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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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✨✧ Liquid SoulLiquid Soul ... CD
Soul What, 1995. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
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✨✧ Erykah BaduNew Amerykah Part One (4th World War) ... LP
Motown, 2008. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Badu is back with some of the deepest, funkiest and best music of her career – a mindblowing treatise for a New Amerykah – and what we'll consider an instant classic whether the world at large catches on or not! Erykah steps up this time with a set that balances the wilder impulses of her criminally underappreciated Worldwide Underground and more of a hip hop based, righteously grooving style – but still bursts with a freshness that's unrivaled to say the least. From free spirited soul, to sparse hip hop funk this record is both blunt and beautiful – with a slow-building emotional resonance that'll reach the most jaded souls. Modern soul music of the first order that gives us goosebumps from the first spin to the last beat! The album kicks off with Erykah riffing on and remixing Ramp's "American Promise" as an intro – and it just gets deeper from there. Producers/collaborators include Madlib, Sa-Ra, Karriem Riggins, James Poyser and ?uestlove. Amazing!!! Titles include "The Healer", "Me", "My People", "Soldier", "The Cell", "Twinkle", "Master Teacher", "The Hump" and "Telephone". The 9th Wonder produced single "Honey" is an unlisted bonus track. LP, Vinyl record album

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Rhian BensonGold Coast ... CD
DKG Music, 2003. Used ... $1.99
A sparking, richly spiritual jazz-influenced neo soul album from Rhian Benson – a Ghana born, London learned singer, with a style that has roots in some of the best deep soul and jazz styles of the past few decades! What really pushes Gold Coast over as such a strong debut is the way it balances a prevalent affinity for the best attributes of artists like Fela (very smooth Afrobeat horns and percussion influences), 70s Miles Davis and Ramsey Lewis (the soaring, but still earthy spiritual vibe) with the much crisper and more easily approachable hooks and melodies of the neo soul movement of the last decade. Rhian's vocals have a very lovely and natural way of never over extending with the note warbling histrionics (which plagues a few of her neo soul peers.) She comes off somewhere between Nina Simone and Sade – with a rich, expressively beautiful voice, but often rolling in sweet, kind of hushed tones for the best kind of natural feel. Nice! 14 tracks including "Words Hurt Too", "Say How I Feel", "Stealing My Peace Of Mind", "Soul Boy", "Shake It Away", "A Moment In Shine", "Gold Sky", "Young Girl" and more. CD
(Advance promotional CDr copy.)
Also available Gold Coast ... CD 3.99

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Rhian BensonGold Coast ... CD
DKG Music, 2003. Used ... $3.99
A sparking, richly spiritual jazz-influenced neo soul album from Rhian Benson – a Ghana born, London learned singer, with a style that has roots in some of the best deep soul and jazz styles of the past few decades! What really pushes Gold Coast over as such a strong debut is the way it balances a prevalent affinity for the best attributes of artists like Fela (very smooth Afrobeat horns and percussion influences), 70s Miles Davis and Ramsey Lewis (the soaring, but still earthy spiritual vibe) with the much crisper and more easily approachable hooks and melodies of the neo soul movement of the last decade. Rhian's vocals have a very lovely and natural way of never over extending with the note warbling histrionics (which plagues a few of her neo soul peers.) She comes off somewhere between Nina Simone and Sade – with a rich, expressively beautiful voice, but often rolling in sweet, kind of hushed tones for the best kind of natural feel. Nice! 14 tracks including "Words Hurt Too", "Say How I Feel", "Stealing My Peace Of Mind", "Soul Boy", "Shake It Away", "A Moment In Shine", "Gold Sky", "Young Girl" and more. CD
(Out of print, digipack case has some edgewear & a sticker remnant on the cover.)
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✨✧ Deborah BondMadam Palindrome ... CD
3rd Logic, 2011. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Deborah Bond's long, long, LONG awaited second proper album – her first all new set since the phenomenal Day After knocked us out way back '03 – a great one and it's totally worth the wait! Even on her debut, Deborah brought depth, elegance and maturity that was flat out stunning, and that's once again a huge strength. The songs are genuinely soulful in both style and emotion, and her vocals nearly render us speechless. She's so great at bringing out just what the songs need – be it intimacy or soaring emotion – she's all about warmth, truth and soul. The production and arrangements are timeless, too, with keys, guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and occasional brass. Includes " Nothing Matters", "Blind Paradise", "Think Twice", "Highest Mountain", "Say It", "You're The One", "Mr Day's Dream", "Never Was", plus a special treat: a duet with the great Lewis Taylor – another stellar soul singer who doesn't release a ton of records, called "If I Didn't Need You". CD

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BrigetteStarlite Lounge ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2005. Used ... $7.99
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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Camera SoulExistence ... CD
Extra Smooth/P-Vine (Japan), 2020. New Copy ... $26.99
A great little group – and one with a wonderful talent for bringing together soulful styles in a really catchy way – using bits of funk, ala the Brand New Heavies – but also not afraid to go for a tighter hook, too – in a way that reminds of some of our favorite Japanese-only recordings by Swing Out Sister or Workshy! As with both of those groups, there's a great female singer in the lead – the lovely Maria Enrica Lotesoriere, who also wrote all the lyrics – and arrangements are handled by keyboardist Pippo Lombardo, whose sweet keys really hold together the whole thing nicely. Titles include "Colorado Sky", "Another Smile", "One More Chance", "In The City", "What I Deserve", and "Existence". CD

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✨✧ ChoklateChoklate ... CD
Kajmere, 2006. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
More proof that the west coast scene is serving up some of the freshest soul in recent years – and a crackling little set from Seattle singer Choklate! Choklate works in a style of hip hop-influenced soul that's very much in keeping with her placement on the Kashmere Sound label – a mode that's often cosmic and filled with a crackling sense of electricity in the beats – yet still smooth and deep enough to rival some of the better-known acts in Neo Soul! There's a freshness here that we really like – a way of using simple elements in a different way, without resorting to any tricks or posturing to put the set over. Titles include "Thank You", "Never Change", "Love It", "Dedicated To Music", "Getting Is Good", "Long Way", "Waitin", "Now What", and "Bigger Than You". CD
(Still sealed.)

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✨✧ Victor DaviesHoxton Popstars ... CD
Sony/Afro Gigolo (Japan), 2003. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A beautiful little record from UK soul singer Victor Davies – a really unique artist who's as steeped in folk and Brazilian styles as he is in soul! The album was written, arranged, and produced by Victor – done completely in his own style, with a warmth and sense of creativity that's instantly refreshing! Acoustic guitar meets with light electronic touches and jazzy percussion – all skipping lightly around Victor's deep vocals, which are somewhere in between the styles of Terry Callier and Jon Lucien. A marvelous album, and even better than any of his previous work! Titles include "What Could Be More Sad", "Be Yourself", "Fly Away", "Mama's Eyes", "Ba Do De Da", "This One's For Everyone", and "Maybe Tomorrow". CD
(Out of print, includes obi.)

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DWH (Deeper Wider Higher)Follow Me ... CD
Counterpoint (UK), 2006. Used ... $2.99
The long awaited debut album from DWH – a UK combo we've been digging on singles, finally stepping into the light with their first full length statement! DWH have a deeply righteous sound that blends together jazz with bits of soul – all served up in a blend that's never forced, and never done with any studio tricks or gimmicks. The style here is really organic – warmly-played soul jazz at the core, on trumpet, vibes, and keyboards – topped with really soulful lyrics by a female singer who reminds us of some of the best vocalists working in the 70s soul jazz years, but who comes across with some slight British soul touches! As with other projects on Counterpoint, there's a real sense of care and sensitivity throughout – just the right balance to give the record a depth that should keep us playing it for years to come. Titles include "Latter Rains", "What Would You Choose", "Soundtrack", "Darkside", "Still Here", "Beauty For Ashes", "Seveneight", and "Broken Peaces". Also includes the remixes "Darkside (Blackbeard rmx)", "Beauty (Eddy & Yanna rmx)", and "Still Here (Antonio Ocasio rmx)". CD

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Peven EverettLatest Craze Part 1 ... CD
Studio Confession, 2005. Used ... $5.99
Sweet homespun space soul by wunderkind Peven Everett – transcending the neo soul scene into a hugely grooving world of his own! As with the best of his other records, Peven's way of spiraling a fairly basic groove into something HUGE is nothing short of amazing. The tunes here have a similar approach to D'Angelo at his best, in the way he rolls the mood into a totally hypnotic trance – but where D'Angelo rolls and pops like grit and grease, Peven shines brightly and shoots straight up into the stars! Pev handles nearly all of the instrumentation, vocals and production – from trippy, soulful electronic ear candy, to some sweet acoustic guitar accompaniment and backing vocals. Amazing stuff – the kid really is a homespun soul genius! 15 tracks in all, including "Love This Way", "Latest Craze", "Ghetto", "Get What You Got", "Don't Go", "Street Walker", "Dillusional", and "Everything I Could". CD
(Out of print, tray card has a cut out notch.)

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✨✧ Peven EverettLove Story ... CD
Studio Confession, 2020. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
Bubbling, joyous grooves from Peven Everett – a set that's definitely flowing with some of the love vibes promised in the title, and which has Everett serving up this fantastic blend of upbeat rhythms and deeper instrumentation! Peven sometimes flirts with house music in the grooves, but he's always much more of a classic soul singer – especially on tracks like these, where he works the lyrics with a sense of person and inflection that really transforms the words – often simple, but given a hypnotic sort of vibe that really draws us in! Titles include "Love Story", "Busted", "What's Up Tonight", "I'm Goin To The Party", "It's Real", "Painfully Beautiful (rare moment mix)", and "We Got It Burnin". CD

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Peven EverettRealness ... CD
Studio Confession, 2007. New Copy ... $11.99 13.99
One of the most soulful albums we've ever heard from Peven Everett – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the depth of his work so far! The album's one of Peven's most song-based, vocally-strong efforts – an instant classic batch of tunes that show a tremendous evolution in his songwriting – an ability to tighten things up, give them more focus, and hit an even higher level than before! The vocals alone are tremendous – Peven singing right up front in the mix, with a style that's personal and positive – supported by flowing keyboards, and rhythms that are more soul-oriented than some of his other house-styled work. Titles include "Flowers & Candy", "Soon", "I Got It", "Sweetness Is", "Liquor Stores & Cadillacs", "True Love", and "What's Your Favorite Dance". CD

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✨✧ Amp FiddlerMotor City Booty (with bonus tracks) ... CD
Midnight Riot/Octave (Japan), 2017. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Amp Fiddler's got his hands on some motor city booty – and the result is one of his greatest records in years – a funky little album that mixes up his 21st Century Detroit groove with some older soundtrack styles and blacksploitation modes! The titles of the tunes give a good idea of the flavor of the set – "Soul Fly (parts 1 & 2)", "Return Of The Ghetto Fly", "Superficial", "Slippin On Ya Pimpin", and "Steppin" – and the man himself is pictured on the back cover looking very Superfly – in a way that nicely supports his work on the set. The rhythms are definitely in a contemporary mode – with lots of cosmic house elements in the mix – but there's also an older current that really gives the record a deeper sound – which might also come from the album's co-production with Yam Who. In addition to the titles mentioned above, the set also features a great remake of "1960 What?" – and this CD features bonus tracks "Soul Fly (part 1 – Sam Redmore rmx)" and "Gotta Get Home". (New Grooves, Neo Soul) CD
(Includes obi.)

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✨✧ Verna FrancisDown To Earth (with bonus disc) ... CD
Chilli Funk (UK), 2005. Used 2 CDs ... $7.99
A nice set from modern club soul diva Verna Francis – with a sleek production that recalls some of the better Chillifunk and Restless Soul soundscapes – and an even deeper aura of spacey 70s atmosphere! Verna's vocal style carries the warm, sexy and grooving styles she introduced us to on her singles – and she really delivers for the full length! The arrangements are lightly funky, in styles reverent of the Roy Ayers and Innervisions-era Stevie Wonder schools – with a sparklingly modern sound of keys, beats and soulful strings! Tracks include "Never Too Late", "Earth Is The Place", "Rimes", "Down To Earth", "What Kind Of Word", "Pause", "Keep On Dreaming", "Twilight", "Look" and "Sunshine". CD
(Out of print.)

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Jose JamesNo Beginning No End 2 ... CD
Rainbow Blonde, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Really mindblowing work from Jose James – an artist we loved right from his very first record, but one who has us completely over the top with this record – a set that may well push James from the soul underground into firmly classic territory – the sort of space that will have the record standing strong with soul classics from decades back, and for a long time to come! Jose's tremendous vocally, but there's also an extra-special spirit to some of these tunes – one that's still very strongly in the hands of the man himself, even though James opens the door for plenty of guests – a lineup that includes Ledisi, Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, Aloe Blacc, Lizz Wright, Eric Truffaz, and others – not the kind of guests who overwhelm and take a too-strong turn in the spotlight, but the right sort of addition to the core sound. Titles include a surprisingly great remake of "Just The Way You Are" – plus "Turn Me Up", "I Need Your Love", "Saint James", "Take Me Home", "Oracle", "Feels So Good", "I Found A Love", and "You Know What I Do". CD
Also available No Beginning No End 2 ... LP 24.99

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Jose JamesNo Beginning No End 2 ... LP
Rainbow Blonde, 2020. New Copy ... $24.99 29.99
Really mindblowing work from Jose James – an artist we loved right from his very first record, but one who has us completely over the top with this record – a set that may well push James from the soul underground into firmly classic territory – the sort of space that will have the record standing strong with soul classics from decades back, and for a long time to come! Jose's tremendous vocally, but there's also an extra-special spirit to some of these tunes – one that's still very strongly in the hands of the man himself, even though James opens the door for plenty of guests – a lineup that includes Ledisi, Christian Scott Atunde Adjuah, Aloe Blacc, Lizz Wright, Eric Truffaz, and others – not the kind of guests who overwhelm and take a too-strong turn in the spotlight, but the right sort of addition to the core sound. Titles include a surprisingly great remake of "Just The Way You Are" – plus "Turn Me Up", "I Need Your Love", "Saint James", "Take Me Home", "Oracle", "Feels So Good", "I Found A Love", and "You Know What I Do". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available No Beginning No End 2 ... CD 13.99

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KainaNext To The Sun ... CD
Sooper, 2019. New Copy ... $7.99 14.99
A soaring effort from Kaina – one we're sure to remember as a major creative statement from a versatile singer and as a vital snapshot of a burgeoning era in Chicago's indie soul scene! Kaina's triumph here is the way she sets up a dreamy mood that holds throughout the album – wherein her layered vocals carry it along as if on a wave – then takes it to an even deeper level thanks to her soulful lyricism. She's got a good creative partner in Sen Morimoto, whose roots in genre defiant jazzy hip hop production are used to such hypnotic effect behind Kaina's beautiful voice. Next To The Sun coming out so soon after similarly fresh and inspired material from fellow Chi voices like Jamila Woods, it feels like the dawn of an era! Includes "House", "Ghost", "Next To The Sun", "What's A Girl", "Waiting On A Day", "Joei's Secret", "Could Be A Curse" feat Sen Morimoto", "So Small/So Vast" and "Green". CD

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Kindred The Family SoulSurrender To Love ... CD
Hidden Beach/Sony, 2003. Used ... $4.99
Just when you thought Philadelphia had shown us all its great new soul singers, another fantastic act pops into the limelight! Kindred The Family Soul are a treasure, and the kind of group we can warm to on first listen! This debut record for Hidden Beach is a rich blend of male and female vocals, served up with the kind of warm production, nice keyboards, and sensitive arrangements that made Jill Scott's first album so great. The pair really have an incredibly solid approach – working in a warm and mellow soul style that stretches back to Donny Hathaway, but which bristles with the best energy of the current scene. Titles include "Far Away", "Weather The Storm", "Family Song", "We", "What Happens Now", "Meant To Be", "Contentment", and "Spread The Word". And don't mind us – we're hopping the next plane to Philly! CD
(Barcode has a cutout hole)

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✨✧ Jarrod LawsonBe The Change ... CD
Dome (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $14.99 18.99
Really fantastic work from Jarrod Lawson – one of those underground singers who should be huge, if the world had any justice! Lawson's a cut above, and completely his own singer – the kind of individual talent that comes along once in a generation, like Al Jarreau or Michael Franks – and like both of them, he's got a way of singing in a style that's steeped in jazz, but which comes across with a soulful palette that's all his own – the kind of mode that grabs you right away, and makes you know that you're listening to something really unique, really different, and really special! And while we've loved Lawson before, this album is his crowning achievement to date – the kind of set that really pushes him over the top, and which earns the term "instant classic" in our book. Lawson plays plenty of sweet keyboards next to his amazing vocals – and titles include "Be The Change", "Universal Chord", "Evalee", "Connected", "Embrace What We Are", "Soul Symphony", "Love Isn't Always Enough", "I'll Be Your Radio", and "How Long". CD
Also available Be The Change ... LP 28.99

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LedisiWild Card ... CD
BMG, 2020. New Copy ... $13.99 14.98
Fantastic work from Ledisi – an artist we've loved for almost 25 years, and who maybe sounds better here than she has in the last decade! There's this back to basics approach that maybe recalls some of her self-released albums at the start – but mixed with the maturity in all the years she's learned as both a songwriter and a singer – the sort of vocalist who should be right up there in the soul music pantheon right next to Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan! Robert Glasper helped a bit on the record – but as usual, Ledisi is the key driving force behind the set – making her equally skilled in the studio as she is on record. Titles include "WKND", "Without You", "Stone", "Wake Up", "What Kinda Love Is That", "Now Or Never", "Stay Gone", "Anything For You", and "Next Time". CD

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LedisiWild Card ... LP
BMG, 2020. New Copy ... About December 11, 2020
Fantastic work from Ledisi – an artist we've loved for almost 25 years, and who maybe sounds better here than she has in the last decade! There's this back to basics approach that maybe recalls some of her self-released albums at the start – but mixed with the maturity in all the years she's learned as both a songwriter and a singer – the sort of vocalist who should be right up there in the soul music pantheon right next to Aretha Franklin and Chaka Khan! Robert Glasper helped a bit on the record – but as usual, Ledisi is the key driving force behind the set – making her equally skilled in the studio as she is on record. Titles include "WKND", "Without You", "Stone", "Wake Up", "What Kinda Love Is That", "Now Or Never", "Stay Gone", "Anything For You", and "Next Time". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Wild Card ... CD 13.99

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Tom Misch & Yusef DayesWhat Kinda Music ... CD
Blue Note, 2020. New Copy ... $12.99 13.99
Tom Misch and Yusef Dayes definitely make some kinda music here – a sweet blend of jazzy elements, contemporary soul, and a spacious, spacey vibe that resonates strongly with some of our favorite recent sounds from the west coast! The album's on Blue Note, but it's a bit different than some of the label's recent projects – even those that are more soul-based – as the vibe here is heavy on keyboards, vocals, and guitar from Misch – set up with drums from Dayes, in a style that's funky but mellow – all tripping out nicely, with help from a variety of guests along the way. Titles include "Tidal Wave", "The Real", "Sensational", "I Did It For You", "Julie Mangos", "Kyiv", "Last 100", and "What Kinda Music" – plus "Lift Off", with guest work from Rocco Palladino – and "Nightrider", with guest work from Freddie Gibbs! CD

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✨✧ Tom Misch & Yusef DayesWhat Kinda Music ... LP
Blue Note, 2020. New Copy 2LP ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Tom Misch and Yusef Dayes definitely make some kinda music here – a sweet blend of jazzy elements, contemporary soul, and a spacious, spacey vibe that resonates strongly with some of our favorite recent sounds from the west coast! The album's on Blue Note, but it's a bit different than some of the label's recent projects – even those that are more soul-based – as the vibe here is heavy on keyboards, vocals, and guitar from Misch – set up with drums from Dayes, in a style that's funky but mellow – all tripping out nicely, with help from a variety of guests along the way. Titles include "Tidal Wave", "The Real", "Sensational", "I Did It For You", "Julie Mangos", "Kyiv", "Last 100", and "What Kinda Music" – plus "Lift Off", with guest work from Rocco Palladino – and "Nightrider", with guest work from Freddie Gibbs! LP, Vinyl record album
(Deluxe vinyl pressing – in a very cool die-cut cover!)
Also available What Kinda Music ... CD 12.99

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✨✧ N'DambiPink Elephant ... CD
Stax, 2009. Used ... Just Sold Out!
Tremendous work from N'Dambi – a set that really moves her career forward strongly, while still holding onto the best soulful sound of her roots! The album's N'Dambi's first for a big label – the newly-reformed Stax – but it's got a perfectly balanced sound that's sure to please any past fans of her music, and win her a lot more in years to come! Grooves are spare, stark, and simple – with a soulful depth that definitely fits the legendary Stax imprint – and the vocals are fantastic – and proof that there's still some great female deep soul singers working today, if you know where to look. Yet there's also a deeper, more sophisticated vibe running through the mix – that spirit we loved on her Tunin' Up & Cosignin album – and the production by Leon Sylvers is surprisingly wonderful, at a level that really has us loving his studio talents all over again. Titles include "Mind Blowin", "The One", "Take It Out", "Daisy Chain", "Can't Hardly Wait", "What It Takes", "Nobody Jones", and "LIE". CD
(Out of print, punch through barcode.)

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Naked Music NYCWhat's On Your Mind? ... CD
Om Records, 1998. Used ... $6.99
An instant classic – warmly soulful tracks from the Naked Music crew, with lots of heavy beats, jazzy electric keyboards, and deep female vocals that drive the whole thing home! More of a soundsystem project than a full group affair, but the record is surprisingly coherent – a trippy blend of NuSoul tracks, held together wonderfully through a sublime underground approach to soul! Titles include "If I Fall", "It's Love", "3 AM", "Through Tryin", "What's On Your Mind", "Too Late", and "Show Me". CD
(Out of print.)

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Ben PiraniHow Do I Talk To My Brother? ... CD
Colemine, 2018. New Copy ... $11.99
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 when Chicago soul was cusping at the end of the 60s – hitting more progressive themes, and really exploding with power – which is definitely what Ben and the group do here, thanks to sharp, soulful backings – and lots of backup vocals that almost put Piriani's lead in the company of groups like The Artistics or Lost Generation. Unlike other singers who try to go back, but usually just go for the easy marks, Ben's really got his sound just right here – and is one of the best blue-eyed soul singers we've heard in years. Titles include "How Do I Talk To My Brother", "Light Of My Life", "Try Love", "Not One More Tear", "Can't Get Out Your Own Way", "You Brought The Rain", and "Dreamin's For Free". (Deep Funk, Neo Soul) CD
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Ben PiraniHow Do I Talk To My Brother? ... CD
Colemine, 2018. Used ... $7.99
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 when Chicago soul was cusping at the end of the 60s – hitting more progressive themes, and really exploding with power – which is definitely what Ben and the group do here, thanks to sharp, soulful backings – and lots of backup vocals that almost put Piriani's lead in the company of groups like The Artistics or Lost Generation. Unlike other singers who try to go back, but usually just go for the easy marks, Ben's really got his sound just right here – and is one of the best blue-eyed soul singers we've heard in years. Titles include "How Do I Talk To My Brother", "Light Of My Life", "Try Love", "Not One More Tear", "Can't Get Out Your Own Way", "You Brought The Rain", and "Dreamin's For Free". (Deep Funk, Neo Soul) CD
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Ben PiraniHow Do I Talk To My Brother? ... LP
Colemine, 2018. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $6.99
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 when Chicago soul was cusping at the end of the 60s – hitting more progressive themes, and really exploding with power – which is definitely what Ben and the group do here, thanks to sharp, soulful backings – and lots of backup vocals that almost put Piriani's lead in the company of groups like The Artistics or Lost Generation. Unlike other singers who try to go back, but usually just go for the easy marks, Ben's really got his sound just right here – and is one of the best blue-eyed soul singers we've heard in years. Titles include "How Do I Talk To My Brother", "Light Of My Life", "Try Love", "Not One More Tear", "Can't Get Out Your Own Way", "You Brought The Rain", and "Dreamin's For Free". (Deep Funk, Neo Soul) LP, Vinyl record album
(Black vinyl promo pressing.)
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QuintessenceTalk Less Listen More ... CD
Texicalli (Finland), 2002. Used ... $11.99
Wonderfully groovy, chill out soul from Finland's Quintessence – and warm batch of tracks the blends the echoey, tripped out 70s jazz aesthetic with hip hop and club production techniques as seamlessly as just about anything out there! Sublime keys, trumpet and occasional fluegelhorn lilt over programmed beats and live drums, but what really makes the groove standout are the breathy, layered vocals of Emma Salokoski – who sings and sometimes scats in English, with a real affinity for natural soul. 10 tracks in all, including "Sticks & Stones", "1st Impressions", "Never", "Raindrops", "The Right", "Skywalker", "Sparkle" and more! CD
(Out of print.)

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QwestlifeProphecy ... LP
Glitterbox, 2020. New Copy 2LP ... $28.99
That's a retro-styled logo on the cover, and it really gets at the spirit of the sound that Qwestlife is laying down – a mode that hearkens back to 70s club, but which also understands the warmer side of house music too – served up in a blend that reminds us of the early years of Incognito, and maybe some of the best from Joey Negro and the Sunburst Band! One track has more of an old school hip hop vibe – but that's OK with us, as it features guest work from Sugarhill Gang, Grandmaster Melle Mel, and Scorpio – and most of the rest are slamming club bangers, done with a very soulful groove – on titles that include "Don't Break My Heart", "Can't Stop (boogie mix)", "Hit It Off (disco soul version)", "Cut You Loose", "Give Me A Minute", "Shooting Star", "Universal Soldier", and "What You Like". LP, Vinyl record album

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Robert Randolph & The Family BandLive At The Wetlands ... CD
Dare, 2002. Used ... $1.99
Pretty unique work from Robert Randolph – one of the most soulful pedal steel players you'll ever hear! Randolph's working here in a live setting before a very enthusiastic crowd – playing pedal steel and singing with a deeply soulful approach – running through styles that range from funk to soul to blues and touches of 70s rock. Titles include "Tears Of Joy", "I Don't Know What You Come To Do", "Ted's Jam", "The March", and "Pressing My Way". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Raphael SaadiqInstant Vintage ... LP
Universal/Get On Down, 2002. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A tough title to live up to – but Raphael makes it happen! The album's as wonderful as you might think – all the deeply soulful styles Saadiq worked out with Tony Toni Tone, taken back through a historical range of soul music – firmly planted in a legacy that begins with Stevie Wonder, runs through Maxwell and D'Angelo, and which points the way towards the future of urban soul. Backings are very much in the beats-n-keyboards mode, but Raphael works out such a wide range of moods and modes that the album avoids any of the shortcomings of other albums in such a style. Includes guest performances by Angie Stone, Leslie Wilson, T-Boz, Calvin Richardson, and D'Angelo – and titles that include "Doing What I Can", "Be Here", "Still Pay", "You're The One That I Like", "Excuse Me", "Tick Tock", "People", "Faithful", "Make My Day", "Blind Man", "Different Times", "What's Life Like", and "Skyy, Can You Feel Me". LP, Vinyl record album

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✨✧ Marlon SaundersEnter My Mind ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), 2003. New Copy ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A stunning debut from singer Marlon Saunders – a fantastic male vocalist who's gonna be huge! Marlon's got a smooth and seductive vocal approach that really takes us back to mellow 70s Isley Brothers, later ballad tracks from the O'Jays, and even a bit of the best work from Marvin Gaye – classic-styled vocals that have a universal soul appeal, sung with a confidence and depth of expression that's rare for male singers in the current age! Marlon's known for his earlier work with the group Jazzhole, but on this set, he moves way ahead of that group – emerging as a bright new soul star to rival the work of D'Angelo or Maxwell! Titles include "Inspiration", "You Move Me", "Enter My Mind", "Keep Doin What Ya Do", "Stone Out Of Hope", and "If It's Magic". CD

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Sly5thAveWhat It Is ... CD
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2020. New Copy ... $12.99
Sly5thAve is deeper and more soulful than ever before – really stepping past his initial role as a creative beatmaker, and emerging here more as a fully-formed producer with a strong ear for his overall sound! The tunes here are a mix of instrumental and vocal numbers – woven together in a great tapestry that showcases the hippest sides of the contemporary soul spectrum – as Sly gets guest help from Denitia, Marlon Craft, Thalma De Freitas, Sene, Melissa McMillan, and others – really bringing a lot of different flavors to the mix, while the maestro keeps it all together with a very unified vibe! In a world of quickie songdrops and long-distance internet productions, a record like this restores our faith in the way forward – thanks to tracks that include "The Night", "Expatria", "C-Side", "What It Is", "Daddy Warbucks", "Boulevards", "With You", "More Or Less", and "Right Here". CD
Also available What It Is (purple vinyl pressing – with bonus download) ... LP 20.99

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Sly5thAveWhat It Is (purple vinyl pressing – with bonus download) ... LP
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP ... $20.99 21.99
Sly5thAve is deeper and more soulful than ever before – really stepping past his initial role as a creative beatmaker, and emerging here more as a fully-formed producer with a strong ear for his overall sound! The tunes here are a mix of instrumental and vocal numbers – woven together in a great tapestry that showcases the hippest sides of the contemporary soul spectrum – as Sly gets guest help from Denitia, Marlon Craft, Thalma De Freitas, Sene, Melissa McMillan, and others – really bringing a lot of different flavors to the mix, while the maestro keeps it all together with a very unified vibe! In a world of quickie songdrops and long-distance internet productions, a record like this restores our faith in the way forward – thanks to tracks that include "The Night", "Expatria", "C-Side", "What It Is", "Daddy Warbucks", "Boulevards", "With You", "More Or Less", and "Right Here". LP, Vinyl record album
(Pressed on purple vinyl with download.)
Also available What It Is ... CD 12.99

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Carlton Jumel Smith1634 Lexington Avenue ... LP
Timmion, 2019. New Copy ... $20.99 21.99
The long-overdue debut of Carlton Jumel Smith – a soul singer with roots at the Harlem address listed in the title, and who's slowly been working his way around the globe in recent years! Those global travels are key to the success of this set – as Smith works very tightly in Finland's Timmion studios with Cold Diamond & Mink – who bring to his music what the Dap-Tones or El Michels have brought to other singers in the deep funk spectrum! Yet the sound here is definitely different than those efforts, too – as Smith is a soul stylist with a nicely open range – able to hit some late 60s sweet soul moments at times, then going for deeper, more righteous sounds at others – all of which really fit the instrumental range of CD&M, who get a bit of help on horn arrangements from Jukka Eskola, in addition to their usual tight sound at the core. Titles include "Love Our Love Affair", "I'd Better", "You Gonna Need Me", "Help Me", "Woman You Made Me", "We're All We Got", and "I Can't Love You Anymore". (Deep Funk, Neo Soul) LP, Vinyl record album

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Rhonda SmithIntellipop ... CD
Rhonda Smith/Edclectic, 2005. Used ... $2.99
Sexy soul from Rhonda Smith, a singer who's also got a great talent for playing the bass – and who brings in some great jazzy touches to this set! Rhonda's work on the bass makes the set a lot more strongly rhythmic than the work of some of her contemporaries – and often gives the best mellow tunes a sweetly stepping undercurrent that glides things along nicely. The mix of jazzy bass and sultry soul give the set a sound that's quite different than a lot of the Neo Soul generation – a mode that almost stretches back to the best of the 80s, but with none of the cheesiness – and some great home-grown production that keeps the whole thing real. Titles include "Be Careful What You Wish For", "Life", "Karamel", "ITP", "Rhondasm", "Midnight", and "Calling To Say Goodbye". CD
(Out of print.)

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TruLet's Make Love ... CD
Society Hill, 2019. New Copy ... $11.99 15.99
Sweet soul from Tru – a contemporary group from the Philly scene, but one who hearken back to some of that city's classic male trios of years back – with an easygoing vibe and warm sound that's perfect for the mix of classics and new material on the set! Production is by Butch Ingram, in his best Society Hill mode – that 21st Century reworking of older Philly modes, with just a touch of contemporary elements on the instrumentation and production, but overall a real dedication to classic soul styles! Titles include "Release Yourself", "Don't Let Love Get You Down", "With You", "Day Dreaming", "Am I Dreaming", "Love Tonight", "You're Too Good To Be True", and "Tell Me What's Going On". (Soul, Neo Soul) CD

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Amy WinehouseAmy Winehouse Collection (Frank/Back To Black/Lioness/Live In London/Rarities) (5CD set) ... CD
Universal, 2000s. New Copy 5CD ... On December 4, 2020
Way more than just a box set of the key albums from the all-too-short career of Amy Winehouse – as this massive package also features a wealth of rarities and live tracks – most making their vinyl debut in this limited collection! The set leads off with Frank – the stunning debut from UK soul singer Amy Winehouse – a vocalist with a sound that's instantly captivating, and which will be with us for years! Amy's clearly cut her chops in jazz, but also has a laidback and soulful personality – easily shifting between modes for the right mood of each song, without any of the pretensions that would ruin an album like this. The backings have a proud stepping feel that fits well with tunes like "In My Bed", "What Is It About Men", "F*ck Me Pumps", and "You Sent Me Flying" – really keeping Amy's spirit fresh throughout the whole set! Next is Back to Black – 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 before! The instrumentation on here is really mindblowing – almost at a Motown level, with isolated instruments really crackling out from the fuller backings – all set to rhythms that snap and bounce, and are almost a bit funky at times. Credit is definitely due to producers Mark Ronson and Salaam Remi – but Amy's vocals are really tremendous too – classic, but really personal and fresh! Titles include "Rehab", "Just Friends", "Back To Black", "Love Is A Losing Game", "He Can Only Hold Her", "Some Unholy War", and "Me & Mr Jones". Next is Lioness Hidden Treasures – a (sadly) posthumous release from Amy Winehouse – a voice we loved for a couple good years before knowing how troubled she was in real life and now lament the loss of – and this set, largely put together by producer Salaam Remi turned out surprisingly well! It'd be pretty easy to bow to cynicism, but for our money, there's more than enough strong stuff here. It features production by Remi, plus Mark Ronson on a couple tracks, and it's a mix of styles that ably demonstrate Amy's depth as an interpreter. There's some great, kinda late night jazzy soul numbers, classic level 60s R&B and thoroughly modern hip hop soul – all with strong vocal performances from Amy. Includes "Our Day Will Come", "Between The Cheats", "Tears Dry (Original Version)", "Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow (2011)", "Like Smoke" feat Nas (and some eerily timely lyricism, as of this album's release date), "Valerie ('68 Version)", "Half Time", "The Girl From Ipanema", "Half Time", "Body & Soul" with Tony Bennett, "A Song For You" and more. Next is the 2LP set Live In London – the vinyl debut of material from the DVD of the same name – with titles that incclude "Just Friends", "Cherry", "Back To Black", "Wake Up Alone", "Tears Dry On Their Own", "He Can Only Hold Her/Doo Wop (That Thing)", "Valerie", "Rehab", "Me & Mr Jones", "Monkey Man" and more. Last is the album Rarities – which features three tracks from BBC Sessions, four tracks from the iTunes festival in 2006, two tracks from Live At T In The Park in 2004, and a few more live tracks too! CD

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Amy WinehouseFrank ... CD
Universal, 2003. Used ... $3.99
A stunning debut from UK soul singer Amy Winehouse – a vocalist with a sound that's instantly captivating, and which will be with us for years! Amy's clearly cut her chops in jazz, but also has a laidback and soulful personality – easily shifting between modes for the right mood of each song, without any of the pretensions that would ruin an album like this. The backings have a proud stepping feel that fits well with tunes like "In My Bed", "What Is It About Men", "F*ck Me Pumps", and "You Sent Me Flying" – really keeping Amy's spirit fresh throughout the whole set! CD

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✨✧ Young DisciplesRoad To Freedom (US version) ... CD
Talkin' Loud/Polygram, 1991. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
One of the greatest soul albums of the past 20 years – an instant classic the day it was released! When this killer came out in the UK in 1991, it was one of the best soul records we'd heard in years. Carleen Anderson, the then-unknown daughter of Bobby Byrd & Vicki Anderson, sung some of the deepest vocals we'd heard in years – and she was backed by funky soundscapes filled with references and homages to greats like Roy Ayers, Leroy Hutson, Leon Ware, 24-Carat Black, and many others – all now well-remembered artists from the rare groove years of the 70s, but at the time just barely-remembered echoes from the past who were being kept alive in the British soul scene. The record was (and is) impeccable – a wondrous treat for fans of the kind of rare groove material we stock at Dusty Groove – and it features stellar performances by the likes of Carleen Anderson, Master Ace, Johnny Lytle, Maceo Parker, and others! This US version features a few remixes from the original UK album – and titles include "All I Have (Young Ideas mix)", "Funky Yeh Funki (Mek It)", "Talkin What I Feel", "Move On", "Apparently Nothin (Soul River)", "Get Yourself Together (parts 1 & 2)", "Freedom Suite", "Step Right On (original mix)", and "As We Come (To Be)". CD
(Out of print.)

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VariousNew Soul Woman ... CD
Expansion (UK), Late 90s/Early 2000s. New Copy 2CD ... $9.99
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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VariousSoul Togetherness 2019 – 15 Modern Soul Room Gems ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2019. New Copy ... $9.99
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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VariousThis Is Soul 2006 ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), 2006. Used ... $7.99
The title certainly gets it right, as the compilation is a great overview of all things soulful in 2006 – with a real focus on up-and-coming artists from the American underground, including a few here who are yet to release their own albums! The track list is totally great – a really rich blend of different voices and styles – work by both male and female artists who represent all that is bright and hopeful in American soul – a real contrast to the kind of junk that you'll find in more mainstream channels! And even if you buy a lot of Neo Soul work, there's plenty here that you probably haven't tracked down yet – all provided with great notes that are an introduction to the artists. 16 tracks in all – including "Much Better" by Chavous, "Do What You Do" by Inobe, "Ummm Hmmm" by LaSonya Gunter, "Sunny Day" by Amar Kalil, "Where It's At" by Darien, "No Ordinary Love" by PJ Morton, "Something So" by Gabie McGhee, "I Just Wanna Be With You" by Iman Williams, "Get Through" by Natural Selection, "No More Love" by Brown's Bag, and "All The Ways" by Jazzhole. CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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