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BEST OF 2012 – Top 10 Free Independent Soul Music Releases

This is it! The first of our Best of 2012 lists. This week we highlight the absolute best free Soul Music that hit the net all year.

Man, I feel ike I say this every year, but 2012 especially was an amazing year for free independent Soul and R&B. The sheer volume of material that was released this year really made my job difficult. But I’ve thought long and hard about these choices. And these releases are the ones that held my attention and/or made me re-visit them for multiple listenings. In this age of disposable music, these are the albums and EPs that rose to the top. Without further ado…

1) Mar – Seeing Her Naked

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2) Kameron Corvet – Fuck, Love

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3) POO BEAR – Beats 2 Break Up 2

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4) Balance and the Traveling Sounds – Orisue presents Lost Luggage EP

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5) Joanna Borromeo – Through The Dark

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6) Taps – Almost Home

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7) Dassit – Dassit

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8) Dwele – Darkside Of The Mic

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9) Emanny – Songs About HER

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10) Bluey Robinson – The Late Shift

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HONORABLE MENTION (in no particular order, consider these in the Top 20.)

Curt Chambers – One Way Ticket Phony Ppl – Phonyland.

Brittany Barber – I Heart Music

Kia Bennett – Duet of Daffodils

Roane Namuh & Reva DeVito – Cloudshine

Tere$▲jenee – Electric Yellow

Staycen x Koen – Never Too Late

Yuri Koller – Open Doors

Harbour City Electric – Without A Sound

Free Soul Music Saturday for July 21, 2012

Welcome to another edition of Free Soul Music Saturday!

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Here’s my pay-to-download plug for the week: Funkommunity’s “Chequered Thoughts.” I’ve been waiting for this Australian Duo’s debut release for quite some time, and it’s finally available in the US. This album is full of Future Soul heat, and I whole-heartedly recommend you check it out.

 

Well, certainly the theme of this week was Hip Hop Soul. We got not only the new release from Balance and the Traveling Sounds, but also an exceptional EP from Phony Ppl. Both releases are Must-downloads and will keep your weekend hopping until it’s time to go back to work on Monday.

Here is my complete listening list for the week, and here is the Spotify playlist for the week (good for one month).

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

 

LP/EP OF THE WEEK


Balance and the Traveling Sounds – Orisue presents Lost Luggage EP

 

SINGLE OF THE WEEK

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Sherry Davis – Aint That Love

 

BEAT TAPE OF THE WEEK

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Erik Jackson – Rainy Days

 

HONORABLE MENTION

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Phony Ppl. – nothinG special.

 

EPs & LPs 

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The Happy Unfortunate – July Never Dies

LOVES BULLET EP cover art
JazzMine – LOVES BULLET EP ++HOT++


Rachel Claudio – C.L. AUDIO TAPE

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Senpai – Son of my Father

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Swerve – The Barrelhouse LP

 

BEAT TAPES

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Abnormal – RNDM JNTS Vol.1

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Booty Thrill – Thrillwave

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Maggz & Omari T – Astral Swing

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NyuMinD – WAAVE

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Rejoicer + Dubz + Luqman – Yelloweed

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Remi Sorbet – Through The Leaves


RSN – Play That Funky Music
 ++HOT++

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Suhov and Mil – Dusty Hungarian Soundbytes

TUNNELNO5 cover art
tunnelno5 – TUNNELNO5

More Colors cover art
1ste One – More Colors

THE 45'S cover art
5ifth Element – THE 45’S
 ++HOT++

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Svetnik’s Assorted SoundCloud freebies

 

SINGLES

Ain't Your Average Love Song
Greg Banks – Not Your Average (BT Mix 1)
 ++HOT++


Black Spade – Strawberry (feat. Fresh Daily & MoRuf)

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Blu & Exile – A Man

Make Some Room
Columbia Nights – Make Some Room


JoJo – Demonstrate

Too Long
Rochelle Jordan – Too Long

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Melodiesinfonie – J A $ $ (pts. 1, 2 & 3)


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 September 17, 2011

This was really a fantastic for LPs and EPs. Definitely check out the Adunze, which has a real Van Hunt-meets-Robin-Thicke-meets-Bilal kind of vibe to it. And if you enjoy The Roots, I highly recommend the Balance and Traveling Sounds EP. You can check out my full listening list here to see what didn’t make the blog post.

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

MIX OF THE WEEK

MELTDOWN SHOW | 10th SEPTEMBER 11

MELTDOWN SHOW | 10th SEPTEMBER 11

 

EP OF THE WEEK

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Anduze – Sightings (Mixtape Vol.1)

 

SINGLE OF THE WEEK


THEY – FatBack

 

HONORABLE MENTION

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Balance and the Traveling Sounds – Departure EP

 

MIXES & PODCASTS

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Deejay Eric’s Soul classic mixx tape (vol 6)

 

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Eavesdrop Podcast #82

 

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SOUL KANDI RADIO SHOW WEDNESDAY 14TH SEPTEMBER 2011

 


Soul Brother Selection 01/09/11
Tony Rodriguez NU SOUL CENTRAL 15th September 2011

 

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Select Soul Show – September 15th 2011

 

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Soulsorts – 15th September 2011

 

Anthony Joseph The Rubber Orchestras Paris DJs Mix Part 1
Anthony Joseph – The Rubber Orchestras Paris DJs Mix Part 1 *HOT*

 


Kid Chalupa – shawty

 

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STRICTLY SOCIAL MIXED V.8 *HOT*

 

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morning workout (soulful house)

 

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YAHZARAH….Collabs and Features by DJ CONSCIENCE *HOT*

 


The Diamond Soul XXXperience Clouds *HOT*

 


STIMULUS & CHRIS “DADDY” DAVE: 3RD 1ST IMPRESSION

 

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The Hurst Selection – London to America – 9th/10th September 2011

 

EPs & LPs

Fela Soul Cover Art
Amerigo Gazaway – Fela Soul *HOT*

 

Dusted Jazz Volume One Cover Art
Jenova 7 – Dusted Jazz Volume One *HOT*

 

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Mic Blu – Blu Sampler *HOT*

 


Amy Winehouse – Amy (Two Disc Set)

 


Bei Maejor – Maejormaejor :: TheFutureOfRnB.Com

 


BJ The Chicago KiD – The Life Of Love’s Cupid

 

Twenty Eleven: Part 1 Cover Art
Da Mighty O – Twenty Eleven: Part 1

 

MIND SCIENTIFICS(soul sci-fi scenes and snippets)RE-MASTERED Cover Art
Dr.Brown aka FuzzOne – MIND SCIENTIFICS(soul sci-fi scenes and snippets)RE-MASTERED

 

Indian Summer Cover Art
FALCONS – Indian Summer

 

Letters to Kiko EP Cover Art
Hollow Pigeons – Letters to Kiko EP

 

Break Bread Cover Art
Juels – Break Bread

 

#StuckInThe90s Cover Art
LAKIM – #StuckInThe90s

 

Ohblique Cover Art
0hbliv – Ohblique

 


M-Bass & KeithDopeMusic – UpperClassMen

 

SINGLES


Lloyd – Saturday Night *HOT*

 


Proh Mic – Sleep In Girl feat. Tone Trezure *HOT*

 


Rachel Claudio – Dissertation *HOT*

 


Jesse Boykins III x The Weeknd – B4 The Weeknd Is Thru *HOT*

 


Born Gold – Decimate Everything

 


Cee-Lo Green – You Promised Me Love

 


Doodlebug – Do What U Do (feat. Don Will & Moka Only) CLEAN

 


Monica – Until It’s Gone

 


Nas & Amy Winehouse – Just Friends [Urban Noize Remix]

 

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Native Sun – Native Sun (The Anthem)

 


Onra – Change of Heart

 


Oveous Maximus – Work It Out (ft Kele Le Roc – Yoruba vs Bugz Remix)

 


Dawn Richard – Love Wont Lose

 


La Melodia-LoveGame (Live Edit)


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