It all comes done to personal taste. I have preferred UK Soul music for over 20 years now, from Loose Ends, to Soul II Soul, Young Disciples/Carleen Andreson, Shara Nelson/Massive Attack, BNH, Mica Paris, Incognito, JTQ, D'Influence to the present days hopefuls, Lynden David Hall (RIP), Terri Walker, Nate James, Avani, and so on.
There's no doubt that there are still some great American artists like Erykah, Jill, Angie Stone, and John Legend, but I see these artists more as poets, while the UK artist are more about melodies and song structures. Plus US soul takes itself very seriously, while the UK version is about fun, and living life to the full. I think though that black UK artists have a lot of problems getting exposure, even locally, and hence have trouble staying signed to major record labels,a nd hence sustaining a long career. This is because British kids look to America for their soul and urban soul music..... which is very disappointing. If you live in London, check out who's playing at the Jazz Cafe from time to time, and tune into Mica Paris' s Soul Solutions show on Radio 2 when it's on.
For me personally, the whole American Urban music has been in rapid decline since the emergence of bling culture.
PS an acid jazz revival is LONG overdue..........
Last edited by BCP; Jun 13th, 2006 at 04:36 PM.