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Neo Soul

XThe best of the contemporary soul underground -- Eric Roberson, Ed Motta, D'Angelo, Incognito, Jose James, Monday Michiru, and many more!

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✨✧ BrigetteStarlite Lounge ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2005. Used ... Out Of Stock
Lovely work from singer Brigette – recorded with a sound that's warm, sunny, and soulful – and helped out by some nice jazzy touches from guitarists Dori Caymmi and Heito Pereira, and flautist Hubert Laws! There's a quality here that reminds us of some of our favorite jazzy soul of the 70s – tight, but never too slick – and classy, yet still always wonderfully soulful in the lyrics. Plus, the tunes have some great Braziliany touches that really bring out the west coast vibe in the music – skipping around with a sense of lightness and life that we really love! Titles include "Much Too Much", "Star", "My Oh My", "Somehow", "Betcha", "Take Me (rmx)", "Agua De Beber", "Is It Love", and "What Would You Say". CD

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Brit Funk AssociationLifted ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99
Excellent work from a very well-named group – as the contemporary combo forwards the legacy of British funk in the late 70s and early 80s – as the supergroup features original members of Central Line, Beggar & Co, Light Of The World, and Hi-Tension – all seminal groups from back in the day! The sound is a bit more modern, but the approach is very much the same – superbly crafted grooves that start way down in the rhythm section, then bubble on up with lots of jazzy solo work over the top – and lead vocals from Paul McLean, who's also joined by some of the other members of the group. The whole thing is a great meeting of the minds – with lots of the sophisticated, sometimes jazz-based touches that generation of British soul was so good at – on tunes that include "Lifted Up", "Summer", "Smilin", "For Tomorrow", "Sign Of The Times", "Step On Board", "BFA", and "This Is What We Do". CD

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✨✧ Cool MillionGoing Out Tonight ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2008. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
80s-styled soul from Cool Million – a contemporary duo, but one with a great ear for the classic sounds of the past! There's a fair bit of keyboard and bassline interplay on the set – very much in the best spirit of the 80s groove generation, especially some of the less hit-oriented work of the time. Most tunes are upbeat, and would fit well on the dancefloor – yet still also have a great degree of soul as well, thanks to vocals from a range of guest singers, and some keyboards that bring in occasional jazzy bits too! Singers include Donald McCollum, Nathalie Dorra, Laura Jackson, Diane Marsh, CJ Anthony, and others – and titles include "Going Out Tonight", "Damn Beautiful", "Pullin Me Back", "Naughty Girl", "Closer", "Everything Ain't Everything", "Musiq", "Make Me Yours", and "It's Too Late". CD
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✨✧ Patrick McLeanOne Heart One Beat ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
You may not know Patrick McLean by name, but he's got a strong legacy in the UK soul scene – which includes important work as part of Hi-Tension and the Brit Funk Association – both groups whose sound informs the grooves on this set! Patrick handles lead vocals on the set – and also blows alto, tenor, and soprano sax – in a warmly jazzy lineup that's filled with classic touches, and the kind of bubbling groove that Bluey might have brought to an Incognito project years back! The instrumentation is on the best side of the sophisticated soul spectrum, but also is very warm and down to earth – and titles include "One Heart One Beat", "There's A Reason", "One Day My Baby", "Release Their Soul", "Meet Me At The Crossroads", and "Go Right On". CD

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Personal LifeMorning Light ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2013. Used ... $9.99
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 Heavies or Incognito at their best – with a similar blend of funk and jazz alongside some positive, upbeat lyrics – and an overall groove that's definitely inspired by the best of the 70s soul generation! Male and female vocals mix together to give the record a nice full sound – and titles include "Rainy Day In London", "There's A Time For Everything", "Classic Lady", "Distance Can Be Sweet", "Give Into The Night", and "Morning Light". CD

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Warriors (Incognito)Behind The Mask ... LP
Expansion (UK), 1982. New Copy (reissue)... $18.99
A fantastic early chapter in the Incognito story – a record put together by Jean Paul "Bluey" Maunick as a follow-up to the earlier Jazzfunk album – and a set that maybe has even more jazz and funk than that set did overall! Although done back in the 80s, the set clearly shows the return to richer, more soulful elements that would make Incognito such a benchmark group over the years – sharp instrumentation that's light years past the more programmed spirit of the time, topped with vocals from Bluey himself, plus work on keyboards from Peter Hinds, and both piano and vocals from Mattie Collins. Titles include "Hot Apple", "The Warrior", "Midnight Oil", "Bustin Loose", "Warrior's Theme", "Destination", "Je Ne Sais Quoi", "Drive", and "Unsung Heroes". (Soul, Neo Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousChristmas Of Emotions ... CD
Expansion (UK), New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A stunningly soulful Holiday set – one that goes way past the overplayed Christmas soul tunes of the 70s and 80s, and which has a lot fresher feel than a Christmas Slow Jams set as well! Most of the numbers here are contemporary, and are a mix of Neo Soul artists from the underground, and a few favorite voices from years past – all represented in a batch of tracks that are mighty darn great, and will help your December listening get way past "This Christmas" and Motown Holiday records! Titles include "Give Me A Star" by Bebe & Cece Winans, "Christmas At My House" by Rahsaan Patterson, "Thank You" by Ledisi, "Christmas Day" by Frank McComb, "It's Not Really Christmas" by Trina Broussard, "A Love Letter Christmas" by R Kelly, "Christmas Time Is Here" by Jeffrey Osborne, "Cold Winter In The Ghetto" by Lonnie Hill, "December 25th" by Rosie Gaines, "Christmas Love & You" by Will Downing, "A Kiss For Christmas" by Luther Vandross, and "Christmas Of Emotions" by Eddie Sea with Shauntia Toussaint. (Holiday Music, Neo Soul) CD

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✨✧ VariousLuxury Soul 2020 (3CD set) ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2020. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
Soulful luxury at a mighty nice price – 3CDs and 35 tracks of music from the contemporary underground, plus a few cuts from back in the day – all put together with the top-shelf style of the Expansion Records label! The package is one of the best so far in this annual series – and like the others, it has a great way of turning up unusual numbers we might have missed otherwise – some subtle gems and overlooked sleepers, which makes the package as much of a place for new discovery as it is a musical bargain. As with other volumes, contemporary soul expert Ralph Tee handled all the tracks selection – and titles include "Follow" by Paul Johnson, "In The Mood To Take It Slow" by Najee with Meli'sa Morgan, "Speak Love" by James Day with Glenn Jones, "Slow Down" by Bill Henry Band, "Let Me Do It" by Halo, "Jakarta Dreams" by Incognito, "Never Let Go" by Candace Woodson, "Together" by Rockie Robbins, "Friends" by Rick Clarke featuring Don E, "It's You" by Terri Green Project, "I See Love (Metlife rmx)" by Cornell CC Carter, "Love Up" by Zo with Eric Roberson and Carmen Rodgers, "Lovestruck (2019 rework)" by Frankie Fandango, "Who's Been Kissing You" by Soulutions, "Clouds In My Mirror (Nigel Lowis sholes mix)" by Franciscsa Thomas, "It Should Have Been You" by Lasperanza with Izzy Chase, "Reach Out" by Laura Jackson, "Who Do You Love" by Victor Haynes, "We Won't Stop" by One Way with Al Hudson, "Don't Hold Back" by Alex Puddu with Gene Robinson, Jr, "Your Satisfaction Is Mine" by Ed Motta, and "Better Man" by Glenn Jones. CD

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✨✧ VariousLuxury Soul 2021 (3CD set) ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2021. New Copy 3CD ... Out Of Stock
A stunning assortment of contemporary soul – all hand-picked by Ralph Tee, the UK DJ/enthusiast who's been turning us on to great music for decades! In recent years, the format of this series has gotten even more important – as so much great music is issue digitally, but doesn't always make it onto a physical format – so a collection like this is less a compilation of records that already exist, as it is a window into a huge world of contemporary soul music from around the globe – sounds that currently exist in many formats, but which really get a great showcase here! There's a huge amount of music for the money – 35 tracks in all – and titles include "Ain't Nobody" by NG Band, "Situationship" by Alli Starr, "I Wanna Go Back" by Robert Mtume Owens "Play Me" by Roberta Gentile, "I'm Good" by The Parkmans, "Something" by Jack Tyson Charles, "I'm Still Here" by Sandra Mae Lux, "Let's Get Down Tonight" by Johnny Britt, "California Soul" by Citrus Sun with Noel McKoy, "Just To Be With You" by Aneesa, "I Want You" by Sound of Superbad, "Bulletproof" by Darryl Anderson AgapeSoul, and "Falling" by SEI with Bryan Chambers. CD

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VariousMusic Inside Me – 30 Soul Gems & Lost Grooves ... CD
Expansion (UK), 1970s/1980s/1990s/2000s. New Copy 2CD ... $16.99
A great collection of grooves both old and new – pulled from a decades-old tradition of soul music, with a vibe that really lives up to the piles of dusty old records on the cover! The set begins with rare 70s soul, then moves up to the present – and all along the way, there's a focus on well-crafted tracks that really stand out from the mainstream – definitely a few cuts by bigger artists, but not their hits at all – mixed with some great gems from up-and-comers, in a way that makes the whole thing a fantastic discovery in soul! The collection's got a total of 30 tracks in all – all handled by Tony Monson, who gave us the excellent Ethereal Magic collections – with titles that include "Body" by Foreign Exchange, "Don't Let Me Down" by Vesta Williams, "Roster" by Jahiem, "Breaking It Down (downtown orig mix)" by Petalpusher, "Dance Freak" by Chain Reaction, "Rio De Janeiro" by Ugly Duckling, "Don't Be Lonely" by Cameo, "Running Stop Lights" by Mel Waiters, "Don't Wanna Wait" by Lew Kirton, "Twenty Four Seven (Yoruba mix)" by 1968 Featuring Rasheed Ali, "Rescue You" by Ryan Leslie, "Something Inside My Head" by Gene Dunlap, "Afro Jump (nick mix)" by Solodinjgo, "Hangin On" by The Affair, "New York City Blues" by Mark Winkler, "Happier" by Lisa Grand, "Saved By Love" by David Lasley, and "Music & Wine (funkaphonic voc mix)" by Blue Six. (Funky Compilations, Neo Soul) CD

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✨✧ VariousNew Soul Woman ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 90s/Early 2000s. New Copy 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A wonderful overview of contemporary female soul – none of it commercial, and nearly all of it from the mighty Expansion family of labels – home to some of the hippest Neo Soul around! Work here is from both American and overseas sources, and although a few tracks are issued under the name of a male artist, they also feature a female singer taking on a key lead vocal for the cut. 2CDs and 30 tracks in all, with titles that include "Stay With Me" by Steve Harvey with N'Dambi, "Joy From That" by Tonia Smith, "Same As I Ever Was" by Adriana Evans, "That's What Love Can Do" by Yvonne Shelton, "Love Will Get Us Through The Times" by Preston Glass with Latoya London, "Closure" by Maysa Leak, "Shine" by Aja, "Let's Not Lose" by Kloud 9 with Karen Bernod, "Good News" by Noel Elmowy with Erana Mei Leef, "Is It Love" by Brigette, "Out Of Luck" by Jackie Campbell, "Sensual Loving" by Nicole Jackson, "Blew My Cool" by Eleana Young, "Vanilla Tree" by Gwendolyn Joy, and "I Can't Let You Go" by Steve Harvey with Ledisi. CD

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VariousOrganic Soul – Real Soul From The Roots ... CD
Soul Brother/Expansion (UK), 2001. Used ... $6.99
Sick of all the modern R&B that never seems to go anywhere? Check this great collection of some of the best indie NuSoul from America – put together by the folks at London's Soul Brother record shop – and prepare to be impressed! The Soul Brother crew selected tunes by 5 of today's best underground soul acts – all fiercely independent artists who are working from the fringes to transform the sound of soul music, bringing in a much needed infusion of quality, and a firm commitment to holding up the standards the genre maintained back in the glory days of the 70s. We sell work by all these artists on individual CDs, but the package itself is a great way to sample their work before dipping in – and the vinyl version marks the first time most of this stuff's ever been on wax! Titles include "Keep Your Head Up", "Just A Little", "Groovin"', and "You Are My Friend" by Laurnea; "Good Lovin" and "I've Got It" by Ledisi; "Soul From The Abyss", "What's Wrong With You", and "See Ya In My Dreams" by N'Dambi; "Do Ya Wanna Do", "The Pocket", and "Spirit" by Karen Bernod; and "Treat You Right", "Rise", and "Thank You" by Ian. CD

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✨✧ VariousSoul Togetherness 2018 – 15 Modern Soul Room Gems ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2018. Used ... Out Of Stock
A sublime entry in this always-great series – a selection of cuts that are mostly contemporary, but which bubble with a classic soul vibe all the way through! And by "classic", we mean the sound of the early years of modern soul – those late 70s/early 80s groovers from the period when disco started to wane, and a new, more sophisticated groove came into the mix – often more of a midtempo mode, with great songwriting, instrumentation, and an impeccable sense of presentation! There's a few older cuts in the mix, too – and also some nice surprises along the way – and titles include "Your Love" by Kenny Thomas, "That Feelin" by Cornell CC Carter, "Right On Time" by The Apx, "I'll Take Your Word For It" by Lexi, "He's A Hurricane (boogie back ext mix)" by James Day with Cheryl Pepsii Riley & Joe Cunningham, "Pleasure" by Mousse T with Peven Everett, "All Night Long (ext mix)" by John Reid, "Hit Or Miss (album mix)" by Change, "One More Praise" by Brian Courtney Wilson, "One & Only" by The Ritchie Family, "About Your Love (ext mix)" by Jaki Graham, "Lies (groovy soul rmx)" by DJ Spen with Asia Yarwood,"Around The World" by Imaa, and "Shine Your Light (main mix)" by Prefix One with Andrae Melody Palmer. (Funky Compilations, Neo Soul) CD

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✨✧ VariousSoul Togetherness 2019 – 15 Modern Soul Room Gems ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A killer collection of contemporary soul – served up in a way that really understands what makes classic soul music so great, then finds a way to provide a similar vibe from music that's new! And by that, we don't mean that the music is retro, or old-sounding at all – just that it's got the right balance of righteous energy, warm grooves, and all-out joy that we love in some of the older music that we first started loving from both Soul Togetherness and Expansion Records – a great team when it comes to finding the best of the best of the contemporary underground soul universe! Titles include "What Turns You On" by Lukas Setto, "Giving It Up" by Terri Green Project, "Thirty One" by Laville, "Tell Me" by Solatimsic, "When I Get Back" by Tre Williams, "Good Life (ext)" by Rockie Robbins, "Need Somebody To Love" by TL Shider, "Still Really Love" by Magoo, "All My Life (long version)" by Steve Doc Willoughby, "You & Me (R&B version)" by Glenn Jones, "Make It Last Forever" by Steal Vybe with Alexa Gold, and "Need To Know" by Raheem DeVaughn & Jamecia Bennett. (Funky Compilations, Neo Soul) CD
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VariousSoul Togetherness 2019 – 15 Modern Soul Room Gems ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2019. Used ... $8.99
A killer collection of contemporary soul – served up in a way that really understands what makes classic soul music so great, then finds a way to provide a similar vibe from music that's new! And by that, we don't mean that the music is retro, or old-sounding at all – just that it's got the right balance of righteous energy, warm grooves, and all-out joy that we love in some of the older music that we first started loving from both Soul Togetherness and Expansion Records – a great team when it comes to finding the best of the best of the contemporary underground soul universe! Titles include "What Turns You On" by Lukas Setto, "Giving It Up" by Terri Green Project, "Thirty One" by Laville, "Tell Me" by Solatimsic, "When I Get Back" by Tre Williams, "Good Life (ext)" by Rockie Robbins, "Need Somebody To Love" by TL Shider, "Still Really Love" by Magoo, "All My Life (long version)" by Steve Doc Willoughby, "You & Me (R&B version)" by Glenn Jones, "Make It Last Forever" by Steal Vybe with Alexa Gold, and "Need To Know" by Raheem DeVaughn & Jamecia Bennett. (Funky Compilations, Neo Soul) CD

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VariousSoul Togetherness 2020 – 15 Modern Soul Room Gems ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $16.99
A collection of mostly contemporary tunes, but one that really lives up to the classic modern soul modes of the Soul Togetherness series! The tracks are warm and uplifting – done with a great vibe that holds strong throughout – usually in a midtempo mode, but sometimes picking up the pace even more – and filled with the kind of sophisticated soul touches that really started to hit the scene in the late 70s and early 80s! Some artists are old school stars, stepping out with more recent cuts – and other tracks are by artists that we're just discovering here, some of whom see the first physical release of these tracks from the digital world. Titles include "Never Gonna Stop" by DW3, "Super DB (Chris Bangs ext rmx)" by Kool Funk, "Right Where You Are" by Will Downing, "It's Your Night" by Johnny Baker, "Back To Love" by JB Rose, "Undercover" by Sam Wills, "Stand Up (Rob Hardt mix)" by The Weather Girls, "Standing Right Here" by Paprika Soul, "Pure Sweetness" by Carmichael Musiclover, "Come Ove" by Lou Draws, and "Forever Valentine" by Charlie Wilson. (Funky Compilations, Neo Soul) CD

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✨✧ VariousSoul Togetherness 2020 – 15 Modern Soul Room Gems ... LP
Expansion (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A collection of mostly contemporary tunes, but one that really lives up to the classic modern soul modes of the Soul Togetherness series! The tracks are warm and uplifting – done with a great vibe that holds strong throughout – usually in a midtempo mode, but sometimes picking up the pace even more – and filled with the kind of sophisticated soul touches that really started to hit the scene in the late 70s and early 80s! Some artists are old school stars, stepping out with more recent cuts – and other tracks are by artists that we're just discovering here, some of whom see the first physical release of these tracks from the digital world. Titles include "Never Gonna Stop" by DW3, "Super DB (Chris Bangs ext rmx)" by Kool Funk, "Right Where You Are" by Will Downing, "It's Your Night" by Johnny Baker, "Back To Love" by JB Rose, "Undercover" by Sam Wills, "Stand Up (Rob Hardt mix)" by The Weather Girls, "Standing Right Here" by Paprika Soul, "Pure Sweetness" by Carmichael Musiclover, "Come Ove" by Lou Draws, and "Forever Valentine" by Charlie Wilson. (Funky Compilations, Neo Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
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LasperanzaSeeds ... CD
Dome (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $7.99
A tight debut from Lasperanza – aka arranger producer Rico Garofalo, who put together the whole set as a tribute to older jazz, funk, and soul that laid the seeds for his own music in recent years! The record has a vibe that's a bit like that strong UK soul tradition started with Incognito, and carried forth by a number of other artists in recent years – with a really strong vision at the core, handled by a musician who's also a maestro in the studio – who then opens the door to a shifting array of singers who really make the record sparkle with a great sense of variety! Lasperanza has sax or flute solos on most tracks, and seems ready to rise up there with the cream of UK soul labels like Dome or Expansion in recent years – and guest singers include Decosta Boyce, Hannah White, LaAerial, Kayleigh O'Neill, Colette Connor, Keni Stevens, and Izzy Chase. Most tracks are remakes of soulful classics, completely changed up – and titles include "Let's Stay Together", "Give Me The Night", "Kilimanjaro", "Under The Moon & Over The Sky", "Early Morning Love", "Working Day & Night", "In The Mood", and "It Should Have Been You". CD
 
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✨✧ Citrus SunExpansions & Visions ... CD
Dome (UK), 2020. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A great little record from the jazzier side of the Incognito universe – work from the excellent Citrus Sun project of Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick – done with some of the soulful vocal modes of his famous group, but also a lot stronger focus on the instrumentation – with plenty of room for solos, and maybe the use of vocals that you'd find on an old album by The Crusaders! Matt Cooper provides some excellent keyboards – and the set features vocal appearances from Noel McKoy, Valerie Ettiene, Deborah Bond, and Bluey himself – on titles that include nice remakes of "California Soul" and "Expansions" – plus the originals "Diamond In The Sun", "Amando O Velho Mundo", "Hard Boiled", "Hey Now", and "Stay You" – the last of which is a tribute to Leon Ware! CD
 
 
 



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