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Lalah Hathaway - “Ghetto Boy” feat. Snoop Dogg and Robert Glasper (Singles Going Steady)

"Ghetto Boy" has the social awareness of Tupac, the funk-sampled sounds of a Dr. Dre track, and just a touch of NWA anger.

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22 Feb 2016 // 12:05 PM

Charles Bradley - “Change for the World” (Singles Going Steady)

Charles Bradley commands "Change the World" with all of the verve of a Otis Redding or Wilson Pickett.

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Nigel Hall - “Gimme a Sign” (video) (premiere)

Soul singer Nigel Hall's "Gimme a Sign" takes R&B music back to a time when wasn’t just a genre, it was a lifestyle.

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17 Feb 2016 // 11:02 AM

RJD2 - “The Sheboygan Left” (Singles Going Steady)

RJD2 seems to be throwing so many things at the wall just to see what sticks. Fortunately, almost everything here does.

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16 Feb 2016 // 3:02 PM

Mayer Hawthorne - “Cosmic Love” (Singles Going Steady)

In just over three minutes, Mayer Hawthorne attempts to obliterate soul music's entire canon with its most trite imitation of Curtis Mayfield's falsetto heard to date.

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16 Feb 2016 // 12:30 PM

James Blake - “Modern Soul” (Singles Going Steady)

James Blake has crafted the closest aesthetic we have to an elegy transmitted through the walls barricading one world from the next.

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Marlon Williams: Marlon Williams

Marlon Williams' emotive debut is rife with a kind of learned authenticity rarely seen in the first full-length release of a singer-songwriter

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Jago - “Struggling” feat. Galak Spiritual and Chief Rockas (Singles Going Steady)

Refreshing mix of head nod party vibes and socially aware lyrics.

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Nigel Hall: Ladies & Gentlemen… Nigel Hall

On his solo debut, Nigel Hall brings his blend of authentic soul and undeniable funk to the R&B landscape with rewarding results.

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12 Feb 2016 // 11:28 AM

Mavis Staples Brings the Joy, But It’s Complicated

Mavis Staples: “I’ve been making people cry down through the years, and this time I wanted to make them smile.”

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The James Hunter Six: Hold On!

This is more than interpretation or retro-perfection soul. This is the real deal that will kick your butt right out onto the dance floor.

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Janiva Magness - “Love Wins Again” (audio) (premiere)

Janiva Magness has built a career on the intersections of genres, seamlessly blending blues, Americana, country, pop, and most importantly soul into her own unique sound.

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The Hot 8 Brass Band: Vicennial: 20 Years of the Hot 8 Brass Band

A nicely rounded collection of the old and new on a collection that teeters on flawed, then bounces back with high energy and deep musicianship.

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Hangin’ Loose: Exploring British Soul in the Music of Loose Ends

Loose Ends cultivated an art in supreme sophistication with their groundbreaking experiments in British soul and R&B during the '80s. Decades later, their music remains as potent as it was when it first graced the airwaves and clubs of both the UK and US.

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9 Feb 2016 // 10:43 AM

Eryn Allen Kane Delivers Soul With a Message

Kane’s soul-dipped vocals have caught the ear of Prince, with whom she collaborated on the protest song “Baltimore” last year.

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‘Take Me to the River’, Please

This promising documentary about the past and future of Memphis and the Mississippi Delta music scene is overcrowded with too many captains who steer the boat aground.

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8 Feb 2016 // 10:20 AM

Leon Bridges - “River” (Singles Going Steady)

Leon Bridges resurrects the past in a language both refined and timeless.

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5 Feb 2016 // 3:00 AM

Jamie Woon: Making Time

Jamie Woon’s Making Time is a diligently watched pot that, predictably, refuses to boil.

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Fame, Faith, and a Meaningful Life: An Interview With Ruth Pointer

Why is Ruth Pointer so excited? Her new memoir celebrates three decades of sobriety and a lifetime of survival.

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Jeremih: Late Nights: The Album

Jeremih knows how to make sex a powerful force, but it's a shame that the rappers he features don't

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Indie Horror Month 2016: Executing 'The Deed'

// Moving Pixels

"It's just so easy to kill someone in a video game that it's surprising when a game makes murder difficult.

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