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what is neo-soul?

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by thunderbyrd, Oct 21, 2020.

  1. thunderbyrd

    thunderbyrd Poster Extraordinaire Silver Supporter

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    i query the mighty TDPRI braintrust. What is Neo Soul and what are some examples i can listen to?
     
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    Daptone Records in the Bronx does a lot of what is considered neo-soul. Examples are Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings and Charles Bradley--both of which sadly passed in the past couple of years.
     
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    The Roots and Maxwell would be really good places to start... or at least those are the two acts I know & like best.

    Basically (at least as I understand it) it was a largely Philly scene at first, mid 90s or so... but it's a big tent. Basically just modern music with a '60s/'70s soul bent.

    Wide net to cast though... no hard definitions.

    EDIT: Saw the post above, and for sure Daptone counts, dunno why I didn't think of them. Can't say enough about the Dap-Kings (also played on Winehouse's 'Back to Black') and that whole Stax-ish/southern strain of this 'genre.'
     
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    Here's an example from France, doing a song most here are probably familiar with.



    My favorite take on that song, BTW. That piano solo is just fonky.

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    Basically, I consider neo-soul as music that sound like authentic old school 60s/70s soul, but is recently recorded.
     
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    Let’s see.. who’s the chubby white guy who thinks he’s Al Green... oh yeah. St Paul and the Broken Bones.

    Anderson East is also a fun, funky little live act.

    Those are the two I think of when new soul is mentioned, along with the aforementioned Ms Jones.
     
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    ah! well, if that's what it is, i heartily approve.

    so, this is what a lot of music is that i hear on the local college radio station. i hear lots i like, but i have no idea who any of the artists are.
     
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    I can't be called an expert on "neo-soul", but I think this would fit the description that @staxman provided...



    This song slays. I could listen to it on repeat for an hour.
     
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    Erykah Badu
    Jill Scott
    Lalah Hathaway
    Norah Jones
     
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    For me it brings to mind bands like the Brand New Heavies. But that was almost 30 years ago. Not exactly "neo" anymore. :confused: I'm old.
     
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    Another international example - Paolo Nutini from Scotland (not Italy, as I wrongly assumed.). A long video, but this guy is good. Very reminiscent of Terrence Trent D'Arby.



    A lengthy sample from Charlie Chaplin's 'The Great Dictator' at the end is quite moving.

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    ok, I see someone already pointed out Leon Bridges, here's another cut




    I'd say Bruno Mars does a lot of things that could be called that.
     
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    Paulo Nutini is Scottish, no?
     
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    There I go, making assumptions.

    Yes, you're right. At least I got the 'international' bit right. My bad. Post corrected, thanks.

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    Lots of great names mentioned above, esp St Paul, Anderson East, Sharon King, Charles Barclay etc

    Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats could also squeeze into the neo-soul category?

    And these guys from down under?
     
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    Paolo is sensational, Italian parents but raised in Scotland
     
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    Definitely check out any of the Charles Bradley records. I discovered him early through a friend who took me to a documentary about his life. I got to hear him live both times he came to Toronto. Gone too soon.
     
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    Yes, Scottster corrected me. Sorry about that.

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    First thing I think of:


    I see a lot of younger instagram neo-soul players over at Pickupmusic.com

    Some newer cats:



     
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    neo soul is one of the best things that happened in the 90s and early 00s. like soul that's picked up hip hop. with some really killer musicians. what's going on now is younger folks taking up the torch, but it started over 20 years ago. google spanky alford!

    two of the biggest known jams:

     
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