A full on funky soul Christmas gift from Aloe Blacc! AB wasn't messing around with the title here, he delivers genuinely funky Christmas cheer from beginning to end, all the more endearingly so, as it's rooted strongly in new original songs rather than leaning on the classic Christmas songbook like ... (Holiday Music, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Anderson Paak —
Malibu ... LP Steel Wool, 2016. New Copy 2LP ...
Just Sold Out!
A brilliant creative leap for singer/rhymer/producer Anderson .Paak as a solo star – released months after his standout, near show-stealing moments on Dr. Dre's Compton record! .Paak's proved himself a stellar collaborator many times over by the time Malibu dropped, and here he proves a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe Armon Jones sings and plays lots of cool Wurlitzer electric piano on this gem of an album – but the whole thing is maybe even more of a tribute to the warmly collaborative spirit of the contemporary London scene, as it is to the talents of the man himself! There's a nicely fluid sense of ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Erykah Badu —
Baduizm ... LP MCA, 1997. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)...
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 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
Beady Belle —
Dedication ... LP Jazzland (Norway), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Beady Belle never lets us down – and even though the lady's been making music for well over a decade, she still turns out some of the most consistently thoughtful soul we can think of! Forget the fact that the singer's on a Norwegian label, as the lyrics here are all in English, backed by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bet.e & Stef —
Jazz/Bossa Nova ... LP Bet.e & Stef Records/Return To Analog (Canada), 1997. New Copy ...
A beautiful selection of early work by the Candian bossa duo of Bet.e & Stef – a great team that makes some really musical magic together – with a vibe that's quite different than anything you might expect from the Great White North! The feel here is like perfect 60s bossa – ... (Brazil, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ronald Bruner Jr —
Triumph ... LP World Galaxy/Alpha Pup, 2017. New Copy 2LP ...
A very well-titled album – given that the whole thing's a real triumph from Ronald Bruner Jr – who serves up some wonderful vocals alongside his work on drums – in a set that's got a swirlingly cosmic approach to soul! The album's overflowing with hip talents from the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the greatest things about Neneh Cherry in recent years is the way she's developed a strong sense of creative collaboration – which she definitely continues here, on a record done with great help from Keiran Hebden! Hebden produced, mixed, and co-wrote much of the set – and most ... (Soul, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beautifully bottom-heavy sounds from Children of Zeus – a British duo who effortlessly blend together elements from hip hop and contemporary soul – very much in the spirit of the London sounds that first pricked up our ears at the start of the 90s, even if the approach here is much more ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition yellow vinyl pressing – with download!)
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funky drums and a whole lot more – a crackling Blue Note album from Chris Dave & The Drumhedz – maybe one of the few on the label to ever carry a parental advisory sticker! The sticker's well-placed, though – as Chris doesn't just drum, but also opens the door for a host of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat —
Juntos ... LP Sonic Octopus/Esso! Afrojam Funkbeat, 2018. New Copy ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition of just 200 copies!)
Robert Glasper —
Black Radio ... LP Blue Note, 2012. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
An amazing new chapter in the career of Robert Glasper – one of our favorite new jazz musicians of the past decade or so! This set features loads of Glasper's enigmatic piano lines – those fluid, elliptical sounds that are always filled with plenty of soul and imagination – ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
That's an 8-bit version of Lalah Hathaway on the cover, and there's a bit of that vibe in the music – these spare electronic bits and bobs, which sound surprisingly great next to the fullness of her vocals! The approach is really unique, and yet another wonderful chapter in Lalah's career ... (Soul, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Maybe not the first album to ever pay tribute to the music of the great Bill Withers – but certainly one of the best we've ever heard, thanks to the mighty vocals of Jose James! Over a relatively short career, James has proven to be a singer who can handle himself in just about any setting ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Explosively soulful talents from Allysha Joy – a singer who seems to have a lot of her name in her style – this joyous vibe that really matches her fantastic flow – coming across with a sense of spirit that really grabs us from the very first note! Joy hails from the London scene ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great live work from Michael Kiwanuka – most of it performed in larger concert venues, with this majestic power that comes from the singer's incredible vocals! Many of these tracks have a classic soul approach in the instrumentation, but an execution that's fresh and contemporary – and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Some damn funky hip hop – thanks got a great mix of live instrumentation and backup vocals – all of which make the set a perfect fusion of beats, rhymecraft, and contemporary soul! Guests include SandFly, Kellye Hawkins, Britney Johnson, Big Tree, Damani, Uncle Chucc, Definite Mass, ... (Hip Hop, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first full album from Deva Mahal – a relatively young singer, but one who comes across with a power that makes us think that she's been recording for years! Deva's definitely got a contemporary soul approach, but works with a rasp in her vocals that's a bit blues-influenced too – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Zara McFarlane —
Arise ... LP Brownswood (UK), 2017. New Copy ...
Zara McFarlane is looking a lot more righteous on the cover of this one – and the sound is a lot more righteous too, as you might guess from the title! Zara's vocals have always been a tremendous instrument of power, but this time around she's directing them towards a great sense of social ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Voyager ... LP Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy 2LP ...
Just Sold Out!
If you like Fender Rhodes, you'll find plenty to love here – as Moonchild is just the duo of singer Amber Navran and keyboardist Andris Mattson – whose warm lines here are a perfect accompaniment to the vocals! There's a warm, organic vibe here that's maybe a bit different than some of ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
No overload here from Georgia Anne Muldrow – as the singer feels fresher and more vibrant than ever – maybe in part to the Brainfeeder setting of the album! More than a decade back, it seemed like Muldrow was giving us greatness at nearly every turn through the record racks – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic project from the legendary Meshell Ndegeocello – one that has her taking on the tunes of others, hence the title of the album – but completely transforming them with her own unique approach to bass and vocals! Most of the numbers won't be recognized at the start, as the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge's full length debut as a duo – and the most triumphant Stones Throw record in years! To this (still early) point in young .Paak's career, his voice has already proved to be a prime vessel for natural grit and mood, if not gamechanger songwriting, best paired with ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A ridiculously solid companion piece to Anderson.Paak & Knxwldge's instant classic Yes Lawd! – more of an alternate version than it is a mere remix record! Whereas a standard remix album would have a bunch of producers of varying fame and acclaim remix/re-do standout album tracks in ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lots of bassy bottom here – almost as if the Zapp spirit of the early 80s lept forward in the future, and found a home in Diamond Ortiz! "In The Cut" has lots more fuzzy bassy bits – but also more prominent vocals, which also get processed from time to time! (Funky 45's, Neo Soul)7-inch, Vinyl record
Sweet 80s grooves from Ourra – awash in all sorts of cool keyboards, from street electro-styled lines, to those with a darker European energy! The songs are all nice and tuneful, but also all instrumental – and are almost begging for vocals at times, because they're so darn catchy ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A dream of a record from Marvin Parks – a hell of a jazz singer, and one that we'd place in an elite legacy that runs from Oscar Brown up through Jose James! The work here is wonderful – as Nicola Conte produced the record, and gives it the same sort of jazzy sparkle as his own sublime ... (Vocalists, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great combination of contemporary soul talents – the blue-eyed soul vocals of Eli Reed and the horn-heavy rhythms of the High & Mighty Brass Band! The setting's a nice one for Eli, and has a rootsy feel that you don't get on some of his other records – and in addition to the ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Navasha Daya is light years away from her roots with Fertile Ground – singing here on two massive cuts from Reel People – both of which elevate her to legendary soul diva status! Daya is incredible on the version of the Kashif tune "I'm In Love" – hitting a level that ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read more12-inch, Vinyl record
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Doug Shorts hits the Daptone label – bringing his 80s electro soul mode as a really fresh sound for the imprint! "Casual Encounter" may well be one of Doug's best tunes ever – grounded in these stepping bass pedal lines that are mighty nice – as his vocals crackle over ... (Funky 45's, Neo Soul)read more7-inch, Vinyl record
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
It feels like forever since we last heard from Steve Spacek – and in that time, he's only gotten deeper and more amazing than ever before – to a point where a record like this might well be a genre unto itself! The songs are definitely soul, but Steve really takes the "space" ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Kandace Springs —
Indigo ... LP Blue Note, 2018. New Copy ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Starchild & The New Romantic —
Language ... LP Ghostly International, 2018. New Copy ...
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fast funky sounds from the Steal Vybe duo of Chris Forman and Damon "Mr Dizzy Fingers" Bennett – and a record that's overflowing with great guest help – from a lineup that includes Omar, Peven Everett, Kenny Bobien, Fertile Ground, Sara Devine, Ursula Rucker, Trizonna ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sudan Archives —
Sink ... LP Stones Throw, 2018. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
It's impossible to put a label on the sound of Sudan Archives – and while we were already blown away with the mix of future sounds and African inspiration on her debut EP, she's even more mindblowing here on an album that's based around recent experiences in Ghana! If you're expecting to ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic debut from a Chicago talent we guarantee you'll be hearing from in years to come – a songwriter with a style that's both personal and political – schooled in years of underground work in the city, now springing forth as a crucial voice for a new generation! Tasha's younger ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Great grooves from two contemporary cats who really love the sound of classic boogie – working here in a live analogue setting with a mighty great sound! The rhythms are strong, but simple – filled with excellent work on bass, guitar, and plenty of keyboards – almost feeling like ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
One of the sweetest cuts from the One album from Amp Fiddler and Will Sessions – a sweetly funky number that has Fiddler's vocals supported by the Dames Brown – all set to this warmly glowing groove that's equally great as an instrumental! (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)12-inch, Vinyl record
An incredible album from Amy Winehouse – even way better than her fantastic debut! Although a contemporary soul album, this one's steeped in tradition – soul styles that run the gamut from Detroit down to Kingston, and which are carried off here with a rougher, sharper-edged sound than ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
The lovely ladies of the Voices Of Gemma have been booted off this version of their project with Adrian Younge – as the set's all instrumental, and instead focuses on those wonderful beats and baroque sounds that make the core project so great! Without the singers, the vibe is very similar ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic celebration of the first ten years of the Brainfeeder label – an imprint that's slowly been shaping the sound of soul, hip hop, and other styles over the past decade or so – with a reach that's starting to make waves in jazz and other music too! Brainfeeder has always had a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A lucky number 13 for the Brownswood Bubblers series – a great reminder that the compilation is still one of the best places we know for getting turned onto new music from the global underground! And by that, we don't mean the lame dance music "underground" of more than a decade ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A nice mix of broken beat and leftfield hip hop soul production and some of the finer independent soul and hip hop voices on a solid EP! Featuring Georgia Anne Muldrow, Blu, MED, Jimetta Rose, Mndsgn and more – and production by Dizzl, Swarvy, titles include "We Make It Look Easy" ... (Hip Hop, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album