What in the world is “Nu Soul”? Is it the same as “Neo Soul”? How is it different from regular old “Soul”?

Great questions, and Nadir helps clear up the confusion in a series of articles for GrokMusic.com.

Anthony Hamilton – “Charlene”

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  1. The GrokMusic GPS. With either the GrokMusicMap or SuggestArtists both built on the preferences of hundreds of thousands of users like you – users are able to chart their own course to find music they love.
  2. Reviews and articles from experienced music fans and industry insiders.
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The publishers of GrokMusic asked Nadir to offer its viewers a primer to Nu Soul/Neo Soul music, and he kicked the facts with a quick history lesson and some suggested listening.

Grok 101: What is Nu Soul/Neo Soul?

Yes, Nu Soul and Neo Soul are pretty much the same thing.  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.  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. 

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If you’re a newcomer to the Neo Soul (or Nu Soul) party, you’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.

Grok 8: Essential Nu Soul Albums Pt. 1

Grok 8: Essential Nu Soul Albums Pt. 2


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