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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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Amel LarrieuxLovely Standards ... CD
Bliss Life, 2007. Used ... $8.99
A real shift in style for Amel Larrieux – but a great one too! As hinted at in the title, the tracks here are all standards from the American songbook of the 20th century – older tunes made famous many years back, but given new life and a new sense of soul through Amel's wonderful performance! The setting is relatively spare and intimate – mostly just piano, bass, and drums, plus a bit of acoustic guitar – and although the sound is somewhat jazzy, there's still enough qualities here that will make the album appealing to fans of Larrieux's older work. Titles include "You're My Thrill", "Shadow Of Your Smile", "Wild Is The Wind", "If I Were A Bell", "Try Your Wings", "I Like The Sunrise", and "If I Loved You". CD
 
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✨✧ Bet.e & StefDay By Day ... LP
Bet.e & Stef Records/Return To Analog (Canada), 2002. New Copy 2LP ... Out Of Stock
Magical work from this amazing duo – the lovely Bet.e & Stef, a Candian pair with a wonderful Brazilian sound, clearly destined for stardom! Imagine all the best bits of the 60s recordings by Astrud and Joao Gilberto, filtered through the best early work of Tracey Thorn or Sade, handled with a stripped-down indie sound – and you've still only got part of the picture! The CD's really great – a very fresh breath of air in a world of fake music, stepping out with an honest quality that's quite inspiring, and done with a depth of soul that shows that we're only at the beginning of the great music we'll be able to hear from this incredible pair! Titles include "Zana", "Il N'Aurait Fallu", "I'm There", "Vagabond", "Rega Tres", "Day By Day", "All Is Well", and "It's Over". (Brazil, Neo Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Numbered limited edition of 500!)

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Anthony DavidHello Like Before – The Songs Of Bill Withers ... CD
Shanachie, 2018. New Copy ... $9.99 18.98
A really great combination of talents – the songs of Bill Withers and the vocals of Anthony David – a singer whose acoustic undercurrents make him a perfect partner for Bill's music! If anything, the presentation here might be even more spare and stripped-down than Withers' originals – as the music was recorded on the Atlanta scene, with backing from some of David's key associates – all in a laidback groove that's jazzy and electric one minute, spare and acoustic the other. The songs give David a majesty we've never heard before – and titles include "I Can't Write Left Handed", "Use Me", "Hope She'll Be Happier", "Lovely Day", "Kissing My Love", "Spend The Night", "Hello Like Before", "I Don't Know", "Grandma's Hands", and "You Can't Just Smile It Away". CD

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Jose JamesLean On Me ... CD
Blue Note, 2018. Used ... $8.99
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 – but he really seems to be especially perfect, here – working with classic songs by Withers, but making them completely his own, through a raspy vocal approach that really seems to transform the tunes in Jose's hands! And despite a cover image that has James standing with an acoustic guitar, that instrument here is played by Brad Allen Williams – in a great small combo setting that also features excellent Fender Rhodes, organ, and piano from Kris Bowers. Lalah Hathaway guests on a great remake of "Lovely Day" – and other tunes include "Who Is He", "Hello Like Before", "Better Off Dead", "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Grandma's Hands", "Lean On Me", "Kissing My Love", "Just The Two Of Us", "Hope She'll Be Happier", and "Use Me". CD
Also available Lean On Me ... LP 18.99

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Jose JamesLean On Me ... LP
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... $18.99
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 – but he really seems to be especially perfect, here – working with classic songs by Withers, but making them completely his own, through a raspy vocal approach that really seems to transform the tunes in Jose's hands! And despite a cover image that has James standing with an acoustic guitar, that instrument here is played by Brad Allen Williams – in a great small combo setting that also features excellent Fender Rhodes, organ, and piano from Kris Bowers. Lalah Hathaway guests on a great remake of "Lovely Day" – and other tunes include "Who Is He", "Hello Like Before", "Better Off Dead", "The Same Love That Made Me Laugh", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Grandma's Hands", "Lean On Me", "Kissing My Love", "Just The Two Of Us", "Hope She'll Be Happier", and "Use Me". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Lean On Me ... CD 8.99

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✨✧ KemWhat Christmas Means ... CD
Motown, 2012. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Kem delivers a warm, geniunely soulful set of Christmas songs for Motown – with some solid originals, plus some fresh takes on classics – and it's probably one the best modern soul holiday albums in quite a while! The originals really lift this one to the next level – as slow-cooking, laidback and lovely as they are – but the covers are great, too. He adapts tried-and-true seasonal standouts and some fairly overlooked old school holiday tunes alike – including "The Christmas Song" by Mel Torme and Bob Wells, along with "Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas", Vince Guaraldi's "Christmas Time Is Here" and more – plus the originals "Glorify The King", "What Christmas Means", "A Christmas Song For You", the really sweet, Gamble & Huff collaboration featuring "Ledisi" and more. (Holiday Music, Neo Soul) CD

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✨✧ Maysa LeakAll My Life (UK pressing) ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2000. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A great modern soul album – and the new release from Maysa Leak, the lovely voice behind some of Incognito's best albums! If you know Incognito, you can guess the sound here – but the overall approach is different, with a lot more emphasis on soul sounds and jazzy arrangements, all produced by Bluey, in a manner that's great for Maysa's rich soulful voice! The record follows perfectly in the soulful tradition set by some of London's best singers of the past decade, but it also moves to a whole new level, with nice jazzy touches that remind us of some of the recent American underground soul work, like stuff by N'Dambe or Laurnea. Titles include "Blue Light", "Mirrors", "Hooked On Your Love", "Shadows & Light", "Got To Be Strong", "Earth Child", and a great cover of Gil Scott-Heron's classic "The Bottle". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Carmen LundySolamente – The Demo Project ... CD
Afrasia, 2009. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Incredible work from Carmen Lundy – an album that's got us falling in love with her music all over again – but from a completely different perspective! As you might guess from the "demo" in the title, the album's got Lundy working in a very intimate setting – handling all keyboards, rhythms, and other instrumentation on the record herself – in a sweetly soulful groove that's quite different than some of her jazz-based albums! Don't let the word "demo" put you off, either – as these recordings are all perfectly polished, and just as professionally done as other Lundy recordings – and although we always knew Carmen had some instrumental talent, we're really stunned here at how her work on keyboards, piano, guitar, bass, harp, and percussion really helps open up the flavor of her songs. All tracks are new here – all really lovely work that makes the album as essential as any other classics from Lundy. Titles include "Move On", "Show Me A Sign", "The Out Crowd", "Fire In The Rhythm", "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings", "Without Your Love", "When Lights Are Low", "Free As A Child", and "Requiem For Kathyrn". (Vocalists, Neo Soul) CD
(Barcode has a cutout mark.)

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✨✧ Monday MichiruFalling/Restless/Early Dawn (Song For Nikita) ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 2000. New Copy (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
Jazzy, lovely, and completely soulful! "Fallin" begins with a soaring drum break, riffing away as tight piano lines join in, along with Monday's scatting vocals. The cut's got a classy jazzy sound that's totally 70s – but with enough of a groove to work well on a modern dancefloor. "Restless" is a bit more straight funk – with breakbeats and Fender Rhodes on the intro, and some great vocals by Monday that remind us a bit of Marlena Shaw's classic work. "Early Dawn" is a sweet jazzy ballad, with flute and guitar, in a mellower mode that reminds us of her New Directions single. Another clear winner from one of the best soul artists around – and worth the Japanese price tag! CD
(Please Note – CD case has a sticker in Japanese on the back.)

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✨✧ Monday MichiruYou Are The Universe (7 inch version)/Ooh La La La ... 7-inch
Grand Gallery, 2017. New Copy (pic cover)... Out Of Stock
A very limited 7" single by the lovely Monday Michiru – only done for the Japanese market! "You Are The Universe" is a beautifully soulful song – a cover of a tune by Siedah Garrett, but done in a way that's soaring and spiritual, and very much the kind of sound that made us first fall in love with Monday's music many years back! The tune beautifully mixes jazz and house, and is made even better by the lead vocal – and it's backed by a cool take on Teena Marie's "Ooh La La La" – again done at a level that makes the tune Monday's own! (Funky 45's, Neo Soul) 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Sy SmithSyberspace Social ... CD
Sy Smith, 2005. Used ... $11.99
Great work from one of the freshest new voices around – the lovely Sy Smith! Sy's got a cosmically-inflected musical vision here – one that seems to borrow bits from the London and Philly underground, but deliver an overall groove that's got plenty of sunny soulful touches! Sy uses her electronics carefully – never letting them overwhelm the vocals or guide the tune too much, but letting them fill in the spaces with a nice sense of energy. The set features production work by Ali Shaeed Muhammad, James Poyser, and Nicolay – and titles include "Time", "Fa Sho", "Aquarius Rising", "Love & Such", "Dreamtrip", "No Place Like Love", "Stand Alone", "Bruise", and "Honey Child". CD
(Out of print.)

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SolUpfront – An EC3 Vibe ... CD
Pacific Coast Jazz, 2017. New Copy ... $6.99 10.99
Great sounds from Sol – an artist with a warm glow right from the start, but also a nice sense of crispness that really personalizes his lyrics! Sol's got an approach here that almost feels like gospel – especially given his vocal range, and his positive energy – but the music is definitely secular overall, and features some well-done covers of work by Bill Withers and Stevie Wonder! There's a killer take on "Lovely Day", with almost a Latin jazz sort of vibe – and Stevie's great "Golden Lady", one of our favorite tunes ever, is taken at a slightly quicker clip, with an nice sax bit too. Yet the original tunes are almost even better – and include "That's The Way I Feel You", "Always", "Invisible", and "After The Sunrise". CD
 
 
 



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