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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!


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

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

Erykah Badu

Worldwide Underground
Motown, 2003. New Copy
A nice one from Badu – one with a depth of feeling and genuine soulful vibes that live up to its title, despite the fact that she records for one of the world's biggest media conglomerates! It's all about the vibe here. Erykah rolls her syllables, scats and emotes feelings more than an ... LP, Vinyl record album

Joel Culpepper

Sgt Culpepper
Mr Bongo (UK), 2021. New Copy Gatefold
Tremendous work from UK soul singer Joel Culpepper – an artist who seems ready to take the world by storm, and who has a sense of star power that's undeniable – yet also manages to come across as a very down to earth, individual artist on his own! There's a special sort of crackle to ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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

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

Liquid Soul

Lost Soul Vol 1
Soul What, Late 90s. New Copy
Rare work from this hip Chicago collective of the 90s – an ever-shifting lineup of players who got together to mix together jazz, funk, and soul styles together in a regular weekly live gig! The one constant here is saxophonist Mars Williams – who you might also know from his free ... 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

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
BBE (UK), Late 2000s/2010s. New Copy
CD...$9.99 18.99
An excellent collection of Neo Soul gems – the kind of standout cuts that have made the movement such an important part of modern music over the past 20 years – a continuing evolution of classic soul styles, at a level you'll never find in the chartbound mainstream! These aren't ... CD
BBE (UK), 2015. New Copy
CD...$9.99 16.99
A 3rd great collection from BamaLoveSoul – one that's every bit as "future soul" as it promises on the cover! Years back, most hip hoppers were initially raised on soul music – these days, it's the other way around – as so many ears come to underground soul through more ... CD
BBE (UK), 2014. New Copy Gatefold
CD...$9.99 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

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

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

Preston Glass

Music As Medicine
Expansion (UK), 2008. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
Nothing medicinal here, at least not in the way we remember as kids – nothing bitter or off-putting, as Preston Glass has a sound that's every bit as smooth as his name! Preston's a producer with a few decades of mainstream soul and jazz work under his belt – famous recordings with big ... CD

Byron Woods

In The Land Of Smooth
Expansion (UK), 2004. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
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

Inner Shade

4 Corners
Expansion (UK), 2000. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
An excellent batch of UK soul tracks – and essentially an Incognito album! Bluey from Incognito produced the set, and the album features vocals by Maysa Leak and Christopher Ballin, plus some tasty reed work by Brit jazz funk players Ed Jones and Chris Demargary. Some of the tracks are ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2000. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
A sweet album of modern soul – recorded as an indie release by the team of Andrea and James Rohlehr, but with a smooth sound that's very professional. The record works extremely well in the tradition of excellent modern soul issued by the Expansion label – with subtle jazzy backing, ... 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

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 & 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

Studio Confessions
ABB/Studio Confession, 2002. New Copy
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

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

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
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

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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
BMG, 2021. New Copy
We've loved the music of soul singer Ledisi since her first self-released album back in the 90s – and since that time, she's matured even more as a vocalist – to a point where she can easily take on the music of Nina Simone with all the glory it deserves! This special set features ... CD
Universal, 2000s. New Copy 5CD
Way more than just a box set of the key albums from the all-too-short career of Amy Winehouse – as this massive package also features a wealth of rarities and live tracks – some making their CD debut in this limited collection! The set leads off with Frank – the stunning debut ... CD
Republic, 2021. New Copy 2LP
A double-length collection of remixes from the first two albums by Amy Winehouse – a set of tracks that take all the funk of the originals, and add in some elements of hip hop and club as well! A few tracks here get multiple mixes, but with a nice sense of variety – and titles include ... LP, Vinyl record album
Republic, Mid 2000s. New Copy 3CD
The career of Amy Winehouse was all too short – and although she gave us a small number of really wonderful albums, a set like this is a really great addition to her catalog! The package features a huge amount recorded on various BBC shows over the years – tracks that show the initial ... CD

Sweetback

Sweetback
Epic, 1996. New Copy 2LP (reissue)
One of those records that kind of snuck under the radar at the time – but which has gone onto become a crucial part of soul music from the 90s, and a record that's one of the blueprints for the neo soul generation to come! Sweetback are a trio of musicians who provided important backing for ... LP, Vinyl record album

Alice Russell

To Dust
Tru Thoughts/Differ-Ant (UK), 2013. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Dusty grooves from Alice Russell – a set that's steeped in heavy soul influences all the way through – from her great vocals on the top, to the tight instrumentation in the middle, to all the heavy drums that keep things kicking on the bottom! The album may well be Russell's tightest ... 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

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
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
Linear Labs, 2020. New Copy
A record that should really just be billed under the name of Adrian Younge, and maybe not Loren Oden – as the set features all of Adrian's sweet instrumental backings for Oden's vocals – a cool deep funk set that's got all the classic currents of some of Younge's other productions in ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
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

Myles Sanko

Memories Of Love
Legere (UK), 2021. New Copy Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mayer Hawthorne

Rare Changes
Big Bucks, 2021. New Copy
Think what you want about Mayer Hawthorne, the man's got a way with a catchy sort of tune – and each new record seems to further that legacy, at a level that's always got us wondering why Mayer never seems to get more play in the mainstream! Mayer handles plenty of keyboards, drums, and bass ... LP, Vinyl record album
Beatnik, 2021. New Copy
Arlo Parks may be part of the super sad generation, but her music makes us plenty happy – as the British singer/songwriter has a way of reaching out with her own flaws and fragility, and making a very welcome space in her sound for her audience! The tunes are nicely understated – ... 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
Obe, 2020. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stones Throw, 2019. New Copy (reissue)
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

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
 
Updated October 21, 2021


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