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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!


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

Monday Michiru

Double Image
Polygram (Japan), 1998. New Copy
A real turning point for Monday Michiru – a set that has the Japanese singer moving into more complex rhythms than some of the straighter soul of her initial releases – really keeping things interesting as she stretches out lyrically too! Monday arranged and produced most of the record ... 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

BJ The Chicago Kid

1123
Motown, 2019. New Copy
BJ The Chicago Kid's second full length for Motown! BJ has a way of recalling classic Chicago soul in the earnest, emotional realness of his lyricism and relatively mellow style, which is a nicely grounding anchor given the modern overall aesthetic. It's a contemporary sound with a timeless soul ... LP, Vinyl record album
Freestyle (UK), 1990s/2000s/2010s. New Copy 2CD
A huge career overview of the music of Omar Lyefook – one of our favorite soul singers of the past few decades – right from the moment he first wowed the world with a bedroom-produced album that rivaled the greatness of Stevie Wonder! Omar's placement on the UK scene has maybe got him ... CD

T-Groove & Two Jazz Project

Nu Soul Nation
Kissing Fish (Japan), 2018. New Copy
T-Groove has given us some great music in the past, but he really blows us away here – as he works with Two Jazz Project on a much warmer version of some of his classic clubby modes – this wonderfully deep sound that has plenty of room for guests who include Enois Scroggins, Brae Leni, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dominique Fils-Aime

Red EP
King Underground, 2019. New Copy
Dominique Fils-Aime has this wonderfully crispy voice – a sound that sometimes make you feel she's older than her years, but set to instrumentation that also has some nicely contemporary currents too – all of which creates this pan-historic approach to soul, but one that's completely in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Verve, 2019. New Copy
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Cordial (UK), 2019. New Copy
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 ... 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

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

Cherrill Rae, Rene Goodwin, & Teddi Fusco

Society Hill Goes Pop
Society Hill, 2019. New Copy
The Society Hill label goes pop, but not in a contemporary way – as the company's always been devoted to the best classic sounds of 70s Philly – which it explores here with the help of three different singers! The tunes include a lot of crossover classics you'd know from 70s radio, but ... 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
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

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

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

Lucy Pearl

Lucy Pearl
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 ... 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

Al Sunny

Planets
Favorite (France), 2019. New Copy
Al Sunny is a singer who really lives up to his name – as his voice has this warm glow that's really wonderful, and which is a perfect fit for the classic-styled backings on the set! And by "classic", we mean a tight mix of soul and 70s AOR modes – laidback, but well-crafted ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

Amy Winehouse

Back To Black
Universal, 2006. New Copy
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 ... 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

Raphael Saadiq

Jimmy Lee
Columbia, 2019. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
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

Shafiq Husayn

Loop
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 ... 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

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
Beat Art Department, 2019. New Copy
Soia has a wonderfully crisp, chunky style to her music – very well-placed on a label with "beat art" in the name – but topped with snakey, soulful vocals that are a really great contrast! There's a production style that's right up there with the best of the hip hop ... LP, Vinyl record album

Georgia Anne Muldrow

Overload (180 gram pressing)
Brainfeeder, 2018. New Copy
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 – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bryony Jarman-Pinto

Cage & Aviary
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dam-Funk

STFU II
Glydezone, 2019. New Copy
Fantastic funk from Dam-Funk – full of heavy bassbits, sweet beats, and plenty of keyboards – all with that stripped-down sound that always helps us focus on the well-chosen elements in his music! The whole thing's instrumental – and relatively spare, but very fulfilling – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jimetta Rose

Light Bearer
Temporary Whatever, 2016. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Beady Belle

Dedication
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stones Throw, 2019. New Copy
A great full length album from Sudan Archives – an artist whose name is a bit misleading – as there's nothing Sudanese or archival in her sound! But the vibe of the record is maybe captured by the image on the cover – as the music all features violin, but in a contemporary soul ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dayme Arocena

Sonocardiogram
Brownswood (UK), 2019. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sooper, 2019. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Michael Kiwanuka

Kiwanuka
Interscope, 2019. New Copy
Michael Kiwanuka works in a genre that's all his own – definitely soulful, but wrapped around so many other influences too – all with this proud, positive vibe that's gotten the singer a lot more ears than we might have expected just a few short years ago! The record's got plenty of ... CD

Erykah Badu

Mama's Gun
Motown, 2000. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A millennial classic from Erykah Badu – a record that came along right as the current century was starting up, to show a soulful path that would keep things strong for many years to come! The album grabbed a bigger audience than Erykah's first, but still kept things strong – really ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated February 22, 2020


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