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Soul, the immortal essence of our existence, expressed in our actions, and often materialized in art. Soul music has its origins in gospel and rhythm and blues. Sound Sunday offers a sample of soul albums by independent artists. Download for free and donate based on how much you enjoy the music.

Soul Singles

Genre: progressive, jazz, fusion, neo-soul, r&b, rock

Genre: experimental, soul, beats

Genre: neo-soul, r&b, funk, jazz

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Rhythm & Blues

Genre: electronic, r&b, soul, instrumental, hip hop

New Jersey native, Lenny Harold, already has many accomplishments under his old moniker “Chanj”. He’s the final winner of the late-night TV Talent Show; Amateur Night At The Apollo (2008), sang tribute to Patti Labelle, Smokey Robinson, and Berry Gordy and performed for the Apollo Theatre’s 75th Anniversary. He’s worked with greats such as Teddy Riley, Dre and Vidal, Mike City and Marsha Ambrosius. He’s toured from North America to Europe, been a special musical guest for various political events, performed for the troops in 2009, received numerous achievement awards for his volunteer work in his home town, and also, received the key to the city of Newark, NJ.
Source: Lenny Harold on Facebook

Genre Crossover

Genre: alternative, experimental, electronic, r&b, neo-soul

Many of the songs on this album are instrumentals. Characterized by electronic elements and samples, the soul of this album resides in the ambient sound and the smooth vocals provided by a range of talented feature artists.

Country Soul

Genre: r&b, country, soul, rock

Country and rock elements dominate this album, but the genre-bending artists of Pistol George Warren insist it’s soul and rock, aka SOCK. What do your ears pick up?

Disco Pop

Genre: electronic, remix, disco, pop, r&b, soul

I’ve been a singer and songwriter since I was seven years old. I first got into electronic production by way of DDR. My synths are my life.
Source: Bandcamp

Neo Soul Sisters

Genre: pop, r&b, neo-soul

Producer/Songwriter/Music Lover/ MT does music from the heart… Former Music Executive, MT created a platform where artists of all type could express themselves, a platform that she is now using to show the world her talent and uniqueness.
Source: MT on Facebook

Genre: r&b, soul, hip hop

Thandiwe and Niambi Sala perform for the purpose of spreading the essences Oshun and her sisters, specifically Yemaya. Together they are OSHUN, a duo characterized by soul, hip-hop, community service, love, and dedication to the greater purpose of empowering women, and all people, instilling confidence, cultural pride, and self-respect.
Source: Bandcamp

Genre: alternative, electronic, soul, neo-soul, r&b

A self-taught guitarist, part-time beatmaker and occasional poet, Ego Ella May’s talents are far from limited within music due to her natural flare and passion to learn. Ego possesses vocal versatility, which enables her to scat and freestyle over her music with seemingly effortless finesse.
Source: Bandcamp

Genre: r&b, neo-soul, soul, hip hop, mixtape

Originally from Adelaide, South Australia – Candice Monique is a talented & unique singer/rapper/poet whose individual vocal and lyrical style draws comparisons to Neneh Cherry, Me’shell Ndegeocello, Lauren Hill and Erykah Badu. It is this distinctive style along with her stage presence & artistic depth which makes her one of Australia’s most exciting & original new artists.
Source: Bandcamp

Black Power

Genre: r&b, neo-soul, soul, mixtape

Entertainment and lifestyle network Back&Sexy TV released a free mixtape in support of its web series RomieLoverFriends. Episodes are available for free on YouTube.

A Tribute To

Genre: instrumental, soul, mashup, hip hop

In April 1984, Marvin Gaye was shot dead by his father. Yasiin Gaye released this tribute on April 2nd, the day Marvin Gaye would have turned 75. The music survives.

Genre: chillstep, chillwave, beats, neo-soul, trap, beats

(…) I decided to remix each track from Sade’s ‘Diamond Life’ (1984) using samples from a Roland TR-808 and a few tweaks and instruments of my own. What I came up with was a collection of remixes that showcases a variety of beat music styles we hear today.
small>Source: Bandcamp

Experimental Electronic Soul

Genre: experimental, instrumental, soul

Not exactly classical soul, but not hip hop either. The artists describe it as slave ship hop, though it sounds more like sample-based ambient, electronic music.

Genre: electronic, experimental, r&b, jazz, soul, neo-soul, trip hop, hip hop

A beautiful album of soothing grooves and lush melodies, perfect for daydreaming and longing for better shores. ~Laurent Fintoni Source: Bandcamp

Soul Touching

Any genre can be interpreted in a countless amount of ways and cross over into other genres. This edition featured a selection of r&b, hip hop, and neo-soul to give you a taste. Which of the albums touched your soul?

Would you like to see your music or your favorite genre featured in an upcoming edition of Sound Sunday? Looking for a playlist for a special event? Post your thoughts and requests in the comments or get in touch with me @TinaSieber on Twitter or email tina at this domain.

  1. Raphael
    June 24, 2014 at 8:14 pm

    NOOOOO!!!! Please don't go!!! I love this weekly feature. I've discovered so many new and exciting artists through the years and I look forward every week for new selections. Would there be a chance that this column could be a monthly thing instead of weekly? Something? Anything?...

  2. Akhil
    April 28, 2014 at 9:09 am

    Wow! Love it. Downloaded almost all of em. Thanks, Tina!

  3. Robert K
    April 8, 2014 at 6:18 am

    Most of these were too "pop-ish" for me to want to add to iTunes for further listening, however I did thoroughly listening to every one of this edition's selections, as always, Tina.

    Also, even though the majority had too much of a pop feel to them, I did EXTREMELY enjoy the "Pistol George Warren" track (under Country Soul), due to the Rock n' Roll vibes it had, so I'll be exploring that artist further.

    Anyway, thanks, Tina, and I'm looking forward to next week!

    P.S. - I have a number of different sub-genres of folk tracks from various Bandcamp artists I enjoy (among some other genre songs as well), so if I have time, I'll try to select some and email the links to you...

    • Tina S
      April 8, 2014 at 6:26 am

      Thanks for the feedback, Robert!

      The email for sharing material is correct, also see my authors page. I avoid writing it out in plain text online, so I removed it from your comment.

    • Robert K
      April 8, 2014 at 6:38 am

      Okay, thanks Tina!

      Yeah, sorry about the email (the ironic thing is I realized before even typing my comment that the reason it wasn't listed in plain text was exactly why you just said. However I seem to have had a "brain cramp" for a moment, and didn't even pay attention to MY OWN thoughts, which is why I just went ahead and daftly typed it out...) :-P

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