Neo-soul was born out of a necessity for the representation of the black alternative. For more than two decades, the neo-soul sound has produced some of the most prolific artists of generations including Maxwell , Floetry, Frank Ocean, Anderson. Paak , and Thundercat. We are now in and the movement is as strong as ever. Okayplayer has highlighted 23 artists that are pushing neo-soul forward. Q is from the ilk of Bilal with a falsetto that can pierce through any indifference and a penchant for snatching your attention with the tantalizingly abstract.
Thankfully, there are new stars carrying on their legacy, combining the classic sound of soul with influences from hip-hop, jazz, and pop. Modern soul has never been more popular, and these contemporary artists are making sure it stays that way. Mary J. Her expressive voice is incredibly dynamic and powerful. In addition to having a smoky, soulful voice, he's also an outstanding guitarist and keyboard player. Maxwell is a two-time Grammy-winning artist known for his sweet falsetto. Raphael Saadiq, formerly known as Raphael Wiggins, is a founding member of the groundbreaking s neo-soul trio Tony!
Including Mary J. Blige, D'Angelo, and Maxwell
It's a genre where retro and futurism nestle cozily side by side. Here are the 15 best. You may not know the name — unless you are a fan of British Northern Soul - but you have probably heard P. Arnold's voice. Arnold launched her career as one of Ike and Tina Turner's Ikettes. In the early s, Arnold toured as a vocalist with Roger Waters' band.
Essential listening for Another year of non-stop poignant musical moments. The tide has, however, turned and that title no longer feels apt. Thanks to music streaming, quite a few of these albums have garnered the attention of millions of fans and the artists have gone on to world tours off the back of them. But there were some true gem albums you may not have heard shouted about.