Neo Soul

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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✨✧ VariousSoul Exposed – 15 Stunning Soul Gems Awaiting Discovery ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2005. Used ... $6.99
A beautifully smooth batch of modern soul tunes – picked not only from recent releases on Expansion Records, but also from a host of great American independents as well! There's a glistening feel here that really links the songs together wonderfully – a unified sound that's warm and mellow, but never too slick or commercial. Compiler Andreas Hellingh clearly has a real love for the music – and even with familiar artists here, he's gone out of his way to track down unusual tunes that really make the set worth owning! Titles include "Thinking About You" by Emel, "So EZ" by Dana Divine, "Let It Go" by Avila Brothers with Shelea, "Do For You" by Heavy, "That Place In My Heart" by Dee Dee Wilde, "Anytime Any Place" by Ane, "No Matter What The Weather May Be" by Denise Tichenor, "When You Need Me" by Dessy Di Lauro, "Dangerous Summer Night" by Maysa Leak, "Slow Jam Of The Year" by Innervoices, "Brother" by Ian Martin, and "How Far Can We Go" by Kokoh. CD

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Marvin ParksMarvin Parks ... CD
Schema (Italy), 2017. New Copy ... $15.99
A dream of a record from Marvin Parks – a hell of a jazz singer, and one that we'd place in an elite legacy that runs from Oscar Brown up through Jose James! The work here is wonderful – as Nicola Conte produced the record, and gives it the same sort of jazzy sparkle as his own sublime records of the past decade – a groove that's never too overstated, but is also a reworking of an older 60s soul jazz mode – but refitted with all the right sort of sophistication to match Marvin's wonderful voice! There's no programmed rhythms at all – all the instrumentation is live jazz – and titles include a great new take on the Conte tunes "Sea & Sand" and "Awakening" – plus the original "African Other Blues", and versions of "Charade", "How Insensitive", "The Very Thought Of You", "Brother Where Are You", "Nature Boy", "If I Should Lose You", and "Swingin Shepherd Blues". (Vocalists, Neo Soul) CD
Also available Marvin Parks Vols 1 & 2 ... LP 28.99

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Marvin ParksMarvin Parks Vols 1 & 2 ... LP
Schema (Italy), 2017. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $28.99
A dream of a record from Marvin Parks – a hell of a jazz singer, and one that we'd place in an elite legacy that runs from Oscar Brown up through Jose James! The work here is wonderful – as Nicola Conte produced the record, and gives it the same sort of jazzy sparkle as his own sublime records of the past decade – a groove that's never too overstated, but is also a reworking of an older 60s soul jazz mode – but refitted with all the right sort of sophistication to match Marvin's wonderful voice! There's no programmed rhythms at all – all the instrumentation is live jazz – and titles include a great new take on the Conte tunes "Sea & Sand" and "Awakening" – plus the original "African Other Blues", and versions of "Charade", "How Insensitive", "The Very Thought Of You", "Brother Where Are You", "Nature Boy", "If I Should Lose You", and "Swingin Shepherd Blues". 2LP version features 3 bonus tracks – "The Midnight Sun Will Never Set", "If You Could See Me Now", and "All Blues". (Vocalists, Neo Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Marvin Parks ... CD 15.99

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Satoshi Yoshida with Takuya KurodaMememto ... CD
Pirates (Japan), 2014. New Copy ... $26.99
A great little set that follows strongly in the mode of some of the best recent Blue Note work from the spiritual funk underground – such as releases by Robert Glasper and Takuya Kuroda – the latter of whom plays on most of this set! The album's leader is guitarist Satoshi Yoshida, but he works here with an excellent lineup of Japanese and American musicians – including Kris Bowers, who plays sublime Fender Rhodes on most tracks – and trumpeter Takuya Kuroda, who blows with the same beautiful flow that we love on his own records! Most tracks have the guitar, trumpet, and Rhodes tied together beautifully – with the usual bass and drums, kicking up some subtle, soulful rhythms. Maya Hatch sings vocals on a funky soul version of "In A Sentimental Mood", and DJ Yuze adds turntables to another cut – and titles include "Brother T", "Memento", "Here & There", "Grind", "Missing You So Much", "The Source", and "See You In My Dreams". (Jazz, Neo Soul) CD

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VariousRhymes For Beats – Jazzy Sensation ... CD
Blue Note (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... $21.99
An excellent overview of the hippest side of contemporary Blue Note – that moment when the label really started paying attention to some of the more soulful currents of the underground, and found a way to help hip players make some really wonderful sounds! Much of the work here is from that moment when Robert Glasper joined the label, and some of his bandmates were able to record as solo acts too – and a few other cuts are from different strands that fit together well – served up here both in album cuts, and some more unusual remixes too – plus a few nice bits from leftfield as well. There's a fair bit of contemporary soul and hip hop production in the mix, too – and tracks include "Initiate (stray rmx)" by Gogo Penguin, "Liquid Spirit (20 Syl rmx)" by Gregory Porter, "Alive" by Marcus Strickland, "Letter To Hermoine (Robert Glasper & Jewels rmx)" by Robert Glasper with Bilal, "RSBD (TBG rise & fall rmx)" by Takuya Kuroda, "Rubberband" by Derrick Hodge, "Love (Scroobius Pip vs Christian Scott)" by Scroobius Pip & Christian Scott, "Break Down" by Jason Moran, "Marvin's Room" by Next Collective, "Anthem (post-diluvial adaption)" by Brother J Of X-Clan & Christian Scott, "Move Your Hand (Spearhead rmx)" by Lonnie Smith with Michael Franti, "Toy Soldiers (reprise)" by W Ellington Felton & Ben Williams, and "Pendulum" by Kendrick Scott Oracle. (Funky Compilations, Neo Soul) CD

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✨✧ Aloe BlaccGood Things ... LP
Stones Throw, 2010. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
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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Columbia NightsIn All Things ... CD
Record Breakin, 2016. New Copy ... $6.99
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. CD

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✨✧ MaxwellMaxwell's Urban Hang Suite ... CD
Columbia, 1996. Used ... $2.99
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! CD

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✨✧ Jill Scott & OthersCollaborations ... CD
Hidden Beach, 2007. Used 2CD ... $4.99
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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Lewis TaylorLewis Taylor ... CD
Island (UK), 1996. Used ... $6.99
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". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousDiamonds – T-Groove Works Vol 1 ... LP
Kissing Fish (Japan), 2017. New Copy ... $32.99
The music here is sharp as a diamond – thanks to great production and mixing from Yuki "T-Groove" Takahashi on all the cuts! Tunes are by a variety of artists, and are mostly in a soulful club style – upbeat, positive, and overflowing with great energy – never too uptempo, but always grooving – and often touched by as many jazzy elements in the music as there are soulful touches in the vocals! We've not seen most of these tracks on record in any other format – and titles include "Spring Fever" by T-Groove with Saucy Lady, "Give It Up (T-Groove ext rmx)" by Cool Million with Laura Jackson, "Take This Love (T-Groove rmx)" by Two Jazz Project with Marie Meney & Didier La Regie, "Let's Go Together (T-Groove rmx)" by Sho Kamijo with Ron Brown, "You Are Love (T-Groove disco mix)" by Rudi Wilburn, "Diamonds (T-Groove rmx)" by Two Jazz Project with Marie Mene & Didier La Regie, "Hotter (T-Groove rmx)" by The Doggett Brothers with Laura Jackson, and "Another Weekend (T-Groove single rmx)" by Peo featuring Chris. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Columbia NightsIn All Things ... LP
Record Breakin, 2016. New Copy ... 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. LP, Vinyl record album
Also available In All Things ... CD 6.99

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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
Also available Lewis Taylor ... CD 6.99

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MaysaLove Is A Battlefield ... CD
Shanachie, 2017. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
We never thought we'd hear Maysa singing a Pat Benatar song – but as with most of Maysa's music, the results come across surprisingly well! The album's heavy on covers – and also includes songs first made famous by The Isley Brothers, Natalie Cole, Luther Vandross, Jerry Butler, and others – but all done in that warmly glowing sound that's made Maysa so great from her years with Incognito onward – with a rich legacy in quality soul! As with other recent albums from the singer, the production here is nicely understated – maturing with Maysa's talents, and another great showcase for the skills of Chris "Big Dog" Davis. Titles include "Love Is A Battlefield", "Can We Talk", "Inseparable", "Because It's Really Love", "Inside Out", "The Things We Do For Love", "Mr Dream Merchant", and "Am I Dreaming". CD

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Kenny WellingtonFree Spirit ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2016. New Copy ... $9.99
A fantastic album from trumpeter Kenny Wellington – one that shows us that the 70s spirit of artists like Roy Ayers and the Mizell Brothers is alive and well – as long as you know where to look! The record's contemporary, but has a really classic blend of jazz and soul – one that still allows plenty of space for Kenny's soaring solo work, but also has a wonderful focus on sharp rhythms and a righteous overall sound! The balance is no surprise – given that Kenny's got a legacy that goes back to classic work in the groups Central Line, Light Of The World, and Beggar & Co – but this album's way deeper and more powerful than anything Washington gave us back in the day – and features some especially nice work on vocals, by a quartet that's headed up by Augie Johnson, who brings in a vibe that's similar to his music with Side Effect and the LA Boppers. The whole thing's wonderful – righter than most folks sound when they go for a groove like this – and titles include "Heading Home", "Dreaming Of Futures Bright", "Fat Cherry", "Kings For A Day Masters Of The Night", "You Can Run", "E3 Symphony", and "Miles 2 Go". CD
 
 
 



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