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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!


Otis Junior & Dr Dundiff

Hemispheres
Jakarta (Germany), 2017. New Copy
CD...$4.99 15.98
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
Expansion (UK), 2022. New Copy 3CD
Plenty of luxury, and plenty of soul – as you'll be living like a king with this well-priced set – a massive batch of music in one 3CD collection, and a heck of a lot more enjoyable than trawling the internet for underground soul songs you might have missed! This long-running series ... CD

Trina Broussard

Inside My Love
Expansion (UK), Late 90s/2008. New Copy
CD...$8.99 19.99
The long-overdue release of Inside My Love – a sublime little set recorded by Trina Broussard in the late 90s – originally planned for the So-So Def label, but never properly issued at the time! The album's years ahead of most soul of the time – a great precursor to the Neo Soul ... CD

Blue Lab Beats

Motherland Journey
Blue Note, 2022. New Copy 2LP
The first full length set from London duo Blue Lab Beats – a pair who are very well-placed on Blue Note Records, but more as ambassadors of some of the more soul-styled work the label has done in recent years! There's a very collaborative vibe going on here – as the core producers open ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ann Sally

Moon Dance
Columbia (Japan), 2003. New Copy
A wonderful blend of acoustic soul, gentle jazz, and bossa – a beautiful little album from Ann Sally, who you may remember as the sublime vocalist on Soul Bossa Trio's Dolphins album! The record has Ann working with small combo backing that features an acoustic guitar in the lead – ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
P-Vine (Japan), 2022. New Copy
A wonderful collection of contemporary soul – a set that brings together cuts from the global underground, and also reflects some of the recent taste for updating older modes from the AOR generation! The range of artists is wonderful, and the package is full of surprises – very ... CD

Blue Lab Beats

Motherland Journey
Blue Note, 2022. New Copy
The first full length set from London duo Blue Lab Beats – a pair who are very well-placed on Blue Note Records, but more as ambassadors of some of the more soul-styled work the label has done in recent years! There's a very collaborative vibe going on here – as the core producers open ... CD
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
City Slang, 2022. New Copy
A really fantastic debut from Chicago soul singer Kaina Castillo – an artist who may well become huge in years to come, given the strength of this initial album! There's a really special vibe going on here – as Kaina's not afraid to put herself or her feelings on the line, but also not ... CD
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

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
BBE (UK), 2015. New Copy
CD...$4.99 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

Preston Glass

Music As Medicine
Expansion (UK), 2008. New Copy
CD...$4.99 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

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

Moniquea

On Repeat
MoFunk, 2022. New Copy
There's a nicely dated look to the cover, and Moniquea comes across here with just the sort of 80s vibe you'd expect – plenty of beats and fat basslines underneath the keyboard-heavy instrumentation – all served up with a sweet sort of update on an older electro soul mode! The ... CD
Legere (France), 2022. New Copy
A sweet little group with a real 70s Cali vibe – very much in the spirit of the cover, with kind of a blue-eyed soul approach to jazzy AOR! The instrumentation is great – plenty of Fender Rhodes and other keyboards – providing this warm glow for the lead vocals of the group's two ... LP, Vinyl record album

Kendra Morris

Nine Lives
Karma Chief/Colemine, 2022. New Copy
Kendra Morris looks lovelier than ever on the cover of the record – and she sounds lovelier than ever too – thanks to a rock-solid, all-soul approach that shows just how much her vocal strengths have grown in recent years! Morris has always had an ear for the classic, but this time ... CD
Expansion (UK), 2010. New Copy
CD...$8.99 16.99
A mellow soul killer from Dira J Sugandi – working here with production from Bluey, and help from the rest of the Incognito crew! In a way, the album's almost an Incognito record at heart – yet Dira's vocals and overall approach really help give it a fresh feel too – a mode that ... CD

Weeknd

Dawn FM
Republic, 2021. New Copy 2LP
A real surprise from The Weeknd – and we don't just mean that because the album was dropped on the public with no announcement beforehand! The record's also a great evolution of the sound that's gotten such wide attention in a surprisingly short span of time – a bit of a concept album, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mourning A BLKstar

Cycle (yellow vinyl pressing)
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
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
Planet Mu, 2021. New Copy 2LP
A record of almost sci-fi sort of energy from Chicago underground figure Jana Rush – an artist whose musical legacy goes way back to work for the Dance Mania label back in the 90s, but who's definitely very much in her own space here! There's a few frenetic beats that might tie the record to ... LP, Vinyl record album

Ann Sally

Voyage
Columbia (Japan), 2001. New Copy
A great set by Korean jazz singer Ann Sally – recorded with a gentle mellow finish, and some sweet Brazilian touches! Ann sings in both Portuguese and English – running through a host of tracks that includes classics by Ivan Lins, Marcos Valle, Joni Mitchell, Henry Mancini, and Roberto ... LP, Vinyl record album

Various

New Flava Vol 1
NBN, 1996. New Copy 2LP
A really great project, and one that definitely lives up to the new flava promised in the title – as the album features mid 90s gospel groups that are all working strongly with some of the neo soul currents that were going on in the global underground of the time! Don't think of this as a ... LP, Vinyl record album
Stones Throw, 2021. New Copy Gatefold
Benny Sings has a scruffy sort of look on the cover here – but his music is wonderfully smooth and soulful – every bit the sound that we've loved on all of his previous records, and which makes Benny maybe one of the under-discovered talents of the global scene of the past decade or so! ... 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

Wayne Snow

Figurine
Roche, 2021. New Copy
Wayne Snow was born in Nigeria, recorded this debut between Paris and Berlin, and comes across with the kind of globe-spanning sound that legacy might make you expect! This is future soul at its best – not warmed-over cliches from the past, but a record that has a crisp sort of contemporary ... LP, Vinyl record album

Moo Latte

Snax
U Know Me (UK), 2021. New Copy
Really beautiful instrumentals from producer Moo Latte – a set of tracks that are a really nice change from the usual mix of beats and keyboards – as the tunes are all a bit short, gentle, and surprisingly pretty overall! There's still a nice crispy vibe to the music, and more than ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
Stones Throw, 2022. New Copy
The full length debut of Houston's Peyton – a soft-voiced soul singer who works here with some beautifully laidback rhythms and cool, crispy instrumentation that really augments the personal qualities of her tunes! Peyton often just lets her vocals flow along with the tunes – never ... LP, Vinyl record album
Juju Dust/P-Vine (Japan), 2007. New Copy
Spacey soul from Coultrain – an up-and-coming singer from the St Louis scene, and one with a really unique sort of sound! The album's a wonderful debut effort – far more mature and complex than you might expect, with a really cosmic feel that's somewhere between 70s spacey soul and ... CD

Tiombe Lockhart feat Robert Glasper, Bilal, eCUSSIONIST

Aquarius Years
Mother Tongue, Early 2000s. New Copy
The first official release of this debut solo album from Tiombe Lockheart – originally distributed via shows when she was a member of the Platinum Pied Pipers, and still a completely winning bit of spacey soul – with a vibe that really prefaces so much energy on the west coast in more ... LP, Vinyl record album

Lady Blackbird

Black Acid Soul
BMG (UK), 2022. New Copy
Lady Blackbird takes on a Nina Simone tune on the very first track on this set – quite a risky move, but the Lady's got a voice that's definitely up to the challenge! The singer's the sort that comes along once in a blue moon – a richly talented artist who's able to take any sort of ... LP, Vinyl record album

Mayer Hawthorne

Man About Town
Vagrant, 2016. New Copy (reissue)
Mayer Hawthorne just keeps on rising and rising with each new record – to a level where he's not just sounding like those 70s influences that have always been a force in his music, but actually manages to fit right in alongside them with a seamless sound and completely confident vibe! The ... LP, Vinyl record album
City Slang, 2022. New Copy
A really fantastic debut from Chicago soul singer Kaina Castillo – an artist who may well become huge in years to come, given the strength of this initial album! There's a really special vibe going on here – as Kaina's not afraid to put herself or her feelings on the line, but also not ... CD

Lauren Elyise

This Is Personal
Soul Step, 2022. New Copy
A deeply soulful record from Lauren Elysie – an artist who seems to instantly bridge classic and contemporary soul styles with her music – working with all the richness of a female soul artist of the 60s or 70s, but also coming across with some of the urgency of the neo soul movement ... LP, Vinyl record album
Jagjaguwar, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jamila Woods

Heavn
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
Father Daughter, 2021. New Copy
Tasha hails from our hometown of Chicago, but she's got a sound that's very much her own – a quality that's instantly personal, and a way of putting over a tune that's a bit unlike anyone else we can think of! Her voice can lilt on high notes, but also has a very down to earth quality too ... LP, Vinyl record album

Silas Short

Drawing EP
Stones Throw, 2022. New Copy
A wonderful debut from Silas Short – a Milwaukee native, but an artist whose sound fits right in with the laidback flavors of Cali soul we usually expect from the Stones Throw label! Silas has a way of folding his keyboards over his guitar over his bass and drums here in a really great way ... LP, Vinyl record album

Zoe's Shanghai

Lava Love
Zoe's Shanghai (France), 2021. New Copy
A really beautiful album from Zoe's Shanghai – a group led by singer Zoe Renie Harris, and one who recorded this debut album out in the countryside in France – a setting that maybe gives the record a wonderfully laidback sort of vibe! Zoe's vocals are wonderful – lyrical, but ... 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

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
Legere (France), 2022. New Copy
A sweet little group with a real 70s Cali vibe – very much in the spirit of the cover, with kind of a blue-eyed soul approach to jazzy AOR! The instrumentation is great – plenty of Fender Rhodes and other keyboards – providing this warm glow for the lead vocals of the group's two ... CD

Moonchild

Starfruit
Tru Thoughts (UK), 2022. New Copy
Moonchild are one of those groups who just keep on rewarding us as we follow their career – but one who are also always so great, you can just drop your ears right in the middle of any of their excellent albums! This time around, the trio add in help from some famous collaborators – ... CD
Universal (Japan), 1997. New Copy
A landmark record from Brazilian soul singer Ed Motta – the set that really got him the attention he deserved – and put him right up there in a soul music pantheon next to his famous uncle, the great Tim Maia! The set's not Ed's first, but it's the one where he really found his groove ... CD

Lady Blackbird

Black Acid Soul
BMG (UK), 2022. New Copy
Lady Blackbird takes on a Nina Simone tune on the very first track on this set – quite a risky move, but the Lady's got a voice that's definitely up to the challenge! The singer's the sort that comes along once in a blue moon – a richly talented artist who's able to take any sort of ... CD

Dam-Funk

STFU EP
Glydezone, 2021. New Copy (pic cover)
Instrumental genius from Dam Funk – just four tracks, but more than enough richness to match the sorts of sounds we'd find on a full length album from most of his contemporaries! As with his best work, the set's got a way of doing a lot more with less – just the right timing on the ... 12-inch, Vinyl record

Charlotte Adigery & Boris Pupul

Topical Dancer
Universal (France), 2022. New Copy
A record that's as striking as its cover – a set from a Belgian duo, but one who take on important issues on the global scene – delivered mostly in English, which gives the record a really universal sense of appeal! Their style is quite unique – almost an older mix of beats, ... CD
 
Updated May 20, 2022


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