Oliver Wang Oliver Wang is a music writer, scholar, and DJ based in California. Since 1994, he's written on popular music, culture, race, and America for outlets such as National Public Radio, Vibe, Wax Poetics, Scratch, and The Village Voice.

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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