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
Corey King —
Lashes ... CD Ropeadope, 2016. New Copy ...
A striking debut as a solo act from Corey King – an artist who's been on the New York scene for years now, and had the chance to work with artists as diverse as Gil Scott-Heron, Esperanza Spaulding, Lonnie Smith, Mos Def, and Glen Hansard – and has come up with a sound that's completely ... read moreCD
Fantastic work from everyone involved – and a great reminder of why we first fell in love with the sound of the Atlanta scene years ago! At a time when so much underground soul only goes digital, or stays underground too deep, it's great to get a record like this from such wonderful artists ... read moreCD
The second chapter of Erykah Badu's New Amerykah – recorded for the most part, quite incredibly, during the same period and with the same collaborators as the mind-altering, murky and righteous hip hop funk experimentalism that was Part One – some months that must be among the most ... read moreCD
Badu is back with some of the deepest, funkiest and best music of her career – a mindblowing treatise for a New Amerykah – and what we'll consider an instant classic whether the world at large catches on or not! Erykah steps up this time with a set that balances the wilder impulses ... read moreCD
Soulful grooves by Atlanta scene dream team Edgewood Agents and all star guests – with songs steeped in jazzy soul and some breezy Brazil influences – on one of the finer compilations of contemporary tunes we've heard in a couple years! The Edgewood Agents themselves are the trio of ... read moreCD
Light Blue Movers —
Atlas ... CD Ropeadope, 2016. New Copy ...
A sublime blend of progressive beats & production with soulful songcraft by Light Blue Movers – and it takes even fuller flight thanks to some excellent guest vocals by Stephanie McKay and others! The Light Blue Movers themselves are drummer and producer Adrian Harpham, keyboard player ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Future Prospect —
Climb ... CD Ropeadope, 2016. New Copy ...
These guys really live up to the "future" in their name – and serve up a wonderfully soulful version of funky jazz – one that's brimming over with youthful energy, and a strong vision that should guide the group for years to come! The music is almost a reworked version of old ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreCD
The repertoire here is as great as the lineup – positive, upbeat soul songs all written by James Day – and performed with help from a huge cast of talent from the contemporary and classic soul underground – including Maysa, U-Nam, Glenn Jones, Trina Broussard, U-Nam, Donnie, ... read moreCD
Robert Glasper Experiment —
ArtScience ... CD Blue Note, 2016. New Copy ...
Tremendous material from Robert Glasper – a set that takes us back to the brilliance of his first few releases for Blue Note – while also encompassing all the changes he's gone through in recent years too! There's definitely some vocals on the record – but this time around, ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreCD
One of the best records we've heard from reedman Plunky in years – a set that really takes us back to the late 70s groove of his Oneness Of Juju ensemble! As with that period for the group, the style here is a hybrid of jazz, funk, and soul – with occasional touches of some of the ... (Soul, Neo Soul)read moreCD
The grooves here go way past the surface level – mighty deep overall, and served up in that fantastic mix of jazzy fusion and club that we love so much from U-Nam! The guitarist just seems to get better and better with each new recording – mixing a 70s style of George Benson soloing ... read moreCD
A jazz vocalist with a great blend of classic roots and contemporary soul – working here in a mix of her own original tunes and some well-chosen standards! Laurin's sense of lyric is very personal – spun out with a richness that's immediately apparent, and underscored by some warm ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A real old school set from saxophonist Arno Haas – recorded with a vibe that recalls that special moment when jazz could be smooth, but still funky too – never too over-polished, or sanded down for the mainstream! Haas blows in modes that bring to mind the sharpness of Grover ... read moreCD
A sweet change in sound from Kylie Auldist – an artist we know mostly for deep funk work with The Bamboos on backup – but who steps out here in a style that's got much more of an 80s soul vibe overall! The arrangements are full, funky, and beautifully suited to Kylie's voice – ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreCD
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 moreCD