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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 July 16, 2011

This was a great week for EPs and full-length releases. We not only had the much-anticipated release of Zo’s “Just Visiting Three” but also a new one from DJ Jazzy Jeff & Ayah. Lots of great stuff to be had here, so make with the clicking. Thanks to all the DJ’s, Producers, Pocasters, Music Bloggers and Artists that make this music possible. 

 

MIX OF THE WEEK

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DJ Mza Presents Soul Circle Radio Show (7.9.2011)

 

EP OF THE WEEK

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Zo! – …just visiting three

 

SINGLE OF THE WEEK

Heartbreak Soundsystem – D’Angelo – Brown Sugar (Heartbreak Sound Rework)

Sorry, there’s no download link for this, but it’s too choice of a track not to recognize.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

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@Peace – @Peace EP

 

 

MIXES

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Eavesdrop Podcast #75 HOT

 

WYRB: Yoruba Soul Radio HOT

 

Tony Rodriguez NU SOUL CENTRAL 7th July 2011 HOT

nu soul central 14-07-11 HOT

 

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Prototype of Nu-Soul 21 HOT

 

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SLE Presents: Soundscape Radio – The Sound of Music HOT

 

MJ190 Midsummer Meditation by Mecca:83 HOT

 

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Friday Favecast: Fool Proof HOT

 

LPs/EPs

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DJ Jazzy Jeff & Ayah – Back For More HOT

 

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Thallus – belong

 

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Wiley – Chill Out Zone

 


Take Your Love – Cocktail Summer Everyday In The Night Together

 

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The Boomjacks – Beats vol. 3 HOT

 

Daj Presents… LIMBO the mixtape : Disc 1- The Door  & Disc2: The Ascension

 

Kevin McCall – The Eargazm

 

Soulpersona – “The Free Album” HOT

 

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JuSoul – Justrumental v0.<3: KitchenLove HOT

 

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ERIMAJ – Memo To All HOT

 

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Martin Parks – Back of the Bus

 

Gramatik – Beatz & Pieces Vol. 1 HOT

 

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Ryan Hemsworth – No Plans

 

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10.4 Rog – SCRAPS HOT

 

 

Cherri V – Shades Of Red EP

 

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Lewis – Summer_in montana HOT

 

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Trumaine Lamar – Things I Should’ve Told Her HOT

 

 

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D33J – Tide Songs

 

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SamuraiMugen – Under Cooked Cartoons

 

SINGLES

 

Shabazz Palaces – Swerve…

 

Toro Y Moi - Freaking Out EP

Toro Y Moi – Saturday Love

 

Example

Johnny Hammond – Shifting Gears & Los Conquistadores Chocolates

 

Sola Rosa – Get It Together

 

Ghostfunk – Funky Criminology

 

Saidah Baba Talibah

Saidah Baba Talibah – Place Called Grace HOT

 

Van Hunt – The Savage, Sincere L of P HOT

 

 

Warren XCLnce – Jay ‘J Dilla’ Dee Tribute 2010 HOT

 

 

Warren XCLnce – Reflections [Eternal Part II] HOT

 

 

Beastie Boys – Don’t Play No Game That I Can’t Win (Feat. Santigold)

 

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Jneiro Jarel – It Lives On (Part Two)

 

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Sinitus Tempo – Where Ever She Goes

 

Curtis Mayfield – Stone Junkie Pusherman (Live) HOT

 

 

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Mndsgn. – Respawn HOT



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