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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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✨✧ Mondo GrossoMG4 (Japanese version) ... CD
Sony (Japan), 2000. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The fourth album by Mondo Grosso – and maybe their best to date! Unlike some of the earlier records, which noodled around a bit too much (although not that much), this is a totally solid record, with a very united set of tracks, and a heck of a lot more music than you get on some of their other albums! There's a lot of warm jazzy bits, put together with strings, soul, and complicated production. Tracks are written with Monday Michiru, Tania Maria, N'Dea Davenport, and other soulful singers – and the album's a stunning testament to how far Japanese soul has come in the past 10 years! And the groove's so far-reaching, that there's even a great track called "Cenario" that features vocals by Brazilian soul great Ed Motta! A real treat, and the kind of a record that will have you happy you paid import price to be the first on your block to have this soon-to-be famous album. Titles include "Show Me Your Love", "Star Suite", "Butterfly", "Life", and "Into The Wind". CD
(Out of print, includes slipcover and obi.)
 
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Jose JamesNo Beginning No End ... CD
Blue Note, 2013. Used ... $5.99
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 Gilles Peterson's album – yet this Blue Note set may well be his best record to date – and a set that definitely seems to find just the right place for his classic-styled approach to soul music vocals! Backings are mostly live, with a cool small funk group feel – but a bit more laidback too, almost with the jazzy touches you'd hear on some of Gil Scott-Heron's best 70s work, inflected with hipper changes with a 21st Century vibe. The whole thing's great – as important to Blue Note's move into soul as the Robert Glasper Experiment album – and titles include "Vanguard", "Heaven On The Ground", "Come To My Door", "Trouble", "Sword & Gun", and "It's All Over Your Body". CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole, disc has a promotional stamp.)

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Deborah JordanSee In The Dark ... CD
Futuristica (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $12.99
It's been quite some time since we last heard from Deborah Jordan – and the singer has come a long way since her days in Silhouette Brown – really maturing a lot as a songwriter, and finding this way to really move forward in her music, while still hanging onto some of the future soul modes that made her such an important force on the London scene many years back! The album's a rock-solid album of cosmic soul – not just in Deborah's spacey presentation of her own lyrics, but also in the excellent keyboard work –e specially the Fender Rhodes that seems to grace most of the album – warming things up between the vocals and the crispy crackling rhythms – which themselves are mostly in a more mellow and midtempo mode. Titles include "Spirit Of The Earth", "Live In Love", "Horizon", "Machine", "See In The Dark", "Stay With You", "Fooling Yourself", "Be There", and "You Should Know". CD

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Deborah JordanSee In The Dark ... LP
Futuristica (UK), 2020. New Copy ... About August 1, 2020 (delayed)
It's been quite some time since we last heard from Deborah Jordan – and the singer has come a long way since her days in Silhouette Brown – really maturing a lot as a songwriter, and finding this way to really move forward in her music, while still hanging onto some of the future soul modes that made her such an important force on the London scene many years back! The album's a rock-solid album of cosmic soul – not just in Deborah's spacey presentation of her own lyrics, but also in the excellent keyboard work –e specially the Fender Rhodes that seems to grace most of the album – warming things up between the vocals and the crispy crackling rhythms – which themselves are mostly in a more mellow and midtempo mode. Titles include "Spirit Of The Earth", "Live In Love", "Horizon", "Machine", "See In The Dark", "Stay With You", "Fooling Yourself", "Be There", and "You Should Know". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available See In The Dark ... CD 12.99

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Kassa OverallI Think I'm Good ... CD
Brownswood (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 14.99
We really loved Kassa Overall's debut, but we're completely blown away with this full length set – as the record's got a visionary sound that's completely his own – a really new mix of jazz, soul, and funk that's bound to make Kassa one of the most important talents in years to come! Overall sings and plays drums – the latter of which are used in very open, creative ways – amidst a keyboard-heavy set of instrumentation that also includes work from Sullivan Fortner on piano, Brandee Younger on harp, Aaron Parks on keyboards, Vijay Iyer on Fender Rhodes, Joel Ross on vibes, and Theo Croker on flugelhorn! Kassa finds a way to bring in these guests, and others – but always at a level that never changes the core style too much – so that it's always clear we're always in very personal territory, with a style that's poetic one minute, funky the next, and always extremely beautiful. Titles include "Please Don't Kill Me", "Visible Walls", "Was She Happy", "Sleeping On The Train", "Landline", "Darkness In Mind", and "The Best Of Life". CD
Also available I Think I'm Good ... LP 18.99

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Kassa OverallI Think I'm Good ... LP
Brownswood (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $18.99 19.99
We really loved Kassa Overall's debut, but we're completely blown away with this full length set – as the record's got a visionary sound that's completely his own – a really new mix of jazz, soul, and funk that's bound to make Kassa one of the most important talents in years to come! Overall sings and plays drums – the latter of which are used in very open, creative ways – amidst a keyboard-heavy set of instrumentation that also includes work from Sullivan Fortner on piano, Brandee Younger on harp, Aaron Parks on keyboards, Vijay Iyer on Fender Rhodes, Joel Ross on vibes, and Theo Croker on flugelhorn! Kassa finds a way to bring in these guests, and others – but always at a level that never changes the core style too much – so that it's always clear we're always in very personal territory, with a style that's poetic one minute, funky the next, and always extremely beautiful. Titles include "Please Don't Kill Me", "Visible Walls", "Was She Happy", "Sleeping On The Train", "Landline", "Darkness In Mind", and "The Best Of Life". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available I Think I'm Good ... CD 13.99

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✨✧ SweetbackSweetback ... LP
Epic, 1996. Sealed 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
One of those records that kind of snuck under the radar at the time – but which has gone onto become a crucial part of soul music from the 90s, and a record that's one of the blueprints for the neo soul generation to come! Sweetback are a trio of musicians who provided important backing for Sade – the kind of warm, classic-styled soul grooves that made her a standout right from the start – and which also inspired a whole generation of musicians to leave behind some of the more electronic modes they were using in the 80s. The set really marks a shift back towards warmer, jazzier, more human sounds of soul music in the 90s – and in addition to great instrumentation by the core trio, the set also features some early vocals from Amel Larrieux, plus work from Maxwell too. Titles include "You Will Rise", "Au Naturel", "Walk Of Ju", "Softly Softly", and "Sensations". LP, Vinyl record album
(EU pressing on 150 gram vinyl. Shrinkwrap has a hype sticker on front and a promo stamp on back.)

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✨✧ ZhaneZhane (Pronounced Jah Nay) ... LP
Motown, 1994. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Out Of Stock
A stone classic from Zhane – a duo who maybe never had the longest life in soul music, but who made a massive impact with this gem from the 90s! The record was part of a new urban generation that was grounded both in hip hop production and deeper soul modes – territory maybe opened up a bit by British imports, especially Soul II Soul, but which also became very firmly a part of the American scene with a record like this! The sound is great – a wicked mix of beats, keyboards, and lean elements – maybe laying out a neo soul blueprint before anyone ever thought that way – and the traded vocals mix great sweetness with the funk – on titles that include the hits "Hey Mr DJ" and "Groove Thang" – plus "Vibe", "Sending My Love", "Off My Mind", "La La La", "Love Me Today", "Changes", and "For A Reason". Also features the remix versions of "Groove Thang" and "Hey Mr DJ". (Soul, Neo Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ VariousRonnie Herel Preents Neo Soul Sessions Vol 1 ... CD
BBE (UK), Late 2000s/2010s. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
An excellent collection of Neo Soul gems – the kind of standout cuts that have made the movement such an important part of modern music over the past 20 years – a continuing evolution of classic soul styles, at a level you'll never find in the chartbound mainstream! These aren't artists who emerged from some competitive TV show, or who were picked by fat cats high up at the major labels – these are singers and producers who've worked their way up from the roots, and who make the kind of rock-solid music that will always get our ears and attention here at Dusty Groove. Titles include "Come Over" by Etta Bond, "Gave My Heart/It's So Interlood" by Omar with Leon Ware, "Shelter" and "Come Around" by Foreign Exchange, "Need Somebody" by KOF with Terri Walker, "Push On" and "Slow Down" by Children Of Zeus, "Slow Down" by Moods with Damon Trueitt, "Someone Is You (Shawn's revenge)" by Darien Dean & Avery Sunshine, "Lose Twice" by Terri Walker with Floacist, "Find That Love Again" by Phonte with Eric Roberson, and "For Da Love Of Da Game (DJ Jazzy Jeff rmx)" by DJ Jazzy Jeff with Raheem, V, & Erro. CD
 
 
 



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