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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!


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
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy
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
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
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

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

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

Kandace Springs

Indigo
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy
Much more of a soul-based set than the debut album by Kandace Springs on Blue Note – really showing the growth in direction the label has been taking in the past decade or so! Kandace is a perfect singer for the sorts of ears that have been brought to Blue Note by some of the work of Robert ... LP, Vinyl record album
Shanachie, 2018. New Copy
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

Janelle Monae

Dirty Computer
Bad Boy, 2018. New Copy
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

Various

I Am A Vocoder
Neon Finger, 2018. New Copy
To folks back in the 80s, the vocoder seemed like the sound of the future – and all these many years later, it turns out it's still the sound of the present – thanks to a range of younger artists who've helped breathe new life into the old electro stalwart! The tracks here are totally ... CD

Meshell Ndegeocello

Ventriloquism
Naive (France), 2018. New Copy
A fantastic project from the legendary Meshell Ndegeocello – one that has her taking on the tunes of others, hence the title of the album – but completely transforming them with her own unique approach to bass and vocals! Most of the numbers won't be recognized at the start, as the ... CD

Jarrod Lawson

Jarrod Lawson
Jarrod Lawson, 2014. New Copy
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 ... 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

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

Beady Belle

At Welding Bridge
Jazzland (Norway), 2010. New Copy
A beautiful album from Beady Belle – the group and wonderful vessel for the seductive, entrancing voice and songs of Beate S. Lech – possibly their best yet! Beady Belle have made deeply engaging blend of modern jazzy soul and beautiful mood music for most of the outs, taking a step ... CD

Louis Cato

Starting Now
RSVP, 2017. New Copy
CD...$8.99 13.00
Nice work from Louis Cato – a singer with a style that warmly crackles along with his grooves – partly in a soul-based mode, but with more of the depth of the singer/songwriter world – as Louis is clearly an artist who doesn't care which genre he appeals to the most! That's not ... CD

Girl Named Nino

Moonlight Daughter
Moonlight Daughter, 2018. New Copy
CD...$7.99 15.00
Captivating, genre-defying indie soul from Girl Named Nino – a girl originally from Tbilisi, Georgia who has long called the Chicago area home, has a sound as far reaching as her travels, but it still feels intimate and personal! Her voice is front-and-center throughout Moonlight Daughter, in ... CD

Vicktor Taiwo

Joy Comes In Spirit
Innovative Leisure, 2018. New Copy
CD...$6.99 12.99
The fantastic first full length set from Vicktor Taiwo – an artist who may well redefine the sound of electro soul for the 21st Century! Vicktor's got a voice that would be wonderful in a standard setting – inflected with his Nigerian roots, and clear love of American soul music – ... CD
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
Bad Boy/Atlantic, 2013. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The electric lady is back again – getting great help on this set from Prince, Erykah Badu, Miguel, and Esperanza Spaulding! The set features further chapters in Janelle's Metropolis story – but apart from that overarching structure, and cool notes that situate the singer as some future ... LP, Vinyl record album

Benny Sings

City Pop
Stones Throw, 2019. New Copy
We've loved the music of Benny Sings for years – and can't understand why the man's not a much bigger success at a worldwide level – because his songs have the gentle soul and careful construction of the sorts of music that used to grace the airwaves decades back! Yet maybe the ... LP, Vinyl record album

India Arie

Worthy
BMG, 2019. New Copy
A record that's overflowing with love and message – often both tied together at once – as India Arie hits territory that's maybe even more directly political than before – pushing her personal spirit to answer some of the challenges of the moment, sometimes with individual effort, ... CD
Star Creature, 2019. New Copy
Two great cuts from this Chicago soul combo – both offered up with some tasty remix work too! "Up All Night" has a clubby anthemic vibe – very fitting to the spirit of the title, and the pulsating remixes ensure that the cut could definitely play until the dawn! "If It ... 12-inch, Vinyl record

Anderson Paak

Malibu
Steel Wool, 2016. New Copy 2LP
A brilliant creative leap for singer/rhymer/producer Anderson .Paak as a solo star – released months after his standout, near show-stealing moments on Dr. Dre's Compton record! .Paak's proved himself a stellar collaborator many times over by the time Malibu dropped, and here he proves a ... LP, Vinyl record album
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Brainfeeder, 2010s. New Copy 4LP
A fantastic celebration of the first ten years of the Brainfeeder label – an imprint that's slowly been shaping the sound of soul, hip hop, and other styles over the past decade or so – with a reach that's starting to make waves in jazz and other music too! Brainfeeder has always had a ... LP, Vinyl record album

Swing Out Sister

Almost Persuaded
Miso (UK), 2018. New Copy
Wonderful work from Swing Out Sister – a group who've matured wonderfully in their years away from the charts – even if most of their best records, like this one, are a special secret for a small and selective audience! Corinne Drewery's always had a wonderful voice, but the years just ... 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
P-Vine (Japan), 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
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

Mr Confuse

Only A Man
Confunktion (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP
Mr Confuse has always been one of the best blue-eyed soul singers on the overseas funk scene – able to hit the right sort of modes for the music, yet never push things so much that he's trying to sound fake – a careful blend that might make others want to take note! Backings are tight ... LP, Vinyl record album

Swing Out Sister

Almost Persuaded
Miso (UK), 2018. New Copy
Wonderful work from Swing Out Sister – a group who've matured wonderfully in their years away from the charts – even if most of their best records, like this one, are a special secret for a small and selective audience! Corinne Drewery's always had a wonderful voice, but the years just ... 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

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

Aaron Abernathy

Epilogue
Aaron Abernathy, 2019. New Copy 2LP
The deepest, most personal album to date from Aaron Abernathy – and that's saying a lot, given how much we loved his previous two records! As you might guess from the title, the set's a capper to his debut trilogy – but it also seems to begin more chapters than it ends – really ... LP, Vinyl record album

Georgia Anne Muldrow

Overload
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 – ... CD

Aaron Abernathy

Dialogue
Aaron Abernathy, 2017. New Copy
Aaron Abernathy really grabbed us with his debut – and on this second set, he's maybe even tighter and more his own self than before – moving past the guests who helped draw attention to the previous record, and really standing strongly in the spotlight on his own! Aaron composed, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Otis Junior & Dr Dundiff

Cool (with bonus download)
Jakarta (Germany), 2018. New Copy
Definitely cool sounds from the duo of Otis Junior and Dr Dundiff – the former a heck of a seductive singer, the latter a man with a talent for crispy, soulful beats! Together, the duo explore soul music in a way that hip hop teams previously worked – but in a mode that's nicely spare ... LP, Vinyl record album
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dome/Soul Lounge (UK), 2017. New Copy 3 CDs
A fantastic set of contemporary soul tracks – music from both sides of the Atlantic, served up in a well-priced collection that brings together the best of the British and American underground soul scenes! A good deal of the work here is from the catalog of the Dome label in the past decade ... CD
Dome/Soul Lounge (UK), 2015. New Copy 3CD
One of the greatest values in contemporary soul music – and a series we can still highly recommend even after the course of eleven previous volumes! The 3CD package is overflowing with great tracks far from the mainstream of soul – the kind of current, underground tracks that you'll ... CD

Swindle

No More Normal
Brownswood (UK), 2019. New Copy
British producer Swindle is at the top of his game here – effortlessly moving between contemporary genres that put the London scene in its very best light – as bits of funk, hip hop, dubstep, jazz, and other modes come together with an amazingly fresh sound! Most tracks have vocals, ... LP, Vinyl record album
Expansion (UK), 2019. New Copy 3CD
A fantastic assortment of contemporary soul – put together by one of the labels who kept the underground soul groove going, long before the generation of Neo Soul! Expansion Records is a London-based imprint who started out recording American soul artists from the 70s who were still going ... CD
Brainfeeder, 2010s. New Copy 2CD
A fantastic celebration of the first ten years of the Brainfeeder label – an imprint that's slowly been shaping the sound of soul, hip hop, and other styles over the past decade or so – with a reach that's starting to make waves in jazz and other music too! Brainfeeder has always had a ... CD

Unbelievable Two

Power Plant
Legere (France), 2018. New Copy
Great grooves from two contemporary cats who really love the sound of classic boogie – working here in a live analogue setting with a mighty great sound! The rhythms are strong, but simple – filled with excellent work on bass, guitar, and plenty of keyboards – almost feeling like ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jose James

Lean On Me
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Maybe not the first album to ever pay tribute to the music of the great Bill Withers – but certainly one of the best we've ever heard, thanks to the mighty vocals of Jose James! Over a relatively short career, James has proven to be a singer who can handle himself in just about any setting ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stones Throw, 2018. New Copy
Bass-heavy funk with a definite 80s influence – but served up here with a contemporary crispness that's the best calling card of Stimulator Jones! In a world where so many others find it easy to completely cop the sounds of the post-disco years, these guys take all the best elements and ... LP, Vinyl record album

Zara McFarlane

Arise
Brownswood (UK), 2017. New Copy
Zara McFarlane is looking a lot more righteous on the cover of this one – and the sound is a lot more righteous too, as you might guess from the title! Zara's vocals have always been a tremendous instrument of power, but this time around she's directing them towards a great sense of social ... LP, Vinyl record album

Underground System

What Are You
Soul Clap, 2017. New Copy
Underground System have really expanded their vibe this time around – still working with some of the Afro Funk styles of before, but also opening up into a range of contemporary soul styles that maybe fit the image of the cover a bit more than we might have guessed! There's lots of great ... LP, Vinyl record album

Curtis Harding

Face Your Fear
Anti, 2017. New Copy Gatefold
The cover looks a lot like a vintage soul album from the 70s – and the whole thing sounds a lot like one too – as the vocals of Curtis Harding are maybe even more wonderful here than on his debut album, and set up with these majestic grooves that are completely outta sight! The record ... LP, Vinyl record album
 
Updated April 25, 2019


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