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NME review
04.08.14

A rousing listen for fans of vintage soul

The Quietus review
24.07.14

The neon city and the sprawling desert might seem like the most diametrically opposed of things, but instead of being poles apart, the two can come to represent the long line that...

Insound review
22.07.14

Nobody's Smiling is Common's tenth studio album!

NME review
18.07.14

19-year-old Las Vegas resident excels on funky-house and ballad-strewn debut

Insound review
24.06.14

Norway's number-one selling artist and soulful one-man-band sensation Bernhoft has sparked the interest of all types of music enthusiasts!

Spotinews recomendation
07.06.14

Hey. It’s a beautiful, sunny day in Sweden. So why not listen to some sweet new soul music. Enjoy Lee Fields & the Expressions! (Version for AT, CH and DE here. US version here...

NME review
02.06.14

Finally, a posthumous Jacko album that's not a waste of time

Insound review
13.05.14

Soul music legend Candi Staton's third foray into Triple A and Americana music finds her reuniting with legendary FAME Records producer Rick Hall who produced her Grammy Award...

NME review
12.05.14

Dub-inspired Cook grows up to create a sound that is truly her own

Insound review
06.05.14

Curtis Harding says that soul music, and his music, speak for themselves. It's self-evident on the Atlanta artist's debut, Soul Power . The driving sound of his electrified...

Insound review
29.04.14

Eli “Paperboy” Reed is an emerging talent who already has two albums under his belt, including Roll With You and Come and Get It , which earned the soul singer an especially loyal...

NME review
21.04.14

Ian Svenonius' fifteenth album sets its sights on modern culture

Insound review
13.05.14

This spring, Chain & the Gang will release its fourth full-length album, Minimum Rock n Roll, on Ian Svenonius' imprint, Radical Elite. Chain & the Gang is led by Svenonius, the...

The Quietus review
07.05.14

Apparently, President John F. Kennedy had to get laid at least once every day. If he didn't - he informed friends and political confidantes - he became immediately besieged by...

The Line of Best Fit review
19.04.14

Kelis turns her back on big-beats for big-bowls of brass-flavoured soul and funk, with tasty results.

NME review
21.04.14

The R&B innovator's return is satisfying but occasionally a little bland

Insound review
02.04.14

Caught A Ghost is a new project from LA Singer songwriter and producer Jesse Nolan, featuring additional vocals from Tessa Thompson and Stephen Edelstein on drums. A modern take...

Insound review
01.04.14

On numbered Limited Edition Hybrid SACD. Aretha Franklin made her Hall of Fame reputation at Atlantic Records between 1967-1968. This astonishing two-year period witnessed the...

Insound review
25.03.14

D’Angelo debuted in 1995, hailed as the new sound of soul, a genius singer-songwriter soul man in the tradition of Stevie Wonder, Prince, Curtis Mayfield, et al. His Virgin/EMI...

Insound review
11.03.14

This year Blacc made his first major-label debut via XIX Recordings/Interscope Records in September with the release of his EP, entitled “Wake Me Up”. Blacc has also been in the...

NME review
03.03.14

Brit School dropout's jazzy trip-hop gets derailed

The Line of Best Fit review
28.02.14

Waterhouse ropes in Ty Segall, Magic Band member JT Thomas and more as he continues to hone the 50s and 60s R 'n' B blueprint he laid down on his 2012 debut.

Under The Radar review
24.02.14

Not one to be rushed—it's almost a quarter of a century since the release of her debut Raw Like Sushi and 16 years since her last solo release—Blank Project marks the long overdue...

The Quietus review
04.03.14

Firstly; that title. It's not a new conceit: the empty page, the unnamed musical composition, the untouched canvas, or, nowadays I guess, the optimistically blinking cursor - and...

NME review
03.03.14

The fearless pop pioneer still sounds fresh on her first solo album for 16 years

Spotinews recomendation
02.03.14

Good morning. The final update of the week is the fine new album by Neneh Cherry. Genre: pop. Enjoy! (Version for non-Scandinavian European listeners here. US version here.) Neneh...

Insound review
11.02.14

UK R&B and pop wonder Daley!

Insound review
04.02.14

The Queen Of Soul creates a rich musical portrait of Franklin's incomparable run at Atlantic Records between 1967 and 1976. Packed with 87 songs arranged chronologically, the set...

The Line of Best Fit review
17.01.14

After fighting a battle with bile-duct cancer, Sharon Jones returns with her Dap Kings to kick soul-funk ass.

Under The Radar review
21.01.14

When the sound of Motown and Stax had a second coming in the early 2000s, Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings were at the forefront of the rumpshaking resurgence. Their recreation of...

NME review
20.01.14

Note-perfect ’60s/70s deep soul and funk

Clash review
20.01.14

Back and bang on form…

Spotinews recomendation
19.01.14

Good morning friends. The stellar new album by Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings was added for most users earlier this week and for the rest a couple of days ago. Genre: soul. Enjoy...

Insound review
07.01.14

VINYL FORMAT. LP in a gatefold sleeve, comes with a CD (three bonus tracks included) and booklet. Introducing Captain Rugged . Five years after Nigerian Wood (2008), Keziah Jones...

Insound review
07.01.14

John Newman, 22 years old, from Northern England. He started playing guitar and writing his own songs at just 14 and soon learned how to record and produce himself, even making...

AudioCred review
27.12.13

Oscar Key Sung is working some things out, emotionally and whatnot. Good news is he wants you (yes you, Audiocred faithful) to work some things out with him. On a dance floor...

The Quietus review
14.12.13

Just like that, with no fanfare and no promo, the biggest star on the planet drops a new album, leaving music critics scrambling to update their end of year lists. Beyoncé Knowles...

XLR8R review
17.10.13

Bass music's permeable borders have provided a especially fertile ground for Rhode Island upstart James Hinton, who has racked up a respectable buzz in recent months with his...

NME review
14.10.13

Insipid and polished in comparison to their debut

Insound review
08.10.13

For his fifth album, Amos Lee took a different path for the recording, working in a new city with a new producer. Recording with Amos' road tested touring band, the album was the...