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Stick Against Stone - “Grace” (audio) (premiere)

The Portland cult legends have finished their debut album, which has been only 30 years in the making.

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Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators: Happiness in Every Style

Entertaining soul outfit hits mark one more time.

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Nikki Hill - “(Let Me Tell You Bout) LUV” (audio) (premiere)

When you have a powerful Southern soul singer with a penchant for AC/DC, you know you're going to get something badass.

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Various Artists: Trevor Jackson Presents Science Fiction Dancehall Classics

Multimedia artist Jackson curates this deep dive into Adrian Sherwood's musical cauldron, from whence dub, Afrobeat, punk, and industrial emerge.

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28 Sep 2015 // 2:15 AM

Willis Earl Beal: Noctunes

The album feels like it takes a whole night to get through, but music like this is made to get you through the night.

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Rufus and Chaka Khan: Live Stompin’ at the Savoy

Re-mastered re-release of Rufus and Chaka Khan album Live: Stompin’ at the Savoy takes us back to the ‘80s and further.

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Dralms - “Shook” (audio) (premiere)

Dub meets somber indie rock on this murky new track by the Vancouver band.

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Otis Redding, Stax Records, and the Transformation of Southern Soul

Dreams to Remember recounts the triumphs and tragedy of '60s soul icon Otis Redding

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Various Artists: Daptone Gold II

Daptone has made soul music not only popular, but cool. Not retro, but alive and kicking.

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4 Sep 2015 // 2:20 AM

Dâm-Funk: Invite the Light

Modern-day funk prophet Dâm-Funk returns with another massive collection of synthetic retro-futurist funk.

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Jasmine Jordan - “Smile” (video) (premiere)

It's always a good time for bright, uplifting soul/R&B.

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Walsher Clemons - ‘Dancing & Praying’ (album stream) (premiere)

The young Chicago band add some welcome funk to their jam band music.

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Jarryd James: Give Me Something

Australian singer-songwriter/producer Jarryd James shows some pop sophistication on "Give Me Something".

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The Weeknd: Beauty Behind the Madness

Beauty swaps the Weeknd's black light laments for humming neon fluorescents, the party line kept intact though the guests are having much more fun.

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Ashford and Simpson: Is it Still Good to Ya / Stay Free

There are spaces where one can imagine audiences finding the groove in the disco rap suggested by these recordings.

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27 Aug 2015 // 5:00 PM

Naomi Shelton and the Gospel Queens - “You Got to Move” (audio)

Daptone Records usually delivers the goods, and this is no exception.

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Love & the Zealous - “Dock of the Bay” (video) (premiere)

The Texas band pulls off an inspired cover of Otis Redding's classic.

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26 Aug 2015 // 2:10 AM

Jill Scott: Woman

On Woman, Jill Scott is both reflective and bitter: not only with the world, but also herself.

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Barrence Whitfield and the Savages: Under the Savage Sky

Barrence Whitfield and the Savages sound as wonderfully raw and unhinged as ever on their latest record. Hopefully it will find an audience to match.

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The Isley Brothers: The RCA Victor & T-Neck Album Masters (1959-1983)

This boxed set reveals the full scope of the Ohio-born group's genius across 23 discs and hours of pure joy.

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20 Questions: L'Anarchiste

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"To say that L'Anarchiste is one of the best bands to emerge out of Salt Lake City makes for an awfully reductive statement, as their Sufjan-inspired brand of soulful folk-rock needs to be heard to be believed.

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