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Neo Soul — Recently Added

XThe best of the contemporary soul underground -- Eric Roberson, Ed Motta, D'Angelo, Incognito, Jose James, Monday Michiru, and many more!


Brand New Heavies

TBNH
Acid Jazz (UK), 2019. New Copy
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 ... CD

Monday Michiru

Moods
MCJP (Japan), 2003. New Copy
A wonderful little album from Monday Michiru – her tenth solo album in a short but strong legacy of soul! The album builds on the maturing sound that Monday's been crafting over her previous records – a really cohesive sound that takes bits of classic 70s jazz, Latin rhythms, acoustic ... CD
Jazz & People (France), 2018. New Copy
Thiefs are a jazz combo at the core – outfitted with saxes, acoustic bass, and drums – but all three members also use a fair bit of electronics, and do so in a way that opens the door to a range of different voices that help shape the sound of the record! The mode is a bit like some of ... CD
Dome (UK), 2000. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Avery R Young

Tubman
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Brand New Heavies

TBNH
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Intellexual (Nate Fox & Nico Segal)

Intellexual (with bonus download)
Fantasy, 2019. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dome (UK), 1996/1998/2001. New Copy 3CD
The first three albums from Down To The Bone – packaged here in a nicely-priced set, with bonus tracks too! First up is From Manhattan To Staten – a record that moves across the boroughs of New York – and which also managed to have a huge impact on the Windy City as well – ... CD

Lasperanza

Seeds
Dome (UK), 2019. New Copy
A tight debut from Lasperanza – aka arranger producer Rico Garofalo, who put together the whole set as a tribute to older jazz, funk, and soul that laid the seeds for his own music in recent years! The record has a vibe that's a bit like that strong UK soul tradition started with Incognito, ... CD
Victor (Japan), 2015. New Copy
The other side of Monday Michiru – or, more appropriately, the early side of the great soul singer – given that her roots in jazz go very far back, to the time when she was the child of two very famous jazz musicians! This set has Monday reunited with her mother – the legendary ... CD

Monday Michiru

Brasilified Nights
Hydra (Japan), 2014. New Copy
Monday Michiru returns to one of our favorite modes from her early years – collaborative grooves cut with some of the best talents of the underground – all of whom breathe incredible new life into her Brasilified album! We loved that record to death – and so did most of you ... CD
Artist Share, 2010. New Copy Gatefold
Really great remixes from Monday Michiru's Nexus album – tracks that make some really great magic with the originals! Monday's selected a great array of talents for this project, and the music really takes off from the sound of Nexus – often into territory that's even more cosmic and ... CD

Monday Michiru & Others

Co-Collaborator Works Of Monday Michiru
Universal (Japan), 2007. New Copy
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 ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 2001. New Copy
A collection of hard-to-find work by Monday Michiru – featuring mixes and covers that have been issued as singles in the past, and which fit together surprisingly well as a full LP! If you know Monday's work, you know that her singles often feature versions of tracks that are quite different ... CD

Monday Michiru

Premiumix
Polydor (Japan), 1999. New Copy
Great work from our favorite Japanese soul star – a nice batch of remixes, filled with guest appearances by the likes of Incognito, Basement Jaxx, Shinichi Osawa, Soul Society, Byron Wallen, Rob Playford, and others – all packaged in an extremely captivating cover with great graphics! ... CD

Sequoyah Murray

Penalties Of Love EP
Thrill Jockey, 2019. New Copy (pic cover)
A really amazing debut from Sequoyah Murray – a young soul singer we have a feeling we'll be hearing plenty from in years to come! Sequoyah's got a style that's very much his own – one born out of frequent collaboration and improvisation – with elements that are maybe as jazz-base ... 12-inch, Vinyl record

Harriet Brown

Mall Of Fortune
Innovative Leisure, 2019. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Monday Michiru

Naked Breath 2
Sonic Image, 2017. New Copy
Beautiful work from Monday Michiru – an artist we've loved for over 20 years, and who just keeps on rewarding our faith in her work with records like this! Years back, Monday was a soul singer, then she grew into a very talented jazz singer too – and here, she's in a very special space ... CD

Monday Michiru

Routes
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 ... CD

Monday Michiru

Nexus
Artist Share, 2008. New Copy
Brilliant work from Monday Michiru – one of her jazziest records to date, and one of her most soulful too! There's a really deep feel going on here – light years past the basic soul and dancefloor grooves that Monday was cutting a decade ago, with a musically evolved sound that's ... CD

Monday Michiru

Alternate Routes
Artist Share, 2008. New Copy Gatefold
Great remixes from Monday Michiru's Routes album – and a set that really continues her strong tradition of collaboration with some of the hippest talents of the underground! As with some of our favorite Michiru remixes from years back, the tracks here are more re-imaginations or re-recordings ... CD

Bryony Jarman-Pinto

Cage & Aviary
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy
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 ... CD

Pieces Of A Man

Made In Pieces
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2019. New Copy
CD...$9.99 10.99
You've gotta love a band who names themselves after a Gil Scott Heron album – even if their approach is somewhat different than the legendary records by the man himself! Pieces Of A Man hail from London, and are wonderfully soulful overall – but they also work in a pastiche-oriented ... CD
Shanachie, 2018. New Copy
CD...$9.99 18.98
A really great combination of talents – the songs of Bill Withers and the vocals of Anthony David – a singer whose acoustic undercurrents make him a perfect partner for Bill's music! If anything, the presentation here might be even more spare and stripped-down than Withers' originals ... CD
Membran (Germany), 2018. New Copy
A mindblowing record from the great Ed Motta – a set that continues all the warmer, English language elements of his recent albums – but one that also seems to have Ed hitting a new sort of sophistication too! The sound is incredible – almost out-AORing all the global AOR ... CD

Janelle Monae

Dirty Computer
Bad Boy, 2018. New Copy
CD...$9.99 18.98
Janelle Monae knocks it out of the park here – sounding every bit as great as before, but also hitting this righteous mode that really takes the singer to incredible new territory! If you loved Janelle's previous records, don't worry – she's still as catchy and playful as ever – ... CD

Harriet Brown

Mall Of Fortune
Innovative Leisure, 2019. New Copy
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 ... CD
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy
CD...$7.99 17.98
The first full album from 79.5 – a contemporary female soul group, but one with a very unique approach to their sound! The group's got three lead singers, but their style is different than some of the more poppy female trios out there – and, if anything, they seem to echo older sweet ... CD
Polydor (Japan), 1999. New Copy
A wonderful Latin groover from Monday's Optimista album, remixed nicely here with some heavy conga beats, rolling piano riffs, and great production on the vocals! The cut's super catchy, and the instrumental remix is just as good as the vocal, as it's got some tight Latin playing that sound super. ... CD

Mourning A BLKstar

Garner Poems
Electric Cowbell, 2018. New Copy
A fantastically righteous set – a blend of funk and politics that we haven't heard done this well since the 70s – even though the whole record is aimed at dealing with contemporary issues – as you might guess from the title's reference to the late Eric Garner! The set's dedicated ... CD
Columbia, 2018. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Erykah Badu

Baduizm
MCA, 1997. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A landmark debut from the mighty Erykah Badu – a record that really set the world on fire when it first appeared – and which continues to blow our minds all these many years later! There's a simple, straightforward grace to the album that comes through immediately – as Erykah ... LP, Vinyl record album

Devin Morrison

Bussin'
NBN, 2019. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Shafiq Husayn

Loop
Nature Sounds, 2019. New Copy
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 ... CD

D'Angelo

Black Messiah
RCA, 2014. New Copy 2 LPs Gatefold
D'Angelo comes back after many years awol from the studio – and the result is a stunning new step in his music! We've loved the man from day one – and some folks could well say that he really helped reinvigorate soul back in the 90s – and all his time away from the studio has ... LP, Vinyl record album

Avery R Young

Tubman
FPE, 2019. New Copy
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 ... CD

Tank & The Bangas

Green Balloon
Verve, 2018. New Copy
Tank and the Bangas roll in with a mighty heavy groove – their own special spin on contemporary soul, which seems equally informed by elements of hip hop and underground funk! The group hail from New Orleans, but have a sound that's way more 21st Century than most of that city's musical ... CD

Raheem DeVaughn

Love Reunion
SoNo, 2019. New Copy
Raheem DeVaughn's the master of the smooth groove – a singer rooted in classic modes, but working in ever-contemporary modes – so much that this album feels like a great step forward from some of his previous sets! Despite the "reunion" in the title, the love here almost ... CD

Groove Theory

Groove Theory
Epic/Get On Down, 1995. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
The only album ever from Groove Theory – but the set that introduced the world to Amel Larrieux – whose vocal talents alone are worth the price of admission! The feel here is a bit more mainstream soul than some of Amel's later work – but given the mid 90s date of release, the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Foreign Exchange

Leave It All Behind
HBD, 2008. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The second album from Foreign Exchange – the formerly bi-continental project of North Carolina MC and soul singer Phonte of Little Brother, and transplanted Dutch producer Nicolay – who take an even deeper turn into spacey soul on Leave It All Behind! Given that Phonte is singing ... LP, Vinyl record album
Concord, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
12T/Aftermath, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Cinematic hip hop soul from Anderson.Paak named after a seaside city west of Los Angeles, CA – but it's not Malibu, it's the stunning follow up Oxnard – a little looser, more diverse, and ultimately just as impressive set from this still rising talent! The uber-impressive guest list ... LP, Vinyl record album

Laville

Wanderer
Acid Jazz (UK), 2019. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sony (UK), 1994. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sony (UK), 1993. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Columbia, 2015. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

D'Angelo

Voodoo
Virgin/Modern Classics, 2000. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
Sweet and gritty soul from D'Angelo – who takes a huge step into deeper territory on Voodoo – and it's one of the most monumental records of its time! On one level, Voodoo works as a nicely stripped-down session with a very classic soul feel. Gone are the overzealous flourishes that ... LP, Vinyl record album

Cool Million

Stronger
Lounge (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hidden Beach, 2019. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated October 14, 2019


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