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!


Cubafonia
Brownswood (UK), 2017. New Copy
The deepest work we've heard so far from Dayme Arocena – a Cuban singer we first discovered in Gilles Peterson's Havana Cultura project, but one who's really gone onto find her own strong musical paths in recent years! This set has Dayme working with Dexter Story on production – and ... LP, Vinyl record album
2 + 2 = 5
Lee, 2017. New Copy
Lee may not know his math, but he sure knows how to give us some great music – both back when he was working as the Square Egg, and now when he's out under his own name too! The man's a one man force in underground soul – a very creative songwriter and sharp-edged producer who's always ... CD
Hemispheres
Jakarta (Germany), 2017. New Copy
A duo who really take the hemispheres in their title seriously – as lyrics and vocals are all by Otis Junior, and the album's spare rhythms and instrumentation are from Dr Dundee! Otis is a hell of a frontman – as he's got this laidback, raspy style that really fits the open, honest ... CD
Hemispheres
Jakarta (Germany), 2017. New Copy
A duo who really take the hemispheres in their title seriously – as lyrics and vocals are all by Otis Junior, and the album's spare rhythms and instrumentation are from Dr Dundee! Otis is a hell of a frontman – as he's got this laidback, raspy style that really fits the open, honest ... LP, Vinyl record album
Atlantic, 2016. New Copy Gatefold
A bristling, crackling, completely charming set from Bruno Mars – and a record that lives up to all the best promise he has to offer! We don't know the man personally, but Bruno seems like a hell of a guy – warmly confident, upbeat, and positive – all qualities that really come ... LP, Vinyl record album
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 Malibu dropped, and here he proves a stellar ... LP, Vinyl record album
Chill Mode
Philip Lassiter, 2017. New Copy
A sweetly soulful set from trumpeter Philip Lassiter – a jazz musician at heart, but one who's blowing here with a strong range of contemporary R&B elements! Phil's trumpet is often processed a bit – with a cool, compressed sound that fits right in with the well-produced mellow ... CD
Sweet Soul (Japan), 2015. New Copy
Great sounds from Soulfinger – a special project that takes classic soul tunes and updates them for a new generation – with help from a range of great singers who include Angela Johnson, Anthony David, Leela James, Jaguar Wright, Stephanie McKay, Kathy Sledge, Syleena Johnson, and ... CD
Wake Up (colored vinyl pressing)
Okayplayer, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
John Legend shakes loose of the contemporary pop soul style of his previous couple of records with a comparatively raw and direct soul vibe – revisiting some of best socially aware, emotionally resonant and still relevant songs of the 60s & 70s! The best tracks on the set are the ones ... LP, Vinyl record album
Monologue
Aaron Abernathy, 2016. New Copy
This album's hardly a monologue – given that Aaron Abernathy's got some great help on the whole thing – from artists who include Phonte, Zo, and Deborah Bond – each of whom add a special slice of their talents to a tune! Yet undeniably, Aaron's the main man on the whole thing ... CD
Move Next, 2016. New Copy
A stunner! If what you're looking for is the most personal and boldy creative I Ced effort to date, well, this is that and more – delivering boisterous modern funk beats and atmosphere underneath his soulful, spiritually-heightened vocals – probably his best ever! Those traits carry the ... CD
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
Just Being Me
Legere (UK), 2016. New Copy
The continuing genius of Myles Sanko – served up here in a record that's easily his best so far! We've been watching Myles for the past few years – really impressed by the way he can work equal parts jazz and soul into his phrasing, and go for a groove that's unabashedly catchy – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Just Being Me
Legere (UK), 2016. New Copy
The continuing genius of Myles Sanko – served up here in a record that's easily his best so far! We've been watching Myles for the past few years – really impressed by the way he can work equal parts jazz and soul into his phrasing, and go for a groove that's unabashedly catchy – ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2017. New Copy 3CD
An excellent edition of this long-running series – one that's put together by the folks at Expansion Records – who've given us years of fantastic soul music – both in the world of reissues, and in the contemporary underground! This package brings together both – with a ... CD
American Teen
Right Hand/RCA, 2017. New Copy
A fantastic debut from Khalid – a singer we're expecting will shape the sound of American soul in years to come – thanks to the strength of the work on this album! Khalid's got a voice that's totally unique – upfront about his weaknesses and youth, which he never tries to hide ... CD
Right Now, 2017. New Copy
A big step forward for The Right Now – branching out from the retro soul of their past work into a bigger, brighter neo-classic sound – but still firmly rooted in soul! Now, as always, the band is an excellent showcase for the powerful voice of singer Stefanie Berecz – and she's ... LP, Vinyl record album
Blue Note, 2017. New Copy
Jose James has a very different look on the cover this time around – and he's got a very different sound, as well – something that might be underscored by the parental advisory logo in the bottom corner of the image! The music is far from the straight jazz or rootsy soul of previous ... CD
Surrender
Chamber Music, 2017. New Copy
Sometimes we forget how great a singer is – then hear his new music, and fall in love with him all over again! That's definitely the case with Gordon Chambers – who's waited over five years between giving us a fresh album – but who also seems to have grown tremendously in that ... CD
Starlight
Right Now, 2017. New Copy
A big step forward for The Right Now – branching out from the retro soul of their past work into a bigger, brighter neo-classic sound – but still firmly rooted in soul! Now, as always, the band is an excellent showcase for the powerful voice of singer Stefanie Berecz – and she's ... CD
 
Updated March 28, 2017


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