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    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011 edited
    Adele, Amy Winehouse,Duffy. Modern music is dominated at the moment by
    female artists and female groups with a soul edge.

    But in that run up a whole lot of female soul based artists
    have been forgotten.

    I want the female soul/rnb artists you think the world may have
    lost or forgotten.Or Hidden gems by artists that most people don't know about!

    My contribution is:

    For Real [1993-1999]

    A lost RNB female group who did the whole Motown RnB with modern production
    15 years before Mark Ronson.A female group that decided not
    to do the T&A bikini stuff and wore their hair naturally, even
    shaved their heads in protest.

    For Real - "Like I Do"[1996]

    A beautiful suummer acapella...

    For Real -"You Don't Know Nothing"[1994]

    Heri Mkocha
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011
    Annie Goddamn Lennox.
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011
    I've always felt that Beverly Knight never hit the level of success she should.

    and Lauryn Hill's MTV unplugged album is thought of by many to be a total disaster but I think it's perfect

    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011
    Clare Maguire - Last Dance

    Irish goth girl does anthemic pop by way of Stevie Nicks. She'll be big for ten minutes sometime this year.
    • CommentAuthorOddcult
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011
    Okay, I've completely misunderstood the request. Nevermind. It's a good song.
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    doubt if anyone forgot her butt ...

    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011 edited
    From Simon Reynolds Blog Today...

    As for me, there are a couple of songs i always remember, as they were favourite songs of my ex's

    • CommentTimeMay 6th 2011
    Going back to ...ooh. 1989? Sam Brown-

    Also, another 80's throwback whose been making the rounds recently - Alison Moyet-

    Currently - V V Brown -
    Shark In The Water

    Janelle Monae -
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011
    Really like For Real never heard of them before. I think soul/R/B genre has the shortest lifespan of any other music category, but maybe I just grew up in the wrong city:
    Song is way bigger than the artist but I think most of her work is great and I'm tired of hearing this covered

    Producer bigger than the band but it never hurts to have Barry White on your side

    This overweight white guy's Supremes
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011 edited
    This was the first piece that, as a female I listened to and just went "Yes".

    Sarah Jones is always wonderful, but this addition of DJ Vadim is wonderful.
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011 edited
    I always thought that Floetry were slept on by the mainstream. Check 2002's 'Say Yes':

    Just about anything by Bahamadia makes my list:

    [edit 'cos teh embedding fairy didn't like the shortened url]
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011
    Damn robin, That Sarah Jones/Vadim track is baaaaaaaad. You heard the album it's taken from - "Life from the Itchy side"?
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011
    Candie Payne. She is amazing.

    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011 edited
    Dionne Farris....!!!

    Call her a one hit wonder, i don't care.

    Her one hit was better than alot of people's
    whole, so called soul albums. The hit in question
    from the love jones soundtrack....

    Dionne Farris - "Hopeless" [1997]

    EDIT!: 3 Hit wonder! In that small place where Female Soul and Rock reside
    Dionne Farris is a God...

    Dionne Farris - "I know" [1995]

    Dionne Farris - "Passion" [1996]

    Heri Mkocha
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeMay 7th 2011
    More on the blues end of rhythm and blues, Shemekia Copeland:

    It's 2am

    She's a hell of a crowd-pleaser, along with being a rockin' singer.
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2011 edited
    Thanks for Robin for IDing a track i heard a while back
    but never knew who did it!

    They were too ghetto for the make over......

    Xscape [1992-2001]

    A lost modern Rnb (New Jack Swing genre) female band that could
    sing their little hearts out, but the image makers and
    markerters just couldn't cover up the rough edges.
    in reverse order from smoothness to their SWAT clothed team
    just got out of jail debut "just kickin' it"....

    Xscape -"Feels So Good" [1995]

    Xscape -"Who Can I run To?"[1995]

    Xscape -"Understanding"[1993]

    RnB SWAT team apparently...

    Xscape -"Just Kickin' it"[1993]

    Heri Mkocha
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    A friend of mine from NYC recently turned me on to Alecia Chakour:
    • CommentTimeMay 11th 2011 edited
    @ Lampcommander...

    Great find!Never heard of her! I also love the murky way
    the video was filmed. I like that video on so many levels!The colours,
    the live feel. The controlled shakey cam.jealous!
    If only it was in HD.Thanks Lampcommander.

    Nearly threw a chair at a young un' when they said "Anita
    who?" when I mentioned Anita Baker. How dare they.

    There's a creeping generational amnesia.

    Here's some younger soul artists doing one of Anita's song their way,
    Goapele with the megawatt smile and the great Dionne Farris....

    Goapele and Dionne Farris - "Same ole Love" [Anita Baker 2010 soul train tribute]

    the original. Anita also rollerskates, early 80s style...

    Anita Baker -"Same Ole Love"[1986]

    bloody legend.

    Heri Mkocha
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    So Cal Soul

    Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings

    Lady Dottie & the Diamonds

    Minneapolis Soul

    Black Blondie (NSFW)
    • CommentAuthorlucien
    • CommentTimeMay 15th 2011 edited
    not exactly obscure, but damn....