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what is neo-soul?

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

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    Raphael Sadiqq did some great work





     
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    i have to say folks, there's some absolute peaches being posted up here.
     
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    How about some JJ Grey & Mofro:

     
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    d'angelo

    Voodoo album will move you. A Live album (can't rememeber the title) that was released from before he went international is also incredible

    I remember first listening to Voodoo in a listening station (when they still had those) at Tower Records (when they still had those). It was a white rabbit moment. I grabbed a copy off the shelf, put it in my discman (when they still had those) and rollerbladed (when people still did that) fast and funky back to my dorm where I popped it into my stereo, fell back into my bed, and read the liner notes (when they still had those). The notes were awesome and told the story of the album's roots and influences like Marvin Gave and Curtis Mayfield. The next morning, I headed to the used record store (...) and it's been a rabbit hole that I haven't come out of.

    Here you go, I found the liner notes online --
    http://www.angelfire.com/ky2/DangelosVoudou/VoodooLinerNotes.html

    I'm sorry you can't read them held over your head while lying in bed with the album playing in the background, trying to position the ackwardly hanging folds between your eyes and the flourescent lights to block the glare. I miss the sound of the CD changing into position before the music starts.

    Is there some online repository for old liner notes? If not, who wants to build this with me?. we'll call it neo-liner-notes or something. It can be linked to after your digital download and offer this experience where the artist gets communicate something to the listener as they first experience the album. Maybe it would get some people buying albums again... ok, gone way off topic.
     
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    Well, since I mentioned these guys early on, but they’ve gone unrepresented by video links, I guess it’s up to me...



     
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    Not to get too much in to genre semantics, but generally neo-soul refers to artists making contemporary R&B that is still loosely rooted in old school soul music. D'Angelo, Jill Scott, Maxwell, Erykah Badu, The Roots, Angie Stone, Anthony Hamilton are the classic neo soul reference points. While rooted in old school music, it's definitely an updated sound.

    A lot of stuff being referenced in this thread isn't really neo-soul but rather very traditional retro soul music -- Sharon Jones (RIP) and the Dap Kings or Charles Bradley for example.

    Both are fantastic (some of my favorite music of the past 20 years is being posted in this thread!), and of course there is some overlap, but neo-soul and retro soul are really two distinct flavors of R&B.

    On that note, I still get sad thinking about losing Sharon Jones -- she was a genuine national treasure.
     
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    Even though I posted Lee Fields and Charles this is probably about right on the neo soul thing. Those guys are more retro. Still good, just a bit of a different thing. And agreed about Sharon. National treasure gone way too soon.

    on the neo soul thing Mahogany Soul by Angie Stone is pretty good.

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    Wow! That was great!
     
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    Hi.

    Okay, so that's 37 videos to watch. On the bright side, I now know how to make a YouTube playlist.

    Thanks for the good topic OP, and the good work everyone.

    Incidentally, all I know about "neo-soul" is that Logic Pro X has a drummer that does this style...

    Pax/
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    Damn it all! You just took me down the YouTube rabbit hole!
     
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    Wow, the whole thing is quite moving, music, performance, video and concept. Thanks.
     
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    This thread has some fantastic music. This isn't really neo soul but fits this thread. I love it when musicians dig into the common vein that runs between old school soul and country like Sturgill does on this track -- backing horns courtesy of the Dap Kings.

     
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    As someone has said, retro-soul comes from an artist that never really left soul music. Otis Clay is one of my favourites. Here’s another one:

     
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    yeah that D'Angelo Voodoo was some sly babymakin' music
     
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