Soul Music (Music subgenre)
Soul is a genre of Afroamerican pop music that emerged in the late 1950s from Rhythm and Blues and Gospel.
Soul Music in Features
Music − Portrait | posted 27.10.2021
With their debut album »Float Back To You«, the New York trio Holy Hive presented a folk-soul balm for the sore and bare nerves in 2020. On the self-titled follow-up »Holy Hive« Paul Spring, Homer Steinweiss and Joe Harrison continue on the chosen course between country-folk, Philly soul, Quiet Storm and yacht-rock, but sound even more intimate and personal.
Music − List | posted 12.08.2021
Durand Jones & The Indications
10 All Time Favs
More than retro soul: Durand Jones & The Indications have been combining the past and future of the genre since their debut five years ago. Now their third album »Private Space« is released. Time to ask the band from Bloomington, Indiana about the 10 records that have shaped, improved and educated them.
Music − Column | posted 21.05.2021
Marvin Gaye – What's Going On (1971)
Is it even necessary to reminisce about this album? Not really. But you can listen to it again and again. And it has remained relevant to this day, for better or worse. Marvin Gaye’s »What’s Going On« is 50 years old.
Music − Interview | posted 27.04.2021
Sonic history lesson
»The American Negro« marks the beginning of a new chapter in the work of American musician Adrian Younge. The music is more frontal, politically charged and self-assured. Clearly his approach here is to take a teaching stance against social inequalities related to race. If for Public Enemy »rap music is the CNN for black people«, here it is: »music is black critique«. We had the opportunity for an in-depth interview.
Music − Column | posted 19.04.2021
Gil Scott-Heron – Pieces Of A Man (1971)
He was called the “Godfather of Hip Hop” because he wrote about drugs, racism and the Divided States of America. Gil Scott-Heron’s most successful album is now 50 years old – and more timely than ever.
Music − List | posted 15.04.2021
Jenn Wasner (Flock Of Dimes)
10 All Time Favs
With her solo project Flock of Dimes, Jenn Wasner has just released her most personal and at the same time most substantially far-reaching album. We asked the musician to name 10 Vinyl records that have shaped, improved, and educated her.
Music − List | posted 07.01.2021
10 All Time Favs
»Introducing« is the name of Aaron Frazer’s first solo album. As the drummer of Durand Jones & The Indications, however, he is by no means an unknown name. The record was recorded with Dan Auerbach from The Black Keys. He guided him to give enough space on the record not only to his own soul influences, but also to his love of gospel and hip-hop. So musically it’s off to the sixties. He tells us what actually influenced him musically.
Music − Portrait | posted 25.06.2020
Warm vibrations with universal attraction
The American vibraphonist, singer, songwriter and arranger Roy Ayers is one of the most sampled contemporary musicians. With songs like »Everybody Loves The Sunshine«, the soul jazz legend, which celebrates it’s 80th birthday in September, became the main inspiration for Acid Jazz in the late 90s. His new album “Roy Ayers JID 002” on Jazz Is Dead with Adrian Younge and ex-ATCQ producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad continues his golden period of the Polydor years in the 70s seamlessly.
Music − List | posted 31.03.2020
10 All Time Favs
The guitarist Jeff Parker is no newcomer to the music scene. And yet you get the feeling he’s just starting out. But he already wrote music history as part of Tortoise. Now his new album »Suite for Max Brown« has been released on International Anthem. For this occasion we have asked Jeff Parker to choose 10 records that have shaped, improved and formed him.
Music − Interview | posted 04.11.2011
Akalepse of Truth & Soul
»It's all for love really«
Truth&Soul is your label of choice when it comes to Funk, Soul and everything related. Home to a whole roster of artists by the likes of Lee Fields and The Expressions, El Michels Affair and Bronx River Parkway. Record collector and DJ Akalepse is a part of this circle. Valentin Menedetter met the label’s manager and A&R DJ Akalepse and talked to him about his employer now and then, and about DJing with Rich Medina.
Soul Music in Reviews
Music − Review | posted 05.10.2021
»NINE« by Sault drenches all whites in hydrochloric acid, sends beautiful greetings from Stax Studios and holds a mass like Yeezus.
Music − Review | posted 06.09.2021
Doing Our Thing With Pride
Recorded in 1976, never released until now, Kalita brings »Doing Our Thing With Pride« by the elegantly sparkling Al-Dos Band to life.
Music − Review | posted 15.07.2021
Sylvia Robinson not only kicked hip-hop into high gear, she also made music of her own. Her album »Sweet Stuff« from 1975 has now been reissued.
Music − Review | posted 04.04.2021
»Missing You,« released in 1976 and recorded by Robert Cotter with musicians from Chic, has been reissued on WeWantSounds now.
Music − Review | posted 12.03.2020
World Quake Band
Everything Is On The One
»Everything Is On The One«, the only album of the World Quake Band released in 1981, has now been reissued on Mad About Records.
Music − Review | posted 02.09.2016
Why should you believe the hype around Jordan Rakei’s debut LP »Cloak« and which life decisions would you question (Spoiler alert: All of them)?
Music − Review | posted 19.05.2016
Take Me To The Alley
He’s probably be the most famous jazz singer of our time. But is it really jazz? His late record »Take Me To The Alley« gives a clear answer.
Music − Review | posted 31.03.2016
Untamed, even ecstatic: Charles Bradley, the »Screaming Eagle Of Soul«, is celebrating an impressive return with »Changes«. He’s being supported by the whole Daptone-clique.
Music − Review | posted 21.01.2016
Something About April II
On »Something About April II«, Adrian Younge is summoning the spirits of analogue sounds. His secret is to make soul sound light-footed.
Music − Review | posted 23.10.2015
Within less than a year, the British septet Ephemerals is introducing »Chasin Ghosts«, an impressive successor to last year’s debut »Nothin Is Easy«.
Music − Review | posted 13.07.2015
In Another Life
Protest-music is an ambivalent thing. And yet, with »In Another Life«, Bilal has dedicated himself to this form of expression without having to hide from anyone.
Music − Review | posted 08.05.2015
Choose Your Weapon
With »Choose Your Weapon«, the four Australians Hiatues Kaiyote are firing polyrhythmic salvos across the previous decades of music history.
Music − Review | posted 09.07.2014
Lee Fields & The Expressions
Lee Fields has always been reliable. However, »Emma Jean« doesn’t fire as well as his previous records used to. The fire’s still on but there’s also a lot of smoke. Sadly.
Music − Review | posted 19.04.2013
Nicole Willis & The Soul Investigators
Nicole Willis proves once again that soul is only good when taking a fearless and earnest look at one’s inner-self in order to share the impressions with the outside world.
Music − Review | posted 04.04.2013
Victim of Love
He’s the belated world champion of soul and starts out his second record, where he has left it with »No Time For Dreaming«. And he even goes beyond.
Music − Review | posted 14.03.2013
First and foremost, the Ghetto Brothers were a Puerto Rican gang in the New York of the 1970s. At some point, they reached for their instruments. That’s where the story begins…
Music − Review | posted 12.12.2012
Newban & Newban 2
The re-release of these long-lost records by Newban proves how quality can brave the ravages of time, in order to sooner or later find its way to the light of day.
Music − Review | posted 12.11.2012
In every single syllable we hear the conviction of newly found love. And his vocal force can easily measure up to Tower of Power’s Lenny Williams.
Music − Review | posted 11.06.2012
Bravest Man In The Universe
After an absence of many year, Bobby Womack has re-entered the music business with a new album. It’s not always courageous, but it’s consistently great.
Music − Review | posted 04.05.2012
Mixed Sugar: The Complete Works 1970-1987
This collection demonstrates Regional Garland’s musical range between symphonic Soul, Blaxploitation-Funk-instrumentals and tender ballads.
Music − Review | posted 05.04.2012
Quantic & Alice Russell
Look Around The Corner
A musical visionary full of ideas for the next 60 years conducts a band that’s undeservedly underrated, carried by a voice from the present.
Music − Review | posted 28.03.2012
A sound to drown in, a voice to lean on. The debut of the British soul-bard fulfills all expectations above and beyond.
Music − Review | posted 09.03.2012
Lee Fields might be the most famous non-famous artist in soul and funk music. His new album will – once more – not bring him the attention he’d deserve though.
Music − Review | posted 22.11.2011
How Do You Do?
The Blue Eyed soulman Mayer Hawthorne keeps dressing old Motown-sounds in a contemporary fashion. The ancestors of this sound would have probably taken their hats off to it.
Music − Review | posted 28.10.2011
Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings
Only a year after I Learned The Hard Way, the great Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings are releasing another album. This time, it’s all about »Soul«.
Music − Review | posted 15.07.2011
Booker T. Jones
The Road From Memphis
On his new album The Road From Memphis, Booker T Jones together with Hip Hop’s best session-band The Roots tells the story of his journey from his hometown, Memphis, to the Olympus of Soul.
Music − Review | posted 06.07.2011
Instead of stooping to something ridiculous, Bonny freestyles effortlessly with trumpets and vocal chords between everything that inspires him from Soul, Funk, Jazz and Latin.
Music − Review | posted 14.03.2011
Charles Bradley & the Menahan Street Band
No Time For Dreaming
»Why is it so hard to make it in America?« Charles Bradley is releasing his debut album full of roughness and intensity at the age of 60.
Music − Review | posted 18.08.2010
Give Me Your Love
A promising naked shoulder shows under the opulent white fur on the cover of »Give Me Your Love«. It is a ravishing, an enchanting album, re-released now after 30 years.
Soul Music in News
Music − News | posted 30.08.2021
Second album out soon, check the exclusive Edition
New York City-based Holy Hive’s second album will be released September 27, 2021, on Big Crown. Mary Lattimore, Fleet Foxes’ Robin Pechnold, and musicians from Antibalas and El Michels Affair helped a little. Exclusive Edition on HHV Records.
Music − News | posted 17.08.2021
Exclusive Edition: »What We Call Life«
New Zealand soul singer Jordan Rakei has announced his new album »What We Call Life« on Ninja Tune for September 17, 2021. Exclusively for HHV Records he signs his Transculent Green Vinyl Edition.
Music − News | posted 15.07.2021
Raheem Devaughn & Apollo Brown
Exclusive Edition: »Lovesick«
On »Lovesick« soul singer Raheem Devaughn and beatmaker Apollo Brown collaborate for the first time. Exclusively there will be a limited coloured vinyl edition on HHV Records.
Music − News | posted 20.06.2021
Betty Lou Landreth
Exclusive Edition: »Betty Lou«
The album »Betty Lou«, originally released in 1979, was to remain the only one for Betty Lou Landreth. Now it has been reissued. Available on HHV Records in an exclusive Coloured Edition.
Music − News | posted 24.05.2021
Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band
Exclusive Edition: »Expansions«
With »Expansions«, the third album of the Hamburg-based Bacao Rhythm & Steel Band is released this July, featuring very special groovy cover versions of Grace Jones, Ike Turner, Jay-Z and Minnie Riperton.
Music − List | posted 01.12.2021
End-of-year review 2021
Top 20 12inches
12inches are mostly, but not always, made for the club. A look at the 20 best records in 2021 shows that in this year, not only was dance music rethought – but that also quiet counterpoints were set.
Music − Review | posted 28.10.2021
Quantic & Nidia Góngora
Eight years after a joint EP, Nidia Góngora and Quantic intensify their collaboration with the album »Almas Conctadas«.
Music − Review | posted 29.10.2021
Gate Of Klüna
Japanese trio Kuunatic debut on Glitterbeat with »Gate of Klüna,« a literally otherworldly psych-rock masterpiece.
Music − News | posted 20.09.2021
Now on Vinyl: »Pandemie und Freunde«
Tracks against stress: Our HHV Label now releases the EP »Pandemie & Freunde« by Stuttgart based beat smith Dexter in a limited edition of 500 copies on vinyl.
Music − Review | posted 31.10.2021
Jazz is more hip than it has been for a long time. The output is large, the return mediocre. But with »Natten« Kopenhagen’s Bremer/McCoy deliver a fantastic work.