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✨✧ Ambrose AkinmusireOrigami Harvest ... CD
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Maybe the first album by Ambrose Akinmusire to carry a parental advisory warning on the front – and for good reason, too – as there's a powerful message here that really goes beyond the style of his previous albums! The set's clearly a product of the Trump moment – with rhymes by ... (Jazz, Neo Soul) read more CD

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AstronauticaDeath Valley ... CD
Alpha Pup, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
Death Valley is emblazoned on the cover, and portrayed inside the CD gatefold too – but the music here is more cosmic than earthy – served up in these warm washes of electro elements that are totally great – dreamily tripping over the landscape in a laidback yet soulful sort of ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul) read more CD

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K AvettLioness ... CD
K Avett, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99
A great soul singer, and one with a very positive vibe – a sound that maybe grabs us the same way we felt when we first heard Jill Scott – and that's saying a heck of a lot! As you might guess from the title, K Avett's a singer who's not to be taken lightly – yet while her ... read more CD

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Drika BarbosaEspelho ... CD
Pommelo (Brazil), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99
A nice little EP from Brazilian soul singer Drika Barbosa – an artist we're only discovering with this release, but who we expect to be hearing from in years to come! Drika's got a smooth flow on most tracks – one that really seems inspired by better American R&B of recent years, ... (Brazil, Neo Soul) read more CD

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Beady BelleAt Welding Bridge ... CD
Jazzland (Norway), 2010. New Copy ... $16.99
A beautiful album from Beady Belle – the group and wonderful vessel for the seductive, entrancing voice and songs of Beate S. Lech – possibly their best yet! Beady Belle have made deeply engaging blend of modern jazzy soul and beautiful mood music for most of the outs, taking a step ... read more CD
Also available At Welding Bridge ... CD 11.99

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BigyukiReaching For Chiron ... CD
Likely, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99
Fantastic future soul from Bigyuki – an artist who's got a really far-reaching vision for his music – even though his sound is very stripped down overall! The music here is almost a science fiction take on contemporary soul – with these really wonderful, almost sinister keyboards ... read more CD
Also available Reaching For Chiron (Japanese version) ... CD 14.99

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BigyukiReaching For Chiron (Japanese version) ... CD
Universal (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99
Fantastic future soul from Bigyuki – an artist who's got a really far-reaching vision for his music – even though his sound is very stripped down overall! The music here is almost a science fiction take on contemporary soul – with these really wonderful, almost sinister keyboards ... read more CD
Also available Reaching For Chiron ... CD 13.99

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Brit Funk AssociationFull Circle ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $14.99
An all star section of the Brit funky soul scene comes Full Circle – with members of Beggar & Co, Incognito, Hi Tension, Central Line and more – on a sweet batch tunes with an upbeat, jazzy groove, too! The opening "BFA Theme (Let The Music Blow Your Mind)" kicks the set ... (Soul, Neo Soul) read more CD

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Chantae CannJourney To Golden ... CD
Atlanta/Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Chante Cann really blew us away with her debut – and she seems to sound even better here – working with a new level of complexity in her music, while still coming across with all the soulful richness of the previous set! Acoustic piano features strongly in the sound – balancing ... read more CD

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Chantae CannSol Empowered ... CD
Atlanta, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.98
The first we've heard from Chantae Cann – a wonderful singer who grabs our ears right with the very first note on this set – and continues to delight all the way through! Chantae's got this really cool style – kind of light and dreamy, but with a rasp around the edges – a ... read more CD

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Louis CatoStarting Now ... CD
RSVP, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 13.00
Nice work from Louis Cato – a singer with a style that warmly crackles along with his grooves – partly in a soul-based mode, but with more of the depth of the singer/songwriter world – as Louis is clearly an artist who doesn't care which genre he appeals to the most! That's not ... read more CD

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✨✧ Reginald ChapmanPrototype ... CD
Fresh Selects, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
Reginald Chapman plays a bass trombone here – but at a level that's a lot groovier than just about anyone else we've ever heard on the instrument! Chapman takes the unlikely horn into some wonderfully soulful territory – almost using its depth to create a leaner take on bigger brassier ... (Jazz, Neo Soul) read more CD

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Mike CityFeel Good Agenda Vol 1 ... CD
BBE (UK), 2017. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
They definitely got the title right on this one – as the music is so upbeat and positive, it's certainly got a feel good agenda! Mike City does a wonderful job of mixing clubby rhythms with deeper soul currents – getting help from an amazing array of guests talents along the way – ... read more CD

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Steven A ClarkWhere Neon Goes To Die ... CD
Secretly Canadian, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 14.98
Really compelling music from Steven A Clark – a singer who's definitely in a contemporary soul vein, but who also seems to be using all these references from the 80s – but in an unusual way! Unlike other singers who go straight for an 80s bass or boogie mode, Steven instead almost ... read more CD
Also available Where Neon Goes To Die (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 14.99

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Benjamin ClementineAt Least For Now ... CD
Virgin, 2015. New Copy ... $7.99 11.98
The fantastic first album from Benjamin Clementine – one of the most unique talents we've heard in years – and a singer with a sound that's as wonderful as it is hard to describe! At some level, there's a bit of jazz in Clementine's music – at least in the way he can croon along ... read more CD

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Benjamin ClementineI Tell A Fly ... CD
Virgin, 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 11.98
One of the most unique artists we've heard in years – and one who will no doubt be setting the world on fire for years to come! Benjamin Clementine's a singer, but also a poet – inspired by jazz and classical music, yet working here in neither – and instead, finding a path that's ... read more CD
Also available I Tell A Fly ... CD 4.99

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Con BrioExplorer ... CD
Transistor Sound, 2018. New Copy ... $10.99 11.98
Infectious live band soul from Con Brio! It's a 7-piece band based in San Francisco, but their sound and boundless energy draws all over the stylistic map, and spans eras, too. There's a bit of a timeless pop soul vibe with charismatic vocals and big, memorable hooks – backed by cool ... read more CD
Also available Explorer (colored vinyl) ... LP 18.99

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Shirley Davis & The SilverbacksWishes & Wants ... CD
Tucxone (Spain), 2016. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
Great work from Shirley Davis – working here with a Spanish funk combo who've got a deep vibe we really didn't expect! The group's got this tightness that really works well with Davis' vocals – using organ lines and downturning blue currents in this great style that gets away from some ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul) read more CD
Also available Wishes & Wants ... LP 18.99

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James DaySong Soul Spirit (plus bonus tracks) ... CD
James Day Songs, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99
James Day has always been one heck of a collaborative fellow – but this time around, he seems to be even more so than ever – as the album's overflowing with an insane amount of guests artists – a huge lineup that includes Gordon Chambers, Tony Terry, Audrey Wheeler, Glenn Jones, ... read more CD
(CD includes 2 bonus tracks not on the digital version!)

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Sonny Emory's CachetLove Is The Greatest ... CD
GRP (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... $19.99
Sonny Emory's a drummer, but he's got some great help here in his funky Cachet combo – singers on just about every track, who really help to flesh out the soulful sound of the set! The core grooves come from Sonny working the drum kit, and adding in keyboards and other instruments too – ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul) read more CD

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Esso! Afrojam FunkbeatEsso! Afrojam Funkbeat ... CD
Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat, 2015. New Copy ... $6.99 9.98
Sweet work from a great Chicago combo – one who go way past the usual grooves you might expect from an ensemble of this nature! Sure, these guys have "Afro" in their name, but they don't just play Fela-styled sounds – and instead step into a warm, wide range of sounds – ... (Global Grooves, Neo Soul) read more CD

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Esso! Afrojam FunkbeatJuntos ... CD
Sonic Octopus/Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat, 2017. New Copy ... $6.99 9.99
A mix of timeless and modern Afro Latin grooves from Chicago's excellent Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat! Stylistically, the sky is the limit with this Esso!, with arrangements that roll from a broad palette of Latin jazz & soul instrumentation to more of a modern dancefloor vibe, and from instrumentals ... (Global Grooves, Neo Soul) read more CD

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Xenia FrancaXenia ... CD
Agogo (Brazil), 2018. New Copy ... $18.99
A wonderful mix of Brazilian roots and contemporary soul from Xenia – a singer with previous experience in the groups Alafia and Capadoxe – but much more compelling on her own in the spotlight! The music has the kind of roots/futurist vibe you might expect from the cover – a very ... (Brazil, Neo Soul) read more CD

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Girl Named NinoMoonlight Daughter ... CD
Moonlight Daughter, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 15.00
Captivating, genre-defying indie soul from Girl Named Nino – a girl originally from Tbilisi, Georgia who has long called the Chicago area home, has a sound as far reaching as her travels, but it still feels intimate and personal! Her voice is front-and-center throughout Moonlight Daughter, in ... read more CD

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Curtis HardingFace Your Fear ... CD
Anti, 2017. New Copy ... $12.99 13.98
The cover looks a lot like a vintage soul album from the 70s – and the whole thing sounds a lot like one too – as the vocals of Curtis Harding are maybe even more wonderful here than on his debut album, and set up with these majestic grooves that are completely outta sight! The record ... read more CD

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James Hunter SixWhatever It Takes ... CD
Daptone, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
We'll be the first to admit, we were always a bit suspicious of James Hunter at the start – but over the years, with records this great, he's really won us over – to the point that we're not sure why we even had any question about his music in the first place! The really strong step ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul) read more CD
Also available Whatever It Takes ... LP 14.99

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HUWMusic From The Multiverse ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $4.99 13.99
The cover's got a couple of monkeys playing the music – but the sound here actually comes from bothers Mike and Aaron Dolton – the first of whom plays the drums, the latter who seems to handle just about everything else! Their music is a blend of jazz and soul – sometimes with ... read more CD
Also available Music From The Multiverse ... LP 9.99

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✨✧ IncognitoAnother Page Of Incognito ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... $24.99
A sweet little set that definitely offers up another page of Incognito – as the Japanese-only collection mixes a few older tracks with more recent numbers we haven't seen on other albums! Bluey and the group are as fantastic as ever – and in a way, these later mature tracks almost have ... read more CD

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Jose JamesNo Beginning No End ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. New Copy ... $7.99 11.98
A great new chapter in the career of Jose James – and a record that really seems to take his already-amazing vocals to a whole new level! In a relatively short career, Jose's already been turning a lot of heads with his work on other projects, his jazz-based recordings, and his debut for ... read more CD

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Jarrod LawsonJarrod Lawson ... CD
Jarrod Lawson, 2014. New Copy ... $14.99
A stunning debut from Jarrod Lawson – a singer we fell in love with right away – and who we'd rank right up there with some our favorite mellow soul artists of the 70s! Yes, the cover's got a look that's more indie rock – but Jarrod's got this righteous vibe and sense of flow ... read more CD

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MaliaMalawi Blues/Njira ... CD
MPS (Germany), 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 18.99
We really loved Malia the last time around, and we love her even more on this record – and really hope the rest of the world can find out what a wonderful singer she is! The lady's got an approach that draws on so many different strands – bits of jazz, soul, and even east African music ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul) read more CD

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Terrace MartinVelvet Portraits ... CD
Ropeadope, 2016. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
A jaw-dropper from Terrace Martin – the kind of record that sneaks on the market under everyone's ears, but will no doubt be one of those sets we'll all go back to again and again over the years! Martin's got a beautifully fresh take on funky jazz – steeped somewhat in the classic ... read more CD

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Cecile McLorin SalvantDreams & Daggers ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2017. New Copy 2CD ... $18.99 19.99
That's quite an unusual cover for a jazz vocal album – but then again, Cecile McLorin Salvant is quite an unusual singer – and one who may well be out to change the future of her genre with records like this! The songs are this fantastic blend of original compositions, jazz standards, ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul) read more CD

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Cecile McLorin SalvantWindow ... CD
Mack Avenue, 2018. New Copy ... $16.99 17.99
Beautifully intimate sounds from the great Cecile McLorin Salvant – a set that has the singer working with only piano or organ for accompaniment, but at a level that has her voice still flowing with marvelous ease! We've loved Cecile right from the start – but here, she maybe blows us ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul) read more CD

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Monday MichiruAlter Ego – Nexus Remixed ... CD
Artist Share, 2010. New Copy Gatefold ... $7.99
Really great remixes from Monday Michiru's Nexus album – tracks that make some really great magic with the originals! Monday's selected a great array of talents for this project, and the music really takes off from the sound of Nexus – often into territory that's even more cosmic and ... read more CD

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Monday MichiruRoutes ... CD
Artist Share, 2006. New Copy ... $7.99
Another top-shelf session from Monday Michiru – one of the few current artists who's been able to hold our attention for so many years, thanks to an ever-deepening quality in her work! Back at the end of the 90s, we were first amazed when Monday moved simpler dance-based work into more ... read more CD

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Midnight Hour (Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed MuhammaAdrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad Present The Midnight Hour ... CD
Linear Labs, 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
Adrian Younge and Ali Shaheed Muhammad really sound fantastic here – stepping off their great work on the soundtrack for Luke Cage, and taking their music in an even stronger direction with help from an array of guest singers and musicians! Things are as rich and funky as you might expect ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul) read more CD
Also available Adrian Younge & Ali Shaheed Muhammad Present The Midnight Hour ... LP 28.99

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Janelle MonaeDirty Computer ... CD
Bad Boy, 2018. New Copy ... $16.99 18.98
Janelle Monae knocks it out of the park here – sounding every bit as great as before, but also hitting this righteous mode that really takes the singer to incredible new territory! If you loved Janelle's previous records, don't worry – she's still as catchy and playful as ever – ... read more CD
Also available Dirty Computer (45 rpm 2LP pressing) ... LP 26.99

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Miles MosleyUprising ... CD
Verve, 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 11.98
Blue-eyed funky soul from Miles Mosley – an artist who's working here with the West Coast Get Down group that features Cameron Graves on piano and Kamasai Washington on tenor sax! The vocals are definitely in the lead, though – as Miles draws on classic soul and jazz that really push ... read more CD
Also available Uprising ... LP 18.99

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Ed MottaCriterion Of The Senses ... CD
Membran (Germany), 2018. New Copy ... $16.99
A mindblowing record from the great Ed Motta – a set that continues all the warmer, English language elements of his recent albums – but one that also seems to have Ed hitting a new sort of sophistication too! The sound is incredible – almost out-AORing all the global AOR ... read more CD

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Ed MottaCriterion Of The Senses (Japanese version – with bonus tracks) ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A mindblowing record from the great Ed Motta – a set that continues all the warmer, English language elements of his recent albums – but one that also seems to have Ed hitting a new sort of sophistication too! The sound is incredible – almost out-AORing all the global AOR ... read more CD
Also available Criterion Of The Senses ... CD 16.99

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Dana MurrayNegro Manifesto ... CD
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99 14.98
JD Allen adds his tenor to a fair bit of the tracks on this album from drummer Dana Murray – and while his horn isn't usually heard on records with a parental advisory sticker on the front, that setting also makes for a surprisingly strong outlet for his talents! Murray is clearly a very ... (Jazz, Neo Soul) read more CD

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Sharon MusgraveSha's Archive ... CD
Zosar (Canada), 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
Sharon Musgrave waited a number of years between records, but that time really seems to be well-spent – as the singer comes across here with a mature, focused sound that's even deeper than the last time around! The groove is mostly mellow – never too forced, and with just the right ... read more CD

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Musiq SoulchildFeel The Real ... CD
E One, 2017. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99 17.98
Musiq Soulchild has been making music for many years – the man virtually invented the beats n keys format back at the start of the century – and he's still got the sharp crackle and classic depth that won us over to his sound back in the day! This double-length set is completely ... read more CD

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Noya RaoIcaros ... CD
Gondwana (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99
Warm waves of soul from Noya Rao – a jazzy quartet who make their lead female vocals blend perfectly with their keyboards! The approach is simple and unadorned – really beautiful keys from Tom Henry, who seems to be playing Fender Rhodes on many tracks – and these lyrics from ... read more CD

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Nuf SaidRise ... CD
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
A fantastic mix of deep soul and funky jazz – but served up with a vibe that's completely contemporary, and which definitely gives these guys a sound that's all their own, right from the start! Iona Vintu is the singer, and she's got this tremendous voice – richly expressive, but never ... read more CD

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Jay PhelpsFree As The Birds ... CD
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy ... $8.99 14.99
Genius work from Jay Phelps – a jazz trumpeter, but also a soulful singer – yet working here in a mode that's a completely fresh fusion of both of his talents! There's a crispness to the record right from the very first note – like you've just stepped into a cool club from a back ... (Jazz, Neo Soul) read more CD

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Pollyseeds (Terrace Martin)Sounds Of Crenshaw Vol 1 ... CD
Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
A fantastic project from keyboardist Terrace Martin – very much in the same spirit as his excellent Velvet Portraits record, but even more collaborative overall – and, given the title, a wonderful expression of the new wave of soul that's been brewing up on the west coast! Martin's ... read more CD

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Gregory PorterNat King Cole & Me (deluxe edition – with bonus tracks) ... CD
Blue Note (Netherlands), 2017. New Copy ... $14.99 23.98
The great Gregory Porter in a very different setting than usual – working here with larger backings from an entire orchestra, as part of the album's tribute to Nat King Cole during his glory days at Capitol Records! The style here isn't the King Cole Trio vibe of the mid 40s, but instead ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul) read more CD
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Ryan PorterSpangle Lang Lane ... CD
World Galaxy/Alpha Pup, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 12.98
There's a trippy-looking Muppet on the cover, and that gives you part of a feeling of the album – but just a sliver, because the overall sound here is a lot more complex! The album's a masterpiece from west coast arranger Ryan Porter – a mix of deeper jazz with bits of soul and hip hop ... read more CD

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Project Mama EarthMama Earth ... CD
Provogue, 2017. New Copy ... $7.99 12.98
Joss Stone does a great job of reinventing herself here – taking her soulful vocals, and using them in a collaborative project that also features sounds from partners Nitin Sawheny, Jonathan Joseph, Etienne M'Bappe, and Jonathan Shorten! As you'd expect from the lineup, the style here is a ... read more CD

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✨✧ R+R Now (Robert Glasper/Derrick Hodge/Terrace MartCollagically Speaking ... CD
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
A soul jazz supergroup for the 21st Century – one that features individual players who've really blown our minds with their work over the past decade or so – all coming together in a combo that really lives up to its promise! R+R Now has a dream lineup – Robert Glasper on ... (Jazz, Neo Soul) read more CD
Also available Collagically Speaking ... LP 24.99

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✨✧ Reel PeopleRetroflection ... CD
Reel People (UK), 2018. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A fantastic album from Reel People – and warmly collaborative, too – thanks to contributions from Mica Paris, Angie Stone, Navasha Daya, Omar, Tony Momrelle, and a host of others! Reel People have always given us fantastic grooves – classic club-styled cuts, but with a lean ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul) read more CD

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Eric RobersonFire EP ... CD
Blue Erro Soul, 2017. New Copy ... $6.99
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 more CD

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Jamison RossAll For One ... CD
Concord, 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Jamison Ross is a drummer at heart, but he's also turning into a hell of a singer who seems ready to help the music of New Orleans find a great new space of its own – as he works here in a sweet small combo set that mixes his voice with grooves that draw together strong currents of classic ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul) read more CD

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Christian ScottChristian Scott Atunde Adjuah – Diaspora ... CD
Stretch/Ropeadope, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 14.99
Christian Scott just seems to be finding his groove more and more with each new record – really opening with a new sense of pride and power after adopting the Atunde Adjuah name – and blowing here not just on trumpet, but also "reverse flugelhorn", sirenette, and siren – ... (Jazz, Neo Soul) read more CD

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Jill ScottGolden Moments – Jill Scott's Greatest Hits – The Hidden Beach Years 2000 to 2008 ... CD
Hidden Beach, 2000s. New Copy ... $10.99 18.99
A pretty wonderful retrospective of Jill Scott's years at Hidden Beach – timeless, richly emotional neo classic soul from one of the leading lights of her generation! We've been fans of Jill's from the first album onward, and if you're a younger fan, this excellent collection is a great place ... read more CD

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Robb ScottSiren ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2018. New Copy ... $15.99
A beautiful tribute to the Cali soul sound of the 70s – served up here by Robb Scott with a wonderfully groovy sound! The music here recalls that great moment when things could be tight, but never slick or commercial – maybe the productions of Larry Mizell, or the flowing soulful ... read more CD

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79.5Predictions ... CD
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 17.98
The first full album from 79.5 – a contemporary female soul group, but one with a very unique approach to their sound! The group's got three lead singers, but their style is different than some of the more poppy female trios out there – and, if anything, they seem to echo older sweet ... read more CD

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Sha La DasLove In The Wind ... CD
Dunham/Daptone, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
The cover sticker bills this one as sounding like a lost collaboration between the Beach Boys and Delfonics – although for our money, we'd lean a bit more towards the latter – as the Sha La Das have a surprisingly strong approach to harmony soul! Instrumentation and production are much ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul) read more CD
Also available Love In The Wind (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 17.99

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Gizelle SmithRuthless Day ... CD
Jalapeno (Spain), 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
Gizelle Smith got caught in the rain on the cover – but you'd hardly know that, given the sunny, upbeat vibe of the album! Smith's a singer who's been bubbling under for years, and this sweet little set may be the one that breaks her out to the big time – as the album has her going ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul) read more CD
Also available Ruthless Day ... LP 14.99

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SolUpfront – An EC3 Vibe ... CD
Pacific Coast Jazz, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 10.99
Great sounds from Sol – an artist with a warm glow right from the start, but also a nice sense of crispness that really personalizes his lyrics! Sol's got an approach here that almost feels like gospel – especially given his vocal range, and his positive energy – but the music is ... read more CD

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✨✧ Kandace SpringsIndigo ... CD
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
Much more of a soul-based set than the debut album by Kandace Springs on Blue Note – really showing the growth in direction the label has been taking in the past decade or so! Kandace is a perfect singer for the sorts of ears that have been brought to Blue Note by some of the work of Robert ... read more CD
Also available Indigo ... LP 18.99

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Lisa StansfieldDeeper ... CD
Ear Music, 2018. New Copy ... $15.99 16.99
It may be years since Lisa Stansfield last topped the charts – but the singer's lost none of her charm, and is still completely at the top of her game – as you'll discover in this wonderfully grooving set! At some level, it's as if nothing has changed at all – the rhythms are ... (Soul, Neo Soul) read more CD
Also available Deeper (180 gram pressing – with bonus download) ... LP 25.99

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Starchild & The New RomanticLanguage ... CD
Ghostly International, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
Starchild here sings with a group called New Romantic – a really great name, given the 80s vibe of the set! Yet the music isn't the soft electro pop of the UK new romantics – as the groove here is more funky soul, but with a slightly sexy vibe – almost in the legacy of some of ... read more CD
Also available Language ... LP 13.99

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Vicktor TaiwoJoy Comes In Spirit ... CD
Innovative Leisure, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99 12.99
The fantastic first full length set from Vicktor Taiwo – an artist who may well redefine the sound of electro soul for the 21st Century! Vicktor's got a voice that would be wonderful in a standard setting – inflected with his Nigerian roots, and clear love of American soul music – ... read more CD
Also available Joy Comes In Spirit ... LP 23.99

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Gabriel TajeuIntroduction To Gabriel Tajeu ... CD
Legere (France), 2017. New Copy ... $6.99
A great introduction to the voice of Gabriel Tajeu – a singer who has this way of grabbing us right from the very first note, with a vibe that's classic enough to have made him huge way back in the 70s! Gabriel's music has a sound that's as sunny as the image on the cover – a style ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul) read more CD

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TeaInterstellar (Japanese paper sleeve edition) ... CD
Jump World (Japan), 2018. New Copy ... $16.99
A set that really lives up to its cover – as the music here is a very galactic take on contemporary soul – grounded by excellent vocals from Tea, but served up with lots of cool cosmic elements in the music! Things are nice and warm throughout – that version of space first ... read more CD

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ThiefsGraft [La Greffe] ... CD
Jazz & People (France), 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
Thiefs are a jazz combo at the core – outfitted with saxes, acoustic bass, and drums – but all three members also use a fair bit of electronics, and do so in a way that opens the door to a range of different voices that help shape the sound of the record! The mode is a bit like some of ... read more CD

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✨✧ ThundercatDrunk ... CD
Brainfeeder, 2017. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Fantastic work from one of the most compelling mainstream talents in recent years – an artist who can get wide fame and acclaim, yet keep on pushing the boundaries into fresh new cosmic territory! This album may well be Thundercat's masterpiece – not just a summation of all the ideas ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul) read more CD

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Thundercat with OG Ron C & The ChopstarsDrank ... CD
Brainfeeder, 2018. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
A chopped-up take on Thundercat's album Drunk – handled here by OG Ron & The Chopstars – who provide a surprisingly sensitive take on the music! The album's billed as "chopped not slopped" – and that claim definitely seems right – as the music here is mostly ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul) read more CD
Also available Drank (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 26.99

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U-NamEssential Collection ... CD
Skytown, Late 2000s/2010s. New Copy ... $7.99
A strong overview of recent sounds from U-Nam – one of the few contemporary guitarists to inherit the best 70s styles of artists like George Benson or David T Walker – and a set that also features a few new titles too! Like both of those jazz giants, U-Nam has a way of playing with a ... read more CD

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Umii (Reva DeVito & B Bravo)This Time ... CD
Fresh Selects, 2018. New Copy ... $7.99
Singer Reva DeVito is right on top of the grooves here – adding her upbeat, positive vocal style to the lightly crackling energy of the tunes! Rhythms are straightforward, instrumentation is nice and light, but there's always a forward-moving quality to the cuts – underground club with ... read more CD

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✨✧ Underground SystemWhat Are You ... CD
Soul Clap, 2017. New Copy ... $8.99 9.98
Underground System have really expanded their vibe this time around – still working with some of the Afro Funk styles of before, but also opening up into a range of contemporary soul styles that maybe fit the image of the cover a bit more than we might have guessed! There's lots of great ... read more CD
Also available What Are You ... LP 17.99

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Ruby Velle & The SoulphonicsStage Of All Things ... CD
Soulphonics, 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 15.99
Ruby Velle's got one of those voices that will no doubt make her huge – soaring and powerful, right from the very first notes – with a capable confidence that could probably take on just about any style of music, but which is especially great here in the company of the Soulphonics combo! ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul) read more CD

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Jamila WoodsHeavn ... CD
Jagjaguwar, 2017. New Copy ... $11.99 14.99
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 more CD
Also available Heavn (colored vinyl pressing) ... LP 14.99

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Lizz WrightGrace ... CD
Concord, 2017. New Copy ... $9.99 15.99
Lizz Wright teams up with producer Joe Henry on a tribute to the grace of the American south – on a record that may well be her strongest to date! The set's got a warm core that really suits Wright's vocals – and the strength of her presentation here is so rich, she hardly needs any ... read more CD

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Satoshi Yoshida with Takuya KurodaMememto ... CD
Pirates (Japan), 2014. New Copy ... $16.99
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 ... (Jazz, Neo Soul) read more CD

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VariousBrownswood Bubblers Volume 12 – Compiled By Gilles Peterson ... CD
Brownswood (UK), 2017. New Copy 2CD ... $15.99 16.98
A dozen volumes in – and this wonderful series is still going strong – an incredibly solid, incredibly trustworthy collection of all that's great in the global underground! Gilles Peterson has been opening up our ears for decades, and he's never let us down – and, as before, ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul) read more CD

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VariousI Am A Vocoder ... CD
Neon Finger, 2018. New Copy ... $14.99 15.98
To folks back in the 80s, the vocoder seemed like the sound of the future – and all these many years later, it turns out it's still the sound of the present – thanks to a range of younger artists who've helped breathe new life into the old electro stalwart! The tracks here are totally ... read more CD

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VariousLuxury Soul 2018 (3CD set) ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2018. New Copy 3CD ... $14.99
Fantastic soul from the contemporary scene – most of it by British and American artists who work in the soul underground – hand-picked by the always-trusted ears of Expansion Records! As you might know, the label also reissues lots of classic soul from the 70s – and we'd ... read more CD

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VariousWorld Soul Collective Vol 5 – Sweet Soul Select Artists ... CD
Sweet Soul (Japan), 2016. New Copy ... $18.99
A killer collection of contemporary soul – put together by a Japanese label that's building a great reputation for digging out the coolest corners of the global underground! The set definitely earns the "world" in its title, as the singers here aren't just from the US scene – ... read more CD
 
 



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