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New R&B/Soul Albums: May 2010

What's New?


Looks like a varied collection of R&B and Soul albums will debut in March: first, there's the traditional R&B sound, represented by Toni Braxton (this is her first album in five years); then there's the experimental, futuristic sound of the wonderful Janelle Monae; and there's the deep down, feel-it-in-your-bones Soul music of LA native Leela James and also British crooner Jamie Lidell. Old-school, classic R&B is represented too: the legendary Temptations release their 49th album(!) this month. For details on all of May 2010's new releases, just have a look below.

1. Pulse, Toni Braxton

Toni's first studio album in five years is expected to be released May 4 via Atlantic Records.


  1. Yesterday
  2. Make My Heart
  3. Hands Tied
  4. Woman
  5. If I Have to Wait
  6. Lookin' At Me
  7. Wardrobe
  8. Hero
  9. No Way
  10. Pulse
  11. Why Won't You Love Me

2. The ArchAndroid, Janelle Monae

Janelle Monae, the self-described "alien from outer space," will release her full-length debut album on May 18 via P. Diddy's Bad Boy music label.


  1. Suite II Overture
  2. Dance or Die (feat. Saul Williams)
  3. Faster
  4. Locked Inside
  5. Sir Greendown
  6. Cold War
  7. Tightrope (feat. Big Boi)
  8. Neon Gumbo
  9. Oh, Maker
  10. Come Alive (the War of the Roses)
  11. Mushrooms & Roses
  12. Suite III Overture
  13. Neon Valley Street
  14. Make the Bus (feat. Of Montreal)
  15. Wondaland
  16. 57821 (feat. Deep Cotton)
  17. Say You'll Go
  18. BaBopByeYa

3. My Soul, Leela James

This vocally powerful Soul sista's third studio album comes out May 25 via Stax Records.


  1. I Ain't New to This
  2. So Cold
  3. The Fact Is
  4. I Want it All
  5. Party All Night
  6. Mr. Incredible - Ms. Unforgettable (feat. Raheem DeVaughn)
  7. Tell Me You Love Me
  8. Let It Roll
  9. Supa Lova
  10. If It's Wrong
  11. It's Over


4. Compass, Jamie Lidell

The latest from this electronic music aficionado turned Soul music star will be in U.S. stores beginning May 18 through Warp Records.


  1. Completely Exposed
  2. Your Sweet Boom
  3. She Needs Me
  4. I Wanna Be Your Telephone
  5. Enough's Enough
  6. The Ring
  7. You Are Waking
  8. I Can Love Again
  9. It's A Kiss
  10. Compass
  11. Gypsy Blood
  12. Coma Chameleon
  13. Big Drift
  14. You See My Light

5. New Moon Born, Jana Mashonee

The latest from this underrated Native American singer comes out May 11 via Miss Molly Records.


  1. A Change is Gonna Come (feat. Derek Miller)
  2. Osiris' Star
  3. Faded Love
  4. Solid Ground
  5. Used to Be in Love
  6. Miracle
  7. For Just One Night
  8. Take Me Back
  9. Angel
  10. Lessons Learned
  11. Never Fall
  12. Water's Edge
  13. Sunday Morning
  14. Lost in Lies
  15. Chameleon
  16. Carousel
  17. Una Noche (bonus track)
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6. Still Here, The Temptations

Yes folks, the Temptations are still around and making music. The group's 49th(!) album is due to come out May 4 via Hip-O Records.


  1. Still Here (Prelude)
  2. Change Has Come
  3. One of a Kind Lady
  4. Let Me Catch Your Diamonds
  5. Hold Me
  6. Warm Summer Nights
  7. First Kiss
  8. Shawtyismygirlooyeah
  9. Still Here with Me
  10. Soul Music
  11. Woman
  12. Listen Up
  13. Going Back Home
  14. Still Here (Reprise)

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7. Scent of Reunion: Love Duets Across Civilizations, Mahsa Vahdat & Sam McClain

Mighty Sam McClain is an American Soul singer and Mahsa Vahdat is a Persian music singer. The two have teamed up for a very unique album of love duets. It'll be released in the U.S. on May 11 via the Valley music label.


  1. Meditating Over a Photo
  2. Imprints
  3. Ambassador of Hearts
  4. So Blue
  5. Earth
  6. Flowers No One Has Ever Seen
  7. Migratory Bird
  8. Born
  9. My Kingdom is You
  10. Silent Song

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8. Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, Bettye LaVette

Bettye, a legendary R&B songstress, tackles some equally legendary British songs on her latest release. Due out May 25 via ANTI Records.


  1. The Word (originally by The Beatles)
  2. No Time to Live (Traffic)
  3. Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood (The Animals)
  4. All My Love (Led Zeppelin)
  5. Isn't It A Pity (George Harrison)
  6. Wish You Were Here (Pink Floyd)
  7. It Don't Come Easy (Ringo Starr)
  8. Maybe I'm Amazed (Paul McCartney)
  9. Salt of the Earth (The Rolling Stones)
  10. Nights in White Satin (The Moody Blues)
  11. Why Does Love Got to Be So Sad (Derek & the Dominos)
  12. Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me (Elton John)
  13. Love Reign O'er Me (The Who)

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