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2011 in Review: Best of Free Soul Music

2011 was a fantastic year for free Soul Music. If you’re a regular follower of the blog, you know we’ve featured hundreds of albums, EPs, mixtapes and singles. The following are my picks for the best free EPs or LPs of the year. There were a couple of selections that made it to this list that are no longer free. Hopefully I’ll be able to include them in my “Best For Sale” list.

In no particular order…

 


Fela Soul by Amerigo Gazaway of Gummy Soul

Combining De La Soul with Fela Kuti, this was easily my favorite Hip Hop project of the year. A serious must-download.

 


CHRiS ROuSE – AROuSAL(i)The ARRiVAL

Chris Rouse has an excellent voice and a talent for seriously soulful hooks. Why this isn’t mainstream radio R&B is really beyond me.

 

Terrace Martin – The Sex EP

A passion project of Martin and DJ Devi Dev, this project is something you can easily put on at the end of a romantic date. Break out the bubbly and groove to this one.

 


Shakka – The Shakka Crown Affair

Shakka has a very interesting syle that mixes Ragga with R&B and Pop. This concept album follows Shakka on a soulful heist.

 


Mayer Hawthorne – Impressions – The Covers EP

Admittedly, I’m not a big Mayer Hawthorne fan, but this respectful batch of covers was well executed and catchy. 

 


Zo! – …just visiting three

Returning for his third installment of free covers, Zo! delights us with some great renditions of tracks we’ve all come to call favorites. Not to mention the greatest Wham cover ever.

 


@Peace – @Peace EP

Probably one of the grooviest offerings of the year, this one came as a total surprise. Excellent beat production, substantial lyrics and solid rap delivery. Great alternative Hip Hop.

 


Trumaine Lamar – Things I Should’ve Told Her

Make sure you scroll down for the free link. Very insightful R&B by a rock-solid vocalist.

 


J. Mitchell MelodiousFly – LOve Kills The Demon an EP

J. Mitchell made quite a splash with this Future Soul offering, featuring production by Exile. 

 


Daley – Those Who Wait

Daley’s debut mixtape gave us not only some fantastic original R&B tracks, but also some nifty covers and appearances from special guests.

 


Anduze – Sightings (Mixtape Vol.1)

This mixtape has a great blend of smooth soul and guitar driven grooves. Coupled with Anduze’s voice, which harkens to me of performers like Chico DeBarge, Van Hunt and Robin Thicke.

 


Daniel de Bourg: The DDB Mixtape Volume 2 – THE BRIDGE

Did someone order a heaping helping of funky white soul? Daniel de Bourg follows up his critically acclaimed “The Prelude” with this collection of further vocal goodness.

 


Balance and the Traveling Sounds – Departure EP

This band is definitely vying for “ones to watch in 2012.” Bolstered by their fantastic cover of Daft Punk’s “Something About Us,” this EP features one of the best new bands of the year.

 


Green Street – Endless Summer

Giving Balance and the Traveling Sounds a run for their money, Brooklyn crew Green Street are also offering up fantastic live jazzy Soul Hop. This also features Free Soul Music Saturday favorite Ken Ross.

 


MARTIAN LUTHER – EXTRA TERRESTRIAL BROTHER

Fans of Van Hunt and Amp Fiddler will appreciate Martin Luther’s solid free EP. “The Facebook Song” alone makes this a must-download.

 


The Revelations feat. Tre Williams – An Introduction To… [Free Sampler]

Make no mistake, Tre Williams can SANG. This 9-track offering is just retro enough to be cool yet not too derivative.

 

HONORABLE MENTIONS (Google these!)
Jae Fresh – Pictures of Influence
BamaLoveSoul Presents Anthony Hamilton: The Hamilton Project
Kero One – The Catch UP
DJ Jazzy Jeff & Ayah – Back For More
Gil Scott Heron – Live At The Bottom Line ’77
Raheem DeVaughn – Heemy Taught Me

Free Soul Music Saturday for August 20, 2011

I went through easily 60 hours worth of music this week to bring you my top picks. Check out my entire listening list here to see what did and did not make the cut. 

Thanks to all the artists, producers, DJs, podcasters and music bloggers that bring this music to light!

 

MIX OF THE WEEK

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The Funky White Boy Podcast – August 2011 Mix

EP OF THE WEEK

LOve Kills The Demon an EP Cover Art 
J. Mitchell MelodiousFly – LOve Kills The Demon an EP

SINGLE OF THE WEEK

 
Lalah Hathaway – if you want to

HONORABLE MENTION

Beat Beast Cover Art
Audio Dope – Beat Beast

MIXES & PODCASTS

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SOUL KANDI RADIO SHOW WEDNESDAY 17TH AUGUST 2011 EPISODE 29

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Kev Beadle Solar Radio Show 16/08/11


Truthseekers Radio: Universal Communique 8|13|11

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Select Soul Show – August 18th 2011

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Soulsorts – 18th August 2011

New Mixtape: Afrobella 5th Anniversary Mary J Blige Mix

The Mixologists: Keyknow’s Love, SoulBounce Suite 1 *HOT*

DELUXEGRAPHIC
Friday Favecast: Deluxe *HOT*


MJ195 Monday starts on Saturday by Rubberpike

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DatHeat presented by DJ Conscience *HOT*


Street Sounds Sessions MEGA PACK (March – June Volumes 35 – 44)


SoulNRnB’s Street Sounds Sessions 52 *HOT*


SoulNRnB’s Street Sounds Sessions 53 *HOT*

www.soulandjazz.com
The Hurst Selection – London to America – 12th/13th August 2011

EPs & LPs

Lonely Soul Cover Art
the Jazzment – Lonely Soul
 *HOT*

PEACELAND Cover Art
Sinitus Tempo – PEACELAND

strictlybeats: weird weather EP Cover Art
weirddough – strictlybeats: weird weather EP

Vinyl For Mayer    (An Arrangement Even Stranger) Cover Art
The Vinylcologist – Vinyl For Mayer (An Arrangement Even Stranger)

Cheap Heat Cover Art
Def Dee – Cheap Heat *HOT*

SINGLES


Bobby Blunt & Sum Comfort Food – My Life in the Sunshine

The Livest One Cover Art
Chuuwee – The Livest One


J-Live – A Day In The Life (Diamond D & Brand Nubian Cover)


Mia Doi Todd – Paraty (Captain Planet Remix) *HOT*

The Carter Barron Cover Art
Oddisee – The Carter Barron

Moon In Pisces (J-Finesse Redux) Cover Art
The Player’s Association – Moon In Pisces (J-Finesse Redux)


ZYNZELAY + Apple Jac + Miami Beat Wave – Paradise


2 x Eric Roberson – Summertime Anthem Remixes


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