Time Soon", "She Knows", "Blind Mary", "Neighbors", "A Little Better". (Hip Hop, Neo Soul) CD

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John Legend & The RootsWake Up ... CD
GOOD/Columbia, 2010. Used Gatefold ... $3.99
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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✨✧ Miguel MigsColorful You ... CD
Naked, 2002. Used ... $4.99
The first full album by Miguel Migs – the soulful DJ who's the number one force behind the Naked Music sound! The album's right up there with Miguel's previous collections, remixes, and production work – a smooth, sensuous approach to the groove – steeped in soulful traditions, but with a fresh and futuristic air. Titles include "Messages", "Soul Vibe", "Days Of Color", "Surrender", "The One", "Breakin It Down", "Waiting", and "The Night". (New Grooves, Neo Soul) CD
(Out of print.)

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Shuya OkinoDestiny ... CD
Village Again (Japan), 2011. Used ... $14.99
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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Jill ScottLight Of The Sun ... CD
Blues Babe, 2011. Used ... $6.99
Jill Scott returns with Light Of The Sun – once again lighting up modern R&B like only she can! It's a solid return to form for Jill – delivering distinctively soulful, emotional gems with toned down, natural grooves along with funky hip soul backed tracks and righteous diva groovers – and it'll sound great for years to come. We wish she'd record more often, but we're pleased enough that each album she's delivered to date has been truly excellent! Guests includ Anthony Hamilton, Doug E Fresh, Eve & The A Group. Includes "Blessed", "So In Love" with Anthony Hamilton, "Shame" feat Eve & The A Group, "All Cried Out Redux" feat Doug E Fresh, "Quick", "Making You Wait", "Missing You", "When I Wake Up", "Womanifesto", "Rolling Hills" and more. 15 tracks in all. CD

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Dennis TaylorUnconditional ... CD
Dome (UK), 2001. Used ... $6.99
Smooth warm soul from Dennis Taylor – an American singer who's recorded this new set for the UK-based Dome label! Dennis has a sincere approach that recalls the mellow soul of the Teddy Pendergrass/Luther Vandross generation – singing here over some well-produced modern arrangements that never get in the way, but which have enough of a kick to keep the record sounding nice and fresh! Dennis is a heck of a singer, and he really works wonders with tunes like "Fills Me Up", "Steppin", "It's Over", "Lover for Life", "Without You", "Feelin Good", and "I'll Never Love This Way Again". CD

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Lewis TaylorStoned Part 2 ... CD
Slow Reality (UK), 2004. Used ... $14.99
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 ... $5.99
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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✨✧ Brand New HeaviesForward (3CD edition) ... CD
Ear Music (Germany), 2013. Used 3 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Brand New Heavies back in action – and sounding every bit as great as always! The group still has that sublime mix of soul, jazz, and funk that's made them so great right from the start – a mode that's steeped in classic influences from the 60s and 70s, yet finds a way to come out sounding really fresh and unique on every track! Instrumentation is razor-sharp, and mostly live – and vocals are by N'Dea Davenport, Jan Kincaid, Dawn Joseph, and Simon Bartholomew – creating a nice mix of personalities that make the record feel even more joyously collaborative than ever – almost as if the group's borrowed a page from the Incognito book – and the great way that combo has of coming together. The sound is warm and flowing throughout – never stiff or commercial – and titles include "Heaven", "Turn The Music Up", "Do You Remember", "On The One", "Sunlight", "Forward", "Addicted", and "A Little Funk In Your Pocket". CD
(Limited edition contains the album plus two CDs of Live at the Indigo2 from London.)

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