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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!


Dayme Arocena

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

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

Gorden Campbell

Conversations
Ropeadope, 2020. New Copy
CD...$8.99 14.99
A wonderful debut from Gorden Campbell – an underground soul singer on the contemporary LA scene, and one who works here with some of the same collaborative power as the jazz musicians in the city in recent years! Gorden claims inspiration from Terrace Martin, who's on the set, in a lineup ... CD

Raphael Saadiq

Jimmy Lee
Columbia, 2019. New Copy 2LP
The deepest, most political album we've ever heard from Raphael Saadiq – a set named after his brother, Jimmy Lee – an addict who died an unfortunate early death! Saadiq takes all the pain from his brother's trauma, and works it into a series of songs that go farther than anything we've ... LP, Vinyl record album

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

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

Ledisi

Wild Card
BMG, 2020. New Copy 2LP
Fantastic work from Ledisi – an artist we've loved for almost 25 years, and who maybe sounds better here than she has in the last decade! There's this back to basics approach that maybe recalls some of her self-released albums at the start – but mixed with the maturity in all the years ... LP, Vinyl record album
Acrophase, 2020. New Copy 2LP
Mellow soul from the Windy City – served up by a group we first discovered on a Colemine funky 45, and who sound even better here in the space of a full length album! The group clearly have an influence from sweet soul of the 70s – but their presentation is more contemporary too – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Linear Labs, 2020. New Copy Gatefold
The first we've ever heard of Loren Oden – a singer with a falsetto style that's perfect for the sweetly soulful backings of Adrian Younge – a mix of modes that's almost in the same territory as Adrian's record with The Delfonics a few years back! Yet the style here is also more ... LP, Vinyl record album
P-Vine (Japan), 2021. New Copy
Contemporary cuts, but with a vibe that resonates with the best modes of 70s mellow soul and AOR – an impeccable selection of tracks that we might have missed otherwise, pulled from a range of releases from around the globe! Some of these are artists that have more presence in the digital ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2021. New Copy 3CD
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
Brownswood/Rainbow Blonde, 2010. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A brilliant second set from Jose James – and that's saying a lot, given that his debut was already a classic in our book! The sound here is a little more full, and a little more confident – a magical blend of James' raspy vocals with some jazz and funk-inflected rhythms – never ... LP, Vinyl record album

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

Angela Munoz/Adrian Younge

Introspection – Instrumentals
Linear Labs, 2020. New Copy
Singer Angela Munoz gets billing on the cover – but since the album's all instrumental, the main talent here is producer Adrian Younge! The tracks are funky, but mellow – nicely tripping with those classic sweet soul touches that have always made Adrian one of the best interpreters of ... 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
Def Jam, 2020. New Copy
... LP, Vinyl record album

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
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

Aloe Blacc

All Love Everything
BMG, 2020. New Copy
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

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

Nathan Thomas

Still Water
Futuristica (UK), 2020. New Copy
Nathan Thomas has penned songs for others, and has bubbled under on the UK scene in recent years – but this full-length debut is the kind of statement that should definitely get him some attention – a great little record that mixes his well-written tunes with crispy production and lots ... CD

Peven Everett

Saturday Night Orchestra
Studio Confession, 2006. New Copy
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

Sincerely Yours
Studio Confession, 2008. New Copy
One of the most sweetly soulful sets we've ever heard from Peven Everett – a laidback session that's a nice change from some of his more upbeat grooves – and one that places him solidly in the territory of mid 70s Isley Brothers or Marvin Gaye! Tunes are simple, but have a real sense ... CD

Peven Everett

Medicine Man
Studio Confession, 2011. New Copy
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
Studio Confession, 2006. New Copy
One of the boldest, fullest, and most soulful albums we've ever heard from Peven Everett – a set that's overflowing with enough classic influences to rival the genius of Stevie Wonder in the 70s! The groove here is really tremendous – not just house rhythms or beats and keys, but a ... 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

Peven Everett & Upper Esh

Star Studded
Satelite Soundscape, 2003. New Copy
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
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
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
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
Studio Confession, 2010. New Copy
Peven Everett, acoustic – a whole new sound for this amazing 21st Century soul singer! We've always loved Peven's music, but usually it's drenched in keyboards and drum patterns – so an acoustic setting like this is a wonderful change – and more proof that Peven's got more than ... CD

Peven Everett

Dear Europe
Studio Confession, 2008. New Copy
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
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

Peven Everett

Realness
Studio Confession, 2007. New Copy
One of the most soulful albums we've ever heard from Peven Everett – and that's saying a heck of a lot, given the depth of his work so far! The album's one of Peven's most song-based, vocally-strong efforts – an instant classic batch of tunes that show a tremendous evolution in his ... CD
Studio Confession, 2010. New Copy
A special set of tracks from underground soul wonderboy Peven Everett – some clubby cuts that were brought together here for the legendary Miami dance music conference – including one great tune about the city that the mayor might want to make it's new theme! All the usual Peven ... CD

Billie Jewell with Peven Everett

Amouse Bouche
Studio Confession, 2000. New Copy
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

Notions
Studio Confession, 2007. New Copy
Incredible mellow soul from the mighty Peven Everett – a record that shows that he's every bit as great with a gentle tune as he is with a clubby one! The music here has a beautifully glowing sort of quality – piano, keyboards, acoustic guitar, and softer beats – all wrapped up ... CD

Peven Everett

Party Of The Year
Studio Confession, 2009. New Copy
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
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

William Kurk

WK
William Kurk Productions, 2020. New Copy
CD...$6.99 10.00
William Kurk is a secret hero of ours – a Chicagoan who's been creating wonderful soul records for many years, and who's never fully gotten his due – but never lets that stop him from bringing his best to the game! This record's breaks out with beautifully positive energy right from ... CD

Cherrill Rae, Rene Goodwin, & Teddi Fusco

Society Hill Goes Pop
Society Hill, 2019. New Copy
CD...$4.99 15.99
The Society Hill label goes pop, but not in a contemporary way – as the company's always been devoted to the best classic sounds of 70s Philly – which it explores here with the help of three different singers! The tunes include a lot of crossover classics you'd know from 70s radio, but ... CD

Brenda Nicole Moorer

Marrow
Ropeadope, 2020. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
Great work from a really unique singer – a vocalist who's equally well-balanced between jazz and soul, and who uses that balance to great advantage throughout this well-crafted LP! Brenda's vocals and inflection definitely show a strong side of the understanding of the nuances you'd use in ... 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

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

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
Linear Labs, 2020. New Copy
Adrian Younge's plastered his name on the front cover of this debut from Angela Munoz (why does he always do that?) – but the set is definitely a strong calling card for the lady herself – who steps out here with a strength that might well make her a key underground soul talent in years ... CD

Jarrod Lawson

Be The Change
Dome (UK), 2020. New Copy 2LP
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Bad Boy, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 – ... LP, Vinyl record album
P-Vine (Japan), 2015. New Copy
A great little live set from Brand New Heavies – the kind of record that reminds us that, even after the space of 25 years, these guys are still one of the best funky soul groups on the planet! The set's an unusual one, in that N'Dea Davenport makes a surprise return to the lead with the ... CD

Shafiq Husayn

Loop (Instrumentals)
Nature Sounds, 2019. New Copy
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 March 09, 2021


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