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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!


Musiq

Juslisen
Def Soul, 2002. New Copy 2LP
A great bit of NuSoul from Musiq Soulchild – warm, beat-heavy, and with a sinewy vocal style that reminds us a bit of D'Angelo, but harder. The album's Musiq's second – and it's another proud statement from the current Philly underground, the kind of modern day soul that's transforming ... LP, Vinyl record album

Monday Michiru

Moods
MCJP (Japan), 2003. New Copy
A wonderful little album from Monday Michiru – her tenth solo album in a short but strong legacy of soul! The album builds on the maturing sound that Monday's been crafting over her previous records – a really cohesive sound that takes bits of classic 70s jazz, Latin rhythms, acoustic ... CD

Monday Michiru

Double Image
Polygram (Japan), 1998. New Copy
A real turning point for Monday Michiru – a set that has the Japanese singer moving into more complex rhythms than some of the straighter soul of her initial releases – really keeping things interesting as she stretches out lyrically too! Monday arranged and produced most of the record ... 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

Kassa Overall

I Think I'm Good
Brownswood (UK), 2020. New Copy
We really loved Kassa Overall's debut, but we're completely blown away with this full length set – as the record's got a visionary sound that's completely his own – a really new mix of jazz, soul, and funk that's bound to make Kassa one of the most important talents in years to come! ... CD

Various

New Soul Woman
Expansion (UK), Late 90s/Early 2000s. New Copy 2CD
A wonderful overview of contemporary female soul – none of it commercial, and nearly all of it from the mighty Expansion family of labels – home to some of the hippest Neo Soul around! Work here is from both American and overseas sources, and although a few tracks are issued under the ... CD

Michael Kiwanuka

Kiwanuka (180 gram pressing)
Interscope, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Michael Kiwanuka works in a genre that's all his own – definitely soulful, but wrapped around so many other influences too – all with this proud, positive vibe that's gotten the singer a lot more ears than we might have expected just a few short years ago! The record's got plenty of ... LP, Vinyl record album

T-Groove & Two Jazz Project

Nu Soul Nation
Kissing Fish (Japan), 2018. New Copy
T-Groove has given us some great music in the past, but he really blows us away here – as he works with Two Jazz Project on a much warmer version of some of his classic clubby modes – this wonderfully deep sound that has plenty of room for guests who include Enois Scroggins, Brae Leni, ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dominique Fils-Aime

Red EP
King Underground, 2019. New Copy
Dominique Fils-Aime has this wonderfully crispy voice – a sound that sometimes make you feel she's older than her years, but set to instrumentation that also has some nicely contemporary currents too – all of which creates this pan-historic approach to soul, but one that's completely in ... LP, Vinyl record album
Black Focus, 2020. New Copy
Steve Spacek isn't making as many musical waves as he was back at the start of the century – but the man certainly hasn't lost his touch at all – and is still one of the most forward-thinking talents of his generation! As with his classics, the record bristles with new energy and ... LP, Vinyl record album
Cordial (UK), 2019. New Copy
A contemporary soul set from the UK, but one that's got a very laidback vibe and a very mellow 70s sort of sound! The style is nicely easygoing – kind of slow funk on most tracks, which is perfect for the lead vocals and the way they trip along the tunes in a way that's relaxed, but never ... LP, Vinyl record album
Dome (UK), 1996/1998/2001. New Copy 3CD
The first three albums from Down To The Bone – packaged here in a nicely-priced set, with bonus tracks too! First up is From Manhattan To Staten – a record that moves across the boroughs of New York – and which also managed to have a huge impact on the Windy City as well – ... CD

Lasperanza

Seeds
Dome (UK), 2019. New Copy
A tight debut from Lasperanza – aka arranger producer Rico Garofalo, who put together the whole set as a tribute to older jazz, funk, and soul that laid the seeds for his own music in recent years! The record has a vibe that's a bit like that strong UK soul tradition started with Incognito, ... CD
Victor (Japan), 2015. New Copy
The other side of Monday Michiru – or, more appropriately, the early side of the great soul singer – given that her roots in jazz go very far back, to the time when she was the child of two very famous jazz musicians! This set has Monday reunited with her mother – the legendary ... 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

Monday Michiru & Others

Co-Collaborator Works Of Monday Michiru
Universal (Japan), 2007. New Copy
Great grooves from Monday Michiru – a Soul Source collection that brings together a wealth of Monday's dancefloor work with a host of other artists! The tunes here are all upbeat and nicely grooving – very much that soulful Soul Source dancefloor vibe – and the package is a nice ... CD

Sequoyah Murray

Penalties Of Love EP
Thrill Jockey, 2019. New Copy (pic cover)
A really amazing debut from Sequoyah Murray – a young soul singer we have a feeling we'll be hearing plenty from in years to come! Sequoyah's got a style that's very much his own – one born out of frequent collaboration and improvisation – with elements that are maybe as jazz-base ... 12-inch, Vinyl record

Harriet Brown

Mall Of Fortune
Innovative Leisure, 2019. New Copy 2LP
A really great second set from Harriet Brown – one of those "recorded at home" soul records that may well set the tone for a generation to come! Brown's got this always-skittish, almost-nervous approach to his music – one that often echoes the lyrics of the tunes, and their ... LP, Vinyl record album

Monday Michiru

Routes
Artist Share, 2006. New Copy
Another top-shelf session from Monday Michiru – one of the few current artists who's been able to hold our attention for so many years, thanks to an ever-deepening quality in her work! Back at the end of the 90s, we were first amazed when Monday moved simpler dance-based work into more ... CD

Cherrill Rae, Rene Goodwin, & Teddi Fusco

Society Hill Goes Pop
Society Hill, 2019. New Copy
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

Monday Michiru

Alternate Routes
Artist Share, 2008. New Copy Gatefold
Great remixes from Monday Michiru's Routes album – and a set that really continues her strong tradition of collaboration with some of the hippest talents of the underground! As with some of our favorite Michiru remixes from years back, the tracks here are more re-imaginations or re-recordings ... CD
Shanachie, 2018. New Copy
CD...$9.99 18.98
A really great combination of talents – the songs of Bill Withers and the vocals of Anthony David – a singer whose acoustic undercurrents make him a perfect partner for Bill's music! If anything, the presentation here might be even more spare and stripped-down than Withers' originals ... CD

Harriet Brown

Mall Of Fortune
Innovative Leisure, 2019. New Copy
A really great second set from Harriet Brown – one of those "recorded at home" soul records that may well set the tone for a generation to come! Brown's got this always-skittish, almost-nervous approach to his music – one that often echoes the lyrics of the tunes, and their ... CD
Big Crown, 2018. New Copy
CD...$7.99 17.98
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

Mourning A BLKstar

Garner Poems
Electric Cowbell, 2018. New Copy
A fantastically righteous set – a blend of funk and politics that we haven't heard done this well since the 70s – even though the whole record is aimed at dealing with contemporary issues – as you might guess from the title's reference to the late Eric Garner! The set's dedicated ... CD

Dam-Funk

STFU II
Glydezone, 2019. New Copy
Fantastic funk from Dam-Funk – full of heavy bassbits, sweet beats, and plenty of keyboards – all with that stripped-down sound that always helps us focus on the well-chosen elements in his music! The whole thing's instrumental – and relatively spare, but very fulfilling – ... CD

Kizzy Crawford

Way I Dream
Freestyle (UK), 2019. New Copy
CD...$9.99 10.98
A fantastic debut from Kizzy Crawford – a soul singer who will most likely be huge in years to come – thanks to an approach that seems to effortlessly cross borders and boundaries! Kizzy's lyrics are personal, but positive – and the music is a blend of soul instrumentation with ... CD
Work/Sony (UK), 1996. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
A mindblower from Jamiroquai – the album that really broke them out of the box, thanks to an increasingly complicated sense of rhythm! For the set, Jay and the group pulled up some of the more dynamic sounds from the London underground, and wove them together with their increasingly great ... LP, Vinyl record album
Expansion (UK), 2020. New Copy 3CD
Soulful luxury at a mighty nice price – 3CDs and 35 tracks of music from the contemporary underground, plus a few cuts from back in the day – all put together with the top-shelf style of the Expansion Records label! The package is one of the best so far in this annual series – ... CD
Sony (UK), 1993. New Copy 2LP Gatefold (reissue)
The group's first full length album – and a classic batch of soulful funky tunes, handled with the charm and care that would make Jamiroquai one of the best new soul acts to come out of the UK during the 90s. Think Brand New Heavies meets Stevie Wonder meets Steely Dan, and you'll get only ... 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
Concord, 2019. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
12 sublime spells from Esperanza Spaulding – with 4 more spells added to the mix for the physical release of the album! The record's got Esperanza really blowing us away – not content to just stay in the safer territory that she virtually invented a few years back, and which could ... LP, Vinyl record album

Al Sunny

Planets
Favorite (France), 2019. New Copy
Al Sunny is a singer who really lives up to his name – as his voice has this warm glow that's really wonderful, and which is a perfect fit for the classic-styled backings on the set! And by "classic", we mean a tight mix of soul and 70s AOR modes – laidback, but well-crafted ... 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
Columbia, 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Stunning soul from The Internet – a group who just seem to get better and better with each new record – to the point where we fell in love with this set after hearing just the first few notes! The sound is wonderful – warm, but funky – bottom-heavy, but soaring to the skies ... LP, Vinyl record album

Cool Million

Stronger
Lounge (UK), 2019. New Copy 2LP
A really great full length set from Cool Million – a group who don't give us nearly as many records as we'd like – because by this time, they should have a recorded legacy to match that of Incognito or Brand New Heavies! Like both of those groups, these guys have a great way of going ... LP, Vinyl record album
Hidden Beach, 2019. New Copy
A great entry in this long-running series – maybe one of the freshest in years, although maybe we're biased because of the Chicago connection too! The record continues the approach of previous volumes, but maybe has an even stronger vocal presence – thanks to strong contributions from ... LP, Vinyl record album

Intellexual (Nate Fox & Nico Segal)

Intellexual (with bonus download)
Fantasy, 2019. New Copy
A really great step forward for Nate Fox and Nico Segal – who you might know from the Chicago collective The Social Experiment – set here to transform the world of contemporary soul on their own! The album's got this really fantastic, yet sensitive blend of modes – tunes that are ... LP, Vinyl record album
Beat Art Department, 2019. New Copy
Soia has a wonderfully crisp, chunky style to her music – very well-placed on a label with "beat art" in the name – but topped with snakey, soulful vocals that are a really great contrast! There's a production style that's right up there with the best of the hip hop ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dam-Funk

STFU II
Glydezone, 2019. New Copy
Fantastic funk from Dam-Funk – full of heavy bassbits, sweet beats, and plenty of keyboards – all with that stripped-down sound that always helps us focus on the well-chosen elements in his music! The whole thing's instrumental – and relatively spare, but very fulfilling – ... LP, Vinyl record album

Jimetta Rose

Light Bearer
Temporary Whatever, 2016. New Copy
LA underground soul from Jimetta Rose – tripped out and intimately soulful at the same time, really a unique vibe, even coming from a scene as progressive of a jazzy hip hop soul scene as creatively unfettered as independent west coast's this far into the new millennium – and produced ... LP, Vinyl record album

Beady Belle

Dedication
Jazzland (Norway), 2018. New Copy 2LP Gatefold
Beady Belle never lets us down – and even though the lady's been making music for well over a decade, she still turns out some of the most consistently thoughtful soul we can think of! Forget the fact that the singer's on a Norwegian label, as the lyrics here are all in English, backed by ... LP, Vinyl record album

Dayme Arocena

Sonocardiogram
Brownswood (UK), 2019. New Copy
The best we've heard so far from Dayme Arocena – a Cuban singer who's got a great way of reaching out from Havana with a sound that can circle the globe! The music here has a blend of jazz, soul, and Cuban roots – but all delivered together in a style that's completely unique and ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
Sooper, 2019. New Copy
A soaring effort from Kaina – one we're sure to remember as a major creative statement from a versatile singer and as a vital snapshot of a burgeoning era in Chicago's indie soul scene! Kaina's triumph here is the way she sets up a dreamy mood that holds throughout the album – wherein ... LP, Vinyl record album
P-Vine (Japan), 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

Mourning A BLKstar

Reckoning (with bonus download)
Don Giovanni, 2019. New Copy
A tremendous effort from Mourning A BLKstar – a group who may be on their way to being the voice of a generation – as they work with an unabashed sense of righteous politics, funk, and soul – all taken to a higher plane in the process of creation! Plenty of folks are message-orien ... LP, Vinyl record album

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
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
Freestyle (UK), 1990s/2000s/2010s. New Copy 2CD
A huge career overview of the music of Omar Lyefook – one of our favorite soul singers of the past few decades – right from the moment he first wowed the world with a bedroom-produced album that rivaled the greatness of Stevie Wonder! Omar's placement on the UK scene has maybe got him ... CD
 
Updated April 03, 2020


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