Cody Chesnutt – My Love Divine Degree (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Cody Chesnutt
Album: My Love Divine Degree
Genre: Soul
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 313 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Cody ChesnuTT, the legendary soul troubadour known for his frank and raw storytelling, is set to release his first album in four years, the RnB and gospel-flecked ‘My Love Divine Degree’. Cody saw critical praise as well as swathes of excitement from fans when he dropped his neo-soul single ‘Bullets in the Street and Blood’ and the energetic ‘I Stay Ready’ via Noisey towards the end of 2016. The two tracks are a call to arms for positivity in the face of adversity. Talking about the new album, Cody said: “In a time of global economic uncertainty, it is an uplifting charge to use one’s natural talents and gifts of creativity to forge ahead positively into purpose and economic well being.

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Sinead Harnett – Chapter One (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Sinead Harnett
Album: Chapter One
Genre: Soul
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 195 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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London native Sinead Harnett, inspired at a young age by the likes of Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson, as well as Lauryn Hill’s role in Sister Act 2, got a foothold in the music industry through a series of collaborations during the early 2010s. In 2012, she made a small splash as the featured vocalist on “Boiling,” the dreamlike lead track on Disclosure’s The Face EP, and sounded like a confident veteran. The following year, she contributed to Kidnap Kid’s “So Close” and Ryan Hemsworth’s “Small + Lost,” but she also made her solo debut on Black Butter with “Got Me,” a track that was remixed by MK (Marc Kinchen, who had taken Storm Queen’s “Look Right Through” to the top of the U.K. pop chart). More notably, Harnett was featured on three of the tracks on Rudimental’s U.K. number one album Home: the title track, “Hide,” and “Baby.” Harnett’s collaborative work continued well into 2014 with DJ Q’s “Notice Me” and Snakehips’ “Days with You.” She signed to Virgin EMI in the U.K. and released a four-track EP of her own, N.O.W., which featured a track produced by Snakehips, as well as sophisticated pop in the forms of “Paradise” and “High Wire.” ~ Andy Kellman

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SZA – Ctrl (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: SZA
Album: Ctrl
Genre: Soul
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 301 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Until a late flurry of percussion arrives, doleful guitar and bass are Solna Rowe’s only accompaniment on opener “Supermodel,” a stinging kiss-off to an adulterous ex. It doesn’t prepare you for the inventively abstract production that follows—disembodied voices haunting the airy trap-soul of “Broken Clocks,” “Anything”‘s stuttering video-game sonics—but it instantly establishes the emotive power of her rasping, percussive vocal. Whether she’s feeling empowered by her physicality on the Kendrick Lamar-assisted “Doves in the Wind” or wrestling with insecurity on “Drew Barrymore,” SZA’s songs impact quickly and deeply.

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Amy Black – Memphis (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Amy Black
Album: Memphis
Genre: Soul
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 260 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Friends, with your help I’m going to make album of original soul music in Memphis, Tennessee! After I recorded my last album in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, I hit the road and performed more than 100 shows all over the country. This incredible experience of bringing this soulful music to audiences, night after night, brought out a new side of me as a performer and artist.

I believe the place you record music has a huge impact on what you create. Memphis was a natural choice for this soul album because of its rich history including Stax Records, Hi Records, Sun Studio and Ardent Studios. Grammy-nominated producer and musician, Scott Bomar will produce the album and lead a team of heavy hitters, including musicians who played with Al Green and on Stax classics.

I don’t have the funds for this project YET, but that’s where you can help. I know with your support we will get there. I’m so grateful you are in my corner. I can’t wait to make this album and bring you along with me during the process!

Soulful yours,
Amy

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Charles Bradley – Changes (The Instrumentals) (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Charles Bradley
Album: Changes (The Instrumentals)
Genre: Soul
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 210 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Soul and R&B singer Charles Bradley definitely didn’t arrive as a recording artist by taking the easy route. Born in Gainesville, Florida in 1948, but raised in Brooklyn, New York, Bradley spent a good part of his childhood living on the streets. A transformational moment came when his sister took him to see James Brown at the Apollo in 1962. Bradley was struck by Brown’s energy and stage manner, and began practicing microphone tricks with a broom at home, dreaming of being a star on his own stage, and it was a dream he would never abandon in spite of all sorts of mishaps, misdirects, and general hard times.

Bradley escaped Brooklyn by joining the federal Job Corps program, which took him to Bar Harbor, Maine, where he learned to cook, a profession he was to fall back on time and time again. He also put together a band in Maine and began playing local gigs. The band didn’t last long, though, and when most of its members were drafted, and with the Vietnam War hanging in the air, Bradley moved to Wassaic, New York, where he worked as a cook at a hospital for the mentally ill. Nine years later, he left that position and hitchhiked west, ending up in Alaska for a time before moving to California, again taking a job as a chef, and for the next 20 years he performed music on the side, playing whatever gigs he could find. When he was laid off from his position, though, he began to doubt his decision to live so far from where he grew up.

Bradley eventually relocated back to Brooklyn, this time working at odd jobs instead of returning to being a chef. He never let go of his musical dreams, and he began performing his James Brown-inspired routines in such local clubs as Black Velvet, attracting a loyal following and eventually capturing the attention of Gabriel Roth from Daptone Records. Roth immediately brought the fiery singer into label sessions, releasing a single, “Take It as It Comes,” that showed what Bradley had to offer as a vocalist. Roth also introduced Bradley to Thomas Brenneck, then a guitarist, songwriter, and home producer for Dirt Rifle & the Bullets. The pair had an affinity for each other musically, and together they released two singles on Daptone as Charles Bradley & the Bullets before the actual group by that name disbanded (most of the members went in an Afro-beat direction with the Budos Band).

Brenneck and Bradley continued to work together, and after Bradley told him about waking up in his home one morning to discover his nephew had shot and killed his brother, Brenneck suggested they tell the story in music as a catharsis and as a cautionary tale. The result, tracked with the Menahan Street Band, was a pair of impassioned singles, “The World (Is Going Up in Flames)” and “Heartaches and Pain,” which Brenneck released on his Daptone sublabel Dunham Records. These weren’t songs drawn from Bradley’s Black Velvet act, but were instead highly personal and striking outings that put his own emerging voice as a singer and songwriter at the center of things. A full album for Dunham, No Time for Dreaming, appeared early in 2011. Bradley received global acclaim for the album, and toured relentlessly to support it. His follow-up, Victim of Love, was released in the spring of 2013. In 2015, Bradley released a single through Daptone that featured a powerful, soul-charged reworking of the Black Sabbath number “Changes.” The single and its accompanying music video became underground hits, and the song became the cornerstone of Bradley’s next Dunham/Daptone album, 2016’s Changes. ~ Steve Leggett

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Eddie Kendricks – Something More [Expanded & Remastered 2017] (1979) [CD FLAC]

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Artist: Eddie Kendricks
Album: Something More [Expanded & Remastered 2017]
Genre: Soul
Year: 1979
Size: ~ 313 mb
Source: CD
Format: FLAC (tracks + .cue)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of this 1979 album from the soul great featuring four bonus tracks. Noted for his distinctive falsetto singing style, Kendricks co-founded the Motown singing group The Temptations, and was one of their lead singers from 1960 until 1971. His was the lead voice on such famous songs as “The Way You Do The Things You Do”, “Get Ready”, and “Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me)”. As a solo artist, Kendricks recorded several hits of his own during the 1970s. Something More was the second album he had recorded for the Arista label after spending most of his career on Motown.

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Ray Charles – Four Classic Albums: Remastered (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Ray Charles
Album: Four Classic Albums: Remastered
Genre: Soul
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 687 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

Description:

Influenced by Art Tatum, Nat King Cole, Louis Jordan, Charles Brown, Louis Armstrong and others, Ray Charles (1930-2004) was well set to establish his music-mix of jazz, blues, rhythm & blues and country which sent him to the top of the tree as a living legend. In turn, Ray always encouraged promising up-and-coming talent to reach their goals. Avid’s second two-disc set contains four Charles albums and the overworked word “genius” is well deserved in this case for there’s no doubting it applies to both the man, his career and these albums.

THE GENIUS HITS THE ROAD (1960) is indeed a song trip through the highways and byways of Americana and which other country can claim such cross-over romantic connotations as GEORGIA ON MY MIND, MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT, MOON OVER MIAMI and references to New York, California and Texas? Charles is both vocalist and pianist with Ralph Burns as arranger/conductor of a full-blown orchestra. THE GENIUS SINGS THE BLUES (1961) tells it all with Charles not only providing vocal/piano and organ but composer of half a dozen songs like RAY’S BLUES, FEELIN’ SAD and NOBODY CARES added to known blues numbers such as EARLY IN THE MORNING and I’M MOVIN’ ON.

Moving on to Charles in fully-fledged jazz-oriented pianist mode within an instrumental setting, THE GENIUS AFTER HOURS (1961) adds five of his own compositions (including DAWN RAY, CHARLESVILLE and album’s title number) to the familiar MUSIC MUSIC MUSIC, AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’ and THE MAN I LOVE and he jams with fellow musicians Oscar Pettiford on bass, David “Fathead” Newman on tenor and Joseph Bridgewater on alto and trumpeter Joseph Bridgewater with septet arranged by Quincy Jones. Finally, RAY CHARLES – GENIUS + SOUL – JAZZ (1961) is focused as a mainly instrumental album although Charles, on organ, does provide a couple of vocal moments (I’M GONNA MOVE TO THE OUTSKIRTS OF TOWN and I’VE GOT NEWS FOR YOU) and with the swinging Count Basie Orchestra in tow ONE MINT JULIP, MOANIN’ and STRIKE UP THE BAND are among choices that really swing the shared Quincy Jones and Ralph Burns big band arrangements to the fore.

Excellent remastered sound. ~A Pollock

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Moonchild – Voyager (2017) [WEB FLAC]

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Artist: Moonchild
Album: Voyager
Genre: Soul
Year: 2017
Size: ~ 257 mb
Source: Digital Download
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Quality: lossless
Sample Rate: 44.1 kHz / 16 Bit

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Voyager is the third album from the LA-based trio Moonchild – whose candid style of soul and new-school jazz has propelled them onto a swirling, emotionally charged journey of the heart. Moonchild are multi-instrumentalists Amber Navran, Max Bryk, and Andris Mattson. The band cites influences like D Angelo, Hiatus Kaiyote and J. Most as playing a key part in expanding the group’s musical horizons in their upcoming releases.

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