Aretha Franklin - Try A Little Tenderness

Record Shopping with Kara MarniAretha is undoubtedly the queen of soul. The first time I heard her voice is when I listened to 'I’m Wondering' on side A of Try A Little Tenderness. Although I didn’t know about love then and what it was, hearing the emotion in her voice really made me feel something!

Alicia Keys - Songs in A Minor

Record Shopping with Kara MarniAlicia, I discovered at primary school and I remember feeling the same way I did about her when I discovered Aretha. Singing about real things. Out of all her l albums, songs in A minor connected with me the most. Although 'Fallin' is definitely one of my favourites because of that gospel influence... her vocals on tracks like the jazzy 'Rock Wit U' really prove display how well she can sing...and write....and the fact she covered Prince’s 'How Come You Don’t Call Me' so beautifully, I mean, need I say more...

Sade - Greatest Hits

Record Shopping with Kara MarniSade is one of my Mum's favourite singers and she bought me this vinyl one Christmas, I think it was the first ever vinyl I got and it included all my favourite songs from what my Mum played around the house in one album...'Please send me someone to love', 'smooth operator', 'no ordinary love', 'the sweetest taboo'... too many to choose from. Her music hasn’t and won’t ever date because they’re incredible songs sung with such a distinctive delivery.

Lauryn Hill - Miseducation of Lauryn Hill

Record Shopping with Kara MarniThis album from start to finish is so incredible. I love that when I first heard it she was covering female experiences way beyond my years and as I have grown up with it, the songs matter to me in different ways. The way she challenges the difference between men and women in one of my favourites, ‘Doo Wop’ and how she taught women that self-respect mattered.

Miseducation was the first hybrid hip-hop/R&B album I heard by a woman and hearing her confidence and aggression on 'Lost Ones' and 'Superstar' really amazed me. Not only an incredible voice hut her ridiculous rhyme demonstrated that she was one of the coldest writers, singers and MCs of her era.

Mary J. Blige - What's The 411

Record Shopping with Kara MarniWhen I first heard this album I had already heard Chaka Khan's version of 'Sweet Love' and I then I heard Mary's spin on it, and fell in love with What's The 411. The combination of the beats and Mary's raw emotion and soulful voice just had had me locked. I put this one when I'm in a certain mood, that’s the same for all Mary's album she just soothes me when I feel a certain way.

Erykah Badu - Erykah’s Baduizm

Record Shopping with Kara MarniI think Erykah’s Baduizm was a real game-changer for neo-soul. I loved that she was much a jazz singer as she was soul ...on first hearing her debut she reminded me of Nina and Billie Holiday. 'Rimshot', the opener, I think still to this day is one of the best intros to an album and that leading on to my favourite ‘On and On’. I find myself always listening to it when I’m travelling!

Check out the video for 'Move' below. And as always, a massive shoutout to Rough Trade East for their generous hospitality.

Record Shopping with Kara Marni
Record Shopping with Kara Marni
Record Shopping with Kara Marni
Record Shopping with Kara Marni
Record Shopping with Kara Marni
Record Shopping with Kara Marni
Record Shopping with Kara Marni