Laura Mvula's debut is ambitiously confident, as if she and her band had perfected their sound years ago. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Laura Mvula's Velvet 'Moon' Is A Revelation
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Charles Bradley was signed by Daptone Records partly because of a James Brown act he used to perform. His new album is Victim of Love. Darren Bastecky/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On Two New R&B Albums, An Old Soul Sound That Glows
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R&B singers Nicole Wray and Terri Walker have teamed up as the duo Lady. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lady: Two Soul Stalwarts Find A New Groove Together
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The Numero Group's Eccentric Soul: Omnibus includes 45 seven-inch singles highlighting local soul scenes from around the country. Courtesy of the Numero Group hide caption

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Benjy Melendez (right) founded and led The Ghetto Brothers in the early 1970s. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ghetto Brothers: Guitars Over Guns
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Bill Withers onstage in 1973. Fin Costello/Redferns hide caption

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Bill Withers: The Everyman Singer With A Poet's Soul
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Carly Rae Jepsen and the cover of Kanye West's latest album, Cruel Summer. Vanessa Heins/Courtesy of Universal Music Group hide caption

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Two Attempts To Turn Summer Platinum Into Fall Gold
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The Fat Boys in 1990. Left to right: Damon "Kool Rock-Ski" Wimbley, Darren "Buff Love" Robinson and Mark "Prince Markie Dee" Morales. Ebet Roberts/Redferns hide caption

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Fat Boys: A Hip-Hop Novelty Act Strikes Back
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'Personal Space': Relics From Synth Soul's Early Days
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