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Aloe BlaccGood Things ... LP
Stones Throw, 2010. New Copy 2LP ... $16.99 17.98
Cinematic soul rooted in the rawer organ, drums and horns vibes that resonated deeply in records from north to south in the 70s – done with a lean, tight and head nodding groove no doubt informed by Aloe Blacc's own roots in hip hop – on his best album yet and one of best raw soul styled albums ever to come from our friends at Stones Throw! Good Things is a giant leap ahead of Shine Through, Aloe's previous full length on the label. We loved that record for its gritty, unique approach to funky soul, but, Good Things reaches for the heights of Aloe's heroes from Donny Hathaway to Marvin Gaye – and comes closer than we could have imagined! It's produced by the Truth & Soul team, with a timeless funk & soul vibe comparable to their work with the great Lee Fields. We have a feeling we'll still be listening to this album 10-15-20 years from now. Essential! Titles include the underground breakout "I Need A Dollar", an incredible cover of The Velvet Underground's "Femme Fatale" (we must have dropped the needle on that 50 times in the first couple days we had it), "Green Lights", "Miss Fortune", "Good Things", "Loving You Is Killing Me", "Mama Hold My Hand", "Hey Brother" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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HarleighbluFuturespective ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $10.99 11.99
Harleighblu's vocals are in some wonderful company here – a host of different guests and producers who each give the individual tunes a special flavor – while still allowing the soulful lady to very much do her thing! The vocals are maybe even bolder than on the previous record – sometimes with the brashness of the best of the contemporary underground soul scene, sometimes with even more grit and a raspy quality that almost feels timeless – alongside help from SpectraSoul, Brother Mike, Audio Sparks, Captain Supernova, Azure, J-Felix, Lost Midas, and others. Titles include "Forget", "Another One", "Reverse", "For Fun", "Tell Em", "Meant To Be", "MMM", and "Real Good". CD
 
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Columbia NightsIn All Things ... LP
Record Breakin, 2016. New Copy ... $13.99
We waited years for the full length debut of Columbia Nights, and not only was it worth the wait, it's a stunner – a beautiful batch of timeless spacey soul! Essentially the multi-instrumentalist trio of John E Daise, Jason "Brotherspanky" Edwards and Hayling Price, they have really expansive sound – built from bass, synths, keys, percussion that lifts it to cosmic heights – in a perfect mix of atmospheric instrumentals and vocal-led tracks. The sound carries influences from soaring 70s soul jazz, to post millennium electronic soul – which mingle seamlessly, and carry a real depth of genuine soul, however spacey the composition! The guest vocalists are top notch, including Diggs Duke, Aaron "AB" Abernathy, Vaughan Octavia and others, and titles include "Sphere", "Cerulean", "In All Things", "Circle", "Now" with Diggs Duke, "The Rhythm" with Sarai Abdul-Malik, "Coming Home" with Aaron "AB" Abernathy, "Neverend/All For You" feat Siara Shawn, "Ever Between" with B Jamelle and "Glide" with Vaughan Octavia. LP, Vinyl record album

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Mica ParisIf You Could Love Me ... CD
Wounded Bird, 2005. New Copy ... $3.99 12.98
The first new album in years from UK soul chanteuse Mica Paris – best known for her early 90s efforts of pure soul vocals backed by popping, synth rich productions – and carrying that vibe very handily a few years into the new millenium! Mica has the class to avoid the overreaching vocal histrionics of lesser modern soul singers, with a breathy, emotive groove that's always in service of the tune. She's once again backed by the Brecker Brothers for this set – who some lively trumpet and sax behind the bubbly, club ready sound of producer Bernard Grobman! Tracks include "I Luv You", "I Just Wanna Dance", "I'll Never Say In Love You Again", "I'm Not Your Mother", "Uh Oh", "18 Months And 26 Days", "Pack Your Bags", "Sweet Serenity" and more. (Soul, Neo Soul) CD

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Jill Scott & OthersCollaborations ... CD
Hidden Beach, 2007. Used 2CD ... $2.99
Jill Scott's a singer with a mighty generous spirit – and in addition to her own (all too few) recordings over the years, she's made some tremendous appearances on records under the leadership of other artists – a good deal of which are included in this set! Jill's not the kind of singer to just sleepwalk into the studio and deliver a few standard vocals when making a guest shot – and instead, she brings a new sense of life and energy to each different appearance in the set – coming across with a street-heavy vibe one minute, a more laidback cosmic mode the next, and a more classically-tuned soul sound at still another point. The set's a great illustration of the depths of Scott's rich talents – and even though we'd rather have Jill spending more time in the studio recording her own music, we're still plenty happy to have so many of her great guest appearances together in one package like this! CD features 14 tracks in all – including "Love Rain" with Mos Def, presented in "head nod" and "coffee shop" remixes – plus "Said Enough" with The Isley Brothers, "One Time" with Eric Roberson, "Good Morning Heartache" with Chris Botti, "Daydreamin" with Lupe Fiasco, "Let Me" with Sergio Mendes & Will I Am, "8 Minutes To Sunrise" with Common, "Sometime I Wonder" with Darius Rucker, "Slide" with Jeff Bradshaw, "The Rain" with Will Smith, and "God Bless The Child" with Al Jarreau & George Benson. CD
(Also features a bonus CD – with material by Hidden Beach artists who include Jill Scott, Keite, Jeff Bradshaw, Peter Black, Sunny Hawkins, and Onitsha.)

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Snarky PuppyFamily Dinner Vol 2 (CD & DVD) ... CD
Universal, 2016. New Copy CD & DVD ... $17.99 19.98
Snarky Puppy serve up a second family dinner – and this time around, their sound is even more expansive than before – still strongly done in that warm, tight blend of live instrumentation, but also augmented with a host of global elements as well! The core style is still very soulful, and in that classic Snarky Puppy mode – but the group have also gotten a bit more sophisticated in the way they open up their tunes, and allow room for additional vocals and instruments – really showing some great growth, even in the way they pace the record. The music maybe builds a lot more than before – not just leaping into a tune, but finding its right sort of space – and allowing room for lots of guest contributors – including Susana Baca, Becca Stevens, Charlie Hunter, Big Ed Lee, Knower, David Crosby, and Laura Mvula. Titles include "Liquid Love", "Somebody Home", "Sing To The Mooon", "I Remember", "Don't You Know", "I Asked", and "Molino Molero". And if that's not enough, the DVD also features 5 more tracks that aren't on the core album – "Brother I'm Hungry", "Be Still", "Fuego Y Agua", "Shapons Vindaloo", and "One Hope". CD
Also available Family Dinner Vol 2 (CD & DVD) ... CD 12.99

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Snarky PuppyFamily Dinner Vol 2 (CD & DVD) ... CD
Universal, 2016. Used CD & DVD ... $12.99
Snarky Puppy serve up a second family dinner – and this time around, their sound is even more expansive than before – still strongly done in that warm, tight blend of live instrumentation, but also augmented with a host of global elements as well! The core style is still very soulful, and in that classic Snarky Puppy mode – but the group have also gotten a bit more sophisticated in the way they open up their tunes, and allow room for additional vocals and instruments – really showing some great growth, even in the way they pace the record. The music maybe builds a lot more than before – not just leaping into a tune, but finding its right sort of space – and allowing room for lots of guest contributors – including Susana Baca, Becca Stevens, Charlie Hunter, Big Ed Lee, Knower, David Crosby, and Laura Mvula. Titles include "Liquid Love", "Somebody Home", "Sing To The Mooon", "I Remember", "Don't You Know", "I Asked", and "Molino Molero". And if that's not enough, the DVD also features 5 more tracks that aren't on the core album – "Brother I'm Hungry", "Be Still", "Fuego Y Agua", "Shapons Vindaloo", and "One Hope". CD
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Also available Family Dinner Vol 2 (CD & DVD) ... CD 17.99

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Louie Vega & OthersStarring – XXVIII ... CD
Vega, 2016. New Copy 2CDs ... $25.99
A massive project from the great Louie Vega – a man who's given us plenty of majestic moments since his early years in Masters At Work and Nuyorican Soul – but an artist who's maybe outdone himself here, thanks to help from a huge amount of guests and singers! The "starring" in the title doesn't refer to Louie, but to the key talents who help shape the individual tracks on the set – a talent roster large enough to include Vikter Duplaix, Tony Momrelle, N'Dea Davenport, The Clark Sisters, Winans Brothers, Zara McFarlane, Funkadelic, Jocelyn Brown, Kenny Bobien, Josh Milan, Lisa Fischer, Byron Stingily, Leroy Burgess, Caron Wheeler, and others – all of whom work perfectly with Louie – not in a way that has their talents thrown in for extra spice, but instead very deeply woven into the fabric of Vega's music – in a richly collaborative spirit that makes the album a gem all the way through! All the cuts are in the positive, soulful, inspirational vibe we've always loved in Louie's projects – and titles include "Gift Of Love", "Angels Are Watching Me", "Ain't That Funkin Hard On You", "You Are Everything", "Joy Inside My Tears", "You've Got It Bad Girl", "Es Vedra", "Everlasting Love", "I Deserve To Breathe", "Ain't No Stopping Love", "Gimme Some Love", "Can We Keep This Going", and "See Some Light". (New Grooves, Neo Soul) CD
Also available Starring – XXVIII – Part 2 (3LP set) ... LP 39.99

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✨✧ MaxwellMaxwell's Urban Hang Suite ... LP
Columbia, 1996. New Copy (reissue)... On October 28, 2016
An excellent bit of modern soul – a smooth seductive album that fits perfectly with an older mellow groove, but which also sparkles with the best recent efforts of the past decade. Maxwell's got a wonderful vocal style – reminding us a bit of classic Isley Brothers, Leon Ware, or O'Jays in a ballad mode – and it sits perfectly amidst warm jazzy arrangements by Musze, filled with all the subtle instrumental touches (keyboards, sax, and guitar) you'd find on a late album by Marvin Gaye, or some of the slow jams by the Isleys. The vibe is warm and acoustic, and the record's a wonderful return to a classic mellow midtempo soul style – and did quite well upon its initial release. Also interesting was the fact that the record was pressed up heavily on vinyl – something that was rare for a mainstream soul album at the time, and which was particularly ubiquitous in our hometown of Chicago, where DJs on the steppers scene were snatching up the record like hotcakes! Includes the titles "Ascension", "Whenever Wherever Whatever", "Lonely's The Only Company (parts 1 & 2)", "Reunion", and "Suitelady (The Proposal Jam)" – but the whole thing's great! LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Columbia NightsIn All Things ... CD
Record Breakin, 2016. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
We waited years for the full length debut of Columbia Nights, and not only was it worth the wait, it's a stunner – a beautiful batch of timeless spacey soul! Essentially the multi-instrumentalist trio of John E Daise, Jason "Brotherspanky" Edwards and Hayling Price, they have really expansive sound – built from bass, synths, keys, percussion that lifts it to cosmic heights – in a perfect mix of atmospheric instrumentals and vocal-led tracks. The sound carries influences from soaring 70s soul jazz, to post millennium electronic soul – which mingle seamlessly, and carry a real depth of genuine soul, however spacey the composition! The guest vocalists are top notch, including Diggs Duke, Aaron "AB" Abernathy, Vaughan Octavia and others, and titles include "Sphere", "Cerulean", "In All Things", "Circle", "Now" with Diggs Duke, "The Rhythm" with Sarai Abdul-Malik, "Coming Home" with Aaron "AB" Abernathy, "Neverend/All For You" feat Siara Shawn, "Ever Between" with B Jamelle and "Glide" with Vaughan Octavia. CD
Also available In All Things ... LP 13.99

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✨✧ Snarky PuppyFamily Dinner Vol 2 (180 gram pressing – with DVD & download) ... LP
Universal, 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Snarky Puppy serve up a second family dinner – and this time around, their sound is even more expansive than before – still strongly done in that warm, tight blend of live instrumentation, but also augmented with a host of global elements as well! The core style is still very soulful, and in that classic Snarky Puppy mode – but the group have also gotten a bit more sophisticated in the way they open up their tunes, and allow room for additional vocals and instruments – really showing some great growth, even in the way they pace the record. The music maybe builds a lot more than before – not just leaping into a tune, but finding its right sort of space – and allowing room for lots of guest contributors – including Susana Baca, Becca Stevens, Charlie Hunter, Big Ed Lee, Knower, David Crosby, and Laura Mvula. Titles include "Liquid Love", "Somebody Home", "Sing To The Mooon", "I Remember", "Don't You Know", "I Asked", and "Molino Molero". And if that's not enough, the DVD also features 5 more tracks that aren't on the core album – "Brother I'm Hungry", "Be Still", "Fuego Y Agua", "Shapons Vindaloo", and "One Hope". LP, Vinyl record album
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Family Dinner Vol 2 (CD & DVD) ... CD 17.99
Family Dinner Vol 2 (CD & DVD) ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ Lewis TaylorLewis Taylor (2CD edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Island/Caroline (UK), 1996. New Copy 2 CDs ... Out Of Stock
A hell of a classic from UK singer Lewis Taylor – one of the best blue-eyed soul albums recorded in the 90s, and a record that's still years ahead of its time! In a stretch when so many others were putting out fake soul – or breathing heavily on downtempo records – Taylor found a way to really deliver something new and unique, yet also come across with the classic mellow flow of 70s work by artists like Marvin Gaye or The Isley Brothers! Taylor's vocal delivery here owes plenty to both, but the production is very crisp and individual – handled by Lewis himself, and in a spare mix of modes that's quite different than some of the more stock "beats and keys" modes that would take over underground soul in the next decade! Instead, there's this great range of subtle tones and textures that work beautifully alongside Taylor's sublime vocals – all to suit some beautifully-written tunes too. Titles include "Lucky", "Track", "Betterlove", "Right", "Spirit", "Bittersweet", and "Whoever". 2CD set is wonderful – and includes 12 more bonus cuts from singles and other projects – including "Asleep When You Come", "You Got Me Thinking", "Waves", "Trip So Heavy", "A Little Bit Tasty", "Lewis III", "Pie In The Electric Sky/If I Lay Down On You", "I Dream The Better Dream", "Bittersweet (ext)", and "Lucky" in three different mixes by Kruder & Dorfmeister! CD
 
 
 



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