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Amp FiddlerAfro Strut (US version) ... CD
Pias/Wall Of Sound, 2006. Used ... $6.99
We loved Amp Fiddler tremendously on his debut, but here he's really blowing us out of the water – emerging as one of the brightest new soul stars of the 21st Century, with a depth of sound that's greater than we ever would have expected! Fiddler stretches way beyond his Detroit roots on this one – and shakes off some of the overdone cosmic modes to go for a warmer soul sound that's really amazing – a groove that only an elite few can do this well! Part of the strength of the set is an expanded sound that goes way past keyboards and beats – a groove that introduces more jazzy elements than before, and which features contributions from a great array of funky talents both old and young – including Bluey, Tony Allen, Wendell Harrison, Raphael Saadiq, Gary Shider, and Stephanie McKay! The vocals are great too – more classically styled and well thought-out – performed with a confidence that's well-earned, and which might almost push this record into the mainstream. This US version has a different track list than the UK one – with titles that include "Faith", "If I Don't", "Not", "Find My Way", "Right Where You Are", "Hey Joe", "You Could Be Mine", "Scared", ""Heaven", "Hustle", "Come See Me", and "Ridin". CD

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LedisiTruth (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Verve, 2014. Used ... $11.99
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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John LegendLove In The Future ... CD
GOOD/Columbia, 2013. Used ... $4.99
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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Shaun EscofferyIn The Red Room ... CD
Dome (UK), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99
We haven't heard from Shaun Escoffery in years – but damn, it's really been worth the wait! This album really knocks it out of the park from the very first note – and pushes Shaun way way farther than his previous work, which we really loved a lot – into some kind of sublime classic soul territory that may hopefully get him the international fame he deserves! Escoffery's got this great back to basics approach on the record – still schooled by his more cosmic years on the London scene, but also soaking up plenty of older, deeper soul elements too – yet fusing them in a way that's completely modern, completely fresh, and very individual. There's nothing retro soul about the record – despite some burning Hammond and guitar at points – and the whole thing was done in close collaboration with producer Gil Cang, who also played most of the instruments and helped on backing vocals too. Titles include "Nature's Call", "Perfect Love Affair", "People", "Do U Remember", "Crazy", "Nobody Knows", "By Your Side", "Get Over", and "Day After Day". CD

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Rahsaan PattersonAfter Hours ... CD
Artistry, 2004. Used ... $4.99
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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