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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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✨✧ Bastards Of SoulSpinnin (with bonus download) ... LP
Eastwood Music Group, 2019. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really special sort of record from the Bastards Of Soul – a Texas group, but one who work in this great mix of deep soul and slight southern rock touches – at a level that almost makes this album feel like some lost nugget from the vaults of Capricorn Records! Vocals are by male singer Chadwick Murray – not the lovely lady on the cover – and there's a cool crossover vibe here that takes us back to work by 70s genius talents like Eddie Hinton or Dan Penn, with guitar lines that are strong, but balanced by these warmer organ currents that really underscore the more soulful elements in the music – as do the laidback rhythms on the tunes. Titles include "I've Got The Key", "Funky Ham & Eggs", "Back To The City", "Spinning Out Of Control", "The Way It Should Be", "The Waiting Time", and "Your Love Has Turned My Heart To Bitterness". (Deep Funk, Neo Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes download.)

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BirdBird – Limited Edition ... CD
Realeyes (Japan), 1999. Used 2 CDs ... $6.99
Beautiful work from the lovely Japanese singer Bird! Despite a light-sounding name, Bird's one of Japan's most soulful artists – and we'd rank her right up there with Monday Michiru for richness of talent, and strength in interpreting a song. The big difference is that she sings mostly in Japanese – so that you can't hear her lyrics as well if you're an Americano like us – but thanks to some killer funky backgrounds by Shinichi Osawa of Mondo Grosso, the album grooves like a monster, and you don't even care what Bird's saying! Really great stuff – with that strident soulful feel of the best Japanese work of the past few years, and a rock solid album all the way through, especially if you dug the MG4 album by Mondo Grosso. CD
(Out of print.)

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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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MaysaBack To Love ... CD
Shanachie, 2015. Used ... $10.99
Lovely modern soul from Maysa – one of the most consistently rewarding voices of the past couple decades – whether it's on her always appealing, often overlooked solo efforts, or her work with Incognito! Back 2 Love covers the full spectrum of her talents, from modern takes on classic soul songcraft, easy going jazzy soul, classic disco reverent numbers, and even a couple slow jam duets! It has the feel of a Greatest Hits sets, which is a testament to how strong this record is, from track to track! Her voice is as glorious as ever – on titles that include "Back 2 Love", "Heavenly Voices", "Miracle", "Smilin", "Tear It Up Tear It Down", "Unforgettable", "Beautiful Symphony" and more – including a couple of sweet duets with members of Mint Condition – "Keep It Movin'" with Stokely and "Last Chance For Love" with Phil Perry. Also includes a bonus remix of the title track. CD

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Monday MichiruFalling/Restless/Early Dawn (Song For Nikita) ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 2000. New Copy (pic cover)... $6.99
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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Sy SmithSyberspace Social ... CD
Sy Smith, 2005. Used ... $6.99
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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