The first album after a long break from Calvin Richardson – a fact that he underscores in the spoken intro for the set! Calvin seems to have taken the time off to really tighten up his game – deepen the classic soul influences of previous records, but also smooth things out a bit with ... read moreCD
A really really great debut – far far better than you might think from the cover! Forget the silly purple-hued, leather-capped, over-exposed image of Nick on the front – because he's a hell of a soul singer, with a really great voice, and a warmly classic sound that grabbed us right ... read moreCD
Ntjam Rosie —
One ... CD Gentle Daze, 2015. New Copy ...
The best yet from Cameroon-born, Netherlands-raised singer Ntjam Rosie – whose mix of earthy and future soul sounds have impressed is all along – but she's really establishing herself stronger than ever as a distinctive voice here. The sounds range from acoustic soul, to organic jazz ... read moreCD
The second set for Columbia by evolving R&B great Raphael Saadiq – possibly the best album he's ever done! We were knocked out by the preceding The Way I See It, his neo throwback gem, especially for the way he so masterfully flaunted decades of soul/R&B influences on that album ... read moreCD
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Fantastic work by Remy Shand – one of the best soul singers we've heard in years! Despite his hipster looks, Remy's got a solid sound that's all-classic, all the way – deep and warm, with all the soulfulness of classic work by Marvin Gaye or Al Green, produced to perfection in a ... read moreCD
Mindblowing stuff – the first album from Siji, and an immediate classic that grabbed us right away! Siji's been bumping around on various records for the past few years – lending his vocal talents to a number of great club tracks and singles – but this is his first full album, ... read moreCD
A brilliant set of live Snarky Puppy, in all their tightly grooving, though boundlessly creative jazzy soul glory – and it's as great as anything we've heard or seen from them to date! The "Here" of We Like It Here is Utrecht, Netherlands – where they recorded it live (with ... read moreCD
Snarky Puppy & Bukuru Celestin —
Amkeni ... CD Ropeadope, 2012. New Copy ...
A really cool shift for the Snarky Puppy sound – one that has the group's great live instrumentation serving as the backdrop for Burundi singer Bukuru Celestin! The set's based around lyrics penned by Celestin, but inflected with the warm jazzy style of Snarky Puppy – a live groove ... read moreCD
Sweet 80s grooves from Social Lovers – a contemporary group, but one who work in a style that's somewhere between the best keyboard styles of the underground artists of the post-disco years, mixed with some of the darker elements of the European scene as well! Had these guys been alive back ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Angie Stone's second album for Stax – and some of her most insistently catchy songs ever – with a sound that bridges a deeply melodic, modern-to-future soul vibe to the grounded, self determined and emotional neo classic groove that she's built her solo repution on! If you've been ... read moreCD
Joss Stone —
LP1 ... CD Stoned/Surf Dog, 2011. Used ...
The second smash album from soul sensation Joss Stone – and even more of a star-studded affair than the first! Joss is working here in a deep Miami Soul-styled approach that's similar to her first album – made all the more real with help from Miami stalwarts that include Latimore, ... read moreCD
One of the warmest soul debuts we've heard in a long time – a really well-crafted batch of work from the up-and-coming Such – who's also the first indie soul singer we've heard to hail from the Denver scene! The music is definitely contemporary soul, but there's a glistening ... read moreCD
Great work from Swing Out Sister – very different than the 80s work by them you might know, with a much more sophisticated sound, and an expansive approach to the musical backings that really takes the work somewhere new! Singer Corrine Drewrey has really matured in her style, singing with ... read moreCD
Smooth soul from Dennis Taylor – a collection of work from a variety of recent albums, pulled together here as a great introduction to his music! Dennis has a warm, mellow approach that's really great – very much in the classic mode of singers from the 70s, and produced with a ... read moreCD
Thee Satisfaction —
Earthee ... LP Sub Pop, 2015. New Copy ...
These guys have a wonderfully trippy look on the cover – very cosmic, very sci-fi, but also somewhat ancient as well – a style that really does justice to the music that lies within! Earthee's an even stronger set than the debut from Thee Satisfaction – more complex from an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Thee Satisfaction —
Earthee ... CD Sub Pop, 2015. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
These guys have a wonderfully trippy look on the cover – very cosmic, very sci-fi, but also somewhat ancient as well – a style that really does justice to the music that lies within! Earthee's an even stronger set than the debut from Thee Satisfaction – more complex from an ... read moreCD
A great debut from Anthony Toombs – a Milwaukee soul singer who slaved away as a maintenance engineer during the day, while cutting this totally sweet album at night! The album's got a classic sort of male soul vibe all the way through – not 60s or 70s, but that best warm approach of ... read moreCD
Wicked guitar work from U-Nam – a contemporary musician, but one who's drank deeply of the best vintage modes from CTI and Kudu Records – and who is one of the few who can really get such a classic sound just right! This album's got all the sharp edges of a 70s funky fusion set by ... read moreCD
The first full album we've heard from Kenny Wesley – a singer with a heck of a great vocal range, and a strong sense of personality too! The album's got a depth that goes way past the goofy image on the cover – as Wesley brings a jazz vocal sense of range to his singing, but mixes ... read moreCD
Brandon Williams —
XII ... CD Soulasis, 2014. New Copy ...
A hell of a record from keyboardist and producer Brandon Williams – an artist who may well be the Larry Mizell of the 21st Century! Like Mizell, Brandon's a hell of a musician at the core – really strong and soulful on his work here – but also like Larry, Williams really has a ... read moreCD
Another feather in the cap of contemporary British soul – served up by German-born singer Natalie Williams! The set's got a tight, focused feel on most numbers – modern R&B with some hipper touches, a bit like some of the work coming out from Dome Records at the start of the decade ... read moreCD
A smashing soul sensation from Australia – and a great debut from Chelsea Wilson, a singer who's a lot more than just another female vocalist with a deep funk combo! Instead, Wilson's got a proud, bold soul vision right from the start – a groove that starts with classic funk, but which ... read moreCD
The second outing from vocalist Lizz Wright – done in the same sweetly folksy style as her debut, but in a way that seems to have even more of a focus overall. The backing on the set is especially nice – mostly just spare keyboards, bass, and drums, plus some great work on acoustic ... read moreCD
One of the most deeply soulful sets we've ever heard from singer Lizz Wright – a record that has an even more acoustic feel than before, which really opens up the sound nicely! Given the depth of Wright's vocals, this shift is a really great move – one that lets her really stand out ... read moreCD
A wonderful compilation put together by BamaLoveSoul – who are among the greatest champions of the best, deepest soul in the contemporary landscape! This diverse set is 10 strong with excellent underground soul, laidback instrumentals and otherwise solid sounds – all of which we're ... read moreCD
A great selection of future soul tracks, all handpicked by radio DJ Radhu – an American talent with ears that may well rival those of Gilles Peterson for finding the sounds we'll all enjoy tomorrow! The work here is from a wide range of the soulful underground – not just Neo Soul, but ... read moreCD
One of the coolest collections of contemporary soul we've ever heard – a wonderful batch of work in a laidback, cosmic sort of vibe! The music here resonates strongly with the 70s vintage you'll find in most of the other Free Soul compilations – but it's all relatively recent, and ... read moreCD
Richly soulful sounds for a mighty nice price – with a lot of great tunes by soul legends and contemporary torch carriers alike – in a nicely paced 3CD set! A good deal of the tracks here put a contemporary twist on the sophisticated soul sounds of the later 70s and into the 80s – ... read moreCD
Live like a prince, but on the budget of a commoner – thanks to this sweet Luxury Soul collection, which offers up 3CDs' worth of killer contemporary soul – but all for the price of a single disc! This volume continues the wonderful vibe of the series – and provides a great ... read moreCD
A great batch of modern soul grooves galore – some from the more natural nusoul realm and others with a slightly clubbier of funkier feel, and really solid stuff all around – and a bargain at under $20!!! Soul Lounge 5 continues the tradition of presenting some of finer tunes from ... read moreCD
40 tracks, at one mighty nice price – and a killer entry in the long-running Soul Lounge series! Think "soul" more than "lounge" – and get past the Hed Kandi-like image on the cover – because this stuff is the real deal – a great collection of Neo Soul ... read moreCD
Stunning sounds from the soul lounge – a magical place filled with the hippest contemporary cuts from the underground – all served up at an astoundingly low price! The work here comes partly from the great Dome Records label, who put the whole thing together – and partly from ... read moreCD
No lounging here – as the depth of the music is mighty inspiring – and a great reminder that there's always so much wonderful soul music we still need to discover! The package is the 11th great volume in this excellent series – and like the others, it provides a really rich ... read moreCD
Contemporary cuts, all hand-picked by the Soul Togetherness crew – who you might know from their other excellent collections of vintage funk and soul! The music here is from the global Neo Soul underground – and reflects both the sort of cutting-edge acts showcased by Soul Togetherness ... read moreCD