Listen to 2 Spotify playlists dedicated to the classic Soul songs, as well as recent Soul music marvels from the more underground Soul singers active today — like Nigel Hall, Myles Sanko, DeRobert, Curtis Harding, The Nth Power, and more. Watch YouTube music videos of powerful performances from some of the best Funk & Soul musicians…
Get a full concert from Lee Fields & The Expressions. I love these shows from The Roadhouse on Seattle’s KEXP because they always have HD video from excellent artists giving their best performance in an intimate session.
Listen & follow this playlist from old school funk Soul Men
& some Neo Soul Brothers.
“I know ya got soul…if you didn’t you wouldn’t be in here!”
If this were a record side A would be today’s exemplars of Soul music, and side B would be the classic Soul Brothers. This playlist will satisfy your desire for soul music, and give you a broad sampling.
We’ll start it out with two soulful dudes — Nino Moschella, and then Brian J from the Pimps of Joytime.
America’s best new Funk & Soul record label, Colemine Records, is the first place you should look when you want to get turned on to sublime Soul music, and furious Funk. In this Spotify playlist, you’ll hear “Smile” from Durand Jones & The Indications’ debut album (one of the best records of 2016). Then, Soul Scratch gives us “Thank You” from their outstanding 2017 album, Pushing Fire. It’s a super groovy love song of gratitude for a man’s wonderful woman who is always there for him.
Both of these albums on Colemine establish Durand Jones and Dale Spollet, lead singer of Soul Scratch, as phenomenal new voices in Soul music. Look for big things to come from both of these artists!
In this Spotify playlist, you’ll also hear a wonderful song from Aloe Blacc, another of today’s most soulful voices, on a real uplifting track. Check out a terrific track from some up & coming soul brothers, Myron & E on their Stones Throw Records release.
Listen to Raphael Saadiq’s down & dirty, funky Soul song paying tribute to New Orleans music — “Big Easy”. And, hear my favorite track, “Betray My Heart,” from D’Angelo’s long awaited album, Black Messiah. Get that one on vinyl here…it’s worth it!
Listen to a Aaron Neville’s supremely soulful vocals on “Hard To Believe,” as he tells a story about keeping the faith, from his marvelous 2016 album, Apache. “Now 75, the man still sings like an angel who’s swallowed a wah-wah pedal,” says NPR of the great golden voice of Aaron Neville.
He’s never sounded better than on this remarkable record. These are the kind of organic, retro grooves that could have come out in the early 70s along with his hit, “Hercules,” (which you also get in this soulful Spotify playlist).
Then, we’ll revisit some classics, along with 3 bridge tracks from older Soul singers that never made it big in the 70s, but have got to enjoy a resurgence the last few years:
- Darondo — He got a late life resurgence until his death in 2013, thanks to Ubiquity Records & his superb Let My People Go album.
- Lee Fields — Listen to him tell his uplifting story in the video above.
- Charles Bradley — Performed as a James Brown impersonator in Brooklyn clubs under the name “Black Velvet” until Gabriel Roth of Daptone Records discovered him and got him on the label. Sadly, he passed away in September 2017. Watch him perform below…
For the old school Funk Soul men in this Spotify playlist, we’ve got one of Al Green’s newer songs, from his remarkable 2008 album, Lay It Down. Then we close it out by enjoying the classics from — Soul Brother #1 — James Brown, plus Isaac Hayes, Otis Redding, Bill Withers, The Meters, and of course Bobby Byrd.
This is powerful! Check out some classic, live Otis Redding…
There are plenty of superlative Soul brothers active today keeping real soulful music alive & well. Hear & follow Today’s Soul Men in this playlist.
This playlist focuses exclusively on today’s Soul Men, while the previous one shared time with the old school, as well as the new breed. Some of these Soul singers deserve repeating — Aloe Blacc, D’Angelo, Raphael Saadiq, Lee Fields & Charles Bradley, Soul Scratch, Durand Jones & The Indications.
Let’s kick it off with a funky Soul get down with Ryan Montbleau & Galactic, from their remarkable 2015 record, Into The Deep.
Myles Sanko will be one of the best of the new breed in a few years. DeRobert from Nashville has a superbly soulful voice and bright future as well.
Monophonics do a soulful, Motown inspired, 60s style tune “Hanging On” from their 2015 album Sounds of Sinning. Kelly Finnigan’s powerful vocals on this one show he’s one of the top Soul singers out there today.
I also hope for some new Soulive. So there are a couple of old favorites from the Soulive family here for you — “Prototype” & “After Everyone’s Gone.”
Two of the most soulful voices in Jazz singing, Gregory Porter and José James, appear here too. They’re harder to pin down because they don’t stick to the traditional Jazz singer template. Both have incredible voices, and fit perfectly into this “Soul Men” playlist with these superb selections.
No matter what, the future looks bright for underground Soul music, neo-soul (whatever you need to call it). The important part is keeping the genuine, deep heart & Soul in the music.
I know ya got Soul…
Dig one of today’s most funky soulful bands, The Third Coast Kings,
singing about the birds & the bees…
Remember to bookmark this page & follow the Spotify playlists so you can refer back to them in a pinch whenever you need your Soul music fix. Check out the best old school Funk & Neo Soul Sisters in this post.