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Kindred The Family SoulIn This Life Together ... CD
Hidden Beach/Sony, 2005. Used ... $6.99
The long-awaited second set from Kindred The Family Soul – a duo who really grabbed us with their excellent Surrender To Love, and who really follow up on its promise with this excellent set! Kindred have a totally righteous sound that's long steeped in traditions of soul and gospel – yet which comes off here with that lean and clean Hidden Beach groove first made famous by Jill Scott – a great bridge between indie and mainstream soul, and proof that good music in our generation can still come from a wide-reaching source! As before, the blend of vocals and rhythms here is completely sublime – handled with a warmth that's amazing, and better fitted than even before with a strong sense of a good hook and a captivating tune. Titles include "Do You Remember", "Thru Love", "Turn It Up", "As Of Yet", "Message To Marvin", "Let It All Go", "Sneak A Freak", "My Time", and "Bed Time Story". CD

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Gregory PorterIssues Of Life – Features & Remixes (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Membran (Germany), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $16.99
A great companion to all the full length albums from the mighty Gregory Porter – as this special set brings together his side projects, appearances with other artists, and remixes as well! We love Porter's own records – and honestly feel that he's one of the freshest jazz vocal talents to come along in years – but he's also great when working in new formats too, and really brings his a-game to just about any other setting he approaches! Most of the music here is still in the jazz-based style of Porter's other records, but a few tracks are a bit more groove-heavy too – yet never in a way that's disrespectful of the vocals, or Gregory's core contributions. Titles include "About The Children" and "Be My Monster Love" done with David Murray, "Moanin (radio)" with Paul Zauner's Blue Brass, "Issues Of Life", "She's Gone", and "Just In Time" with Zbonics, "Song Of The Wind" by M1/Brian Jackson – plus remixes that include "1960 What (Opolopo kick & bass rerub)" and "She Danced Across The Floor (Automart rmx)". Also includes the unreleased titles "Nowhere To Run" and "Hope Is A Thing With Feathers"! (Vocalists, Neo Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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SoulfingerLife, Love, & Passion ... CD
Sweet Soul (Japan), 2015. New Copy ... $28.99
Great sounds from Soulfinger – a special project that takes classic soul tunes and updates them for a new generation – with help from a range of great singers who include Angela Johnson, Anthony David, Leela James, Jaguar Wright, Stephanie McKay, Kathy Sledge, Syleena Johnson, and others! The vibe here is often in a late 60s/early 70s mode, but with more contemporary instrumentation and production – not just an easy retro soul mode, but a revival of the great spirit of these tunes in a fresh coat of colors. Titles include remakes of "Love Changes", "Message From The Soul Sisters", "Turn Back The Hands Of Time", "Tupelo Honey", "To Know You Is The Love You", "I Just Wanna Be There", "Love The One You're With", and "All I Do". CD

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✨✧ BilalIn Another Life ... LP
BBE, 2015. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Bilal gets some amazing help this time around from super-hip producer Adrian Younge – who really helps the singer reinvent his sound! The album's got a funky depth we've never heard from Bilal before – lots of those old school, 70s-styled soundtrack funk touches that Younge's so great at – which provide this rich backdrop for Bilal's wonderful vocals – and a setting that has us loving the singer more than we have in years! Adrian also brings in some more contemporary elements as well, creating a trans-historical palette of sounds that live up to Bilal's time-traveling image on the back cover. The album's got a few key guest appearances – from Kendrick Lamar, Kimbra, and Big Krit – but the real genius comes from Bilal and Younge, who are a great team together. Titles include "Star Now", "Spiraling", "Bury Me Next To You", "Satellites", "Pleasure Toy", "Money Over Love", and "Holding It Back". LP, Vinyl record album

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DJ SpinnaIntergalactic Soul ... CD
Shanachie, 2006. Used ... $6.99
Spinna bats it out of the park with this one – and lands himself a well-deserved spot in the 21st Century soul stratosphere! We've loved Spinna's work on remixes and other projects for years – and although his Beat Generation album was great, this set is amazingly even better – a tremendous illustration of Spinna's wide talents, generous spirit, and long reach that stretches out to encompass some of the best of the current soul and hip hop underground! The roster of guest stars might enough be enough here – as the album features work by N'Dea Davenport, Phonte, Eric Roberson, Lizz Fields, Heavy, Free Radikalz, and Tortured Soul – but the album's way more than just a "singers with beats" set, as Spinna's presence is felt throughout. Warm, yet electric – spacey, yet focused – a really tremendous set that more than lives up to its ambitious title! Tracks include "Current Events", "Intergalactic Soul", "Outta Time", "Back 2 U", "Computer Love", "Butterfly Girl", "Could It Be Too Soon", "We Can Change This World", "Final Events", "Bye Bye Bye", "Living My Life", and "Show Us How You Fly". CD
(Out of print.)

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Amy WinehouseLioness – Hidden Treasures (180 gram pressing) ... LP
Universal, 2011. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $27.99 34.98
A (sadly) posthumous release from Amy Winehouse – a voice we loved for a couple good years before knowing how troubled she was in real life and now lament the loss of – and this set, largely put together by producer Salaam Remi turned out surprisingly well! It'd be pretty easy to bow to cynicism, but for our money, there's more than enough strong stuff here. It features production by Remi, plus Mark Ronson on a couple tracks, and it's a mix of styles that ably demonstrate Amy's depth as an interpreter. There's some great, kinda late night jazzy soul numbers, classic level 60s R&B and thoroughly modern hip hop soul – all with strong vocal performances from Amy. Includes "Our Day Will Come", "Between The Cheats", "Tears Dry (Original Version)", "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (2011)", "Like Smoke" feat Nas (and some eerily timely lyricism, as of this album's release date), "Valerie ('68 Version)", "Half Time", "The Girl From Ipanema", "Half Time", "Body & Soul" with Tony Bennett, "A Song For You" and more. LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Foreign ExchangeTales From The Land Of Milk & Honey ... CD
HBD, 2015. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The deepest work yet from Foreign Exchange – and as hard as it is for us to believe, a record that unofficially kicks off the second decade of the one-time transatlantic partnership of Nicolay and Phonte – which has evolved into a bonafide indie soul supergroup with Zo!, Tamisha Waden and Carmen Rodgers! Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey is as full of life as anything we've heard from them, and honestly, a record we'll be able to keep coming back to for years. On the production front, Nicolay has found a way to pay homage to the past half century of breezy soul and R&B, club grooves, bossa and more, and distill it all into a fairly tight sound that belongs to FE+. Phonte is as vocally charismatic on his cuts as ever, whether he's playing it straight, or just having a little bit of fun – like when he's affecting a British accent on "Asking For A Friend" – and the women's voices are never less than beautiful, on both the lead vocal turns and the hooks. Includes "Milk And Honey", "Work It To The Top", "Truce", "Disappear", "Sevenths And Ninths", "Asking ForA Friend", "Body", "As Fast As You Can", "Face In The Reflection" and "Until The Dawn (Milk And Honey Pt II)". CD

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✨✧ Tahirah MemoryPride ... CD
Tahirah Memory, 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A tremendous debut from Tahirah Memory – an underground soul singer from the same Oregon scene as Jarrod Lawson, who also helped co-produce the album! Tahirah's got a beautifully fresh sound – sharp songs that burst from her pen with a sort of urgency we haven't heard in years – yet delivered with this understated, jazz-tinged style that's never forced or overdone – even when Memory's got these sharp changes in her vocals and instrumentation! Lawson plays piano, keyboards, and most of the other instrumentation – and the record's a great reminder that there's still a huge amount of life in the contemporary soul underground – if you know where to look and listen. Titles include "Time", "Pride", "I Can't Change", "Beautiful Disaster", "All The Time", "Puddin", "Nice Guy", and "Again". CD
 
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Philip LassiterChill Mode ... CD
Philip Lassiter, 2017. New Copy ... $12.99
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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Snarky PuppyCulcha Vulcha ... LP
Universal, 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $23.99 25.99
Snarky Puppy find a whole new global current here – coming together in a style that mixes their usual soulful funk with a range of interesting percussion elements – in styles that sometimes remind us of our favorite creative sounds from the Brazilian or Afro Funk instrumental scene, but with a much groovier vibe overall! Half the instrumentation hits that usual Snarky groove – warm keyboards, tight horns, and sharp rhythms – but other elements inflect some cool tones and fresh feelings – as the group work in an all-instrumental format, and really allow their creative side to sparkle! It's great to see these guys break down the boundaries a bit – and the record's one of their freshest in a while – with titles that include "Tarova", "Palermo", "Big Ugly", "Beep Box", "Go", "The Simple Life", and "Semente". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download!)

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✨✧ JamiroquaiTravelling Without Moving ... CD
Sony, 1996. Used ... Temporarily 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". CD also features the bonus track "Do You Know Where You're Coming From". CD

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✨✧ Miguel MigsOutside The Skyline ... CD
Om Records, 2011. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Miguel Migs has often skewed more towards the soulful side of the house and otherwise club groove sound, and he does so on an even deeper level with Outside The Skylike! This one features a diverse roster of guests – and an impressive one, too – Meshell Ndegeocello, Bebel Gilberto, Capleton, Lisa Shaw, Evelyn Champagne King, Aya, Lisa Shaw and more! Really impressive work from Miguel, with timeless club soul influences going into inventive club grooves of his own unique inspiration. Includes "Tonight" and "Close Your Eyes" feat Meshell Ndegeocello, "Breakdown" and "Lose Control" with Lisa Shaw, "The Distance and "Don't Stop" feat Aya, "Life" feat Half Pint, "Changin'"f eat Sonny J Jameson, "The System" feat Capleton, "Getaway" with Georg Levin, "Zuzu" with Bebel Gilberto and more. (New Grooves, Neo Soul) CD
(Promotional sticker on booklet cover.)

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✨✧ Raphael SaadiqInstant Vintage ... LP
Universal, 2002. Used 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tough title to live up to – but Raphael makes it happen! The album's as wonderful as you might think – all the deeply soulful styles Saadiq worked out with Tony Toni Tone, taken back through a historical range of soul music – firmly planted in a legacy that begins with Stevie Wonder, runs through Maxwell and D'Angelo, and which points the way towards the future of urban soul. Backings are very much in the beats-n-keyboards mode, but Raphael works out such a wide range of moods and modes that the album avoids any of the shortcomings of other albums in such a style. Includes guest performances by Angie Stone, Leslie Wilson, T-Boz, Calvin Richardson, and D'Angelo – and titles that include "Doing What I Can", "Be Here", "Still Pay", "You're The One That I Like", "Excuse Me", "Tick Tock", "People", "Faithful", "Make My Day", "Blind Man", "Different Times", "What's Life Like", and "Skyy, Can You Feel Me". LP, Vinyl record album
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Erykah BaduBaduizm ... LP
MCA, 1997. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Just Sold Out!
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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Mario BiondiBeyond (with Mario Biondi Vs Commodores) ... CD
Sony (Italy), 2015. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
Maybe the best album to date from Italian singer Mario Biondi – and easily his most soulful set to date! The album's got Mario moving past some of the retro jazz modes of his earliest records, to emerge as this universal soul star with a hell of a sound – a voice that easily moves past nation and culture to hit a vibe that could well make him one of the bigger global acts of the decade – layered with a groove that's steeped in 70s soul influences, but which has a cleaner, contemporary approach that suits Biondi's raspy presentation perfectly! Mario sings in English throughout – with this depth that maybe even rivals Barry White at his best, although with some more of the jazz inflections that Biondi had on other records. Some of these cuts are pretty damn catchy – and could win over anyone, even if they haven't followed Mario's previous records like we have – and titles include "All Of My Life", "I Chose You", "You Can't Stop This Love Between Us", "Heart Of Stone", "Fly Away", "Another Kind Of Love", "Where Does The Money Go", and "Open Up Your Eyes". Special bonus – this limited package also comes with a second CD – Mario Biondi Vs Commodores – which features Mario covering classics that include "Night Shift", "Three Times A Lady", "Lady", "Brick House", and "Easy". (New Grooves, Neo Soul) CD

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✨✧ VariousNew Soul Heaven – A Collection Of Soul Delights ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2004. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
New Soul, Nu Soul, or Neo Soul – it's all good to us – and this set goes a long way towards pulling together some of the best bits from the current soul underground of the past few years! The import package is a bit different than some of the American ones that have been floating around – as it features a nice blend of work that's only been issued on overseas labels – some of it by American artists that have yet to make a bigger splash over here, and some of it by overseas acts that sound equally nice in the smooth soul end of the spectrum! The CD's got 15 tracks in all – with titles that include "You Bring Joy" by Emerald Jade, "Journey" by Otis & Shugg, "Lifetime" by Khani Cole, "Can This Be Real" by Byron Woods, "You Gotta Go" by Mysti Day, "Cupid's Arrow" by Frank McComb, "Give It UP (rmx)" by Improm2 with Patrice Rushen, "Not Everyday" by Hofstone, "You Remind Me" by Ashley Taylor, "Make It Through The Night" by Alyson Williams, "Dream" by Carmen Rodgers, and "All You Need" by TC Carson. CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Erykah BaduBaduizm ... CD
Universal, 1997. Used ... 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)". CD
 
 
 



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