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


Siren
Expansion (UK), 2018. New Copy
A beautiful tribute to the Cali soul sound of the 70s – served up here by Robb Scott with a wonderfully groovy sound! The music here recalls that great moment when things could be tight, but never slick or commercial – maybe the productions of Larry Mizell, or the flowing soulful ... CD
Soul Brother (UK), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
A stunning debut from Jarrod Lawson – a singer we fell in love with right away – and who we'd rank right up there with some our favorite mellow soul artists of the 70s! Yes, the cover's got a look that's more indie rock – but Jarrod's got this righteous vibe and sense of flow ... LP, Vinyl record album
Voyager
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy
If you like Fender Rhodes, you'll find plenty to love here – as Moonchild is just the duo of singer Amber Navran and keyboardist Andris Mattson – whose warm lines here are a perfect accompaniment to the vocals! There's a warm, organic vibe here that's maybe a bit different than some of ... CD
Reel People (UK), 2017. New Copy
The duo of Phonte and Nicolay have been giving us great music for many years – and here, they serve up a special selection of their favorite tracks from recent years – all with the warm glow and soulful currents we've always loved from the Reel People label! The set features two ... CD
Wax Poetics, 2018. New Copy
A nice little allstar remix EP of tracks by indie soul/pop/hip hop hybridizers Bones & Beeker – with mixes by Cut Chemist, ZuluZuluu, Open Mike Eagle, and the J-Zone/Sacha Jenkins/Prince Paul supergroup Superblack! Includes Cut Chemist's remix of "World Behind", "Each Time ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Ghostly International, 2018. New Copy
Starchild here sings with a group called New Romantic – a really great name, given the 80s vibe of the set! Yet the music isn't the soft electro pop of the UK new romantics – as the groove here is more funky soul, but with a slightly sexy vibe – almost in the legacy of some of ... LP, Vinyl record album
Heavn
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 ... CD
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Top Dawg Ent., 2017. New Copy
A stunning debut from SZA – a soul singer who seems to represent a whole new way of being – with a style that's at once very understated and completely compelling! SZA's clearly got a hell of a voice – but she's also content to weave it into the rich mix of beats, keyboards, and ... CD
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Ghostly International, 2018. New Copy
Starchild here sings with a group called New Romantic – a really great name, given the 80s vibe of the set! Yet the music isn't the soft electro pop of the UK new romantics – as the groove here is more funky soul, but with a slightly sexy vibe – almost in the legacy of some of ... CD
Large Music, 1996. New Copy
Peven Everett's breakout track! Though this single is credited to and really belongs to new school Chicago producer Roy Davis, Jr, it's most well known around these parts as the first record that Peven really got a chance to shine on, with his soulful vocals nicely adding icing to the sweet, ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Yes Lawd!
Stones Throw, 2016. New Copy
Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge's full length debut as a duo – and the most triumphant Stones Throw record in years! To this (still early) point in young .Paak's career, his voice has already proved to be a prime vessel for natural grit and mood, if not gamechanger songwriting, best paired with ... CD
Glydezone, 2017. New Copy
Two tracks of funky soul, both served up with a sweet 80s-styled groove – in a perfect pairing of the talents of Ekkah and Dam Funk! There's lots of bottom bass pedal lines on "What's Up" – which creates a percolating funky vibe that's topped with lyrics that just lay into ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Run Deep
Motema, 2018. New Copy
The first full album from Deva Mahal – a relatively young singer, but one who comes across with a power that makes us think that she's been recording for years! Deva's definitely got a contemporary soul approach, but works with a rasp in her vocals that's a bit blues-influenced too – ... CD
Chris Dave & The Drumhedz
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy
Funky drums and a whole lot more – a crackling Blue Note album from Chris Dave & The Drumhedz – maybe one of the few on the label to ever carry a parental advisory sticker! The sticker's well-placed, though – as Chris doesn't just drum, but also opens the door for a host of ... CD
Sol Empowered
Atlanta, 2017. New Copy
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The first we've heard from Chantae Cann – a wonderful singer who grabs our ears right with the very first note on this set – and continues to delight all the way through! Chantae's got this really cool style – kind of light and dreamy, but with a rasp around the edges – a ... CD
Feel
Rexamillon/Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy
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RC Williams really outdoes himself here – moving The Gritz way past their previous role as the backing band for Erkyah Badu – and finding their own wonderfully strong sense of soul! The groove is fantastic right from the start – funky, but very fresh in approach – with lots ... CD
P-Vine (Japan), 2018. New Copy
A sweet little set that definitely offers up another page of Incognito – as the Japanese-only collection mixes a few older tracks with more recent numbers we haven't seen on other albums! Bluey and the group are as fantastic as ever – and in a way, these later mature tracks almost have ... CD
Sha's Archive
Zosar (Canada), 2018. New Copy
Sharon Musgrave waited a number of years between records, but that time really seems to be well-spent – as the singer comes across here with a mature, focused sound that's even deeper than the last time around! The groove is mostly mellow – never too forced, and with just the right ... CD
Outflow
Zosar (Canada), 2010. New Copy
Far reaching soul from Sharon Musgrave – mix of jazzy and smoothed out soul, strong spoken word moments, and more straight forward, quite solid modern soul – and she pulls it all together beautifully! A unique mix of modes with fairly richly detailed live instrumentation from jazzy ... CD
 
Updated April 24, 2018


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