Articles tagged soul

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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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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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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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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Tedeschi Trucks Band: Let Me Get By

Marrying the rural and the urban, the old and the new Tedeschi Trucks Band finds its groove and delivers a record filled with memorable songs and even more memorable grooves. Best listened to after midnight.

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25 Jan 2016 // 3:20 AM

Anderson Paak: Malibu

If Malibu is anything to go by, 2016 will be an even more notable year for Anderson Paak than the last.

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Counterbalance: Sam Cooke Live at the Harlem Square Club, 1963

We'll never know just what Sam Cooke would have accomplished if he had lived, but it's painfully clear that we missed out on something incredible.

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17 Dec 2015 // 3:00 AM

The Best R&B of 2015

Modern R&B could very well be in the midst of a new, insanely fruitful Golden Age.

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Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings: It’s a Holiday Soul Party

Soul revivalists Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings bring funk and fun to the holiday album and even give Hannukah the anthem it's been waiting for.

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