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 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
Records Revisited
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
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 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
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 06.09.2021
Al-Dos Band
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
Sweet Stuff
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
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.
Soul Music in News
Music News | posted 30.08.2021
Holy Hive
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
Jordan Rakei
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.
Recent Articles
Music Portrait | posted 14.09.2021
Sarah Davachi
Echo of the infinity
Intensity is the word that comes to mind. In her music and in her movements. Sarah Davachi is an artist on the border between ambient, composition and drone. Her sound feels like someone stroking the soul with a fingertip. Now her new album »Antiphonals« is released.
Music Portrait | posted 07.09.2021
Leslie Winer
The Unknown World Star
Björk, Grace Jones, Boy George and Sinéad O’Connor are among her admirers. William S. Burroughs was her mentor. Somehow, she also invented trip-hop. Yet Leslie Winer is known only to insiders today. That could change now.
Music News | posted 06.09.2021
Ulrich Schnauss & Mark Peters
Exclusive Edition: »Destiny Waiving«
»Destiny Waiving«, the third collaboration between Ulrich Schnauss and Mark Peters, is scheduled for release on Bureau B on September 24. Exclusively on HHV Records the record will be available in a limited colored vinyl edition.
Music News | posted 01.09.2021
Cid Rim
New album: »Songs Of Vienna«
Cid Rim announces his second album »Songs Of Vienna« for October 15, 2021 on LuckyMe. There he deals intensively with his hometown and can also be heard as a singer himself for the first time.
Music Review | posted 12.09.2021
Tülay German & François Rabbath
Tülay German & François Rabbath
On the first of their two joint albums, Tülay German & Francois Rabbath explored Turkish folklore. The result from 1980 still sounds timeless today.