What in the world is â€œNu Soulâ€? Is it the same as â€œNeo Soulâ€? How is it different from regular old â€œSoulâ€?
Great questions, and Nadir helps clear up the confusion in a series of articles for GrokMusic.com.
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Yes, Nu Soul and Neo Soul are pretty much the same thing.Â Nu Soul is the living legacy of the music immortalized by icons like Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Stevie Wonder on labels like Motown, Stax and Philadelphia International. But many new artists are also influenced by the hip hop, house and funk of later generations.Â Therefore Nu Soul music production can range from more electronically inclined artists like Dwele to the purist retro stylings of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings.Â
If you’re a newcomer to the Neo Soul (or Nu Soul) party, youâ€™ve got some catching up to do. No music collection is complete without these turn of the century soul treasures.
Each of the classic albums listed below successfully merges the earthy emotion of 70s soul and funk with a hearty dose of hip hop swagger and energy. The range here is vast as the artists at turns evoke uptown smooth, inner city grit, Afro-centric majesty and down home gospel shouting.