Soul Music (Music genre)
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 Interview | posted 27.04.2021
Adrian Younge
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
Records Revisited
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 07.01.2021
Aaron Frazer
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
Roy Ayers
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
Jeff Parker
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 04.04.2021
Robert Cotter
Missing You
»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
Jordan Rakei
Cloak
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
Gregory Porter
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
Charles Bradley
Changes
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
Adrian Younge
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
Ephemerals
Chasin Ghosts
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
Bilal
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
Hiatus Kaiyote
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
Emma Jean
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
Tortured Soul
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
Charles Bradley
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
Ghetto Brothers
Power Fuerza
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 & 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
Lee McDonald
Sweet Magic
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
Bobby Womack
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
Regional Garland
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
Michael Kiwanuka
Home Again
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
Faithful Man
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
Mayer Hawthorne
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
Soul Time!
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
Miles Bonny
Lumberjack Soul
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
Sylvia Striplin
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.
Recent Articles
Music News | posted 10.05.2021
Henryk Debich
Exclusive Edition: »Monika / Zabawa«
»Monika / Zabawa«, by the must-discover Polish composer Henryk Debich, will be released on July 23 in a second limited edition available exclusively on HHV Records.
Music Review | posted 02.05.2021
Kohsuke Mine
First
»First«, the 1970 debut by Kohsuke Mine and his quartet, has now been reissued for the first time in BBE Records’ J Jazz Masterclass Series.
Music Review | posted 07.05.2021
Electric Party
Play
With »Play« the label Knekelhuis releases nine tracks from the eighties of the Dutch band Electric Party.
Music Column | posted 11.05.2021
Records Revisited
Grace Jones – Nightclubbing, 1981
Nightlife for androids: On »Nightclubbing«, along with one of the world’s leading rhythm sections, Grace Jones made sure that reggae and new wave would develop a new life of its own in 80’s pop.
Music News | posted 22.04.2021
Squarepusher
Reissue: »Feed Me Weird Things«
»Feed Me Weird Things,« Squarepusher’s debut released 25 years ago on Rephlex, will be reissued in an expanded edition on Warp Records on June 4, 2021.