Umii (Reva DeVito & B Bravo) —
This Time ... CD Fresh Selects, 2018. New Copy ...
Singer Reva DeVito is right on top of the grooves here – adding her upbeat, positive vocal style to the lightly crackling energy of the tunes! Rhythms are straightforward, instrumentation is nice and light, but there's always a forward-moving quality to the cuts – underground club with ... read moreCD
Great grooves from two contemporary cats who really love the sound of classic boogie – working here in a live analogue setting with a mighty great sound! The rhythms are strong, but simple – filled with excellent work on bass, guitar, and plenty of keyboards – almost feeling like ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Underground System have really expanded their vibe this time around – still working with some of the Afro Funk styles of before, but also opening up into a range of contemporary soul styles that maybe fit the image of the cover a bit more than we might have guessed! There's lots of great ... read moreCD
Underground System have really expanded their vibe this time around – still working with some of the Afro Funk styles of before, but also opening up into a range of contemporary soul styles that maybe fit the image of the cover a bit more than we might have guessed! There's lots of great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Ruby Velle's got one of those voices that will no doubt make her huge – soaring and powerful, right from the very first notes – with a capable confidence that could probably take on just about any style of music, but which is especially great here in the company of the Soulphonics combo! ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreCD
A fantastic album from trumpeter Kenny Wellington – one that shows us that the 70s spirit of artists like Roy Ayers and the Mizell Brothers is alive and well – as long as you know where to look! The record's contemporary, but has a really classic blend of jazz and soul – one that ... read moreCD
Alyson Williams —
Raw ... LP Sony, 1989. Near Mint- ...
Titles include "Just Call My Name", "I'm So Glad", "My Love Is So Raw", "Still My No 1", "Sleep Talk", "I Need Your Lovin", and "Masquerade". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a promo stamp and hype stickers.)
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Wonk & The Love Experiment —
Binary ... LP Sweet Soul (Japan), 2018. New Copy ...
A slightly different vibe than usual for Wonk – maybe more soul than jazz overall, but with that criss-crossing style we love so much in their music – just expanded strongly by the presence of Love Experiment! The beats are chunky, funky, and cut with lots of spacey elements – ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jamila Woods —
Heavn ... CD Jagjaguwar, 2017. New Copy ...
A fantastic debut from Chicago soul singer Jamila Woods – the kind of artist that makes us very proud to be located in the Windy City! Woods is an extremely inventive lyricist – strongly inspired by poetry, but also immediately trying to communicate in a wider spectrum with her sound ... read moreCD
A fantastic debut from Chicago soul singer Jamila Woods – the kind of artist that makes us very proud to be located in the Windy City! Woods is an extremely inventive lyricist – strongly inspired by poetry, but also immediately trying to communicate in a wider spectrum with her sound ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lizz Wright —
Grace ... CD Concord, 2017. New Copy ...
Lizz Wright teams up with producer Joe Henry on a tribute to the grace of the American south – on a record that may well be her strongest to date! The set's got a warm core that really suits Wright's vocals – and the strength of her presentation here is so rich, she hardly needs any ... read moreCD
Satoshi Yoshida with Takuya Kuroda —
Mememto ... CD Pirates (Japan), 2014. New Copy ...
A great little set that follows strongly in the mode of some of the best recent Blue Note work from the spiritual funk underground – such as releases by Robert Glasper and Takuya Kuroda – the latter of whom plays on most of this set! The album's leader is guitarist Satoshi Yoshida, but ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreCD
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 ... read moreCD
A very dreamy project from the mighty Adrian Younge – a special project that features two female singers in the lead, both working with this offbeat vibe that slightly recalls the way that Roy Ayers used female singers on some of his 70s records, especially the classic album by Ramp! Yet the ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The lovely ladies of the Voices Of Gemma have been booted off this version of their project with Adrian Younge – as the set's all instrumental, and instead focuses on those wonderful beats and baroque sounds that make the core project so great! Without the singers, the vibe is very similar ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A dozen volumes in – and this wonderful series is still going strong – an incredibly solid, incredibly trustworthy collection of all that's great in the global underground! Gilles Peterson has been opening up our ears for decades, and he's never let us down – and, as before, ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreCD
To folks back in the 80s, the vocoder seemed like the sound of the future – and all these many years later, it turns out it's still the sound of the present – thanks to a range of younger artists who've helped breathe new life into the old electro stalwart! The tracks here are totally ... read moreCD
Fantastic soul from the contemporary scene – most of it by British and American artists who work in the soul underground – hand-picked by the always-trusted ears of Expansion Records! As you might know, the label also reissues lots of classic soul from the 70s – and we'd ... read moreCD
A nice mix of broken beat and leftfield hip hop soul production and some of the finer independent soul and hip hop voices on a solid EP! Featuring Georgia Anne Muldrow, Blu, MED, Jimetta Rose, Mndsgn and more – and production by Dizzl, Swarvy, titles include "We Make It Look Easy" ... (Hip Hop, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer collection of contemporary soul – put together by a Japanese label that's building a great reputation for digging out the coolest corners of the global underground! The set definitely earns the "world" in its title, as the singers here aren't just from the US scene – ... read moreCD