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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!


Peven Everett

Beyond The Universe
Studio Confession, 2009. New Copy
One of the heaviest house albums we've heard from Peven Everett in years – a set that's filled with upbeat, joyous grooves – all done with the same deep soul you'd expect from other recent records! The whole thing's a great step back towards some of the classic grooves from Everett's ... CD

Musiq

Juslisen
Def Soul, 2002. New Copy 2LP
A great bit of NuSoul from Musiq Soulchild – warm, beat-heavy, and with a sinewy vocal style that reminds us a bit of D'Angelo, but harder. The album's Musiq's second – and it's another proud statement from the current Philly underground, the kind of modern day soul that's transforming ... LP, Vinyl record album

Deborah Jordan

See In The Dark
Futuristica (UK), 2020. New Copy
It's been quite some time since we last heard from Deborah Jordan – and the singer has come a long way since her days in Silhouette Brown – really maturing a lot as a songwriter, and finding this way to really move forward in her music, while still hanging onto some of the future soul ... CD

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
Linear Labs, 2020. New Copy
Adrian Younge's plastered his name on the front cover of this debut from Angela Munoz (why does he always do that?) – but the set is definitely a strong calling card for the lady herself – who steps out here with a strength that might well make her a key underground soul talent in years ... LP, Vinyl record album

Tiombe Lockhart feat Robert Glasper, Bilal, eCUSSIONIST

Aquarius Years
Mother Tongue, Early 2000s. New Copy
The first official release of this debut solo album from Tiombe Lockheart – originally distributed via shows when she was a member of the Platinum Pied Pipers, and still a completely winning bit of spacey soul – with a vibe that really prefaces so much energy on the west coast in more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP
Sly5thAve is deeper and more soulful than ever before – really stepping past his initial role as a creative beatmaker, and emerging here more as a fully-formed producer with a strong ear for his overall sound! The tunes here are a mix of instrumental and vocal numbers – woven together ... LP, Vinyl record album

Sly5thAve

What It Is
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2020. New Copy
Sly5thAve is deeper and more soulful than ever before – really stepping past his initial role as a creative beatmaker, and emerging here more as a fully-formed producer with a strong ear for his overall sound! The tunes here are a mix of instrumental and vocal numbers – woven together ... CD

Qwestlife

Prophecy
Glitterbox, 2020. New Copy 2LP
That's a retro-styled logo on the cover, and it really gets at the spirit of the sound that Qwestlife is laying down – a mode that hearkens back to 70s club, but which also understands the warmer side of house music too – served up in a blend that reminds us of the early years of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mourning A BLKstar

Cycle
Don Giovanni, 2020. New Copy 2LP
A fantastic album from Mourning A BLKstar – even more powerful than their set dedicated to Eric Garner, and a batch of material that really gets at the righteous energy of this Cleveland combo! The group see themselves as part of the James Baldwin tradition of the artist bearing witness ... LP, Vinyl record album

Michael Kiwanuka

Kiwanuka (180 gram pressing)
Interscope, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Raphael Saadiq

Instant Vintage
Universal/Get On Down, 2002. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A tough title to live up to – but Raphael makes it happen! The album's as wonderful as you might think – all the deeply soulful styles Saadiq worked out with Tony Toni Tone, taken back through a historical range of soul music – firmly planted in a legacy that begins with Stevie ... LP, Vinyl record album
Linear Labs, 2020. New Copy Gatefold
The first we've ever heard of Loren Oden – a singer with a falsetto style that's perfect for the sweetly soulful backings of Adrian Younge – a mix of modes that's almost in the same territory as Adrian's record with The Delfonics a few years back! Yet the style here is also more ... LP, Vinyl record album
Brownswood/Rainbow Blonde, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A brilliant second set from Jose James – and that's saying a lot, given that his debut was already a classic in our book! The sound here is a little more full, and a little more confident – a magical blend of James' raspy vocals with some jazz and funk-inflected rhythms – 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

Kassa Overall

I Think I'm Good
Brownswood (UK), 2020. New Copy
We really loved Kassa Overall's debut, but we're completely blown away with this full length set – as the record's got a visionary sound that's completely his own – a really new mix of jazz, soul, and funk that's bound to make Kassa one of the most important talents in years to come! ... 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
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
Purpose/BBE (UK), 2015. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
Bilal gets some amazing help this time around from super-hip producer Adrian Younge – who really helps the singer reinvent his sound! The album's got a funky depth we've never heard from Bilal before – lots of those old school, 70s-styled soundtrack funk touches that Younge's so great ... CD
BBE (UK), 2014. New Copy Gatefold
CD...$8.99 14.99
A great selection of future soul tracks, all handpicked by radio DJ Radhu – an American talent with ears that may well rival those of Gilles Peterson for finding the sounds we'll all enjoy tomorrow! The work here is from a wide range of the soulful underground – not just Neo Soul, but ... 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

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

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

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

Cherrill Rae, Rene Goodwin, & Teddi Fusco

Society Hill Goes Pop
Society Hill, 2019. New Copy
CD...$4.99 15.99
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
P-Vine (Japan), 2015. New Copy
A great little live set from Brand New Heavies – the kind of record that reminds us that, even after the space of 25 years, these guys are still one of the best funky soul groups on the planet! The set's an unusual one, in that N'Dea Davenport makes a surprise return to the lead with the ... CD
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

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
Expansion (UK), 2020. New Copy 3CD
Soulful luxury at a mighty nice price – 3CDs and 35 tracks of music from the contemporary underground, plus a few cuts from back in the day – all put together with the top-shelf style of the Expansion Records label! The package is one of the best so far in this annual series – ... CD

Kassa Overall

I Think I'm Good
Brownswood (UK), 2020. New Copy
We really loved Kassa Overall's debut, but we're completely blown away with this full length set – as the record's got a visionary sound that's completely his own – a really new mix of jazz, soul, and funk that's bound to make Kassa one of the most important talents in years to come! ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stones Throw, 2020. New Copy
80s underground soul lives again in the hands of Prophet – an artist who recorded a bit back in the day, but who's reemerged in recent years with great new energy – thanks in part to strong support from the Stones Throw label! These tunes are heavy on beats, keyboards, and a really ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rainbow Blonde, 2020. New Copy
Really mindblowing work from Jose James – an artist we loved right from his very first record, but one who has us completely over the top with this record – a set that may well push James from the soul underground into firmly classic territory – the sort of space that will have ... CD

Tom Misch & Yusef Dayes

What Kinda Music
Blue Note, 2020. New Copy
Tom Misch and Yusef Dayes definitely make some kinda music here – a sweet blend of jazzy elements, contemporary soul, and a spacious, spacey vibe that resonates strongly with some of our favorite recent sounds from the west coast! The album's on Blue Note, but it's a bit different than some ... CD

Kandace Springs

Woman Who Raised Me
Blue Note, 2020. New Copy
Maybe the straightest jazz set we've heard to date from Kandace Springs – a record that's got a great old school vibe overall, and the sorts of moody, dark-tinged qualities that takes us back to vintage material by Abbey Lincoln or Nina Simone – something we might not have said about ... CD
Work/Sony (UK), 1996. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Camera Soul

Existence
Extra Smooth/P-Vine (Japan), 2020. New Copy
A great little group – and one with a wonderful talent for bringing together soulful styles in a really catchy way – using bits of funk, ala the Brand New Heavies – but also not afraid to go for a tighter hook, too – in a way that reminds of some of our favorite Japanese-only ... CD
Foreign Exchange, 2004. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Rainbow Blonde, 2020. New Copy
Really mindblowing work from Jose James – an artist we loved right from his very first record, but one who has us completely over the top with this record – a set that may well push James from the soul underground into firmly classic territory – the sort of space that will have ... 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

Free Nationals

Free Nationals
Obe, 2020. New Copy
These guys are known by some as the backing band of Anderson.Paak, but they're a hell of a group on their own – rock-solid right at the core, and able to effortlessly craft a sweet blend of funk and soul – yet also leave room for plenty of guests along the way! The musicianship here is ... CD

Shafiq Husayn

Loop (Instrumentals)
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Easy Eye Sound/BMG, 2020. New Copy
A fantastic new chapter in the career of Cee-Lo Green – reemerging here as an old school southern soul singer, with a vibe that's in the best legacy of Al Green and some of the underground talents of his generation! The set was recorded in Nashville, produced by Dan Auerbach, and has a ... 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
Juju Dust/P-Vine (Japan), 2007. New Copy
Spacey soul from Coultrain – an up-and-coming singer from the St Louis scene, and one with a really unique sort of sound! The album's a wonderful debut effort – far more mature and complex than you might expect, with a really cosmic feel that's somewhere between 70s spacey soul and ... CD
Jagjaguwar, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kandace Springs

Woman Who Raised Me
Blue Note, 2020. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Maybe the straightest jazz set we've heard to date from Kandace Springs – a record that's got a great old school vibe overall, and the sorts of moody, dark-tinged qualities that takes us back to vintage material by Abbey Lincoln or Nina Simone – something we might not have said about ... 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

Nia Andrews

No Place Is Safe
World Galaxy/Alpha Pup, 2019. New Copy
A record with a very striking title – and a wonderful sound to match – this warm, fluid blend of the vocals of Nia Andrews and a rich keyboard-heavy environment – one that features a fair bit of contributions from Mark De Clive-Lowe! Nia also plays piano and keyboards, and it's ... LP, Vinyl record album

Bluey

Tinted Sky
Shanachie, 2020. New Copy
A great solo project from the man behind Incognito – and a reminder that, although Jean Paul "Bluey" Maunick can always choose great singers for that group – he can serve up some pretty great vocals on his own! The sound here is a nice lean change from the fuller Incognito ... CD
 
Updated September 26, 2020


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