Ctrl ... CD Top Dawg Ent., 2017. New Copy ...
A stunning debut from SZA – a soul singer who seems to represent a whole new way of being – with a style that's at once very understated and completely compelling! SZA's clearly got a hell of a voice – but she's also content to weave it into the rich mix of beats, keyboards, and ... read moreCD
The album that finally made the world sit up and notice that Solange is a completely great artist on her own – and hardly needs to ever be spoken of in terms that involve her sister! The set's got a vibe that's as personal and put out there as Solange's image on the cover – music that's ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered, limited edition red colored vinyl pressing – Includes download!)
An album with a very classic look on the cover – and an equally classic sound to match – one that takes us back to some of the hippest, coolest work by early 60s singers like Sam Cooke or Marvin Gaye! Both artists are a good comparison here, as Leon Bridges is unabashedly in the same ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
D'Angelo comes back after many years awol from the studio – and the result is a stunning new step in his music! We've loved the man from day one – and some folks could well say that he really helped reinvigorate soul back in the 90s – and all his time away from the studio has ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Eric Roberson —
Fire EP ... CD Blue Erro Soul, 2017. New Copy ...
Elemental genius from Eric Roberson – an artist who's already touched on Earth and Wind with previous records, but who's really on fire with this sweet little set! As with the others in the series, the album's an EP – but the 8 tracks here are even deeper than most longer albums you'd ... read moreCD
Fantastic sounds from Eric Roberson – one of the best contemporary soul singers of the past decade or two – and an artist who never fails to blow us away with his music! This time around, Roberson is even more positive and upbeat than ever – both in his lyrics, which have always ... read moreCD
The greatness of Gregory Porter continues to grow and grow – as the vocalist keeps moving past the straighter jazz of his roots, into a role as one of the greatest soul singers of the 21st Century! Porter's got a depth and maturity that few folks have had in recent years – especially ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A fantastic debut from Chicago soul singer Jamila Woods – the kind of artist that makes us very proud to be located in the Windy City! Woods is an extremely inventive lyricist – strongly inspired by poetry, but also immediately trying to communicate in a wider spectrum with her sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited white vinyl pressing – with download! Includes poster, too.)
The stunning debut of Kelela – a singer who's been bubbling under for so long, she bursts out strongly right from the very first note! Kelela's ready to take on both the indie underground and the mainstream with this set – as the album's got a depth to rival some of the most compelling ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Trumpeter Keyon Harrold starts out this album with an inspirational message from his mother taken from his voicemail – then draws from that message to create one of his most amazing albums to date! Harrold's already been part of a strong underground scene for years – but here, he's ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The second Soul Session is every bit as great as the first – a wonderful blend of contemporary rhythms and crackling vocals – served up by producer Ralph Keifer, with help from guests who include Georgia Anne Muldrow, Anaj, Tokunbo, Omar, and Fatma Tazegul! Rhythms are relatively spare ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic debut from an artist with a sound that's unlike anyone else we can think of – a singer who also plays violin, but uses the instrument in a North African mode – then mixes it with her own overdubbed harmonies and some mellow beats as well! Sudan Archives hails from Ohio, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Aaron Abernathy really grabbed us with his debut – and on this second set, he's maybe even tighter and more his own self than before – moving past the guests who helped draw attention to the previous record, and really standing strongly in the spotlight on his own! Aaron composed, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Aaron Abernathy —
Dialogue ... CD Aaron Abernathy, 2017. New Copy ...
Aaron Abernathy really grabbed us with his debut – and on this second set, he's maybe even tighter and more his own self than before – moving past the guests who helped draw attention to the previous record, and really standing strongly in the spotlight on his own! Aaron composed, ... read moreCD
A funky collaboration of new and old players – as trumpeter Roy Hargrove explores a range of classic styles with a host of excellent guest stars! The RH Factor project includes work by Bernard Wright, Cornell Dupree, Karl Denson, and other funk luminaries – and it also features great ... read moreCD
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'Jay ... read moreCD
Charlotte Dos Santos —
Cleo ... CD Fresh Selects, 2017. New Copy ...
Charlotte Dos Santos is a hell of a singer, and one with a really amazing range – able to float to the top of heavenly spaces with her light inflections in the music, but also tied strongly to the planet with a mellow-stepping soulful groove! The blend of lightness and depth here is ... read moreCD
Really beautiful stuff from this very cool group – music that seems to resonate in a special space between 70s AOR and underground pop of the following decade – touched by some jazz aspects in the instrumentation, and delivered with a vibe that's as as poetic as the title! The core ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A record that's as stark as its cover – a very cool collaboration from LA beatmaker GB (Gifted & Blessed) and British singer Yeofi Andoh – done in a style that may well be opening up whole new frontiers for underground cosmic soul! The record's got a nicely rough vibe – songs ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic young jazz singer, and one who really has her own style very firmly in place – one of those rare talents that comes along once in a blue moon, and makes us instantly sit up and go "wow", right after hearing just a few notes! Natasha Agrama is steeped in many of the best ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Debut EP from Anderson.Paak & Knxwledge – teaming up as the duo NxWorries – with hazy hip hop beatcraft by Knxwledge and unique vocals by Anderson.Paak! Paak has a very distinctive voice, fresh from some standout moments on Dr. Dre's Compton record here and (justly) poised for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
These guys never stop being great! Organist/keyboardist James Taylor has been a mainstay of the London scene for years – moving through a range of styles over the years, but always staying true to his soul jazz roots, and his love of classic funky jazz. This album's a perfect extension of ... read moreCD
A bristling, crackling, completely charming set from Bruno Mars – and a record that lives up to all the best promise he has to offer! We don't know the man personally, but Bruno seems like a hell of a guy – warmly confident, upbeat, and positive – all qualities that really come ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Erykah Badu —
Mama's Gun ... LP Motown, 2000. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)...
A millennial classic from Erykah Badu – a record that came along right as the current century was starting up, to show a soulful path that would keep things strong for many years to come! The album grabbed a bigger audience than Erykah's first, but still kept things strong – really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Another great little left coast leftfield nusoul effort from Dudley Declaime Perkins, who we like to think of as the ODB of neo classic soul. Just as you might hope, Dudley leans a little more heavily on a healthy dose of rhyme vocalese rather than smooth crooning on this crispy little album that ... (Hip Hop, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album