Sugar's Pick

Chicano Batman / Invisible People / ATO: The 4 piece band from LA was formed in 2008 and every album released has been jam packed with Soul and Funk and Rock and every one  has been a winner - This one will not disappoint...

Casey Van Beek and The Tulsa Groove / Heaven Forever / Little Village Foundation: The Tulsa Sound through and through with a little bit of Country, a hint of Soul, you'll hear the Blues, get cool with a Jazzy feeling and a vibe that will have you thinking of that sultry JJ Cale sound...These guys have been around, played with everyone, are a whole lot of fun and extremely Grooveeey...

Indigo Girls / Look Long / Rounder: The Grammy Winning duo is back with their first studio album in 5 years  with their recognizable and nostalgic harmonies...Their music is important and their social and political, unrelenting activism is equally important...

Tom Misch & Yussef Dayes / What Kinda Music / Blue Note:  A remarkable collaboration with musicians extraordinaire Tom Misch and  Yussef Dayes, blending their individual talents and a compelling  Jazzy, HipHoppy, Electronica vibe...

Nick Leng / Lemons / SOTA: The debut LP from the South African born, LA based Magical MusicSmith will grab you from the opening track and carry you along with a sweetness and a strength  for 11 tracks...

Caleb Caudle / Better Hurry Up / Soundly Music: A little Country, a little Soul, a little Rock, a Great Voice, a Powerful Delivery, a whole bunch of Great Lyrics, and a whole lot of Great Musicians joining in on the Positive Approach...

Pokey LaFarge / Rockbottom Rhapsody / New West: Ever impossible to categorize by genre, Pokey and his multi-piece ensemble cover a lot of territory with his talented songwriting and the guitars, keyboards, percussion, strings and of course the irresistible, unique and energizing vocals...

Monophonics / It's Only Us / Colemine: Nothing like a little Soul to lift the spirit and the Bay Area band will carry you away  with their  purrrfect Vocals and dynamic  Lyrics, Drums, Bass, Vibraphone, Horns, Organ,  Piano, Strings, Pedal Steel and a great vibe...

Jah9 / Note To Self / VP Records: The contemporary Jamaican songstress's signature "Jazz on Dub" with Reggae, Soul and Afrobeat Funk at the core,  should have you up and dancing and finding a bit of inspiration...

Asgeir / Bury The Moon / One Little Indian: Asgeir Trausti, the 27 year old Vocalist from Reykjavik, Iceland brings his haunting voice and musical talents to a CD filled with equally haunting lyrics from across the planet to unite and soothe...

Izo Fitzroy / How The Mighty Fall / Jalapeno: Been waiting for the Sultry Soul Songstress to release her next album and she does not disappoint with 11 tracks filled with that voice covering Blues/R&B/Gospel/ Funk/Jazz with an ease and energy that is both graceful and raw...

Sergio Mendes / In The Key Of Joy / Concord: The BossaNova Legend/Producer/Composer/Keyboardist & Vocalist manages to keep moving forward while collaborating with Common, Sugar Joans, Shelea, Cali & El Dandee and more for 12 tracks of Latin Jazz/Rap/HipHop Riffing...

Robert Cray Band / That's What I Heard / Nozzle: His voice is maybe a bit reminiscent of Sam Cooke and his guitar is as sweet as ever on this new release and with a powerhouse band and a handful or original compositions along with Curtis Mayfield's "You'll Want Me Back," the whole thing is a treasure...

Khruangbin & Leon Bridges / Texas Sun / Dead Oceans: The Good News: The collaboration is magical, soulful and musically magnificent...The Bad News: only 4 tracks...You will be begging for more...But give thanks for "Texas Sun..."

Music From And Inspired by Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool - A Film by Stanley Nelson / Columbia - A valuable listen for Jazz lovers and with the Various Commentaries (Herbie Hancock, Jimmie Heath, Carlos Santana, Gil Evans, Wayne Shorter and on and on...) an education and a delight!

Nicolas Godin / Concrete and Glass / Because Music: The cofounder of "Air" has created a lush, synthy opus with the sultry vocals of Alexis Taylor ("Hot Chip"), Kadhja Bonet, Kirin J Callahan and Kate NV adding a mysterious, magical vibe...

William Prince / Reliever / Glassnote: It's all about the love and a voice that will tell you all about it... Glassnote does it again, helping me discover a huge talent...

Marcus King / Eldorado / Fantasy: The 23 year old Guitar Phenom (And what a voice!) and Producer Extraordinaire Dan Auebach offer 12 co-written tunes to be played over and over: "A Contemporary sonic exploration of classic rock, blues, southern R&B and country soul..." Check it out...Check every track out...

G Love / The Juice / Philadelphonic: Gotta love G Love, "The Juice," Keb Mo, Marcus King, Roosevelt Collier, Robert Randolph, Ron Artis, and the upbeat and fun, but truly profound lyrics that will have you thinking, dancing, and listening again and again...

Albare / Albare Plays Jobim / Alfi: A mellow beginning to 2020 with the Moroccan/Israeli/French  guitarist and composer honoring the legendary Bossa Nova/Latin Jazz maestro...

SUGAR’S TOP 50 FAVORITES  OF 2019 (In No Particular Order)

CIGARETTES AFTER SEX                                     CRY

NICK WATERHOUSE                                             NICK WATERHOUSE

MICHAEL FRANTI                                                  STAY HUMAN VOL II

TEDESCHI TRUCKS BAND                                   SIGNS

GALACTIC                                                                  ALREADY READY ALREADY

RYAN BINGHAM                                                     AMERICAN LOVE SONG

Girl Ray / Girl / Moshi Moshi: The 3 Girl Band from North London  offers up  their second release and with their love of Pop and R&B, they have created a unique sound beyond their years powered by synths, a sultry voice and maturing lyrics...

Karate Boogaloo / KB's Mixtape No. 2 / Hope Street: The Melbourne, Australia group and their "Unconventionl Funk" actually bend the genre limits with an Electronica leaning for Songs of the 80s that you may or may not recognize...But they are each and every one quite wonderful...

Kraz / Telescope / Feel Music: Eric Krasno (Of "SoulLive" & "Lettuce" fame, performing at The Blue Note, playing with the Grateful Dead, writing with 50 Cent and a whole lot more...) became "Kraz" for this 10 track Concept Album release, based on his many years living in a Brooklyn apartment, and with guest performances by Emily King and Son Little, every track is a winner and a wonder...

Allen Stone / Building Balance / ATO: You will definitely hear the Stevie Wonder influence in Allen Stone's voice and groove, but with a background in the Church his own brand of BlueEyed Soul is all his own...

Grace Potter / Daylight / Fantasy: A new solo album from the Singer/Songwriter that can Rock, get Bluesy and make you think...

Rachel & Vilray / Rachel & Vilray / Nonesuch: For fans of Lake Street Dive, this release should bring a smile as Rachel Price, Singer/Songwriter of the band and Composer/Singer/Guitarist Vilray feature their love of the Traditional Jazz Vocalists of the 30s and 40s with 12 tracks (1o Originals by Vilray, and one track with pianist Jon Batiste!) - Rachel and Vilray shine...

Rachel & Vilray / Rachel & Vilray / Nonesuch: For fans of Lake Street Dive, this release by the band's Singer/Songwriter Rachel Price and the Composer/Singer/Guitarist Vilray should bring a smile as the 12 tracks (10 originals by Vilray) showcase their love for the Traditional Vocal Jazz sound of the 30s and 40s - And Jon Batiste guests on piano on one track!

Kraak & Smaak / Pleasure Centre / Boogie Angst: The Trio from the Netherlands have been around for a while and their latest features 15 outstanding Electronic/Poppy/Funky/Danceable tracks thanks to their legendary musical production and the likes of Izo Fitzroy (The Best!), Ivar Vermeulen, Sanguita Akkrum...

Yung Bae / Bae 5 / Future Of Funk: The young producer from Portland will capture your attention with his own brand of Electronica/Dance/Funk/Disco... that manages to captivate with both lyrics and instrumentation - The collaborations prove danceable too...

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