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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!


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
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
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

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

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

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
Schoolkid's, 2019. New Copy
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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
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
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

Janelle Monae

Dirty Computer
Bad Boy, 2018. New Copy
CD...$9.99 18.98
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

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

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

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

Louis Cato

Starting Now
RSVP, 2017. New Copy
CD...$5.99 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

Raheem DeVaughn

Love Reunion
SoNo, 2019. New Copy
Raheem DeVaughn's the master of the smooth groove – a singer rooted in classic modes, but working in ever-contemporary modes – so much that this album feels like a great step forward from some of his previous sets! Despite the "reunion" in the title, the love here almost ... CD
Night Time Stories, 2019. New Copy
We really loved Ash Walker the last time around – but here, he really blows us away by stepping forth into a style that's even stronger than before – more focused, more soul-based, and with a depth that should really put him on the map! As before, there's lots of funky jazz in the mix ... LP, Vinyl record album
Sony (UK), 1994. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A killer of an album from Jamiroquai – the first time we really sat up and took notice, and said "hey, these guys are onto something good!" The record's pretty darn great all the way through – a warm batch of tunes that starts with a classic 70s mode that's part Stevie Wonder ... 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

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

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
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

Nuf Said

Rise
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
A fantastic mix of deep soul and funky jazz – but served up with a vibe that's completely contemporary, and which definitely gives these guys a sound that's all their own, right from the start! Iona Vintu is the singer, and she's got this tremendous voice – richly expressive, but never ... 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
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

Tank & The Bangas

Green Balloon
Verve, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Tank and the Bangas roll in with a mighty heavy groove – their own special spin on contemporary soul, which seems equally informed by elements of hip hop and underground funk! The group hail from New Orleans, but have a sound that's way more 21st Century than most of that city's musical ... 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
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

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

Devin Morrison

Bussin'
NBN, 2019. New Copy 2LP
A great debut from soul singer Devin Morrison – an artist who brings a strong nod here to mainstream soul of a few decades back – while also opening the door for some great collaborative talents from the underground! Devin wrote and produced the whole set – with an ear that ... 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

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
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

Chris Dave & The Drumhedz

Chris Dave & The Drumhedz
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mourning A BLKstar

Reckoning (with bonus download)
Don Giovanni, 2019. New Copy
A tremendous effort from Mourning A BLKstar – a group who may be on their way to being the voice of a generation – as they work with an unabashed sense of righteous politics, funk, and soul – all taken to a higher plane in the process of creation! Plenty of folks are message-orien ... LP, Vinyl record album
Brownswood (UK), 2019. New Copy (pic cover)
A great meeting of classic and contemporary – as Zara McFarlane is joined here by Dennis Bovell – in a dubby groove that recalls some of Bovell's best work from years past! The tune's maybe the best song ever written by Augustus Pablo, and it's given a very loving rework here – ... 12-inch, Vinyl record

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

Sudan Archives

Sink
Stones Throw, 2018. New Copy
It's impossible to put a label on the sound of Sudan Archives – and while we were already blown away with the mix of future sounds and African inspiration on her debut EP, she's even more mindblowing here on an album that's based around recent experiences in Ghana! If you're expecting to ... 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

NxWorries (Anderson Paak & Knxwledge)

Link Up & Suede EP
Stones Throw, 2015. New Copy
Debut EP from Anderson.Paak & Knxwledge – teaming up as the duo NxWorries – with hazy hip hop beatcraft by Knxwledge and unique vocals by Anderson.Paak! Paak has a very distinctive voice, fresh from some standout moments on Dr. Dre's Compton record here and (justly) poised for ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jamila Woods

Legacy Legacy
Jagjaguwar, 2019. New Copy
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 ... 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

Mr Confuse

Only A Man
Confunktion (UK), 2018. New Copy
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 ... CD
Secretly Canadian, 2018. New Copy
LP...$8.99 19.98
Really compelling music from Steven A Clark – a singer who's definitely in a contemporary soul vein, but who also seems to be using all these references from the 80s – but in an unusual way! Unlike other singers who go straight for an 80s bass or boogie mode, Steven instead almost ... LP, Vinyl record album

Various

I Am A Vocoder
Neon Finger, 2018. New Copy
CD...$7.99 15.98
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

Diamond Ortiz

Goodies EP
Austin Boogie Crew, 2017. New Copy
There's lots of 80s-styled groove acts around these days – but Diamond Ortiz may well be one of the best – serving up a record here that's very worth the title of "Goodies" it bears on the label! The set's only got four tracks, but has a wicked groove that takes us back to ... 12-inch, Vinyl record

Moonchild

Voyager
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2017. New Copy
CD...$7.99 11.99
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
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy CD & DVD
CD...$6.99 16.99
Really great work from this up-and-coming combo – a group who seems like they can spin together neo soul and hip hop better than most of the rest – and who also make great use of some live jazzy instrumentation as well! The set compiles live performances done around the midwest in ... CD
Pacific Coast Jazz, 2017. New Copy
CD...$6.99 10.99
Great sounds from Sol – an artist with a warm glow right from the start, but also a nice sense of crispness that really personalizes his lyrics! Sol's got an approach here that almost feels like gospel – especially given his vocal range, and his positive energy – but the music is ... CD
 
Updated August 20, 2019


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