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John LegendLove In The Future ... CD
GOOD/Columbia, 2013. Used ... $8.99
Another step forward for John Legend – on a record that should have that amazing voice reaching even more ears than ever before! By that, we don't necessarily mean that the set's commercial, just put together with a mode that goes way beyond conventional soul – still deep at the core, but richly expressive past barriers of age and style that few other pop artists could push this successfully! Titles include "Who Do We Think We Are", "The Beginning", "Save The Night", "Tomorrow", "Hold On Longer", "All Of Me", "You & I", "Caught Up", and "Dreams". CD
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✨✧ BilalLove Surreal ... CD
Purpose/E One, 2013. Used ... Out Of Stock
Tremendous work from Bilal – and further proof that his life on the indie side of the soul spectrum has been a very good thing! There's a crispness to the record that crackles right from the start – slight cosmic touches in the beats, but never too over the top – just enough to electrify the vocals and push Bilal past any sort of mainstream soul – and help him deliver the rich promise we first heard in his music so many years ago – but never found this fully formed during his major label stretch! There's some nice electric bits that percolate forth – moogy keys or sparkling samples – yet the vocals still have all the core warmth that's kept us coming back. Titles include "Astray", "Lost For Now", "West Side Girl", "Back To Love", "Longing & Waiting", and "Butterfly", which features a guest appearance from Robert Glasper! CD
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✨✧ Angela JohnsonNaturally Me ... CD
Nia, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Every new album from Angela Johnson turns out to be a treasure – but this set may well be one of the best she's done in years – and a really strong step forward for the singer! The music has this full, rich style that almost feels like classic soul at times – not a retro 60s vibe, but a really powerful use of rhythms and instrumentation to push Johnson's sublime vocals at a level we've never heard before – a really fresh mode that's completely current, yet very aware of the best sounds of decades past as well! We might liken the approach to Swing Out Sister at their recent best – even though the record's nothing like theirs at all – and our hats are off to Angela for continuing to win us over and over again after all these years – especially when she could have just been sitting back and doing the same old thing. Titles include "To Love Again", "Deja Vu", "Black Boy Lullaby", "Handz", "Music's My Religion", and "A Beautiful Place". CD

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✨✧ LedisiTruth (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 2014. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
Wonderful work from Ledisi – a singer we've dug for many many years – and who always lives up to our faith in her music! We first dug Ledisi as an underground talent back in the 90s – but with this Verve album she's poised to take on all the best that mainstream soul has to offer – hitting strongly with a sense of pride and power that we've never heard this clearly before! We're not saying that Ledisi's getting commercial – just that she's got this tight, powerful, rich quality to her music that is bound to finally push the singer out to the wide audience she really deserves – new ears to add to Ledisi's always-growing audience of fans from the farther reaches of the soul universe. Rex Rideout helped put the album together with Ledisi – with a respectful vibe that really opens the singer up – and tracks include "That Good Good", "Missy Doubt", "Lose Control", "88 Boxes", "Like This", "The Truth", "Anything", and "I Blame You". Deluxe edition features three bonus tracks – "Mine", "I Swear", and "Quick Fix". CD
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Dayme ArocenaNueva Era ... CD
Brownswood (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
A wonderful record from Dayme Arocena – a Cuban singer who first emerged as part of Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura project, although Gilles himself had been following her music since she was a child! This debut full length is wonderful – and really pushes past the initial modes of the larger project – with a sound that's both deep and rootsy, yet delivered with a lean, 21st Century soul approach too! Music is heavy on percussion – some of which is played by Dayme herself – and other instrumentation is often quite spare, with piano or organ lines providing the main melodic structure alongside the vocals. Titles include "Madres", "Drama, "Crystal", "Come To Me", "El Ruso", "Nino", "Nueva Era", and "Don't Unplug My Body". CD

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Algebra BlessettRecovery ... CD
E One, 2014. Used ... $7.99
Wonderful work from Algebra Blessett – a singer who's really a cut above most other vocalists in the underground soul scene – with a classic sense of depth and timing that really knock this album out of the park! Algebra spent many years working under some of the bigger soul singers on the scene – definitely put in her years in the field – but she's got a fresh style that's really all her own, a way of phrasing and pushing a lyric that really gets some great augmentation here in the production work of Kwame Holland and LTMoe. Shannon Sanders and Brett Baker also help with production, and there's definitely a collaborative feel to the record – but all in support of the righteous talents of the lady in the lead! Titles include "Right Next To You", "Augment To Recovery", "Nobody But You", "Writer's Block", "Struggle To Be", "Recovery", "Forever", "I'll Be OK"," Danger Zone", "Mystery", and "Paper Heart". CD
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MaxwellEmbrya ... CD
Columbia, 1998. Used ... $1.99
The second album by smooth soul singer Maxwell – and every bit as great as the first! Although the vibe is modern, the sound is quite classic – with lush warm arrangements that perfectly wrap up Maxwell's sweet and soulful vocals. The record picks up a tradition that was left off by 70s stars like Leon Ware, Marvin Gaye, or Leroy Hutson – and it's a masterpiece of jazzy soul that almost restores our faith in major labels. Like the first effort, this one was written and produced by Musze – and also like that one, it's a beautiful album all the way through, with a very unified sound that most other soul artists could only dream of! Titles include "I'm You, You Are Me, and We Are You", "Everwanting: To Want You To Want", "Gravity: Pushing To Pull", "Submerge: Til We Become The Sun", "Arroz Con Polly", "Drowndeep: Hula", and "Matrimony: Maybe You". CD
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Rahsaan PattersonAfter Hours ... CD
Artistry, 2004. Used ... $6.99
Incredible, simply incredible – and the best album to date from Rahsaan Patterson! Rahsaan first clocked in at the end of the 90s – as one of the first singers in a new spirit of soul that's now been firmly taken up by the Neo Soul underground. But instead of resting on his laurels and holding onto a surefire sound, Rahsaan's grown tremendously in the years since his last full LP – really pushing his style, deepening his approach, and coming up with a sound that's more powerful than we would have even expected! The album's got a completely solid feel that makes it a near-classic all the way through – spare and intimate, yet done with a fullness and confidence that easily puts Rahsaan in line with some of our favorite male soul singers of all time. Titles include "I Always Find Myself", "The One For Me", "The Best", "Loving You", "Don't Run So Fast", "So Hot", "April's Kiss", and "You Make Life Good". CD

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✨✧ Valerie JunePushin' Against A Stone ... CD
Concord, 2013. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A really compelling mix of folk roots and deeper soul – served up here by one of the most unique artists we've heard in years! Valerie June is really carving out some unique territory here – singing and playing guitar at a level that feels rooted in Appalachia, but also sometimes stepping into some headier sounds that are more soul or funk-based as well – a really surprising brew that comes off surprisingly well throughout! Valerie's getting production help from Kevin Augunas and Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys – both of whom play and sing on the record too – along with some guest organ work from Booker T. Titles include "Wanna Be On Your Mind", "Pushin Against A Stone", "Trials Troubles Tribulations", "Twined & Twisted", "The Hour", "Somebody To Love", and "Workin Woman Blues". CD

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