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J. Rawls has assembled the crème of the soul underground for a compilation which beautifully represents the fluidity between hip hop and jazz infused soul. Having honed his craft with his group the Lone Catalysts, J now confidently delves deep into vocal terrain. The result is a refreshing collection of surefire gems.

From the bittersweet sentiments of the wonderfully talented Eric Roberson ("Pleasure Before Pain"), to the apologetic ladies anthem performed by Middle Child ("Woman Enough to Say"), Jonell’s party anthem ("Miss You"), to Aloe Blacc’s Brazilian love affair ("Bailar"), The Essence of Soul has something for everyone.

1. The Interview
2. Smile Again feat. Tavaris
3. Pleasure Before Pain feat. Eric Roberson
4. Woman Enough (The Apology) feat. Middle Child
5. Soul (Again & Again) feat. Middle Child
6. Inhale, Exhale feat. Venus Malone & Wordsworth
7. Questions feat. Tavaris
8. Inside Of Me feat. Middle Child
9. Miss You (Bring It Back) feat. Jonell
10. ILL Connect feat. Sol Uprising
11. What If feat. Middle Child
12. Bailar feat. Aloe Blacc