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Ebony AlleyneNever Look Back ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2007. Used ... $9.99
No looking back for Ebony Alleyne – at least not after a great album like this! The set's got a really unique feel – a full sound that's almost a return to London soul of many years back – with some of the jazzier touches of the Sade/Swing Out Sister era, but a more contemporary vibe overall too. Ian Levine had a hand in production – which we can hear in the more grooving numbers – but he's done a great job of bringing his classic influences to the table without letting too much of the weaker dancefloor side come in. Ebony's vocals are great – full and rich, but very distinctly her own – and not a copycat of other soul modes. She's got a slight rasp underneath, but also a very tuneful quality that works wonderfully with the catchy lyrics of the tunes. Titles include "Second Look", "All For Nothing", "Every Lonely Street", "Love Is Not A Game", "Tell Me The Secret", and "Hello Stranger". CD

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New Hil St. SoulBlack Rose ... CD
Shanachie, 2008. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Chunky, bumpy soul from Hil St Soul – possibly her best album to date, and a set with a wonderfully fluid sort of groove! There's a slightly contemporary vibe going on here – one with traces of recent London rhythms, folded into Hil's more familiar Neo Soul approach on vocals – all with a sound that's cracklingly fresh, and a nice contrast from some of the other common modes on the market. The album's urban, but with a forward-thinking sound that's hardly commercial – and titles include "Wash Away", "Don't Forget The Ghetto", "Smile", "If I Was You", "Hanging On", "Gravity", "We Were In Love", and "Broken Again". CD

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New Brand New HeaviesBrand New Heavies ... CD
Delicious Vinyl, 1990. Used ... Out Of Stock
A monumental piece of funk – and a record that came into the world at a time when it seemed like just about everyone had forgotten how to play real funky music! This set's the US version of the first album by London scenesters The Brand New Heavies – and although it came out in the states 2 years after the UK set, it's essentially the same record – just featuring new vocals by singer N'Dea Davenport in place of the original vocalist Jay Ella Ruth. Davenport's vocals transported the group from indie acid jazz obscurity into the US soul charts in a way that nobody ever expected – and the resulting album is a stone classic that's filled with excellent cuts like "Ride In The Sky", "Never Stop", "Dream Come True", and "Stay This Way". Great stuff all around – and one of the few classic soul albums of its generation! CD

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New JamiroquaiReturn Of The Space Cowboy ... CD
Sony, 1994. Used ... Out Of Stock
A killer of an album from Jamiroquai – the first time we really sat up and took notice, and said "hey, these guys are onto something good!" The record's pretty darn great all the way through – a warm batch of tunes that starts with a classic 70s mode that's part Stevie Wonder, part Steely Dan – and which runs through some of the more modern London percussion/production techniques to freshen things up! Titles include "Mr Moon", "Kids", "Manifest Destiny", "Light Years", "Stillness In Time", "Morning Glory", and "Space Cowboy". CD

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New JamiroquaiTravelling Without Moving ... CD
Sony, 1996. Used ... Out Of Stock
A mindblower from Jamiroquai – the album that really broke them out of the box, thanks to an increasingly complicated sense of rhythm! For the set, Jay and the group pulled up some of the more dynamic sounds from the London underground, and wove them together with their increasingly great songwriting – coming up with tunes that played beautifully on the dancefloor, yet also offered deeper listening than on previous Jamiroquai efforts! There's still some great 70s elements here, but there's also a more cosmic, righteous vibe too – a hint at spacey London to come, but sent home with a bit more polish here. Titles include "Virtual Insanity", "Cosmic Girl", "Everyday", "Alright", "High Times", "Travelling Without Moving", "Spend A Lifetime", "Use The Force", and "Didjital Vibrations". CD also features the bonus track "Do You Know Where You're Coming From". CD

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New Donna GardierHome ... CD
Dome (UK), 2002. Used ... Out Of Stock
The lead singer of Raw Stylus steps out on her own in a well-produced debut with a heavy London sound! Donna's vocals have the warmth of other British soul singers we've come to love over the years – set amidst backings that bubble and crackle with a sweetly mellow groove and some surprisingly nice instrumental touches. Titles include "One & Only", "The Prize", "Voices", "Something Special", "How Sweet It Is", "Home", "Real Thing", "Decisions", and "I Got The Strength". CD
 
 
 



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