Soul

One In A Million (CD)

The second studio album by Aaliyah, One in a Million was first released in 1996 and features production from Timbaland, Missy Elliot, and many others. This laid-back epic remains one of the most influential albums in Hip-Hop and R&B, and proved to be a major breakthrough in Aaliyah's career.

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Aaliyah (CD)

The self-titled third and final studio album by the "Queen of Urban Pop" was originally released in 2001. Cited by critics as one of the best R&B records of its time, the album is a reflection of herself as both a young adult and matured vocalist.

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In Plain Sight [Electric Teal Vinyl] (LP)

Neal Francis’ In Plain Sight is a throwback ’70s-style album with a serious amount of scruffy charm. The singer/songwriter just emotes golden-era-of-rock-n-roll-cool on this collection, and he’s joined by an excellent cast of collaborators, including Derek Trucks on slide guitar, and his bandmates Kellen Boersma on guitar, Collin O’Brien on drums, and Mike Starr on bass. The album was recorded on tape at a former church in Chicago where Francis found himself living after a breakup with his then girlfriend. That curious mood pervades the entire album; beneath the struggles and the turmoil, there’s a transcendence and a sense of possibility. A special album that should win over many new fans for the talented Francis.

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The Daptone Super Soul Revue Live! At the Apollo [Translucent Tie-Dye Teal Vinyl] (LP)

Few recordings really capture the magic of the live experience. The applause sounds like it was pulled from a library of stock sounds, the energy between audience and performer feels depleted, if the listener even thinks of it all. On the other end of the spectrum, there’s The Daptone Super Soul Revue Live! At the Apollo. (You know if anyone was gonna do it right, it was gonna be Daptone!) Featuring dynamic, booty-shaking, foot-stomping performances from legendary Daptone artists like Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley and his Extraordinaires, Antibalas, The Budos Band, The Sugarman 3, and so many more, the album was recorded over three nights in 2014 in front of a sold out crowd at The World Famous Theater in Harlem, NY. High-energy emcee Binky Griptite anchors the proceedings, bringing the fervor and the fever pitch of those nights into your very own home. Turn it up loud and get down! This is what live recordings are meant to sound like.

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Chilombo (CD)

Jhené Aiko's third studio album Chilombo ranges from soul-searching sweetness to slinky R&B to down-and-dirty swaggering, all of which works with her hushed, sensual voice. There are plenty of '90s throwback R&B vibes here with updated production. "Born Tired" is a gently uplifting track with a lovely melody and "None of Your Concern" is reminiscent of something by Toni Braxton or her contemporaries, but with less melodrama. Then there's the highly explicit -- but sweetly sung -- "P*$$Y FAIRY," which features a video full of Aaliyah-style dancing.

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