Music to Soothe the Soul
neo-soul, jazz, rnb, hiphop with rooknight
featuring artists like
Jordan Rakei, Hiatus Kaiyote, The internet, Nick Hakim, Steve Lacy, gus dapperton, Free nationals, Jay Som, Tom Misch, Vulfpeck, Anderson .Paak, Leven Kali
Ironically, I’ve always used music to communicate what I can’t say in words and am now doing the reverse. Fundamentally, this playlist is soul personified. I want it to be able to flow when played in order yet, still be consistent in quality and vibe when on shuffle. This will take community. So please make sure to follow my social media links as well as the playlist itself. I’d also love to hear from you! So reach out and message me what you love, what you think, and your own track suggestions!
All that being said, I’m committed to search high and low to showcase the very best. Neo-soul, Jazz, RnB, Hiphop and numerous newer styles will be on full display here . All in the pursuit of making a playlist that speaks directly to the soul in each of us.
20 January 2021
Hip-hop has always been at its best when driven to the crossroads of innovation and history. In many ways it was born from the discovery of this very route. Birthed from a deep seated love and respect for older sonic landscapes. Flipped, remixed, and remade into a new story, for a new era. In this sense, Langston Bristol embodies Hip-hop. Mixing jazz, neo-soul, rnb, funk, even rock. Langston molds a rich history of sound and style into new form.
3 November 2020
Please blast this song if you need a quick smile in line waiting to vote today.
5 October 2020
How do you bring dance back to the club, or groove/soul into the modern era? This is my first attempt, looking to create many more to come, LetsGroove.
15 September 2020
Next time you’re having a total bland boring lamestorm day, try spicing it up a bit with something Picante. (I could’t resist the corniness), but really check em out lol
31 August 2020
Chords that hold on to the last rays of summer sunshine and bring that warmth back around even on the coldest days- Winston Surfshirt brings the heat from the land down under.
26 May 2020
Musicianship, is ironically often overlooked in modern day music…
28 April 2020
Tom Misch hails from south London, home to a recent explosion in Neo Soul. The history of which is rich enough to warrant it’s own post for another time…
24 March 2020
This will be the first of many on a journey diverging a bit the previous path…
17 March 2020
In the era of instant gratification sometimes it’s nice to enjoy a journey…
7 January 2020
Monsune manages to capture the energy of soul and RnB of the past yet, blends it seamlessly with sounds and grooves of today…
26 November 2019
I love showcasing artist’s where the biggest challenge is choosing which of their songs to write about…
8 October 2019
Triumph. The anticipation, suspense, and finally when we’re lucky the crescendo. Lung exemplifies this in the form of pure adrenaline…
18 September 2019
I can’t think of a better way to introduce rap into “Sooth the Soul” then with Noname. A staple in any conversation about Chicago hiphop, poetry, or art in general…
12 September 2019
Cope is an emotional barrage against the addict in our lives or even, in us. Mass begins with the organ and this lesson is no different. The sermon pulls no punches. “You always knew you were an addict so you never tried to quit”…
4 September 2019
I imagine this what what the sirens call would have sounded like right before the sailors would fall under the mermaids spell. Each beat coming right on time, effortlessly. Vocally, Emma Proulx finds a way to sound as though she’s singing from the depths of your dream. Guiding you towards some sort of deep seated realization, or maybe a memory long forgotten…
8 August 2019
“Some” starts with the light but steady drums the backbone and support for the whole song. Just as you start to get comfortable Steve slides in with the confidence and swagger reminiscent of many RnB greats. Lacy shines in a streaming world where his often less than perfect mixes have a bedroom pop quality to them…
8 August 2019
There are few voices that can cut to the soul as effortlessly as Jordan Rakei’s. A veteran talent from New Zealand, I chose this song as it is evident within seconds you’re in for a treat. Even those aren’t drawn in by the groovy jazz driven soul instrumentation will be by his soothing voice…