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Neo Soul Cafe’s Best of 2016

Neo Soul Cafe’s Best of 2016

Last year, Neo Soul Cafe staffers compiled an impromptu list of music that was deemed as the best music released in 2015.  In an effort to reach more people, we thought it would be best to publish the list, so it can be easily be referenced.

We are so excited about this music.  It was hard to scale down the list. There is so much dope music in the world and we’ve only tapped in to a small percentage of it. We wholeheartedly feel these artists and their projects have made an indelible impression upon us.

Check out the music.  Vibe out! Support the artists by purchasing their music.  Then if you love what you hear make a conscious decision to see them in a city near you.  There is nothing that can compare to the live experience.  Enjoy!r

1.  American Foster Child Food For The Living Dead

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/food-of-the-living-dead-ep/id1174713297

amfoch

 

 

 

 

 

2.  Terrace Martin Velvet Portraits

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/food-of-the-living-dead-ep/id1174713297

velvet-portraits

 

 

 

 

 

3.  Tony Minnvielle Into Something Volume 2

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tony-minvielle-presents-into/id1153043029

intosomething

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4.  James Tillman Silk Noise Reflex
https://jmtill.bandcamp.com/album/silk-noise-reflex

jamestillman

 

 

 

 

5.  Josef Leimberg Astral Progressions
https://worldgalaxyrecords.bandcamp.com/album/astral-progressions

astral-progressions

 

 

 

 

 

6.  Zo!SkyBreak

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/skybreak/id1110182037?app=itunes&ign-mpt=uo%3D4

zo

 

 

 

 

 

 

7.  KING KING
https://wearekingmusic.bandcamp.com/album/we-are-king

king

 

 

 

 

 

 

8.  Solange A Seat At The Table
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/a-seat-at-the-table/id1159507212

solange-a-seat-at-the-table-cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9.  Corinne Bailey Rae The Heart Speaks In Whispers

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/eart-speaks-in-whispers-deluxe/id1085269116

cbr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

10.  H.E.R. H.E.R. Vol.1
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/h.e.r.-vol.-1/id1151584674

her

 

 

 

 

 

11.  I,Ced What Are We Looking For

https://i-ced.bandcamp.com/album/what-are-we-looking-for

1479829157_i-ced-what-are-we-looking-for-2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.  Tweet Charlene

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/charlene/id1075909165

tweet

 

 

 

 

 

 

13.  Phonte & Eric Roberson Tigallero

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/tigallerro/id1131889282

tigallerro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

14.  Greg Dean The Greg Dean Project
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-greg-dean-project/id1092190267

 

gdproject

 

 

 

 

 

 

15.  Jordan Rakei Cloak
https://soulhasnotempo.bandcamp.com/album/cloak

jordan-rakei

 

 

 

 

 

 

16.  Robert Glasper Experiment ArtScience

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/artscience/id114105318

robert-glasper-artscience-cd-art-cover

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

17.  Ashleigh Smith Sun Kissed
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/sunkissed/id1136472650

sunkissed-ablum

 

 

 

 

 

 

18.  Butcher Brown Virginia Noir

https://butcherbrownmusic.bandcamp.com/album/virginia-noir

 

 

19.  Nx Worries Yes Lawd!

https://nxworries.bandcamp.com/album/yes-lawd

yes-lawd

 

 

 

 

 

 

20.  Aaron Camper Blow

 

21.  Anderson Paak Malibu
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/malibu/id1065681363

ap-malibu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

22.  Kindred The Family Soul Legacy Of Love

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/legacy-of-love/id1136957424

lol

 

 

 

 

 

 

23.  Frank Mccomb SoulMate Another Love Story

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/soulmate-another-love-story/id1131725994

frankmccomb24

 

 

 

 

 

 

24.  Gregory Porter Take Me To The Alley

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/take-me-to-the-alley/id1088093080

 

gporter

 

 

 

 

 

25.  RC & The Gritz The Feel

https://rcandthegritz.bandcamp.com/releases

rc-the-gritz-the-feel

 

 

 

 

 

 

26.  Childish Gambino Awaken My Love

cg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

27.  Musiq Soulchild Life On Earth
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/life-on-earth-deluxe-edition/id1092199350

life-on-earth

 

 

 

 

 

 

28  The Hue .Auror

https://thehue.bandcamp.com/album/aurora-deluxe-version

thehue

 

 

 

 

 

29.  Chantae Cann Journey To Golden

https://chantaecann.bandcamp.com/album/journey-to-golden

cann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30.  BJ The Chicago Kid In My Mind

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/in-my-mind/id1076040237

bjtck1

 

 

 

 

 

 

31. Kandace Springs Soul Eyes

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/soul-eyes/id1106995915

andace

 

 

 

 

 

32.  Jesse Boykins III Bartholomew

This one is so hot that it is no longer available for download……

33.  A Tribe Called Quest We Got It From Here – Than You 4 Your Service
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/we-got-it-from-here…-thank/id1173106678

a-tribe-called-quest-we-got-it-from-here-thank-you-4-your-service-1478899602-640x640

a-tribe-called-quest

 

 

 

 

 

34.  De La Soul and the Anonymous Nobody

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/and-the-anonymous-nobody…/id1114903637

de-la-soul

 

 

 

35.  Madison McFerrin Finding Foundations vol 

 

36.  The Sheshen Flames & Figures

https://theseshen.bandcamp.com/

the-sheshen

 

 

 

 

 

 

37.  Lindsey Webster Back To Your Heart
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/back-to-your-heart/id1157057922

lwebster

 

 

 

 

 

 

38.  Anthony Valadez Fade Away
https://anthonyvaladez.bandcamp.com/album/fade-away

antval

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39.  Soia H.O.I.P.

https://recordbreakin.bandcamp.com/album/h-i-o-p

soiamusic

 

 

 

 

 

 

40.  Kaytranada 99.9%

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/99.9/id1092026376

99-9

 

 

 

 

 

 

41.  Yuna Chapters

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/chapters-deluxe/id1086213833

yuna-chapters-album-review-compressed

 

 

 

 

 

 

42.  Common Black America Again

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/black-america-again/id1163929261

common-black-america-again-album-cover-art

 

 

 

 

 

 

43.  Cecelia Stalin The Love EP
https://ccstalin.bandcamp.com/album/the-love-ep

cece

 

 

 

 

 

44.  Collective Peace Introducing Collective Peace

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/introducing-collective-peace/id1087529391

collective-peace

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

45.  NAO For All We Know

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/for-all-we-know/id1114767580

nao-for-all-we-know

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

46. DJ Kemit Together
https://honeycombmusic.bandcamp.com/album/together-ep

dj-kemit

 

 

 

 

47.Tall Black Guy Let’s Take A Trip

https://tallblackguy.bandcamp.com/album/lets-take-a-trip

tall-black-guy-lets-take-a-trip

 

 

 

 

 

 

48.  Rapsody Crown 

rapsody

 

 

 

 

 

49. Christie Dashiell Time All Mine

https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/time-all-mine/id1159499155

christie-dashiel

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

50.  NoName Telefone
https://nonameraps.bandcamp.com/releases

noname

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Nicholas Ryan Gant Announces New EP

Nicholas Ryan Gant Announces New EP

Earlier this year Nicholas Ryan Gant released a beautiful song called Everything. The Ghetto Falsetto crooner has now announced a new EP that has been in the works for some time it seems. The EP is entitled Maze and do out 4.1.16.

Ahead of the EP’s released Nicholas has released a single entitled Chance. The idea that
everyday you wake up is a chance to get things right is simply conveyed by the Ghetto Falsetto. Nicholas Ryan Gant beautifully lays out a message of encouragement for those of us who may need a little motivation.

Press play and then support. Enjoy!
https://soundcloud.com/kriswontwo/nicholas-ryan-gant-chance

Chance – Single (Prod. Kriswontwo) by Nicholas Ryan Gant

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Space Captain Is On The Horizon

Space Captain Is On The Horizon

The 26th of February brings us the “In Memory” EP by Space Captain, unveiling four new pieces to add to the immersive “Two” – the upfront track whose release on 4th December announced a bold new sound from the young Brooklyn outfit.

In a period of open-minded experimentation, via live shows and studio jams, Space Captain has alighted on a progressive fusion of R&B and psychedelic rock with tentacles spinning out into soul, hip hop, electronica and noise.

The “In Memory” EP finds singer/lyricist Maralisa Simmons-Cook exploring darker, more personal subjects; with themes of mourning, the life cycle, lightness verses darkness, death and rebirth, each song is a record of a true recent event. The band has released a teaser for the new project it’s short but definitely sparks interest. Check it out! Stay tuned for the release.

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Brandon Williams Is Sending Out Christmas Cards

Brandon Williams Is Sending Out Christmas Cards

 

Grammy Nominated Musician, Producer, Recording Artist, Brandon Williams is sending out Christmas Cards to each one of you. Just In time for the holiday season.

This EP will serve as a beautifully soulful back drop to your holiday gatherings. The EP features reworks of standard seasonal favorites with appearances by Frank McComb, Trumpeter Extraordinaire, Farnell Newton, Onaje Allan Gumbs and many more Download it free today. Happy Holidays!  Enjoy!

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Teresa Jene Releases New EP

Teresa Jene Releases New EP

Eclectic songstress and musician Teresajenee has released her
new project The JNFR KILLA EP . The project is available on iTunes. The JNFR (Jennifer Killer) KILLA EP is based on her record “Timber” from her last album, the critically acclaimed, award-nominated “Electric Yellow” (2012) and is focused on love, sex and heartbreak.

The JKEP is a four song prologue to her next full length album LAVENDER: THE LOVE
ALBUM, which will be released in the SPRING of 2016.
In the words of Teresajenee “All things work together… ▲”.

The Jnfr Killa EP by T E R E S ▲ J E N E E

ABOUT THE ARTIST

The “musician beatmaker pen” got her start as a feature on Osunlade’s “Remember EP” (Yoruba Records/2007).

Since then, she has graced the blogs of ThisIsRealMusic.com, RollingOut.com, Soulbounce.com,
Singersroom.com, CouchSessions.com, Centric.com, Soultrain.com, AfroPunk.com, TAIL Magazine (Berlin),
NEON V Magazine (USA). and many more.

Teresa has performed at the 2011 SXSW Music Festival (ATX) and International Soul Music Sumemit (ATL). She
has rocked stages in St. Louis, Memphis, Atlanta, North Carolina, Los Angeles, DC, Richmond, the campuses of
University of Missouri-Columbia, Webster University, and her alma mater Tennessee State University. Her city’s
alt-weekly newspaper, The Riverfront Times, named her best artist in R&B female caThe Jtegory.

She has performed
at many world renowned venues including SOB’s, Village Underground, and DROM in New York City. To date,

Teresa has released three projects independently, “Teresajenee EP” (2008), “The Ecklectic” (2009) and “Electric
Yellow” (2012), and she’s only getting started.

 

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