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Soul - Verschenen op 1 november 2019 | Polydor Records

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His third album is entitled Kiwanuka… does that mean that Michael Kiwanuka has finally come to peace with himself? Since starting out in 2012, the Londoner has not stopped questioning his place in the arts, his relationship to his musical influences, his own identity and his role in a society still plagued by racism… Following the release of his brilliant debut album Home Again, Kiwanuka was inaugurated as the next big thing for contemporary soul. His thought-provoking soul was blended with Terry Callier-style folk and scents of the seventies. Some even compared him to Bill Withers, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye! On his second album, Love & Hate, released in 2016, the songwriter explored his rock side without forgetting his gospel and soul roots, and was joined by Danger Mouse in the production studio.Kiwanuka walks in the footsteps of the artist’s previous records: the lyrics are still politically engaged and the instrumentals just as rich, though he seems more relaxed on this album. Danger Mouse is once again behind the production console, this time adding a new dimension and strength to the sound: we find cinematic soul, larger-than-life gospel, funky wah-wah guitars, sensual strings, big bass, long instrumentals… we could go on! It’s all there right from the opening track You Ain’t The Problem, a real masterpiece of soul. Michael Kiwanuka has never tried to hide his love for Marvin Gaye and What’s Going On (his favourite album of all time) and Trouble Man often come to mind, even if the two men’s voices are fundamentally different. This third work from the 32-year-old Brit reveals an unprecedented density. And each time you listen you notice something new, be it a subtle arrangement, a thoughtful lyric or a thinly disguised instrument. A magnificent album. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Soul - Verschenen op 1 januari 2014 | Motown

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Soul - Verschenen op 1 januari 1973 | Motown

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At 23 years of age, Stevie Wonder’s music is in its innovative stages in Innervisions, released on August 3, 1973. Playing all kinds of instruments, featuring musicians such as Jeff Beck, Ray Parker Jr., David Sanborn and Buzz Feiten, and touching on a range of themes from drugs, ghetto, spirituality, politics, racism and of course love with a big L, Michigan’s musical genius manages to create the ultimate fusion of soul, rhythm’n’blues, funk and pop. The sound of his synthesisers was unprecedented at the time and works well with this spiritual soul music that is full of crazy melodies. Innervisions provides the perfect soundtrack for difficult times in America, like in Living for The City where Stevie recalls the trials and tribulations of a young black man from Mississippi who went to New York for a job he would never get, before ending up behind bars (to make his 7-minute composition even more realistic, he incorporates street recordings, siren sounds and arrest-dialogues). With He’s Misstra Know-It-All, Stevie takes a thinly-veiled dig against the incumbent president, Richard Nixon. This album is the perfect addition to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On released two years earlier as we leave the blues behind and embrace the broken American dream instead. It’s also very personal for Stevie Wonder, who has the original Innervisions cover engraved in braille, “This is my music. It’s all I have to say to you and all that I feel. Know that your love helps mine to stay strong”. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Soul - Verschenen op 1 januari 2014 | Motown

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Soul - Verschenen op 21 juni 2019 | ATO Records

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Some albums make you smile from the opening track. You might take another look at the title and the artist, to try and commit them to memory. Then, you might get a bit bored; maybe your attention will lapse. You listen to the next song but stop there. After a brief feeling of guilt, you’ve already moved on to another album and all memory of it fades. Black Pumas is quite the opposite. Rarely in 2019 can an album hold your attention for 39 minutes 41 seconds, as well as force you to immediately abandon what you are doing and listen like your life depends on it. From the opening lyrics of Black Moon Rising, you’re already sold. Eric Burton’s voice, a sumptuous blend of Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles and Gnarls Barkley, is a revelation, with each syllable and each inflection perfectly hitting the mark. But this is only one half of Black Pumas; the other half is guitarist, composer and arranger Adrian Quesada, who has performed with Grupo Fantasma, Brownout, Prince and Daniel Johnston. From the songwriting to his prominent rhythmic guitar that doesn’t overshadow Burton’s voice like others have done in the past, it is clear that Quesada played an important role in the creation of these 10 retro-soul songs, jumping between Motown instrumentals, hip-hop rhythms, tranquility and violence. Touch the Sky uses an ultra-groovy riff as the track’s introduction that merges into the mix and complements the vocal melodies. Having become very accustomed with his producing hat, Quesada knows that he is not the star of the show, which is exactly what makes this duo so magical. Burton says: “It’s like we’re musical brothers to some degree [...] It feels so easy to meld together that what’s most important for us now is to continue to look for new sounds.” Black Pumas may be a soul album, but this free approach can be heard on the last track Sweet Conversation in which an acoustic guitar arpeggio repeats itself like a psychedelic lullaby, while Burton sings “You know my heart’s on the pavement / but my soul’s steady grooving”. With this folk-esque sound, and the jerky rhythms of Know You Better that are marked by gospel choirs and unusual chord progressions, the duo make their intentions clear, adding “We didn’t want to just do throwback soul and pretend that hip-hop never happened”, an admirable approach in an era where retro pastiches are already abundant. The result is a brilliant album that promises a radiant future for the Burton-Quesada pair. We certainly haven’t heard the last of them. © Alexis Renaudat/Qobuz
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Soul - Verschenen op 1 januari 2014 | Motown

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Soul - Verschenen op 15 juli 2016 | Polydor Records

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28-year-old Michael Kiwanuka's second album, Love & Hate, comes 4 years after his first, and with it, a more refined sound. The same soulful tones that gave Kiwanuka such a broad following remain the focal point of the new album, as do the lilting melodies and baleful lyrics, but thanks to producers Dangermouse and Inflo, as well as a huge supporting cast of musicians, this album manages to throw the punch we were promised by the first. Beginning with a 9 minute, Pink Floyd inspired 'opus', the album feels expansive and varied. It feels like a coming of age record, a musical maturation for this singer, who is already being hailed as one of the greatest voices around. Ranging from sweeping orchestral arrangements to melancholy introspections, this second effort seems more mature and measured, but remains a 'nearly' moment. Overdone and overloaded, this second album has lost some of the immediacy and realness that made the first stand out. Kiwanuka's voice is sometimes overwhelmed by the size and scale of the arrangements, rather than playing to his strengths. Nevertheless, the overall quality of the record will undoubtedly make it a big winner this year. RK/Qobuz
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Soul - Verschenen op 30 maart 2015 | Because Music

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Reason is het tweede studioalbum van de Belgische zangeres Selah Sue. Trokken op haar debuutalbum uit 2011 vooral haar rauwe (soul)vocalen de aandacht, op de opvolger klinkt de zangeres wat gepolijster. Datzelfde kan ook gezegd worden van de muziek op het nieuwe album. De plaat is geproduceerd door gerenommeerde producers Robin Hannibal (Rhye, Kendrick Lamar) en Ludwig Goransson (Childish Gambino, Haim) en biedt een crossover soul, pop en R&B, aangevuld met uitstapjes naar funk, triphop en hiphop. © TiVo
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Soul - Verschenen op 1 januari 2014 | Motown

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Soul - Verschenen op 1 mei 1971 | Columbia - Legacy

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Soul - Verschenen op 3 april 2020 | Brainfeeder

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His 2017 celebration, the smooth and funky Drunk should not obscure the fact that Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat had already been working his bass for quite a few years before then. The lit, unfiltered Californian has long been freelancing but also playing with Suicidal Tendencies, Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus and Kamasi Washington since the early 2000s. Always at home nestled between the seventies jazz fusion of George Duke & Co. and the wild funk of George Clinton's P-Funk galaxy to which he lends exuberance and a pop vision, on It Is What It Is Thundercat pursues his pluralistic goove orgies, smoky soul flirting with jazz rock and light funk. Still with Brainfeeder, the Flying Lotus label that makes an appearance on Dragonball Durag, with this fourth solo album he unfurls his true-false nonchalance baked together with chloroformed groove and afro-futurism. As so often with this fan of Kenshiro and Mortal Kombat, the compositions do not always take the form of traditional songs. As in a dream, realistic passages are overpowered by the surreal. And his high-pitched voice amplifies this improbable hedonistic feel... This time, Thundercat has invited Steve Arrington's seventies funk band Slave and Steve Lacy of The Internet for a sensual ballad (Black Qualls); Lil B and Ty Dolla $ign for a touching tribute to Mac Miller (Fair Chance ); not to mention Childish Gambino, drummer Louis Cole and comedian Zack Fox. We still feel the powerful influence of George Duke (one of his idols whose For Love (I Come Your Friend) he covered his 2011 album The Golden Age of Apocalypse ) as well as that of Californian soft rock on this endearing album which is soothing like a bubble bath... © Marc Zisman/ Qobuz
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Soul - Verschenen op 1 januari 1972 | Motown

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Soul - Verschenen op 7 maart 2011 | Because Music

Selah Sue is het debuutalbum uit 2011 van de gelijknamige Vlaamse soulzangeres en songwriter. De plaat bevat vooral nummers van twee eerdere ep’s en enkele nieuwe nummers. De track “Mommy” werd geproduceerd door Me’Shell Ndegeocello. Rapper en r&b-zanger Cee Lo Green werkt mee op haar track “Please”. De plaat bevat tevens de singles “This World”, “Raggamuffin” en “Crazy Vibes”. Selah Sue werd in Nederland bekroond met een gouden plaat en werd drie maal platina in België. Daar werd het debuut ook uitgeroepen tot album van het jaar. © TiVo
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Soul - Verschenen op 14 juni 2019 | Fat Possum

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Al Green, the master of sensual southern soul and refined groove, gives us his greatest tracks from Hi Records. Thanks to Willie Mitchell, producer and boss of this legendary Memphis label, the reverend Al Green and his sexual falsetto collates his 1968-1978 hits into this original production. There is a constant battle between the temptation of the flesh and religious self-denial throughout, and Al Green remains firmly between the soul and gospel stylings of the South and the luxurious Philly sound. His voice is spellbindingly erotic, and is carried by the production of Mitchell, the backbone of many of his albums.With restrained metronomic drums, big brass and subdued guitar playing, no one else can reach such a level of profound sensuality through the simplicity of I'm Still in Love With You or Let's Stay Together. Al Green whispers, speaks and shouts, like a soul preacher on the verge of committing sin. In 1974, he was even severely burnt while in the bath by his girlfriend who committed suicide a few minutes later. Green took this as a “sign from God” and became a pastor two years later. "I learned more stuff in church than I did in the world.” This collection brings together all the remastered singles from his twelve albums for Hi Records, and only helps us understand his genius further. You can’t help but still be impressed by the magical combination of this unique voice and the muted music that stands the test of time. Essential listening. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Soul - Verschenen op 2 augustus 2019 | Decca (UMO)

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“The Teskey Brothers (p. noun): A Melbournian group famed for their retro sound, which hails back to the 60s golden age of soul and blues. Founded in 2008 by two brothers, Joshua and Samuel. Related to this topic: Wilson Pickett, Bill Withers, Otis Redding”. That might be what this band’s page in a music encyclopedia would look like. Though that might not be enough: they’re much more than a Sunday blues revival band! Their second studio album, recorded entirely on tape, covers various musical styles, from Man Of The Universe’s sunny Motown cheer, to the Pink-Floyd-ish organ and gospel choirs on Paint My Heart, as well as the snarling vaudeville of Sunshine Baby, which could have been a Tom Waits tune. Despite these different styles, the unifying quality to all of the songs is texture: tape coloration is like a varnish for these finely crafted retro delights. Run Home Slow is more about feeling than execution; the result is as heartfelt as it is well crafted. © Alexis Renaudat/Qobuz
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Soul - Verschenen op 16 augustus 2019 | Artium Recordings, LLC

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What sets apart one R&B goddess from another? Smooth beats, a sensual voice, a mastery of soul inflections, lyrical catharsis, refined production, Sheri Nowrozi aka Snoh Aalegra perfectly masters all the expected and required codes for such a highly competitive musical genre. What then distinguishes this L.A.-based Swede from her contemporaries? An unindulgent listener might view this second album entitled -Ugh, Those Feels Again as just another risk-free and unoriginal R&B record. Those who fell for the charm of Feels, her first album released in 2017 featuring artists such as Logic, Vic Mensa, Vince Staples and Timbuktu, know well that Aalegra art is more insidious and profound than it initially appears…Indeed, the soul sister has had plenty of time to perfect her sound. Signed in 2001 by Sony at the young age of 13 under the name Sheri, the artist was quickly spotted and picked up by a certain Prince. The following years helped her to come to terms with the sounds of her musical idols such as Stevie Wonder, Erykah Badu and Sade. She then went on to develop her own style which premiered on Feels and was further developed on this -Ugh, Those Feels Again, produced by No I.D., a five-star heavyweight of contemporary hip-hop and R&B. The album, centered around a recent break-up, mixes classic formulas with which Snoh Aalegra displays an intriguing, dazzling maturity. And when she lets out more daring, cheeky inflections à la Amy Winehouse (Find Someone Like You), her classy integrity remains intact. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Soul - Verschenen op 1 januari 2014 | Motown

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Soul - Verschenen op 22 februari 2019 | Rhino

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A guitarist worshipped by Jimi Hendrix, an insanely good falsetto singer that even Prince looked up to, an author heavily involved in the American civil rights movement and a top-tier songwriter: Curtis Mayfield was a man of many talents. His groovy symphonies helped form solid links between funk, jazz, blues, soul and traditional gospel. After making his name with The Impressions in the 60s, he embarked on a solo career in 1970. This box set named Keep On Keeping On contains the singer’s first four studio albums, each remastered in Hi-Res 24-Bit quality: Curtis (1970), Roots (1971), Back to the World (1973) and Sweet Exorcist (1974). Here, the rhythm'n'blues enjoy a second life, supported by a wah-wah guitar, careful percussion and an always airy string section. Every topic concerned is a mini-tragedy, socially engaged, anchored in traditional gospel music. The masterful arranging of these albums (especially his masterpiece Curtis, and Roots) can be considered rivals to Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On. It is worth mentioning that this 1970-1974 box set does not include the soundtrack to Superfly, Gordon Parks Jr.’s 1972 film which contains the singles Pusherman and Freddie’s Dead. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz
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Soul - Verschenen op 15 november 2019 | Modulor

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Soul - Verschenen op 1 januari 2014 | Motown

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