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AkikoHit Parade – A Tribute To London Nite ... CD
Verve (Japan), 2009. Used ... $11.99
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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Mayer HawthorneWhere Does This Door Go ... CD
Universal Republic, 2013. Used ... $6.99
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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LedisiSoul Singer – The Revival ... CD
LeSun, 2003. Used ... $7.99
An excellent bit of modern soul – very much in the vein of Jill Scott, Laurnea, N'Dambi, or some of the other current underground divas from the US indie soul scene! Ledisi's got a heck of a voice – very rich and mellow, in a style that reminds us a bit of classic work by jazzy soul singers like Jean Carn or Dee Dee Bridgewater, but with more of a bite, and more of a hip hop sensibility. The tracks on this debut set are wonderfully produced – blending together jazzy instrumentation and heavy beats with some warm soul arrangements that are both totally fresh, yet also infused with a classic approach to the music. The record's a treasure, and will be one of the best new soul albums you've bought in recent years! Titles include "Stop Livin In Ya Head", "Hotel", "Groove On", "Free Again", "Papa Loved To Love Me", "I Wantcha Babe", "Groove On", "Get Outta My Kitchen", and "Take Time". This is "revival" version is remixed and remastered – with the bonus tracks "Hold On To Love" featuring Meshel Ndegeocello, and a live version "Soulsinger". CD

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Charenee WadeMusic Of Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson ... CD
Motema, 2015. Used ... $7.99
We love the music of Gil Scott-Heron to death, and we're always a bit suspicious when someone tries to borrow its spirit – but we totally love this fresh presentation of Gil's songs by vocalist Charenee Wade! The music is in the jazziest side of the Scott-Heron spectrum – that warmer glow that Gil unlocked with Brian Jackson in the 70s, especially on his Arista albums – which showed an increasing musical complexity to support the righteous ideals of the lyrics. Charenee really gets that balance right here – sounding nothing at all like she's copping Gil's act, but really understanding the spirit of his intent – as she works amidst a well-chosen group of jazz musicians who include Brandon McCune on piano, Stefon Harris on vibes, Dave Stryker on guitar, and Lonnie Plaxico on bass. Christian McBride and Malcolm Jamal Warner both add in a few spoken word passages – and titles include "Ain't No Such Thing As Superman", "Song Of The Wind", "A Toast To The People", "I Think I'll Call It Morning", "Pease Go With You Brother", and "The Vulture". (Vocalists, Neo Soul) CD
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✨✧ 4 KornersPortal Of Gold ... CD
Ropeadope, 2016. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A totally fresh post-millennium take on the electric jazz sound of the late 70s & early 80s from Atlanta-based quartet 4 Korners – inspired by the funky fusion era, but really putting it in a timeless light of their own! We've always loved the sound that provides inspiration here – mid-to-late 70s electric keyboard jazz, carried well into the 80s by The Yellowjackets and others – so fiercely modern sounding in its time that it's now, somewhat ironically, difficult to pull off without sounding self-consciously retro. That's where the 4 Korners excel so strongly. It's fresh as can be! The players are Clarence Hill on keys, James Thompson Jr. on bass, Isaac Thomson on guitar and Jerrod Sullivan on drums – who share songwriting and production credit equally in the notes – which comes as no surprise considering how tightly it plays! Titles include "Midnight Interstate", "King's Highway", "The Dew", "Orbiting Hands", "Table For 2", "Through His Eyes", "The Great Flight", "Motions" and "Portal Of Gold". (Jazz, Neo Soul) CD

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✨✧ NxWorries (Anderson Paak & Knxwledge)Link Up & Suede EP ... CD
Stones Throw, 2015. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Debut EP from Anderson.Paak & Knxwledge – teaming up as the duo NxWorries – with hazy hip hop beatcraft by Knxwledge and unique vocals by Anderson.Paak! Paak has a very distinctive voice, fresh from some standout moments on Dr. Dre's Compton record here and (justly) poised for bigger things to come commercially, but this fine EP on Stones Throw is definitely a creative win. Well worth picking up! Includes "Anthrime (Intro)", "Link Up", "DatWhip", "Suede" (vocal and instrumental), "Dntstop" and "Droogs". CD

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