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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!


Marc Rapson

Dark Vs Light
Futuristica (UK), 2010/2021. New Copy
A full-length set of work from Marc Rapson, created at a time when he was mostly adding his talents to projects by others – and always turning out to be a fantastic force in the music! This set has Marc all on his own – nicely minimal backings and beats, often with a lead keyboard line ... CD

Robb Scott

Siren
Expansion (UK), 2018. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
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

Aaron Parnell Brown

Tin Man
Expansion (UK), 2015. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
Aaron Parnell Brown's no tin man here – as the record has a rock-solid sound from the very first note, and a fresh approach that really sets Brown apart from so many male soul singers in the contemporary underground! Aaron's got this laidback vibe in his music – a deeply soulful ... CD

Tracy Hamlin

No Limits
Expansion (UK), 2015. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
From the sound of this set, Tracy Hamlin's a singer with no limits at all – both in the sound of her music, and the joyous energy she brings to this album! The set's not Tracy's first, but it's got this bold power that makes us feel like we're discovering the singer all over again – as ... CD

Preston Glass

Colors Of Life
Expansion (UK), 2010. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
A sweet set of intimate soul rom Preston Glass – breezy keys and deep emotions from the veteran producer & friends – including Kenny Burke, George Benson, Ron Tyson of The Temptations, Eddie Levert of The O'Jays, Sharon McMahan & Laundon Kendricks, Trizonna McClendon and others! ... CD

Ray Gaskins

Night In The Life
Expansion (UK), 2009. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
Sweet jazzy work from Ray Gaskins – saxophonist, keyboard player, and a surprisingly great singer too – working here in a smooth little set that gives him a chance to show off every side of his talents! Ray plays a good deal of the instruments on the record himself, overdubbed with a ... CD

Trina Broussard

Inside My Love
Expansion (UK), Late 90s/2008. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
The long-overdue release of Inside My Love – a sublime little set recorded by Trina Broussard in the late 90s – originally planned for the So-So Def label, but never properly issued at the time! The album's years ahead of most soul of the time – a great precursor to the Neo Soul ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2006. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
Hats off to Kloud 9 for this excellent set of music – new tracks from the current soul underground, all produced and supported by the mighty talents of the Kloud 9 duo! There's a much more unified feel here than other collections of this type – thanks to a set of original tunes penned ... CD

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

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

Benny Sings

Music
Stones Throw, 2021. New Copy
CD...$9.99 10.99
Benny Sings has a scruffy sort of look on the cover here – but his music is wonderfully smooth and soulful – every bit the sound that we've loved on all of his previous records, and which makes Benny maybe one of the under-discovered talents of the global scene of the past decade or so! ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2015. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
Contemporary cuts, all hand-picked by the Soul Togetherness crew – who you might know from their other excellent collections of vintage funk and soul! The music here is from the global Neo Soul underground – and reflects both the sort of cutting-edge acts showcased by Soul Togetherness ... CD

Muzart

Muzart
Expansion (UK), 2013. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
A tremendous little record from Muzart – upbeat, positive, and wonderfully grooving right from the start – served up in a beautiful blend of club rhythms and righteous soul, all with a sense of precision that we haven't heard this well in years! The vibe here is a bit contemporary, but ... CD

Personal Life

Morning Light
Expansion (UK), 2013. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
The first we've heard from this UK group – but given the strength of the record, we're betting we'll be digging them for many years to come! The album's a great no-nonsense contemporary soul affair – put together in a really old school sort of way that recalls the energy of Brand New ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2010. New Copy
A mellow soul killer from Dira J Sugandi – working here with production from Bluey, and help from the rest of the Incognito crew! In a way, the album's almost an Incognito record at heart – yet Dira's vocals and overall approach really help give it a fresh feel too – a mode that ... CD

James Day

Natural Things
Expansion (UK), 2009. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
Great soul from maestro James Day – working here with a variety of different singers to realize his well-crafted groove! The set's got the perfect balance of mainstream and underground that you'll find on other albums from the Expansion label – polished enough to take it past the indie ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2007. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
An excellent collection of contemporary soul from the New York scene – key proof that the Big Apple is ready to challenge the underground work coming from Philly and Atlanta in recent years! Many of the artists here are ones that don't really foreground their New York connection – ... CD

Otis & Shugg

We Can Do Whatever
Expansion (UK), 1996. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
The long-overdue release of an album that should have been a Neo Soul classic! The team of Otis Cooper and Shugg David recorded this gem of a set back in the mid 90s along with help from longtime friend and producer Raphael Saadiq – but due to shifting priorities at the major label, the set ... CD

Byron Woods

In The Land Of Smooth
Expansion (UK), 2004. New Copy
The Land Of Smooth must be a wonderful place – because Byron's debut is one heck of an album! Byron's a Chicagoan at heart, but after singing in a number of smaller groups over the years, he's also been making a fair bit of waves overseas – which is why this first effort is coming out ... CD
Next Door, 2021. New Copy
This isn't the first record by Canadian soul singer Tika, but it is the one that may well put her over the top – and gain her a much bigger following in the US as well! At some level, the set's a very old school batch of female soul – with a mellow vibe that's got lots of 80s ... LP, Vinyl record album
Fantasy, 2021. New Copy
Here's a record that may well push Valerie June over the top – a mature, fully-formed set that's filled with anthemic tunes that point the way to a whole new generation in soul! The album bills individual songs as filling certain needs – prescriptions, if you will – like ... 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
Dome (UK), 2020. New Copy
A great little record from the jazzier side of the Incognito universe – work from the excellent Citrus Sun project of Jean-Paul "Bluey" Maunick – done with some of the soulful vocal modes of his famous group, but also a lot stronger focus on the instrumentation – with ... CD

Children Of Zeus

Balance
First Word (UK), 2021. New Copy
A beautiful soul set from UK duo Children Of Zeus – a pair who work here in a mode that goes way past the usual – kind of an old school mellow mode from the 90s, blended with a touch of hip hop production – but all with the righteousness of the best indie soul from more recent ... CD

Jarrod Lawson

Be The Change
Dome (UK), 2020. New Copy
Really fantastic work from Jarrod Lawson – one of those underground singers who should be huge, if the world had any justice! Lawson's a cut above, and completely his own singer – the kind of individual talent that comes along once in a generation, like Al Jarreau or Michael Franks ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1997. New Copy
A landmark record from Brazilian soul singer Ed Motta – the set that really got him the attention he deserved – and put him right up there in a soul music pantheon next to his famous uncle, the great Tim Maia! The set's not Ed's first, but it's the one where he really found his groove ... CD

Georgie Sweet

Misunderstood
Futuristica (UK), 2020. New Copy
Georgie Sweet's just starting out, but we've got a feeling that we're going to be hearing from the singer plenty in years to come – as she's one of the freshest soul music talents we've heard from the UK scene in years – bristling with unique creative energy on this massive debut! ... CD

Peven Everett

King Of Hearts
Studio Confession, 2013. New Copy
We haven't heard from Peven Everett in quite some time – and the respite's been a great one, because it seems that Peven's really regrouped, found new strengths, and has come out with his best record in years! The whole thing's one of the best produced, packaged, and put-together sets we've ... CD

Barry & The Fountains

Great Extreme
Barry & The Fountains, 2020. New Copy
Contemporary deep soul from Barry Jean Fontenot – a singer who should be destined to be huge, given the power and presence he has on this six track release! Barry knows how to soar like a classic soul singer, but also never hangs his music on cliches – as the sound here is very much ... LP, Vinyl record album
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

Peven Everett

Saturday Night Orchestra
Studio Confession, 2006. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.99
A cheesy cover, but a really wonderful little record – and definitely something different from Chicago soul wizard Peven Everett! The style here is a lot jazzier than before – almost a mix of 70s CTI funk with some of Peven's more house-driven rhythms – in a way that captures an ... CD

Peven Everett

Medicine Man
Studio Confession, 2011. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.99
Soulful medicine served up by the mighty Peven Everett – one of the most spiritual talents in the underground today, and an artist who can definitely live up to the title of this set! The grooves are warm and flowing – often on the more upbeat side of the Peven spectrum, which means a ... CD

Peven Everett & Upper Esh

Star Studded
Satelite Soundscape, 2003. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.99
A wicked blend of hip hop and underground soul from Peven Everett and Upper Esh – warm Peven-styled beats and keys underneath, and rhymes by Asian A and Pretty Toan over the top! If you dig Peven's self-produced albums, you'll find plenty in here to like – as a lot of the tracks have ... CD

Peven Everett

Power Soul
Studio Confession, 2006. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.99
Peven Everett in all his glory – stepping forth in one of his best-produced albums in years! As with most of Peven's records, all music and vocals are from the man himself – a one-man show, but with a lot more going on than most full groups! Peven is really at the top of his game here ... CD

Peven Everett

Studio Confessions
ABB/Studio Confession, 2002. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.99
The first full and official album from Peven Everett – a professional release that pulls together the strands from his underground, self-released albums of the past few years! After knocking around as a young up and comer on the east coast scene, Peven went underground in Chicago a while ... CD

Peven Everett

Round 2
Studio Confession, 2008. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.99
A gem of a record from the classic years of Peven Everett – songs that seem to flow effortlessly from his fingers on the keyboard and his warmly-crafted vocals – smooth, but always grooving – and a perfect match for the richness of the tunes! The music was created by Peven ... CD

Peven Everett

Dear Europe
Studio Confession, 2008. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.99
Peven Everett sends a letter out to his huge European fan base – but the sound here is every bit as great as his other Chicago-crafted grooves! The rhythms are a bit upbeat this time around – not really house, but a warmly flowing sort of style – that trance-like mode that Peven ... CD

Peven Everett

Speed Of Light
Studio Confession, 2002. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.99
Excellent work from Peven Everett – another one of his home-made underground soul CDs, issued by Peven himself as a big "F#$% You" to the major labels that have screwed around with him in the past! The CD is a brilliant mix of soul, jazz, house, and touches of Afro-centric rhythms ... CD

Billie Jewell with Peven Everett

Amouse Bouche
Studio Confession, 2000. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.99
Singer Billie Jewell gets some great grooves here – backings and production from Peven Everett, who put the whole thing together and co-wrote the tunes with Billie! Jewell is something of a muse for legendary underground soul figure Everett – a female singer that lets him unleash a ... CD

Peven Everett

Party Of The Year
Studio Confession, 2009. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.99
Sublime soul from Peven Everett – a beautifully-crafted album that moves well beyond some of his homemade productions of recent years! This set's got all the silky soul that first made us love Peven's music – that open, flowing groove that's almost organic, and which makes you feel ... CD

Peven Everett

Easy Livin'
Unified/Studio Confession, 2006. New Copy
CD...$6.99 13.99
Another bold step forward for Peven Everett – easily one of the real front runners in the 21st Century soul scene! The album's got a tighter, more unified feel than even some of Peven's previous work – a confident, almost majestic approach that has Everett's wonderful vocals coming ... CD

Aloe Blacc

All Love Everything
BMG, 2020. New Copy
CD...$6.99 15.99
There's a bit of a poised, mature look to Aloe Blacc on the cover – and that may well be a good way of summing up the set – as the singer seems ready to elevate into the stratosphere of contemporary soul artists, with strong, confident songs that have a very uplifting vibe throughout! ... CD
Next Door, 2021. New Copy
This isn't the first record by Canadian soul singer Tika, but it is the one that may well put her over the top – and gain her a much bigger following in the US as well! At some level, the set's a very old school batch of female soul – with a mellow vibe that's got lots of 80s ... 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
Regent Park Songs, 2021. New Copy
A genre-setting record from Mustafa – Muslim poet and songwriter, and an artist who approaches his music with a vibe that's unlike anyone else we can think of! The tunes often begin with a gentle slide into a groove – and a gentle groove once things get going – all to support the ... LP, Vinyl record album

Myles Sanko

Memories Of Love
Legere (UK), 2021. New Copy
A really joyous album from Myles Sanko – an artist we've always loved, but who really seems to hit a new sort of pride and power with this release! There's an uplifting spirit to the sound right from the start – an anthemic approach that has the jazzy instrumentation soaring to the ... CD

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
Acid Jazz (UK), 1992. New Copy 2LP
Fantastically sharp work from the Brand New Heavies – recorded live in Tokyo during their best early days with N'Dea Davenport in the lead – and with a sound that's every bit as tight as their sound in the studio! In fact, the live setting might even be better – as the group were ... LP, Vinyl record album
Expansion (UK), 2021. New Copy 3 CDs
A stunning assortment of contemporary soul – all hand-picked by Ralph Tee, the UK DJ/enthusiast who's been turning us on to great music for decades! In recent years, the format of this series has gotten even more important – as so much great music is issue digitally, but doesn't always ... CD

Leon Bridges

Gold-Diggers Sound
Columbia, 2021. New Copy
Take it from us, Leon Bridges is no gold-digger – as with music like this, he'll be bringing plenty of the gold himself – as the record is the sort that should really put Bridges over the top! Leon's already been giving us some great sounds in recent years – but this set has ... CD
 
Updated August 05, 2021


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