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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!


Decade Of A Love King
BMG, 2018. New Copy
We're not sure we're ready to call Raheem DeVaughn the love king – he'd have to face down Barry White and Marvin Gaye for that title – and he's actually given us more than a decade of music (we've been following him since his early self-released days) – but these are all hardly ... CD
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
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
Acadie – Raw
Gondwana (UK), 2018. New Copy Gatefold
Explosively soulful talents from Allysha Joy – a singer who seems to have a lot of her name in her style – this joyous vibe that really matches her fantastic flow – coming across with a sense of spirit that really grabs us from the very first note! Joy hails from the London scene ... CD
Acadie – Raw
Gondwana (UK), 2018. New Copy
Explosively soulful talents from Allysha Joy – a singer who seems to have a lot of her name in her style – this joyous vibe that really matches her fantastic flow – coming across with a sense of spirit that really grabs us from the very first note! Joy hails from the London scene ... LP, Vinyl record album
What Are You
Soul Clap, 2017. New Copy
Underground System have really expanded their vibe this time around – still working with some of the Afro Funk styles of before, but also opening up into a range of contemporary soul styles that maybe fit the image of the cover a bit more than we might have guessed! There's lots of great ... CD
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
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
Indigo
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy
Much more of a soul-based set than the debut album by Kandace Springs on Blue Note – really showing the growth in direction the label has been taking in the past decade or so! Kandace is a perfect singer for the sorts of ears that have been brought to Blue Note by some of the work of Robert ... LP, Vinyl record album
Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy CD & DVD
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
Feel
Rexamillon/Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy
CD...$8.99 13.99
RC Williams really outdoes himself here – moving The Gritz way past their previous role as the backing band for Erkyah Badu – and finding their own wonderfully strong sense of soul! The groove is fantastic right from the start – funky, but very fresh in approach – with lots ... CD
Indigo
Blue Note, 2018. New Copy
Much more of a soul-based set than the debut album by Kandace Springs on Blue Note – really showing the growth in direction the label has been taking in the past decade or so! Kandace is a perfect singer for the sorts of ears that have been brought to Blue Note by some of the work of Robert ... CD
Bad Boy/Atlantic, 2013. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The electric lady is back again – getting great help on this set from Prince, Erykah Badu, Miguel, and Esperanza Spaulding! The set features further chapters in Janelle's Metropolis story – but apart from that overarching structure, and cool notes that situate the singer as some future ... LP, Vinyl record album
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy
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
I Am A Vocoder
Neon Finger, 2018. New Copy
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
P-Vine (Japan), 2018. New Copy
A sweet little set that definitely offers up another page of Incognito – as the Japanese-only collection mixes a few older tracks with more recent numbers we haven't seen on other albums! Bluey and the group are as fantastic as ever – and in a way, these later mature tracks almost have ... CD
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
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
Power Plant
Legere (France), 2018. New Copy
Great grooves from two contemporary cats who really love the sound of classic boogie – working here in a live analogue setting with a mighty great sound! The rhythms are strong, but simple – filled with excellent work on bass, guitar, and plenty of keyboards – almost feeling like ... LP, Vinyl record album
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
Secretly Canadian, 2018. New Copy
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
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 ... CD
Yes Lawd! (with download)
Stones Throw, 2016. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Anderson .Paak and Knxwledge's full length debut as a duo – and the most triumphant Stones Throw record in years! To this (still early) point in young .Paak's career, his voice has already proved to be a prime vessel for natural grit and mood, if not gamechanger songwriting, best paired with ... LP, Vinyl record album
Back To Black
Universal, 2006. New Copy
An incredible album from Amy Winehouse – even way better than her fantastic debut! Although a contemporary soul album, this one's steeped in tradition – soul styles that run the gamut from Detroit down to Kingston, and which are carried off here with a rougher, sharper-edged sound than ... LP, Vinyl record album
Almost Persuaded
Miso (UK), 2018. New Copy
Wonderful work from Swing Out Sister – a group who've matured wonderfully in their years away from the charts – even if most of their best records, like this one, are a special secret for a small and selective audience! Corinne Drewery's always had a wonderful voice, but the years just ... LP, Vinyl record album
Velvet Portraits
Ropeadope, 2016. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
A jaw-dropper from Terrace Martin – the kind of record that sneaks on the market under everyone's ears, but will no doubt be one of those sets we'll all go back to again and again over the years! Martin's got a beautifully fresh take on funky jazz – steeped somewhat in the classic ... 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
What Are You
Soul Clap, 2017. New Copy
Underground System have really expanded their vibe this time around – still working with some of the Afro Funk styles of before, but also opening up into a range of contemporary soul styles that maybe fit the image of the cover a bit more than we might have guessed! There's lots of great ... LP, Vinyl record album
Architecture
SAFT, 2018. New Copy (pic cover, reissue)
Sweet beats from Dam-Funk – tracks that bubble and glisten with the sorts of retro sounds that have always made his work such a great link between generations – always looking forward, but with a great ear for the past! The set features three cuts – "Break Out", "Ha ... 12-inch, Vinyl record
Where Neon Goes To Die
Secretly Canadian, 2018. New Copy
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 ... CD
Travel Light
First Word (UK), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Beautifully bottom-heavy sounds from Children of Zeus – a British duo who effortlessly blend together elements from hip hop and contemporary soul – very much in the spirit of the London sounds that first pricked up our ears at the start of the 90s, even if the approach here is much more ... 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
Sol Empowered
Atlanta, 2017. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.98
The first we've heard from Chantae Cann – a wonderful singer who grabs our ears right with the very first note on this set – and continues to delight all the way through! Chantae's got this really cool style – kind of light and dreamy, but with a rasp around the edges – a ... CD
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
Transistor Sound, 2018. New Copy
Infectious live band soul from Con Brio! It's a 7-piece band based in San Francisco, but their sound and boundless energy draws all over the stylistic map, and spans eras, too. There's a bit of a timeless pop soul vibe with charismatic vocals and big, memorable hooks – backed by cool ... LP, Vinyl record album
Joy Comes In Spirit
Innovative Leisure, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
The fantastic first full length set from Vicktor Taiwo – an artist who may well redefine the sound of electro soul for the 21st Century! Vicktor's got a voice that would be wonderful in a standard setting – inflected with his Nigerian roots, and clear love of American soul music – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Lioness
K Avett, 2018. New Copy
A great soul singer, and one with a very positive vibe – a sound that maybe grabs us the same way we felt when we first heard Jill Scott – and that's saying a heck of a lot! As you might guess from the title, K Avett's a singer who's not to be taken lightly – yet while her ... CD
Moonlight Daughter
Moonlight Daughter, 2018. New Copy
Captivating, genre-defying indie soul from Girl Named Nino – a girl originally from Tbilisi, Georgia who has long called the Chicago area home, has a sound as far reaching as her travels, but it still feels intimate and personal! Her voice is front-and-center throughout Moonlight Daughter, in ... CD
Explorer
Transistor Sound, 2018. New Copy
Infectious live band soul from Con Brio! It's a 7-piece band based in San Francisco, but their sound and boundless energy draws all over the stylistic map, and spans eras, too. There's a bit of a timeless pop soul vibe with charismatic vocals and big, memorable hooks – backed by cool ... CD
Joy Comes In Spirit
Innovative Leisure, 2018. New Copy
The fantastic first full length set from Vicktor Taiwo – an artist who may well redefine the sound of electro soul for the 21st Century! Vicktor's got a voice that would be wonderful in a standard setting – inflected with his Nigerian roots, and clear love of American soul music – ... CD
Siren
Expansion (UK), 2018. New Copy
A beautiful tribute to the Cali soul sound of the 70s – served up here by Robb Scott with a wonderfully groovy sound! The music here recalls that great moment when things could be tight, but never slick or commercial – maybe the productions of Larry Mizell, or the flowing soulful ... CD
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
Journey To Golden
Atlanta/Ropeadope, 2018. New Copy
CD...$9.99 14.99
Chante Cann really blew us away with her debut – and she seems to sound even better here – working with a new level of complexity in her music, while still coming across with all the soulful richness of the previous set! Acoustic piano features strongly in the sound – balancing ... CD
Yep Roc, 2018. New Copy
A great combination of contemporary soul talents – the blue-eyed soul vocals of Eli Reed and the horn-heavy rhythms of the High & Mighty Brass Band! The setting's a nice one for Eli, and has a rootsy feel that you don't get on some of his other records – and in addition to the ... LP, Vinyl record album
Soul Brother (UK), 2014. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
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 ... LP, Vinyl record album
Spangle Lang Lane
World Galaxy/Alpha Pup, 2017. New Copy
There's a trippy-looking Muppet on the cover, and that gives you part of a feeling of the album – but just a sliver, because the overall sound here is a lot more complex! The album's a masterpiece from west coast arranger Ryan Porter – a mix of deeper jazz with bits of soul and hip hop ... CD
Run Deep
Motema, 2018. New Copy
The first full album from Deva Mahal – a relatively young singer, but one who comes across with a power that makes us think that she's been recording for years! Deva's definitely got a contemporary soul approach, but works with a rasp in her vocals that's a bit blues-influenced too – ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dirty Computer
Bad Boy, 2018. New Copy
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
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
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
 
Updated October 18, 2018


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