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

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Benny SingsStudio ... CD
Jakarta (Germany), 2015. New Copy ... $9.99 15.98
Maybe the best album so far from Benny Sings – a lean, clean effort that's got a sound that's even more compact than before – but which suits Benny's vocals wonderfully! There's maybe a bit more electricity on the record this time around – and the style's got touches of 80s electro soul, but mixed with a warmer vibe that comes across really well – a mode in which Benny's never trying to push himself too much, but comes across with a sense of soul that's really great – this easygoing vibe that has him sliding along nicely with the gentle beats and keyboards. Titles include "Straight Lines", "My Favourite Game", "The Beach House", "Black & Blue", "Don't Make Me Dance", and "Shoebox Money", which also features Mayer Hawthorne. CD

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✨✧ Izo FitzroySkyline ... CD
Jalapeno (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $11.99
Izo Fitzroy may look like a languid country singer on the cover (we're not sure why – maybe it's the old American car) – but she comes across with a deeply soulful sound on the album, and a strong raspy edge in her vocals that comes as a mighty nice surprise! The set's definitely going for a late 60s/early 70s funky soul vibe – but Izo's approach is maybe a bit different than some of the younger "funk girls with band" albums out there – nicely lean, with sharp instrumentation that never tries to hard to push any sort of agenda – which leaves the strength of Fitzroy's singing to really bring most of the power to the tunes. Given her voice, we're sure that the lady could sparkle in whatever style she chooses – and titles include "Break The Levee", "Shadowlands", "Reckoning", "Here I Come", "Hope You Can Wait", "Day By Day", "Say Something", "Heads Held High", and "I Keep You Guessing". (Deep Funk, Neo Soul) CD
Also available Skyline ... LP 13.99

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Carmen LundyCode Noir ... CD
Afrasia, 2017. New Copy ... $13.99 16.98
Fantastic work from Carmen Lundy – one of our favorite jazz singers of all time, and an artist who keeps on giving us her best as the years go on! This album's definitely some of Carmen's best – as it features the singer working with a wonderful group that includes Jeff Parker on guitar, Patrice Rushen on piano, Ben Williams on bass, and Kendrick Scott on drums – a tight core combo who really find a way to push Lundy's energy even more than usual – while Carmen herself handles other keyboards with her vocals, and serves especially righteous material! There's a bit more politics here than on previous records – perfect for the spirit of the moment – but Carmen also mixes a lot of warmth and love into her music as well. Titles include "Black & Blues", "Afterglow", "Whatever It Takes", "I Keep Falling", "The Island The Sea & You", "Have A Little Faith", and "Another Chance". (Vocalists, Neo Soul) CD

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✨✧ Terrace MartinVelvet Portraits ... CD
Ropeadope, 2016. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
A jaw-dropper from Terrace Martin – the kind of record that sneaks on the market under everyone's ears, but will no doubt be one of those sets we'll all go back to again and again over the years! Martin's got a beautifully fresh take on funky jazz – steeped somewhat in the classic inspiration of the 70s era, but with a distinctly 21st Century execution – with crispy edges, cosmic currents, and a chunky approach to rhythm that makes the whole thing come across with a really subtle sort of power! The album's overflowing with guests – including Robert Glasper, Thundercat, Kamasai Washington, Keyon Harrold, and Laylah Hathaway – but there's also a core energy that's all Terrace's own, with lots of snakey keyboards that weave these magical tonal patterns in a wonderful way. Brilliant, and completely captivating – with tracks that include "Push", "Curly Martin", "Never Enough", "Turkey Taco", "Tribe Called West", "Think Of You", "Bromalia", and "Valdez Off Crenshaw" – a nice remake of the Donny Hathaway classic "Valdez In The Country". CD
Also available Velvet Portraits ... LP 31.99
 
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Tony MomrelleKeep Pushing (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Reel People (UK), 2015. New Copy ... $16.99
Wonderful solo work from Tony Momrelle – a singer you may know from his tremendous contributions to Incognito and Reel People over the years, and a hell of a soul artist on his own! Tony may well be one of the UK's best male soul singers these days – and he steps forth beautifully here on a set of tracks that are couched in all the warm tones of his best work with Incognito, with lots of jazzy touches in the instrumentation, and a rock-solid groove in the rhythms! Momrelle soars out wonderfully on his vocals – with a style that's somewhere in the Stevie Wonder side of the spectrum, but also very much Tony's own, too – instantly classic, on titles that include "It's Real", "Back Together Again", "Pick Me Up", "It's Real", "A Million Ways", "All The Things You Are", "Different Street", and "Keep Pushing", which features a guest appearance by Talib Kweli. Bonus tracks include "Shout It Out", "All I Need", and "Love Me Again". CD
(New deluxe edition with 3 bonus tracks!)

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✨✧ Deborah BondDay After ... CD
3rd Logic, 2003. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Omigod – what a great little album! This is one of the freshest debuts we've heard in years – the kind of underground soul album that pushes our faith in soul even farther than we'd have thought! Deborah's a young singer, but one with an incredible depth of feeling and expression – on one hand very free, frank, and personal – yet on the other, working with a style and class that puts her right up there with Dianne Reeves, Dee Dee Bridgewater, and a number of other singers from generations before! The instrumentation is a wonderful blend of acoustic and light electric elements – never too beat-heavy, with just the right combination of sounds to let's Deborah's wonderful voice shine through! Titles include "Sweet Lullabies", "Keep On", "Dayafter", "Givin Up", "A Message", "See You In My Dreams", "Don't Waste Your Time", "Love's Been Waiting", and "Things Will Never Be The Same". CD

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✨✧ ThundercatDrunk ... CD
Brainfeeder, 2017. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Fantastic work from one of the most compelling mainstream talents in recent years – an artist who can get wide fame and acclaim, yet keep on pushing the boundaries into fresh new cosmic territory! This album may well be Thundercat's masterpiece – not just a summation of all the ideas and areas he's explored in the past, but also kind of a re-filtering of other modes as well – including the more spiritual and jazz-based territory that he's moved towards, especially when working with others! Yet there's nothing here that's an easy copy of another style, or another's work – as the whole thing bristles with a personal newness that's wonderful – even when Thundercat is getting help from guests who include Kamasai Washington, Flying Lotus, Wiz Khalifa, Pharrell, and Kendrick Lamarr – as well as some especially nice work from AOR legends Kenny Loggins and Michael McDonald. Titles include "I Am Crazy", "3AM", "Rabbot Ho", "Bus In These Streets", "Lava Lamp", "Jethro", "Show You The Way", "Drink Dat", "Jameel's Space Ride", and "Tokyo". (New Grooves, Neo Soul) CD
 
 
 



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