Warm audio therapy from Nathan Adams – an artist who works here in a sublime blend of club and soul – with a style that maybe recalls the best of the Naked Music generation – or maybe the tightest work of Peven Everett too! There's a warm glow to most of the album – but not ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreCD
We loved Amp Fiddler tremendously on his debut, but here he's really blowing us out of the water – emerging as one of the brightest new soul stars of the 21st Century, with a depth of sound that's greater than we ever would have expected! Fiddler stretches way beyond his Detroit roots on ... read moreCD
An incredible debut – and the birth of a genre! India Arie burst upon the Neo Soul scene with this sweet little set a few years back – and her career's been burning up ever since! The set's got all the best elements of some of the best indie soul of recent years – sweet beats, ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
Erykah Badu —
Live ... CD Universal, 1997. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
A surprising second album from Erykah Badu – a live recording, coming right on the heels of her first studio set – and showing that the girl's equally great without any added production work! The feel is warm, earth, and wonderful – intimate, and richly spiritual – as ... read moreCD
A millennial classic from Erykah Badu – a set 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 moreCD
Philip Bailey's looking hipper than usual on the cover – and he's sounding hipper than usual within – thanks to fantastic production help from Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, and Chick Corea – all artists who play on the record, and help give Bailey a really timeless sense of ... (Soul, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Nicolas Bearde is a singer with equal parts experience in jazz and soul – which makes him a perfect artist to take on the music of Nat King Cole – which he does here in a way that may well be better than any other Cole tribute we've heard, including a recent effort by Gregory Porter! ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A sparking, richly spiritual jazz-influenced neo soul album from Rhian Benson – a Ghana born, London learned singer, with a style that has roots in some of the best deep soul and jazz styles of the past few decades! What really pushes Gold Coast over as such a strong debut is the way it ... read moreCD
(Out of print, digipack case has some edgewear & a sticker remnant on the cover.)
The first album in many many years from Karen Bernod – the vocalist who was one of our favorite Neo Soul singers from the turn of the century, finally back here in a very tight little set! The sound here is more mature and sophisticated than Karen's debut – a sound that's certainly got ... read moreCD
Tremendous work from Bilal – and further proof that his life on the indie side of the soul spectrum has been a very good thing! There's a crispness to the record that crackles right from the start – slight cosmic touches in the beats, but never too over the top – just enough to ... read moreCD
A monumental piece of funk – and a record that came into the world at a time when it seemed like just about everyone had forgotten how to play real funky music! This set's the US version of the first album by London scenesters The Brand New Heavies – and although it came out in the ... read moreCD
The deepest album we've heard in years from Till Bronner – a beautiful collection of Brazilian-tinged tunes, performed with a host of wonderful guest stars! Bronner plays his usual trumpet, and also sings a bit too – in that warmly raspy voice that we first grew to love during his Chet ... read moreCD
A really great second set from Harriet Brown – one of those "recorded at home" soul records that may well set the tone for a generation to come! Brown's got this always-skittish, almost-nervous approach to his music – one that often echoes the lyrics of the tunes, and their ... read moreCD
Sweet and gritty soul from D'Angelo – who takes a huge step into deeper territory on Voodoo – and it's one of the most monumental records of its time! On one level, Voodoo works as a nicely stripped-down session with a very classic soul feel. Gone are the overzealous flourishes that ... read moreCD
(Tray card has a promo sticker, disc has a promo stamp.)
A monumental debut from Giles Deyampert – sure to be a key player in the sound of 21st Century Soul, and an artist with a sound that's as great as 4 Hero, Koop, Ursula Rucker, or any other artists of that elite rank! Like those we dare mention in the same breath, Deyampert has a great talent ... read moreCD
(Out of print, includes copy of Sonar Kollektiv Kurier.)
A smoking little set from one of the most soulful talents on the Japanese club scene – the mighty DJ Kawasaki, who seems to be breathing new life into international house music with tremendous efforts like this! The feel here is totally great – soaring, joyful, and totally filled with ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreCD
An excellent 4 track release by this soon-to-be famous soul singer from the current hot Atlanta scene! Donnie's got a deep rich soulful style, with a classic 70's vibe that's very reminiscent of Donny Hathaway or Stevie Wonder, and the production on this e.p. has a beautiful spiritual sound that ... read moreCD
The Down To The Bone posse are at it again – coming up with some incredibly sweet jazzy grooves – and somehow sounding even better than before! The album's got the group's characteristic bounce firmly in place – the groove that made them a surprise global success nearly a decade ... read moreCD
One of the most solidly-grounded releases we've heard from Down To The Bone in years – a tight blend of funky jazz-based grooves, with more real instrumentation than ever before! The record's got plenty of great piano work – riffing heavily over bass and guitar-driven grooves – ... read moreCD
DWH (Deeper Wider Higher) —
Follow Me ... CD Counterpoint (UK), 2006. Used ...
The long awaited debut album from DWH – a UK combo we've been digging on singles, finally stepping into the light with their first full length statement! DWH have a deeply righteous sound that blends together jazz with bits of soul – all served up in a blend that's never forced, and ... read moreCD
An early masterpiece from Peven Everett – underground soul at its finest, originally issued in a hand-made package by Peven, now finally out in proper release! This set's much more uptempo than Peven's Speed Of Light album – jumping along in a lively groove with lots of house music ... read moreCD
The first full and official album from Peven Everett – a professional release that pulls together the strands from his underground, self-released albums of the past few years! After knocking around as a young up and comer on the east coast scene, Peven went underground in Chicago a while ... read moreCD
The best yet from Foreign Exchange! FE began as a transatlantic collaboration between rapper/singer Phone in NC and producer Nicolay in Holland – who literally got it done by exchanging files online – but since Nicolay moved closer, they've grown into one of finest indie soul acts in ... read moreCD
A nice set from modern club soul diva Verna Francis – with a sleek production that recalls some of the better Chillifunk and Restless Soul soundscapes – and an even deeper aura of spacey 70s atmosphere! Verna's vocal style carries the warm, sexy and grooving styles she introduced us ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Vanessa Freeman —
Shades ... CD Chilli Funk (UK), 2004. Used ...
One of the strongest albums to come out of the London scene in years – and a stunning debut from vocalist Vanessa Freeman! Vanessa's vocals have been bubbling out of some great singles in recent years, but here she steps forth as a major talent with a fully-formed set – produced in ... read moreCD
A bold statement from this ambitious Chicago group – a righteous assemblage of musicians working in a tradition that's partly linked to the spiritual jazz of an earlier AACM era, but which is also keenly conscious of the underground soul of groups like Fertile Ground! At its core, there's a ... read moreCD
A stunner! If what you're looking for is the most personal and boldy creative I Ced effort to date, well, this is that and more – delivering boisterous modern funk beats and atmosphere underneath his soulful, spiritually-heightened vocals – probably his best ever! Those traits carry the ... 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
(Barcode has a cutout hole, disc has a promotional stamp.)
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 ... read moreCD
The first album from the Jazzyfatnastees – a stripped-down assemblage of beats, keys, and wickedly soulful vocals! The set's got a really spare approach that's different than their later work – really letting the focus on the vocals take root, as the girls' incredible voices play back ... read moreCD
(Out of print, barcode has a cutout hole.)
Home ... CD Som Livre (Brazil), 2017. Used ...
Brilliant work from Angela Johnson – stepping out here as one of the strongest singers on the American soul scene in the past few years, with a depth and sound that's sure to make her huge in years to come! There's a really amazing sound here – an almost effortlessly soulful quality ... read moreCD
A really wonderful set from Yolanda Johnson – the daughter of 70s mellow soul genius Samuel Jonathan Johnson, but a heck of a great artist in her own right! Yolanda's definitely inherited some of her father's talent for a laidback groove – and this album's a masterpiece in understated ... read moreCD
A real killer from Seu Jorge – one of his best records in years, and maybe even better than the first volume in this series! The set's got a strongly funky vibe right from the start – a groove that's almost got the totally perfect feel of Incognito or Brand New Heavies – but ... (Brazil, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A really compelling mix of folk roots and deeper soul – served up here by one of the most unique artists we've heard in years! Valerie June is really carving out some unique territory here – singing and playing guitar at a level that feels rooted in Appalachia, but also sometimes ... read moreCD
Ruth Koleva —
Ruth ... CD Flatline Collective, 2014. Used ...
A beautiful debut from Ruth Koleva – a singer with roots in Bulgaria, but an ability to sing in a really universal style – a crisp take on 21st Century soul music that's bound to make her a real up-and-comer in the global soul underground! The album's got a perfect groove from start to ... read moreCD
A much-needed collection of work from Laurnea – a singer who's worked with Arrested Development and Loose Ends, but who we love most of all for her recent solo recordings! Given that most of Laurnea's work is either out of print or only available from Japan, the collection does a good job of ... read moreCD
New Territory indeed – as Laurnea's third album has her really stepping out as a singer, hitting a whole new range of expression that was only hinted at on previous albums! The record is genius – a mix of NuSoul and folksy touches, including a lot of well-placed acoustic guitar, which ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Small index sticker on disc label and obi.)
A hot new soul singer from Brazil – the lovely Paula Lima, who sings in a style that's part underground soul, part Brazilian funk, and all-sweet all the way! The album's a stunning debut – strongly produced, in a style that steps off from territory covered by Ed Motta in some of his ... (Brazil, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Vocalist Rene Marie has been quietly growing her craft for years – really turning into a hell of an artist, with a sound and a style that's a lot fresher than most! Where others might be content to recover familiar ground, Marie's always trying something new – writing great songs of ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul)read moreCD
(Still sealed. Please note the digipack has a small rip and dent in on corner.)
A brilliant setting for the soulful Frank McComb – a stretched out live performance that unlocks a whole new side of Frank's talents, and makes us love him even more than before! The tunes are very laidback – and McComb accompanies himself on Fender Rhodes and acoustic piano with an ... read moreCD
(This is Frank McComb's own version – a self produced CDR in a slimline case, with color copy cover.)
Emiko Mizoguchi starts things out straight – delivering a few familiar tunes in standard jazz vocal modes – but as the album moves on, more original material comes into the mix – and really shows off the fantastic range of this young Japanese singer! Backing is just by a familiar ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Japanese singer Moet meets up with Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick of Incognito – and the result is a jazzy set of tunes that crackle with the Incognito touch! The album's got a mix of English and Japanese lyrics, and backings done in that blend of classic jazz and soul that first made ... read moreCD
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 moreCD
A groove happy single from Mondo Grosso! The track's one of their catchiest in years – a kicking two-step beat, strong use of acoustic guitar over the beats, and sweet English language vocals by Blu James. The track's an anthemic groover of the sort that's best heard blasting out of a car ... read moreCD
One of the strongest releases by this Japanese acid jazz combo, but unfortunately, also one of their shortest! The album's got 3 very different mixes of their cool track "Invisible Man", all with a sound that's varied from the others. Plus, there's two great Braziliany tracks – ... read moreCD
(Out of print. Booklet has a very small tear from one of the plastic tabs.)
Far more than just the first album by the group Mondo Grosso – and more of an assortment of other work from the same Japanese scene – in the manner of the first Kyoto Jazz Massive LP! The album features 3 key tracks by Mondo Grosso – "Anger", "Souffles H", and ... read moreCD
A fantastically righteous set – a blend of funk and politics that we haven't heard done this well since the 70s – even though the whole record is aimed at dealing with contemporary issues – as you might guess from the title's reference to the late Eric Garner! The set's dedicated ... read moreCD
Mr Confuse has always been one of the best blue-eyed soul singers on the overseas funk scene – able to hit the right sort of modes for the music, yet never push things so much that he's trying to sound fake – a careful blend that might make others want to take note! Backings are tight ... read moreCD
Wonderfully jazzy soul from Philly's Natural Selection! Come On Over is one of the most lively and organic group efforts we've come across in a while – with a warm, jazz-learned instrumental approach – and powerful vocals from group founder Alesia Dessau! Alesia's vocals can groove ... read moreCD
(Out of print.)
Meshell Ndegeocello —
Bitter ... CD Maverick, 1999. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Brilliant work by Omar – his 3rd album, supposedly a real break-out effort, but a record that disappeared almost immediately, thanks to poor handling by the label! The record's an excellent batch of instant-classic soul tracks – done with a modern production twist, but still very much ... read moreCD
Patterson's second LP, with a transitional sound between his more mainstream debut effort and his later neo classic approach. With "Treat You Like A Queen", "Sure Boy", "It's Alright Now", "Do You Feel The Way I Do", "Friend Of Mine", "The ... (Soul, Neo Soul)read moreCD
The first we've heard from this UK group – but given the strength of the record, we're betting we'll be digging them for many years to come! The album's a great no-nonsense contemporary soul affair – put together in a really old school sort of way that recalls the energy of Brand New ... read moreCD
A great little soul set by a singer we're betting will have a long run in the funky underground – a relative newcomer, but one who comes across with a power that really belies his time in the studio! Ben Piriani's music has this righteous, full-on groove that reminds us a lot of that moment ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreCD
Gregory Porter arrives on Blue Note Records – and the result is Porter's most fully-formed set so far – just the kind of album that will push him firmly into the limelight – a place that we've felt he's deserved for quite a few years! Porter's a hell of a singer, and a hell of a ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul)read moreCD
(Barcode has a cutout hole.)
5AM ... CD Jupiter (Finland), 2004. Used ...
The soulful second set from Quintessence – even better than their debut, and the kind of record that's sure to take the world by storm! The Finnish combo seem to have refined their sound even more – working in a cool, laidback groove that's got lots of sweet jazzy bits in the ... read moreCD
Wonderfully groovy, chill out soul from Finland's Quintessence – and warm batch of tracks the blends the echoey, tripped out 70s jazz aesthetic with hip hop and club production techniques as seamlessly as just about anything out there! Sublime keys, trumpet and occasional fluegelhorn lilt ... read moreCD
The long-awaited first full length set by Rebirth – and a record that more than lives up to all the brilliant promise the group has displayed on their first few singles! Rebirth are an amazing combo – a fully-formed funky soul ensemble with a vision that's incredibly deep – and a ... read moreCD
(Out of print, digipack case has some lighnt edgewear.)
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 moreCD
Basically the Groove Collective, with the absence of a few of their horn players and female vocalist Nicole Willis. Mining a vein that was very much in the bag of where the Heavies were during the mid 80s, this is jazzy modern soul with tight grooves, crisp production and a sense of history that ... read moreCD
Another wonderful full length set from The Rurals – a group who keep on going strong, record after record! As with their previous work, the sound here is warmly soulful, but still often upbeat – real soul for the dancefloor, served up without cliche or any sort of easy gimmicks. A ... read moreCD
Hard to believe these guys have got 10 albums under their belt – but over the past decade or so, The Rurals have been quietly building up a heck of a great catalog of grooves – and this album's the latest chapter in their triumphant story! The Rurals have never gotten the acclaim or ... read moreCD
(Out of print, DJ magazine copy packaged in a nice gatefold sleeve.)
The first album by Kelli Sae – an extremely soulful singer who you probably know best for her work with Incognito! The CD's a repackaged version of Kelli's first album – with better mastering, and a tighter package overall – one that makes for an excellent bit of indie soul, and ... read moreCD
Wonderful work from a real up-and-comer – a bright young jazz artist who seems to get better and better with each new record! Philippe Saisse takes his "acoustic" tag here with a grain of salt – as the French keyboardist also plays Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer organ, and vibes on ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreCD
(Out of print, barcode has a cutout hole.)
Vivian Sessoms —
Life 2 ... CD Baby Buddha/Ropeadope, 2019. Used ...
Rhonda Smith —
Intellipop ... CD Rhonda Smith/Edclectic, 2005. Used ...
Just Sold Out!
Sexy soul from Rhonda Smith, a singer who's also got a great talent for playing the bass – and who brings in some great jazzy touches to this set! Rhonda's work on the bass makes the set a lot more strongly rhythmic than the work of some of her contemporaries – and often gives the best ... read moreCD
A really beautiful album from Smoke City – one of their most Brazilian-tinged efforts yet, and a sunny blend of London soul with the warmth of the Rio scene. The group, if anything, have only gotten gentler over the years – and this album's a sweet mix of light vocals, acoustic guitar, ... read moreCD
Lisa Stansfield —
Moment ... CD ZTT (Germany), 2004. Used ...
The surprising union of Brit soul diva Lisa Stansfield and legendary producer Trevor Horn – in a set of tracks that marks one of the first for the newly-revived ZTT label! Horn is nicely restrained in his presentation of Lisa – never resorting to too many tricks or studio gimmicks, and ... read moreCD
(Includes videos for "Treat Me Like A Woman" & "If I Hadn't Got You".)