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Future Jazz / Soul


Various Artists Afro-Rock, Vol. 1

Among the many Afrobeat comps out there, Strut's reissue of Duncan Brooker's impeccably curated Afro-Rock, Vol. 1, originally issued on Kona in 2001, is especially welcome.… Read more »


Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings I Learned the Hard Way

Just as Brooklyn soul-revival impresarios Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings' live show has progressed from raw funk to Stax-style revue, their recordings have been a process of settling into the ensemble's talent.… Read more »

James Pants Seven Seals

Apparently, the dapper B-boy, who long ago spent his prom night charming Peanut Butter Wolf, now wants to start a doomsday cult. But never mind Seven Seals' tacky, occultist artwork—James Pants is still a charmer.… Read more »

Georgia Anne Muldrow Umsindo

After devoting the past year and a half to collaborative albums, releases under pseudonyms, and prominent features on albums by Erykah Badu and Mos Def, singer-songwriter/producer Georgia Anne Muldrow continues her evolution with her third studio alb… Read more »

Sa-Ra Creative Partners Nuclear Evolution: The Age of Love

Their glorious reputation precedes them. The Kanye West affiliation. The production work for the likes of Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, and John Legend. The Japan-only limited run vinyl EP pressings.… Read more »

Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens What Have You Done, My Brother?

With the support of the Daptone family, Alabama-raised New Yorker Naomi Shelton and her wise, stirring voice are finally being heard on a full-length release.… Read more »

Various Artists Eccentric Soul: Smart's Palace

From 1963 to 1975, Smart’s Palace was a soul shack in the heart of Wichita, Kansas where, on any given night, it wasn’t uncommon to see Baby Neal & the Smart Brothers or Tim Jacob shaking up the house from center stage.… Read more »

NOMO Invisible Cities

Dumpster diving pays. Producer Warren Defever (of His Name is Alive) used street-sweeper tines and donated hardwood scraps to create kalimbas used throughout this sister album to last year’s Ghost Rock.… Read more »

Betty Padgett Betty Padgett

A soul singer who started out in Miami in the mid-’70s, Betty Padgett has a sweet, down-home sound.… Read more »

Dâm-Funk Rhythm Trax Vol. 4

Jazz fusion always sounded ahead of its time, so it’s no surprise that this album, which echoes that genre, has such a futuristic sheen.… Read more »


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