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12 Jan 2017 // 9:55 AM

Valerie June - “Shakedown” (Singles Going Steady)

Valerie June brings us a gospel that speaks in tongues and gets down and dirty on “Shakedown”.

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29 Dec 2016 // 9:00 AM

Johnnyswim Takes Atlanta

The singers and instrumentalists used the acoustics of the room to create overtones and play with the reverberations they initially created.

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The 15 Best R&B/Soul Albums of 2016

2016 has been a banner year for soul music of all stripes with a number of momentous debuts and returns to form from veterans. All the while, soul music keeps pushing forward.

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You Have Been Loved: Remembering George Michael

"... (H)ow can you not realize that the elation of a good pop record is an art form?"

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Emeli Sandé: Long Live the Angels

While Sandé may not hit any highs higher that what we heard on Our Version of EventsLong Live the Angels gives the neo-soul belter plenty of scenery to chew

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Childish Gambino: Awaken, My Love!

Ditching the rap game in favor of a heavy P-Funk vibe, Childish Gambino returns with one of his strongest overall efforts yet.

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Form Follows Function: ‘The Life of Pablo’ and ‘Blonde’ Challenge the Notion of an Album

Kanye West and Frank Ocean have created imperfect perfect albums which invert our notions of flaws and challenge our perception of the album as an art form.

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Soul Scratch - “Look How Far We’ve Come” (audio) (premiere)

Soul Scratch is one of those groups that you know you love within a few seconds of hearing one of their songs.

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Hannah Williams and the Affirmations - “Tame in the Water” (audio) (premiere)

UK soul singer extraordinaire Hannah Williams is back with an incendiary, soul-stomper of a tune, "Tame in the Water".

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14 Dec 2016 // 11:46 AM

Shinyribs - “I Got Your Medicine” (audio) (premiere)

The Gourds' frontman Kevin Russell steps out with his new band Shinyribs, a country-soul, swamp-funk power house.

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Here Comes the Bloom: Timothy Bloom Takes Hip-Hop to the Sock-Hop

More sock-hop than hip-hop, soulster Timothy Bloom does a stunning '50s revamp on contemporary R&B.

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John Legend: Darkness and Light

John Legend's latest proves the adage that in soul music, darkness is always better than light.

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The Band of Heathens - “All I’m Asking” (audio) (premiere)

Americana's the Band of Heathens share a poppy new song "All I'm Asking" ahead of Duende releasing in January.

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Otis Redding: Live at the Whisky a Go Go: The Complete Recordings

Three historic nights spread out over six discs makes for an unprecedented, essential Otis Redding listening experience.

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30 Nov 2016 // 2:20 AM

6LACK: FREE 6LACK

6LACK has carved out a niche in Atlanta by drawing from the Soundcloud production aesthetic and combining his rapping ability with a smooth, if at sometimes disaffected, voice.

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29 Nov 2016 // 8:16 AM

The Weeknd: Starboy

Starboy has something for each individual, without a doubt, but it has nothing for everybody as a collective, a balance he managed on his first three releases.

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23 Nov 2016 // 9:31 AM

DAWN: Redemption Heart

DAWN concludes her Red Heart trilogy with an enigmatic yet polished dance album.

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23 Nov 2016 // 9:06 AM

Prince: 4EVER

Prince 4Ever is a look back at some of the legend’s most familiar work, and a refresher for fans who want the big hits but might also be exposed to some singles they missed along the way.

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‘Miss Sharon Jones!’ Captures the Remaining Days of This Wonderful Artist

Barbara Kopple’s documentary accomplishes a great deal in shining a light on such a dynamic figure at such a difficult time.

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GQ: Standing Ovation - The Story of GQ and The Rhythm Makers (1974-1982)

GQ arrived in the days of disco and left its mark on American music, one funky bassline at a time.

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