D’Angelo And The Vanguard – Black Messiah Vinyl Pre-order

I’ve only listened to it 30 times in the past three days so can’t for certain say whether Black Messiah is one of the best albums released this year or merely one of the best released this decade. The original press release via okayplayer.com claimed a 2xLP but this listing looks like a single LP. It’s 56 […]

Tape Tuesday: Knx. “Anthology” 2xCS

Leaving Records and Stones Throw present a double cassette of soul-tinged beats from Knx. Not entirely un-reminiscent of JDilla’s Donuts, this anthology packs in 53 beats from the past 4 years or so. Pop it in, zone the fuck out: stonesthrow.com.

D’Angelo “Voodoo” 2xLP

The neo-soul classic, reissued for the first time since its release way back in 2000. This album features heavy contributions from Questlove and represents a defining moment for the Soulquarian collective. If you can’t groove to this, then you have no soul, literally. $22 gets you two platters filled with hot, buttery rhythm and blues […]

“True Soul: Deep Sounds From The Left Of Stax” 4xLP Box Set from Now-Again

If you are into funk and soul reissues, consider this one essential. 13 years in the making, Now-Again’s expansive box-set chronicling the 60’s-70’s output of Little Rock, Arkansas’ True Soul Records has finally been released on vinyl. It’s exciting that such an important label is receiving the retrospective treatment for the very first time, leaves […]

“Direct To Disc” Live LPs by Mayer Hawthorne and Rick

To help celebrate their 15th anniversary, Stones Throw started a new series of live recordings for vinyl release. The records from the first event have now been released, courtesy of Mayer Hawthorne & The Country and Rick, respectively. Vinyl-only and minimally packaged, these shows are bursting with authentic soul and funk passion. You’ve gotta love […]

“Madlib Medicine Show #9 – Channel 85 Presents Nittyville” 3xLP

Lost in the shuffle between eight and ten, the ninth entry in the Madlib Medicine Show series has finally shown its face. “Channel 85 Presents Nittyville” is a straightforward collaborative rap album from Madlib and Frank Nitty. There are some guests here and there, but those two pretty much run the show on this one. […]

James Blake “s/t” 2xLP

I can’t imagine that you’ve somehow avoided reading or hearing about this record yet, it is absolutely everywhere. With his self-titled album, James Blake has neatly inserted the glitchy dubstep sound he’s known for into a set of achingly-sparse singer/songwriter ballads. Largely driven by a keyboard and Blake’s pitch-bent voice, this new direction should be […]

Two New LPs from Numero Group

If you don’t know by now, Chicago’s Numero Group is one of the best reissue labels running. They’ve got two new vinyl releases available, both well worth your attention. Willie Wright’s “Telling The Truth” is an interesting journey through the mind of a doo-wop/soul prodigy from the city who moved to Nantucket in 1976 to […]

Bilal “Airtight’s Revenge” LP

In the ever-expanding psychedelic soul scene, Bilal is a serious force to be reckoned with.  He’s been fucked around by major labels over the years, but now his new album in almost a decade, “Airtight’s Revenge”, is finally out on Plug Research.  Exploring the same cavernous, syrup-sipped R&B lands as someone like Erykah Badu, this […]

Two New Records on Underwater Peoples

The kind souls over at Underwater Peoples sure know how to pick their underground rock and roll to release, shit is constantly amazing.  They have two new ones up for preorder, and both keep the bar set high.  “Extended Play” is the new 12″ EP from Spectrals, the solo output of the UK’s Louis Jones.  […]