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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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Harriet BrownMall Of Fortune ... CD
Innovative Leisure, 2019. New Copy ... Just Sold Out!
A really great second set from Harriet Brown – one of those "recorded at home" soul records that may well set the tone for a generation to come! Brown's got this always-skittish, almost-nervous approach to his music – one that often echoes the lyrics of the tunes, and their openly personal sense of anxiety – this pent-up, wrapped-up mode that always feels like it's going to explode – and which maybe feels even more so because Brown put the whole project together himself, away from any companionship in the studio. Apart from two guest vocal appearances, the whole thing is Harriet's own – beautifully so – with titles that include "Retail Therapy", "Shower Up Saddle Up", "Window Shopping", "Holy Place", "Method", "Driver's Seat", and "Bag Away". CD

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Harriet BrownMall Of Fortune ... LP
Innovative Leisure, 2019. New Copy 2LP ... Just Sold Out!
A really great second set from Harriet Brown – one of those "recorded at home" soul records that may well set the tone for a generation to come! Brown's got this always-skittish, almost-nervous approach to his music – one that often echoes the lyrics of the tunes, and their openly personal sense of anxiety – this pent-up, wrapped-up mode that always feels like it's going to explode – and which maybe feels even more so because Brown put the whole project together himself, away from any companionship in the studio. Apart from two guest vocal appearances, the whole thing is Harriet's own – beautifully so – with titles that include "Retail Therapy", "Shower Up Saddle Up", "Window Shopping", "Holy Place", "Method", "Driver's Seat", and "Bag Away". LP, Vinyl record album

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I CedInterpretations ... LP
MoFunk, 2020. New Copy Gatefold ... $19.99 21.98
I Ced has always been one hell of a collaborative artist – and this time around is no exception – as he opens the door to a fantastic array of guests, including Erik Rico, Moniquea, XL Middleton, Zackey Force Funk, Coultrain, and others – all of whom really make the whole album feel like a sweet contemporary soul party! The production is great – the kind of crisp, crackly sound we loved in I Ced's music right from the start – warmed up nicely by the guests, who make you feel like you've just dropped in on some late night studio jam, where some of the hippest cats on the scene are putting some new tracks together! Titles include "Stay", "Call Me Up", "The Other Side", "When Tomorrow Comes", "Mind Over Matter", "You Look Good To Me", and "Reflect". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes bonus download!)

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Monday MichiruRoutes ... CD
Artist Share, 2006. New Copy ... $7.99
Another top-shelf session from Monday Michiru – one of the few current artists who's been able to hold our attention for so many years, thanks to an ever-deepening quality in her work! Back at the end of the 90s, we were first amazed when Monday moved simpler dance-based work into more complicated singer-songwriter soul – and we've listened in wonder as she's picked up stronger jazz, Latin, Brazilian, and soul influences as the years have gone on – really growing into her own, and maturing wonderfully with age! This album's way way past the early efforts that were so strongly shaped by her co-collaborators – and features production and all original songs by Monday – recorded live in the studio with a warmly glowing quality that matches the righteous vibe of the tunes and the free-soaring spirit of her vocals. If you were ready to get tired of Monday's sound and style, this isn't the album to do it – because each new track is a surprising delight, and makes us fall in love with her work all over again! Titles include "I'm Still Here", "Yellow Light", "Dig Deep", "The Right Time", "Hung Up", "Be Who You Are", "Touch The Sky", "A New Way", and "Philosophy Road". CD
Also available Routes (Japanese pressing) ... CD 8.99

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Monday MichiruRoutes (Japanese pressing) ... CD
Geneon (Japan), 2006. Used ... $8.99
Another top-shelf session from Monday Michiru – one of the few current artists who's been able to hold our attention for so many years, thanks to an ever-deepening quality in her work! Back at the end of the 90s, we were first amazed when Monday moved simpler dance-based work into more complicated singer-songwriter soul – and we've listened in wonder as she's picked up stronger jazz, Latin, Brazilian, and soul influences as the years have gone on – really growing into her own, and maturing wonderfully with age! This album's way way past the early efforts that were so strongly shaped by her co-collaborators – and features production and all original songs by Monday – recorded live in the studio with a warmly glowing quality that matches the righteous vibe of the tunes and the free-soaring spirit of her vocals. If you were ready to get tired of Monday's sound and style, this isn't the album to do it – because each new track is a surprising delight, and makes us fall in love with her work all over again! Titles include "I'm Still Here", "Yellow Light", "Dig Deep", "The Right Time", "Hung Up", "Be Who You Are", "Touch The Sky", "A New Way", and "Philosophy Road". CD also features the bonus track "Sketches Of Myself". CD
(Includes slipcase.)
Also available Routes ... CD 7.99

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Monday Michiru & OthersCo-Collaborator Works Of Monday Michiru ... CD
Universal (Japan), 2007. New Copy ... $13.99
Great grooves from Monday Michiru – a Soul Source collection that brings together a wealth of Monday's dancefloor work with a host of other artists! The tunes here are all upbeat and nicely grooving – very much that soulful Soul Source dancefloor vibe – and the package is a nice reminder that although Monday's been hitting some great mellow notes of late, she's also still one of the best club-oriented talents from the Japanese scene. A number of these tracks are from hard to find singles, and collaborators here include Da Lata, Jazztronik, Soul Source, Masters At Work, Joe Claussell, and Mondo Grosso. Titles include "Butterfly" by Mondo Grosso with Monday Michiru, "You Make Me (Studio Apartment rmx)" by Monday Michiru, "The Right Time (Jephte's King Street vokal)" by Monday Michiru, "The Real Thing" by Soul Source Productions with Monday Michiru, "Tiger Eyes (English version)" by Jazztronik with Monday Michiru, "New Beginnings" by Monday Michiru with Da Lata, "ADDP" by M-Flo with Monday Michiru, "Sunshine After The Rain (MAW 12" mix)" by Monday Michiru, and "Higher (Spiritual Life voc)" by Monday Michiru with Joe Claussell. CD
(Please Note – CD case has a sticker in Japanese on the back.)

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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
Also available How Do I Talk To My Brother? ... LP 14.99

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Ben PiraniHow Do I Talk To My Brother? ... LP
Colemine, 2018. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $14.99
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.)
Also available How Do I Talk To My Brother? ... CD 11.99

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Phillippe Saisse Acoustique TrioMy Favorite Songs ... CD
441, 2003. Used ... $16.99
Wonderful work from a real up-and-comer – a bright young jazz artist who seems to get better and better with each new record! Philippe Saisse takes his "acoustic" tag here with a grain of salt – as the French keyboardist also plays Fender Rhodes, Wurlitzer organ, and vibes on the set – leaving the real acoustics to the wonderful bass and drum work of the rhythm section. The distinction is a strong one, though – as the album's one of Saisse's first to not feature a lot of extra production and studio work – and instead has the keyboardist stretching out in territory that's extremely warm and soulful. As the title implies, the tunes are some of Saisse's favorites – both older covers and standards, plus some very nice original tunes. 2 tracks feature vocals by Nneka Morton – and titles include "Song For Jun", "Alone Again Naturally", "I'm Not In Love", "Poem For 15", "Michelle", "Once", "Song For Saisse", and "About Time". (Jazz, Neo Soul) CD
(Out of print, barcode has a cutout hole.)

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✨✧ Terry CallierTotal Recall ... CD
Mr Bongo (UK), 2003. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The genius of Terry Callier – remixed! One of the greatest things to happen to Chicago soul legend Callier in recent years was his discovery by a host of cutting edge producers and DJs on the European scene – important talents who took his work to a whole new audience, by fusing Terry's original grooves with some more ambitious rhythmic progressions, keyboard lines, and other studio touches. And while you might fear that such knob-twiddling would muddy the waters and dampen Callier's spirit, such was not the case – as work in this vein only seemed to inspire Terry further, to stretch out his wings and reach new musical horizons. The tracks on this set offer a number of recent Callier recordings, remixed by the cream of the current UK and European scene – all as proof of how great this format is when applied to Callier's work. Titles include "Monuments Of Mars (Hopper mix)", "Running Around (Fug city mix)", "Love Theme From Spartacus (4 Hero No Skins mix)", "Sierra Leone (Block 16 mix)", "Darker Than A Shadow (Mitchell & Dewbury mix)", "Love Theme (Zero 7 rmx)", "Imagine A Nation (Funky Lowlives mix)", and "Just My Imagination (Tom Findlay & Keeling Lee mix)". (Soul, Neo Soul) CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Jill ScottExperience – Jill Scott 826+ ... CD
Epic/Hidden Beach, 2001. Used 2 CDs ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Ok so she's got a Grammy – but that makes us love her even more! Jill Scott is one of the greatest soul artists to emerge in the past decade – and this second album avoids the usual "sophomore slump" by showing a whole new side of her talents! Disc one is a great live set – showing that Jill's organic talent isn't the product of studio trickery, and can conjure up as much warmth in person as it can on disc. The backing is tight, jazzy, and with a different finish than you might be accustomed to from Jill's first LP – less hip hop beats and more real funk drumming, a fuller group instrumental sound with lots of nice solos, and over it all, incredible vocals from Jill! The set's got smoking live versions of "One Is The Magic #", "A Long Walk", "Love Rain", "Getting In The Way", "Fatback Taffy", "He Loves Me", and "Do You Remember". CD
(Out of print.)

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✨✧ Lisa StansfieldMoment (with bonus tracks) ... CD
ZTT/Salvo (UK), 2004. Used ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
The surprising union of Brit soul diva Lisa Stansfield and legendary producer Trevor Horn – in a set of tracks that marks one of the first for the newly-revived ZTT label! Horn is nicely restrained in his presentation of Lisa – never resorting to too many tricks or studio gimmicks, and instead giving plenty of space to the soulful expression of her vocals – in a mode that's quite different from the classic ZTT sound of the 80s. Stansfield is unabashedly pop-centrist on the tunes – and the album features a nice cover of "When Love Breaks Down", plus "Treat Me Like A Woman", "Easier", "Say It To Me Now", "He Touches Me", "Lay Your Hands On Me", and "The Moment". CD

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✨✧ James L'Estraunge OrchestraEventual Reality ... CD
BBE (UK), 2017. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A fantastic debut from the James L'Estraunge Orchestra – a studio combo, but one who come together with this amazing mix of groove and sophisticated arrangements! The project is the brainchild of Ricky Reid – who you might know in his work with The Soul Renegades – and there's a richness to the album that takes us back to some of the first wave of really complicated, really beautiful sounds from the London scene years back – maybe like the music of Chris Bowden or Jessica Lauren, with just a trace of 4Hero in the way that Reid blends together fuller strings and horns with some tight rhythms at the core. There's plenty of great keyboards on the album – including some Fender Rhodes from Ricky – but the album's hardly just the usual beats-and-keys session, as there's a complex vision here that's way more than just dancefloor music. Yet there's also plenty of grooves – just served up with a depth that makes the album appealing in so many other ways too – on tracks that include "The Call", "Closer", "We Rise", "Me & The Bear", "Eventual Reality", "See You Tonight", "Autumn Falls", and "It Happened Before". (New Grooves, Neo Soul) CD

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✨✧ Monday MichiruRoutes – Live In Japan (DVD) ... DVD
Geneon (Japan), 2006. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
One of the few DVDs we've ever seen of the great Monday Michiru – a performer who's even more enchanting in a live setting than in the studio! Monday works here with a great small combo– Henry Hey on keyboards, Genta on drums and percussion, and Alex Sipiagin on trumpet and flugelhorn – a lineup that really follows the deeper, more jazz-based style of her later work – as she opens up on titles that include a great mix of older gems and new material. Includes versions of "Sunshine After The Rain", "The Right Time", "I Couldn't See", "You Make Me", "Touch The Sky", "Intuition", "I'm Still Here", "Remember", "Hung Up", "Play It By Ear", and "Philosophy Road". (DVDs & Videos, Neo Soul) DVD
(DVD is NTSC, All Region.)

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✨✧ Jill ScottExperience – Jill Scott 826+ (clean version) ... CD
Epic/Hidden Beach, 2001. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
Ok so she's got a Grammy – but that makes us love her even more! Jill Scott is one of the greatest soul artists to emerge in the past decade – and this second album avoids the usual "sophomore slump" by showing a whole new side of her talents! Disc one is a great live set – showing that Jill's organic talent isn't the product of studio trickery, and can conjure up as much warmth in person as it can on disc. The backing is tight, jazzy, and with a different finish than you might be accustomed to from Jill's first LP – less hip hop beats and more real funk drumming, a fuller group instrumental sound with lots of nice solos, and over it all, incredible vocals from Jill! The set's got smoking live versions of "One Is The Magic #", "A Long Walk", "Love Rain", "Getting In The Way", "Fatback Taffy", "He Loves Me", and "Do You Remember". Disc 2 features rare and unreleased studio tracks – including "Gotta Get Up" with 4 Hero, "High Post Brotha" with Common, and the cuts "Gimme", "Be Ready", "Free", "Sweet Justice", and "Thickness". A massive batch of tracks – and one that will make you love Jill even more! CD
(Clean version, booklet has a slight cut corner & a punch through traycard artwork.)
 
 
 



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