A full on funky soul Christmas gift from Aloe Blacc! AB wasn't messing around with the title here, he delivers genuinely funky Christmas cheer from beginning to end, all the more endearingly so, as it's rooted strongly in new original songs rather than leaning on the classic Christmas songbook like ... (Holiday Music, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Joe Armon Jones sings and plays lots of cool Wurlitzer electric piano on this gem of an album – but the whole thing is maybe even more of a tribute to the warmly collaborative spirit of the contemporary London scene, as it is to the talents of the man himself! There's a nicely fluid sense of ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A fantastic second set from keyboardist Joe Armon-Jones – a musician we first came to love in the UK-based Ezra Collective, and one who's now effortlessly bridging a space between jazz and soul! The record's got a vibe that's as cosmic as its cover – but one that comes not just through ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The best we've heard so far from Dayme Arocena – a Cuban singer who's got a great way of reaching out from Havana with a sound that can circle the globe! The music here has a blend of jazz, soul, and Cuban roots – but all delivered together in a style that's completely unique and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Philip Bailey's looking hipper than usual on the cover – and he's sounding hipper than usual within – thanks to fantastic production help from Robert Glasper, Christian McBride, and Chick Corea – all artists who play on the record, and help give Bailey a really timeless sense of ... (Soul, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Please Note – These copies have a slightly dinged corner from shipping, nothing major just a small dent on one corner.)
Jon Bap really breaks down the concept of a typical song here – as some tunes are more short bursts of sound, others are more lyrically oriented – and together, they all make for one hell of a compelling album! Things can be pretty abstract one minute, then funky and soulful the next ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Beady Belle —
Dedication ... LP Jazzland (Norway), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Beady Belle never lets us down – and even though the lady's been making music for well over a decade, she still turns out some of the most consistently thoughtful soul we can think of! Forget the fact that the singer's on a Norwegian label, as the lyrics here are all in English, backed by ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bet.e & Stef —
Jazz/Bossa Nova ... LP Bet.e & Stef Records/Return To Analog (Canada), 1997. New Copy ...
A beautiful selection of early work by the Candian bossa duo of Bet.e & Stef – a great team that makes some really musical magic together – with a vibe that's quite different than anything you might expect from the Great White North! The feel here is like perfect 60s bossa – ... (Brazil, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Brand New Heavies —
TBNH ... LP Acid Jazz (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Excellent work from The Brand New Heavies – one of those groups that made us first want to get into the record store business many years ago! The passage of time hasn't dimmed their genius at all – and right as at the start, the music here is flowing with classic funk and soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A soaring set from Leon Bridges – a full length second album that's every bit as classic as his debut, but in a completely different way! Where Coming Home was maybe Leon's answer to the generation of Marvin Gaye and Sam Cooke, Good Thing is more of a nod to the era of Maxwell and D'Angelo ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tanika Charles —
Gumption ... LP Record Kicks (Italy), 2019. New Copy ...
Tina Charles has plenty of gumption – just the right kind of persistence that's going to make her a soul singer to watch in years to come! Charles starts out in the territory of a female vocalist working with a funk band – but she also brings a lot more to her music than just straight ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A contemporary soul set from the UK, but one that's got a very laidback vibe and a very mellow 70s sort of sound! The style is nicely easygoing – kind of slow funk on most tracks, which is perfect for the lead vocals and the way they trip along the tunes in a way that's relaxed, but never ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We waited years for the full length debut of Columbia Nights, and not only was it worth the wait, it's a stunner – a beautiful batch of timeless spacey soul! Essentially the multi-instrumentalist trio of John E Daise, Jason "Brotherspanky" Edwards and Hayling Price, they have really ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great full length set from Cool Million – a group who don't give us nearly as many records as we'd like – because by this time, they should have a recorded legacy to match that of Incognito or Brand New Heavies! Like both of those groups, these guys have a great way of going ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Da Lata —
Birds ... LP Da La Music (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
The first album in more than a few years from Da Lata – a set that has the core group winnowed down to Chris Franck, but which seems to open up the sound even more than before! Everything we've ever loved about Da Lata is in place here – that special sound that filters together bits of ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Robert Glasper takes on the music of Miles Davis – in a set that's way more of Glasper's own than you might guess from the presentation! True, the tracks are all based around Miles Davis material from the Columbia Records vaults – but Robert really opens things up right away with his ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A soulful solo set from Brian Ellis – a keyboardist we know from more jazz-based projects in recent years, but who really soars out here in a warmly sunny mode! Brian handles everything on the album himself – working like some LA maestro from the 70s in a multi-track studio – and ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic sounds from Flying Lotus – an artist who just keeps on pushing past any conventional expectations, to a point where his music is almost a genre unto itself! The record's got this very tripped-out sort of vibe – very much in keeping with the image on the cover – and ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The start of a great legacy for Foreign Exchange – a duo made up of equal parts MC Phonte of Little Brother and Dutch production wiz Nicolay! The record was a pretty fitting departure for Phonte – whose crew re-ignited the southern hip hop underground for cats without the pimp crunk ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Robert Glasper —
Black Radio ... LP Blue Note, 2012. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
An amazing new chapter in the career of Robert Glasper – one of our favorite new jazz musicians of the past decade or so! This set features loads of Glasper's enigmatic piano lines – those fluid, elliptical sounds that are always filled with plenty of soul and imagination – ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Macy Gray —
Id ... LP Epic, 2001. Very Good ...
Macy Gray's steps to a higher level on The Id – this is no "sophomore slump" to our ears – actually a helluva lot better than her big selling debut! As on her first set, Macy's vocals are wonderful – totally unique, with that warm raspy soulful style that makes her one ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Macy's first album, debuting her raw approach to both singing and lyrical content. With "I've Committed Murder", "Why Didn't You Call Me", "Sex-o-matic Venus Freak", "A Moment To myself", "Do Something" and "The Letter". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has some wear.)
A flagship record from the wonderful Dome label – one of the hippest homes to contemporary soul on the other side of the Atlantic – and a company that's given us great music for over two decades! This set is one of their key early releases – a brilliant set from Hil St Soul ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We'll be the first to admit, we were always a bit suspicious of James Hunter at the start – but over the years, with records this great, he's really won us over – to the point that we're not sure why we even had any question about his music in the first place! The really strong step ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Shafiq Husayn —
Loop ... LP Nature Sounds, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
It's been many years since Sa-Ra have expanded our minds with their revolutionary blend of hop hop and soul – but fortunately, Shafiq Husayn has carried on the group's legacy – and has reached an even higher plane with music like this! Husayn brings all the fantastic production skills ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The title's a reference to the process of recording the album – which was almost a therapeutic effort by Iamabeenie at the end of the day – a way to respond to the troubles and terrors of our time, with music that has a righteous mission to uplift and heal! The set was recorded on the ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A really great step forward for Nate Fox and Nico Segal – who you might know from the Chicago collective The Social Experiment – set here to transform the world of contemporary soul on their own! The album's got this really fantastic, yet sensitive blend of modes – tunes that are ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Comes with a really cool booklet too! Includes download.)
Pure wonderfulness from Internet – a group who seem to bound forward strongly with each new release! These guys are easily one of the most compelling mainstream soul acts we can think of – still very lean, and working with an indie-level vibe – but also able to focus in on hooks ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Stunning soul from The Internet – a group who just seem to get better and better with each new record – to the point where we fell in love with this set after hearing just the first few notes! The sound is wonderful – warm, but funky – bottom-heavy, but soaring to the skies ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The group's first full length album – and a classic batch of soulful funky tunes, handled with the charm and care that would make Jamiroquai one of the best new soul acts to come out of the UK during the 90s. Think Brand New Heavies meets Stevie Wonder meets Steely Dan, and you'll get only ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A killer of an album from Jamiroquai – the first time we really sat up and took notice, and said "hey, these guys are onto something good!" The record's pretty darn great all the way through – a warm batch of tunes that starts with a classic 70s mode that's part Stevie Wonder ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A mindblower from Jamiroquai – the album that really broke them out of the box, thanks to an increasingly complicated sense of rhythm! For the set, Jay and the group pulled up some of the more dynamic sounds from the London underground, and wove them together with their increasingly great ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bryony Jarman-Pinto —
Cage & Aviary ... LP Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy Gatefold ...
Very cool work from Bryony Jarman-Pinto – a singer who's way more than just a singer – partly because she often uses the studio to harmonize alongside herself, which brings a very hip vibe to her sound! Bryony's maybe tied most strongly to jazz, but there's a heck of a lot going on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Bass-heavy funk with a definite 80s influence – but served up here with a contemporary crispness that's the best calling card of Stimulator Jones! In a world where so many others find it easy to completely cop the sounds of the post-disco years, these guys take all the best elements and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Limited edition pink vinyl pressing – with download!)
A really compelling little record from Kassa Overall – one that's definitely got some of the jazz promised by the title, especially in the form of keyboards – but a record that's also brimming over with energy on so many different fronts – with all these bits of hip hop, soul, and ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
2042 ... LP Kola (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold ...
Really striking work from Kele – an artist who works in a space that's very much his own, but which follows in a strong British legacy of mashing up modes for political action – a trajectory that might start with Pop Group, and flow strongly through the Tricky and Portishead generation! ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Sweet instrumentals pulled from the excellent Lady vocal debut – a set that doesn't feature the female singers at all, and instead just has this great El Michels kind of groove! The sound is no surprise, given that Leon Michels produced and also plays heavily on the record – with a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An all-instrumental version of Lady Wray's Queen Alone record – one that features no vocals at all from the woman herself, and which instead works perfectly as a great illustration of the instrumental talents of Leon Michels and crew! Michels produced and directed the whole album – and ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The first album by Laurnea – recorded during a brief stint on Sony, before taking things into her own hands on her own label! The album's got a sound that's a bit more mainstream than her later work, but still pretty darn great – a smoothly soulful approach with some nice jazzy touches ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Includes the printed inner sleeve. Cover has a cut corner and some wear.)
The debut album from Andre Laville – a singer who never performed publicly until late in his 20s, but who really seems to be making up for lost time with a strongly distinct style! Laville's got a voice that's deep and rich, crafted in the mode of some of the classic soul heroes from years ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
John Legend shakes loose of the contemporary pop soul style of his previous couple of records with a comparatively raw and direct soul vibe – revisiting some of best socially aware, emotionally resonant and still relevant songs of the 60s & 70s! The best tracks on the set are the ones ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A definite good thing from Parker Louis – a soul singer with a great ear for a mellow groove, and a style that really wraps his vocals up with the wider glow of the overall production! The approach is a bit hard to describe – almost as if Parker's got an ear trained on the sound of 70s ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Lucy Pearl —
Lucy Pearl ... LP Pookie/Unidisc (Canada), 2000. New Copy 2LP (reissue)...
The only album ever from Lucy Pearl – but a groundbreaking soul classic that still holds up strongly over the years! The group is something of an all-star trio – with a young Raphael Saadiq and Ali Shaheed Muhammad at the helm of the music, and Dawn Robinson of En Vogue on vocals ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Funk-tinged modern soul from Mama's Gun – the London based combo who've been making waves across the globe for close to a decade leading up to Golden Days, which sounds right at home on Ubiquity Records! The songs and overall sound blend vintage inspiration with sly modern touches, from a ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
An excellent bit of modern soul – a smooth seductive album that fits perfectly with an older mellow groove, but which also sparkles with the best recent efforts of the past decade. Maxwell's got a wonderful vocal style – reminding us a bit of classic Isley Brothers, Leon Ware, or O'Jay ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(UK pressing. Includes the printed inner sleeves. Cover has unglued seams, small center split in the top seam, and a promo sticker.)
Monday Michiru —
Routes ... LP Artist Share, 2006. New Copy ...
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 ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Adrian Younge is best known as a studio genius – and he's certainly working in that setting here – but in a live environment, with a larger group – in a way that really shows off a whole new side of his talents! Younge's partner here is Ali Shaheed Muhammad – who plays bass ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
We've been loving Moonchild over their past few records, but this set may well be their greatest moment so far – a really well-conceived set of 21st Century soul – put together with a style that's lean, but a sound that's rich and vibrant all the way through! The group are just a trio, ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great debut from soul singer Devin Morrison – an artist who brings a strong nod here to mainstream soul of a few decades back – while also opening the door for some great collaborative talents from the underground! Devin wrote and produced the whole set – with an ear that ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A tremendous effort from Mourning A BLKstar – a group who may be on their way to being the voice of a generation – as they work with an unabashed sense of righteous politics, funk, and soul – all taken to a higher plane in the process of creation! Plenty of folks are message-orien ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Mr Confuse has always been one of the best blue-eyed soul singers on the overseas funk scene – able to hit the right sort of modes for the music, yet never push things so much that he's trying to sound fake – a careful blend that might make others want to take note! Backings are tight ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
No overload here from Georgia Anne Muldrow – as the singer feels fresher and more vibrant than ever – maybe in part to the Brainfeeder setting of the album! More than a decade back, it seemed like Muldrow was giving us greatness at nearly every turn through the record racks – ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Really righteous work from Brian Owens – every bit as much as you'd expect from a St Louis singer dedicating a record to the struggles in Ferguson! Brian's got a great voice – one that was wrapped around Johnny Cash tunes on his previous record, but which sounds even better here on a ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Spacey, slinky soul from Skinny Pelembe – an artist whose groove is right in keeping with the groundbreaking, genre-busting style of the Brownswood label! Skinny's definitely his own man here – weaving together gentle beats, slightly trippy instrumentation, and an overall sense of ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The hype sticker on this one might say it all – "First album in 34 years, still sounds like '84" – and that's definitely the spirit here, as overlooked soul artist Prophet serves up a host of sweet 80s keyboards and grooves! He's not alone, though – as Mndsgn is on ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has some marker on the back and a small peeled spot.)
There's a photo of 70s vintage Johnny Guitar Watson nestled somewhere in the collage on the cover – and that's a really great soul music reference for the slinky, well-inflected sound of Rojai! The singer hails from San Francisco, and has a great way of stepping up to the needs of a tune ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
LA underground soul from Jimetta Rose – tripped out and intimately soulful at the same time, really a unique vibe, even coming from a scene as progressive of a jazzy hip hop soul scene as creatively unfettered as independent west coast's this far into the new millennium – and produced ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The deepest, most political album we've ever heard from Raphael Saadiq – a set named after his brother, Jimmy Lee – an addict who died an unfortunate early death! Saadiq takes all the pain from his brother's trauma, and works it into a series of songs that go farther than anything we've ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Get ready to discover a fantastic new soul music talent! Jill Scott's the best thing we've heard in years – and she's a perfect example of the killer NuSoul trends that have been forged in the past few years by artists like D'Angelo, Mshell N'degocello, or N'Dambe (but Jill doesn't have an ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has a promo sticker, some edge wear, and lightly bent corners.)
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 ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Gizelle Smith got caught in the rain on the cover – but you'd hardly know that, given the sunny, upbeat vibe of the album! Smith's a singer who's been bubbling under for years, and this sweet little set may be the one that breaks her out to the big time – as the album has her going ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
12 sublime spells from Esperanza Spaulding – with 4 more spells added to the mix for the physical release of the album! The record's got Esperanza really blowing us away – not content to just stay in the safer territory that she virtually invented a few years back, and which could ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Saxophonist Marcus Strickland continues the electric explorations of his previous project with Meshell Ndegeocello – but works here on his own, with his very cool Twi-Life group – which certainly opens up a whole new dimension in his music! Marcus blows sopranino, alto, tenor, and bass ... (Jazz, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Fantastic work from one of the most compelling mainstream talents in recent years – an artist who can get wide fame and acclaim, yet keep on pushing the boundaries into fresh new cosmic territory! This album may well be Thundercat's masterpiece – not just a summation of all the ideas ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne & Jake One) —
Tuxedo III ... LP Funk On Sight, 2019. New Copy ...
There's a sticker on the cover that proclaims "third time's the charm" – and while that might be the case, we've also got to admit that we've always been pretty well charmed by Tuxedo – a great outlet for the soulful talents of Mayer Hawthorne, as he teams up with Jake One! ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)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 moreLP, Vinyl record album
(Still in the shrink, including the printed inner sleeve.)
Marcos Valle —
Sempre ... LP Far Out (UK), 2019. New Copy ...
Just Sold Out!
Wonderfully groovy work from Marcos Valle – one of the artists who first inspired us to start a record store many years ago! Marcos is back, and in very soulful formation – working here in a mode that recalls some of his fantastic soul-based sounds in the early 80s – including ... (Brazil, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Jessie Ware —
Devotion ... LP Cherry Tree, 2014. Near Mint- ...
Just Sold Out!
Nicole Willis has always been a fiercely collaborative singer – at a level that really helps her open up her style with each new project she takes on! That's definitely the case here as Willis works with Banda Palomita – who've got this smoothly groovy style that's really wonderful ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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
Jamila Woods already blew us away with her debut – but this second set has the singer ready to take on the world with a huge step forward in her style! Jamila caught us almost by surprise when she first emerged – a Chicago soul singer who wasn't on our radar, and who already had this ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Avery R Young —
Tubman ... LP FPE, 2019. New Copy Gatefold ...
A career-defining record from Avery R Young – a Chicago poet, educator, and a hell of a singer too – working here with a larger ensemble of vocalists to redefine a space between gospel, funk, and soul – but all with a revolutionary quality that will set a whole new standard for ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
Adrian Younge's a talent who never sleeps – a producer/musician who's always on to new projects and new records – including some surprisingly great soundtrack efforts in recent years! Here, Younge takes a bit of time to collaborate with four different lyricists – Georgia Anne ... (Deep Funk, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
The mighty DJ Spinna has a way of making already-great music sound even greater – by using just the right sort of soulful touch to augment subtle elements in the original tunes that might have otherwise gone overlooked – to unlock a richer, more righteous energy that really serves the ... (New Grooves, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
A great entry in this long-running series – maybe one of the freshest in years, although maybe we're biased because of the Chicago connection too! The record continues the approach of previous volumes, but maybe has an even stronger vocal presence – thanks to strong contributions from ... read moreLP, Vinyl record album
This great series keeps on going strong – with over a decade's worth of excellent compilations – every one of them as wonderful as this sweet little set! The music's a mix of contemporary cuts that hit a sweet modern soul vibe – upbeat, but never too strongly in a house or dance ... (Funky Compilations, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album
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 ... (Funky Compilations, Neo Soul)read moreLP, Vinyl record album