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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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Cooly's Hot BoxDon't Be Afraid, Get On ... CD
Purpose, 2004. Used ... $3.99
Easily the greatest album to date from Cooly's Hot Box – a group that's tighter, hipper, and more stripped down than ever before – really just a duet by this time, featuring vocals by Angela Johnson and drums and additional voice from John-Christian Urich – but working here with a sound that's incredibly rich! The group pull together elements of club, soul, and house into a sound that's wide, warm, and wonderful – overflowing with good spirit and sensual soul, and served up with a simple elegance and sense of grace that's enough to make other modern work sound clunky and forced! A really great set all the way through – delivering on the promise that we've always felt from these guys – and featuring tracks that include "Don't Be Afraid", "Motions", "Get On", "Are We Lovers Anymore", "Maybe I", "Give Me Your Money", and "After Life". CD

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✨✧ Joey NegroProduced With Love (with bonus CD) ... CD
Z Records (UK), 2017. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Joey Negro's got a decades-long love of disco – one that began at a time when so many other artists were going for colder, easier ways of serving up a groove – and Joey was a rare talent who could really take things back to the glory days of the clubs! That talent has only gotten greater and greater over the years – through projects done under Negro's own name, his work with the Sunburst Band, and even his unstoppable efforts to work as a dancefloor historian through his Z Records label! All that energy, and more, seems to come to play here – on a set that soars to the skies with the very first note – reminding us that, alongside Bluey from Incognito, Joey's one of the few cats who can get a classic sound completely right, right from the start – but also have a way of sending the music forward for a new generation too! The album's a dream right from the start – with great work from Kaidi Tatham on keyboards on some tracks – and an array of great guest singers young and old, who include Angela Johnson, Donna Gardier, Lifford, Alex Mills, Diane Charlemagne, Melba Moore, and Linda Clifford. Titles include "Must Be The Music (orig disco version)", "Everything", "Into The Blue", "Overnight Sensation", "Won't Let Go", "Anyway", "Prove That You're Feeling Me", "It's More Fun To Compute", "In Search Of The Dream", and "Stomp Your Feet". Features a full CD with bonus mixes and productions by Joey – including "Anyway (Joey Negro rmx)" by Melba Moore, "Spanish Hustle (Joey Negro rmx)" by Fatback Band, "Love Is Thicker Than Water" by Peven Everett, "Into The Blue" by Alex Mills, "Message In Our Music (Joey Negro rmx)" by The O'Jays, "What A Life (Joey Negro rmx)" by Gwen Guthrie, "Must Be The Music (disco boogie xtravaganza dub)" by Joey Negro, and "Dancing Into The Stars" by Joey Negro & Horse Meat Disco. (New Grooves, Neo Soul) CD
 
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KemIntimacy ... CD
Motown, 2010. Used ... $2.99
The third album from KEM and it's a wonderful one – delivering on the promise of the title with a deeply soulful, truthful and personal approach – a record that brings grace, subtly and a timeless warmth in a way that surprises us in a wonderful way! We love a modern soul that evokes the classic, slow cooking soul of the 70s and 80s without feeling like a self-conscious throwback, and that's what KEM has done here. Lightly grooving keys, delicately layered real instrumentation and that brings an almost jazzy soul elegance – and most importantly, solid songs and truly soulful vocals. A real winner! Includes "Golden Days" with Jill Scott, plus "When I'm Loving You", "Can You Feel It", "Share My Life", "Human Touch", "If It's Love", "You're On My Mind" and more. CD

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Philip LassiterChill Mode ... CD
Philip Lassiter, 2017. New Copy ... $7.99
A sweetly soulful set from trumpeter Philip Lassiter – a jazz musician at heart, but one who's blowing here with a strong range of contemporary R&B elements! Phil's trumpet is often processed a bit – with a cool, compressed sound that fits right in with the well-produced mellow grooves – handled by James Poyser, Jae Deal, Rodley Lil Rod Jones, Bobby Sparks III, and others – sometimes with a bit of vocals from Josephine Rojer, sometimes with more than enough "voice" from Lassiter on his horn! The set's got a nicely different vibe than other efforts of this nature, and is much deeper and is light years from too-familiar smooth jazz. Titles include "Bob Ya Head", "Cheers 2 Life", "Jungle Feva", "Chill Mode", "Hopscotch", and "Smilin Profilin". CD

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✨✧ JamiroquaiTravelling Without Moving (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Work/Sony (UK), 1996. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A mindblower from Jamiroquai – the album that really broke them out of the box, thanks to an increasingly complicated sense of rhythm! For the set, Jay and the group pulled up some of the more dynamic sounds from the London underground, and wove them together with their increasingly great songwriting – coming up with tunes that played beautifully on the dancefloor, yet also offered deeper listening than on previous Jamiroquai efforts! There's still some great 70s elements here, but there's also a more cosmic, righteous vibe too – a hint at spacey London to come, but sent home with a bit more polish here. Titles include "Virtual Insanity", "Cosmic Girl", "Everyday", "Alright", "High Times", "Travelling Without Moving", "Spend A Lifetime", "Use The Force", and "Didjital Vibrations". LP, Vinyl record album
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Amel LarrieuxMorning ... CD
Bliss Life, 2006. Used ... $9.99
Great work from a singer who never lets us down – and an artist who seems to grow and grow as the years go on! The style here is more mellow and stripped down than before – a groove that we hardly would have expected years back when Amel was singing on a major, really personal and almost poetic – yet still grooving enough to keep up the soul-based component of her sound! Beats are used sparely, almost gently at times – and the vocals are put forth with strength and conviction, yet not in that overdone way that can often mar an indie soul set – sweetly cracking with an intimate honesty that makes Larrieux one of the most compelling singers of her scene! Titles include "Trouble", "Unanswered Question", "No One Else", "Earn My Affections", "Weary", "Morning", "Gills & Tails", and "Just Once". CD
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✨✧ Erykah BaduBaduizm ... LP
MCA, 1997. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A landmark debut from the mighty Erykah Badu – a record that really set the world on fire when it first appeared – and which continues to blow our minds all these many years later! There's a simple, straightforward grace to the album that comes through immediately – as Erykah tries to forge new ground for soul music, but does it by taking a few steps backwards – not into retro modes, but more in a way that focuses on the core vocal, songcraft, and right instrumentation that can make a special soul record such a standout. She does a great job of both avoiding easy commercial paths, or some of the temptations to embrace other then-contemporary genres – which has made the work of some of her colleagues seem a bit dated. The record defines a whole new style of expression – "Baduizm", if you will – one in which Erykah sings with a depth that stretches back through a century's worth of jazz, soul, and gospel influences – but works a groove in a stripped-down and forward-thinking mode that sets the pace for countless Neo Soul singers to come! Titles include "Certainly (Flipped It)", "Next Lifetime (radio)", "On & On", "Appletree", "No Love", "4 Leaf Clover", and "Sometimes (mix #9)". LP, Vinyl record album
 
 
 



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