From her days singing back-up for Erykah Badu to her current work with Phonte & Nicolay’s The Foreign Exchange project, Yahzarah’s been waiting for her turn to stand out front.

After debuting in the late 90s with her self-titled album and hit single “Seein Is Believing,” Adriana Evana dipped out of the spotlight.

Detroit’s Mayer Hawthorne (also known as DJ Haircut) released his debut album, A Strange Arrangement, last year on Stones Throw Records.

Back in the 90s and early 2000s, West London’s 4Hero took the dance music world by storm with singles like “Mr. Kirk’s Nightmare” and albums like Two Pages, Parallel Universe, and Creating Patterns.

As a DJ who prefers to play more than just the same music every other DJ is, I find that it’s really telling when I have to look to countries other than my own to find some decent soul music.