Chris Campbell

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Host/Producer, The Progressive Underground

Chris Campbell (aka DJ Cambeaux) is a DJ/music journalist and nationally-renowned tastemaker who has written for publications such as Upscale, Smooth Jazz News, Soul Interviews and Examiner.

His books The Essential Neo Soul and Neo Soul 2.0 spotlight the progressive soul music movement and are the only publications to cover its history.

Campbell is also a correspondent for NPR (National Public Radio) curating global underground music for segments such as “Heavy Rotation” and “Songs We Love.”

As host of the Progressive Underground, he takes listeners on a multi-genre musical odyssey by way of creative hand-picked playlists, exclusive artist interviews and atmospheric style mixes.

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Recent Posts

The Progressive Underground Show 225: Charivari Detroit Festival Edition

July 31, 2017 on The Progressive Underground

On this episode we preview Charivari Detroit 2017 Electronic Music Festival………

Song Artist Album
Revival Peter Croce 12" single
Burn Out Blues Washed Out Mister Mellow
Love And... Moomin Laid 16
Gravity River Tiber 12" single
Trivial Motion (Prep re-mix) Shy Girls Salt
Messages from Dub (Mike Huckaby re-mix) Dubbyman Dubtroit EP
From the Other Side The Steoples 12" single
Warrior Code Theo Parrish feat. Wajeed & Duminie DePorres Gentrified Love Part 2
Just Ask Dezaulait feat. Courtney Beavers 12" single
L.A. Threshold (DJ Harrison remix) De Lux Generation
Lyk U Use 2 Moodymann Moodymann
Around (Solomun Vox) Noir & Haze 12" single
Bozza Gerry Read Yeh Come Dance
It Ain't Fair Bilal & The Roots 12" single
Song Artist Album
Sharivari A Number of Names 12" single
Speaker Box Bruce Bailey 12" single
Magic Door Marissa Guzman Joy Road
Outstanding Terrence Parker 12" single
Fall For You (Sandy Rivera's Classic Mix) Kings of Tomorrow Fall For You EP
Radiance Mike Huckaby Harmonie Park Classics Volume 1
Cosmic Rituals Patrice Scott In The Dark: Detroit Is Back
Stars In Your Eyes (Andre Lodemann Dub) Alton Miller Light Years Away
Magic Water Rick "The Godson" Wilhite In The Dark (The Soul Of Detroit)
My Life Delano Smith 12" single
When the Morning Comes Alton Miller feat. Amp Fiddler 12" single

The Progressive Underground Show 224 feat. MESHELL N’DEGEOCELLO

July 23, 2017

On this episode we interview one of the most prolific artists in R & B/jazz Me’Shell N’Degeocello……….

Song Artist Album
Soul Sounds Kenny Dixon Jr. 12" single
Pronto July 7 12" single
Diasporic Recompense Video7 feat. Aja Salakastar Looplands Vol. 4
Lullaby Evil Needle Reminisce
Floating on Air Dam-Funk Invite The Light
Mystery Breakbot 12" single
Seeing the Way Through Black Jazz Consortium RE:Actions Of Light
Sour Mango Gabriel Garzon Montano Jardin
Just Ask Dezaulait feat. Courtney Beavers 12" single
La Danse De La Pluie Le Motel Oka
Nyockse Petit Pays 12" single
La Guerre Les Nubians One Step Forward
Desolee Les Nubians Princess Nubiennes
Makeda Les Nubians Princesses Nubiennes
Song Artist Album
Dred Loc Me'Shell NdegéOcello Plantation Lullabies
Stay Me'Shell NdegéOcello Peace Beyond Passion
See Line Woman Me'Shell NdegéOcello Pour Une Âme Souveraine A Dedication To Nina Simone
Shopping for Jazz Me'Shell NdegéOcello Comet, Come To Me
Aquarium Me'Shell NdegéOcello feat. Sabina Sciubba The Spirit Music Jamia: Dance Of The Infidel
Come Smoke My Herb Me'Shell NdegéOcello Comfort Woman
Bittersweet Me'Shell NdegéOcello Peace Beyond Passion
Blood on the Curb Me'Shell NdegéOcello Devil's Halo
Thanks Seven Davis Jr. Kutmah Presents Worldwide Family Vol. 2
Complexity The Roots feat. Jill Scott Phrenology
Navigate Me Video7 feat. GDMRW 12" single
Guaratiba Azymuth Carioca
Skynd Dig Langsomt Boom Clap Bachelors Mellem Dine Læber

The Progressive Underground Show 223: ZO! & CARMEN RODGERS TAKEOVER EDITION

July 16, 2017

This installment of TPU features soul artists ZO! & Carmen Rodgers sharing their latest music and endeavors……

Song Artist Album
Mystery Breakbot 12" single
Seeing the Way Through Black Jazz Consortium Re: Actions of Light
Sour Mango Gabriel Garzon Montano Jardin
Just Ask DeZaulait feat. Courtney Beavers 12" single
La Danse De La Pluie Le Motel 12" single
If This Is Love The Foreign Exchange Leave It All Behind
Tell Your Story Carmen Rodgers The Bitter Suite
Players (Instrumental) Slum Village Fantastic Vol. 2
Tell Me What To Do Johnny Hammond Gears
Rudiment Zo! Freelance
We Are On the Move Zo! feat. Eric Roberson Manmade
Love Carmen Rodgers Free
Lifelines Zo! feat. Dornik Skybreak
Heartless Carmen Rodgers Stargazer
Song Artist Album
Never Again Carmen Rodgers The Bitter Suite
Tell Me Something New Zo! feat. Jeanne Jolly Manmade
Body The Foreign Exchange Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey
Wishing You Well Zo! feat. Phonte & Carmen Rodgers Skybreak
Count to Five Zo! feat. Gwen Bunn Manmade
It's Me (Salah Ananse remix) Carmen Rodgers The Bitter Suite
A Choice of Weapons Zo! feat. Nicolas Ryan Gant & Carmen Rodgers 12" single
Making Time Zo! feat. Phonte & Choklate Manmade
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough Michael Jackson Off The Wall
Packing for Chicago Zo! feat. Muhsinah Skybreak
Milk & Honey The Foreign Exchange Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey
If I Knew You Then The Foreign Exchange Love In Flying Colors

The Progressive Underground Show 222 feat. MAYSA

July 9, 2017

On this episode we international soul/jazz singer MAYSA

Song Artist Album
Breathe Alfa Mist feat. Kayla Antiphon
Porchlight & Rocking Chairs Jimpster Porchlight & Rocking Chairs
Rashida Jon Lucien Rashida
Head Games Lost Midas feat. Audris Off The Course
The Freak Ugly Drums feat. feat Kalakuta Soul Band The Freak EP
Shine (Applejac's Unhooked Generation Remix) The Dangerfeel Newbies feat. Mashanda Southern Suns
Chakra Flow Sinitus Tempo 12" single
Out of Orbit Dak & Leaf Momentum
On My Mind Dornik Dornik
Anna D-Pulse 12" single
Criminal Jaidene Veda Heart of Gold
A Day Without You Osunlade Pyrography
Moanin' Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers feat. Lee Morgan Moanin'
The Gigolo Lee Morgan The Gigolo
Song Artist Album
Step Into My Life Incognito Positivity
Still A Friend of Mine Incognito Positivity
Can We Change the World Maysa Maysa
Because It's Really Love Maysa Love Is A Battlefield
Body The Foreign Exchange Tales From The Land Of Milk And Honey
Deep Waters Incognito Positivity
Family Affair Maysa Out of the Blue
Love is a Battlefield Maysa Love is a Battlefield
Nu Idesia BamaLoveSoul Presents On Deck 3
Sour Mango (Seven Davis remix) Gabriel Garzan Montano Jardin
Elephants In Love Jean Luc-Ponty Fables
Dream Ache Lone 12" single

The Progressive Underground Show 221 feat. DAM-FUNK & DAMIEN ESCOBAR

July 2, 2017

On tonight’s episode of TPU, we interview DAM-FUNK & DAMIEN ESCOBAR……….

Song Artist Album
Winter In America (Moulinex edit) Gil Scott Heron 12" single
Sour Mango Gabriel Garzón-Montano Jardín
Happy 'Cause I'm Going Home Chicago III
Average Fruit Quadron Quadron
Chakra Flow Sinitus Tempo 12" single
I Only Have Eyes for You Martina Topley Bird 12" single
Got It Twisted Mobb Deep Amerikaz Nightmare
You Are Jimpster Messages From The Hub
Clareia Sabrina Malheiros 12" single
Criminal Jaidene Veda Heart of Gold
Sweet Wine Mr. Fingers Back To Love
Steal Your Heart Slave Best of Slave
Fuse Damien Escobar Boundless
Get Up & Dance Damien Escobar 12" single
Song Artist Album
The Sky Is Ours Dâm-Funk Toeachizown
Floating On Air Dâm-Funk Invite The Light
Funk Dreams Wavelength feat. Dam Funk 12" single
Virtuous Progression Dâm-Funk Invite The Light
Mirrors Dâm-Funk Toeachizown
High Wit' Me 7 Days of Funk feat. Dam-Funk & Snoopzilla aka Snoop Dogg 7 Days of Funk
Don't Play Nite-Funk (aka Dam-Funk & Nite Jewel) Nite-Funk
I Wanna Thank You For (Steppin Into My Life) Dâm-Funk Toeachizown
Waiting In Vain (Ron Trent remix) Jody Watley The Makeover
Footwork Theo Parrish American Intelligence
Seeing The Way Through Black Jazz Consortium RE:Actions Of Light
Moments In Love (Quiet Storm Mix) Art of Noise 12" single

The Progressive Underground Show 220: SPECIAL FUNDRAISING EDITION

June 25, 2017 on The Progressive Underground

Song Artist Album
Take Me Higher (Waiwan Remix) Fertile Ground feat. Navasha Daya Remixed
Way Back When Brenda Russell Brenda Russell
On My Mind Dornik Dornik
Feelin' It Delta Rhythm Section Old School Classics
Seven Days in Sunny June Jamiroquai Dynamite
Renaissance Jean Luc-Ponty Aurora
Cali Drought Wave Lone Lemurian
Teardrop Massive Attack Mezzanine
Learning to Love Me Diviniti & Charles Webster 12" single
Drug of Choice One Freq Freq Tape
Navigate Me Video 7 feat. GDMRW 12" single
Can We Pretend Trus' Me feat. Amp Fiddler In the Red
Song Artist Album
Tropicalia (Jay's Bahia Remix) Blue Six Aquarian Angel
Sugar Lenny Kravitz Are You Gonna Go My Way
Groovin' In Heaven Evil Needle Reminisce
A Day Without You Osunlade Pyrography
Circular Motion Nuspirit Helsinki Nuspirit Helsinki
Closer J-Soul feat. Julie Dexter Black Sinatra
Softly Jaidene Veda Wanderlust
Saravah Les Nubians One Step Forward
This Is Blue Hour Vanessa Daou Slow To Burn
Stopover Bombay Alice Coltrane Journey into Satchidinanda
Combiner Boom Clap Bachelors Kort Før Dine Læber
Awake Again Duke Hugh 12" single

The Progressive Underground Show 219 feat. JEAN LUC-PONTY & JAMES CARTER

June 18, 2017 on The Progressive Underground

On tonight episode of TPU, we interview legendary fusion jazz artist JEAN LUC-PONTY………….

Song Artist Album
Modern Times Blues Jean Luc-Ponty Open Mind
Alone In Da' Sun Beat Spacek Modern Streets
Something About You Dornik Dornik
Talk To Me Jordan Rakei Cloak
Tarot Cassandra Wilson Thunderbird
Thanks Seven Davis Jr. Kutmah Presents Worldwide Family Vol. 2
Complexity The Roots feat. Jill Scott Phrenology
Navigate Me Video 7 feat. GDMRW 12" single
Guaratiba Azymuth Carioca
Skynd Dig Langsomt Boom Clap Bachelors Mellem Dine Laeber
Keep Looking Sade Paradise
GP James Carter Layin' in the Cut
Odyssey James Carter In Carterian Fashion
Song Artist Album
Rennaisance Jean Luc-Ponty Aurora
Gardens of Babylon Jean Luc-Ponty Imaginary Voyage
In the Fast Lane Jean Luc-Ponty Storytelling
Plastic Idols Jean Luc-Ponty Fables
A Taste for Passion Jean Luc-Ponty A Taste for Passion
Faith In You Jean Luc-Ponty The Gift of Time
Give Us A Chance Jean Luc-Ponty A Taste for Passion
The Gift of Time Jean Luc-Ponty The Gift of Time
No Use Jazzanova In Between
You Live In My Head Dels Petals Have Fallen
Awake Again Duke Hugh 12" single
Outside Your Door Me'Shell NdegeOcello Plantation Lullabies

The Progressive Underground Show 218 feat. KINDRED THE FAMILY SOUL

June 11, 2017 on The Progressive Underground

On tonight’s episode we interview international soul artist Kindred The Family Soul……………

Song Artist Album
Crystal Jungle DSR.MR 12" single
Looks Steve Lacy Steve Lacy's Demo
Angel Child Chicano Batman Freedom Is Free
Jazz House Sound Source 12" single
Trapped Sidewalk Chalk 12" single
Smoov Bumps Kai Alce Alpha Revisited EP
Home Illa J 12" single
Convex Hollow Five Pound Snap 12inch single
The Beyond Video 7 feat. CJay 12inch single
Light Ray Evil Needle Reminisce
Love Is - Part 1 Kindred The Family Soul Legacy of Love
Everybodys Hustling Kindred The Family Soul A Couple Friends
Stars Kindred The Family Soul Surrender To Love
Welcome To My World Kindred The Family Soul Legacy Of Love
Song Artist Album
Rhythm of Life Kindred The Family Soul Surrender to Love
As of Yet Kindred The Family Soul In This Life Together
Far Away Kindred The Family Soul Surrender To Love
All My People (Boogie Back Remix) Kindred The Family Soul Legacy of Love
Magic Door Marissa Guzman Joy Road
Into Life Jaidene Veda 12" single
In the Morning Kerri Chandler 12" single
Parlay Galcher Lustwerk 12" single
Saturday Night Nicolay feat. Carlitta Durrand City Lights Volume 2: Shibuya
True Nature Jim James Eternally Even
Passion Paradise Tantra Zawadi 12" single
Talk To Me Jordan Rakei Cloak
Partners in Crime (Part 2) The Internet Feel Good
Deep Talkin' Trinidadian Deep The Offering EP

The Progressive Underground Show 217 feat. SHAHIDA MAUSI & ONE FREQ

June 4, 2017 on The Progressive Underground

Song Artist Album
Hotshot Brame & Hamo The Parish Rumors EP
Rewind Sylvan Esso What Now
Nothing Wrong Wayne Snow Freedom TV
Old New School Love Arima Ederra Earth to Arima
Fenix (Ron Trent remix) Azymuth 12" single
Just a Touch (Jazz Element Mix) Essence 12" single
Sam Cooke & Marvin Gaye Blue Lab Beats 12" single
Rocksteady United Vibrations feat. Jordan Rakei 12" single
Dance of Nubia 3 Chairs Three Chairs 3
She Can't Love You Chemise 12" single
Close Your Eyes (Yoruba remix) Miguel Migs feat. Me'Shell N'degeocello Outside the Skyline
777-9311 The Time What Time is It
Drug of Choice One Freq Freq Tape
Next Level One Freq Freq Tape
Song Artist Album
Expansions Lonnie Liston Smith & The Cosmic Echoes Expansions
My Special Perfect One Chante Moore A Love Supreme
Take Me to the Alley Gregory Porter Take Me to the Alley
L.O.V.E. Joss Stone 12" single
Liquid Love Roy Ayers Virgin Ubiquity II (Unreleased Recordings 1976-1981)
Plastic Idols Jean Luc-Ponty Fables
Since Our Last Goodbye Charles Bradley & the Menaham Street Band 12" single
Deep Water Incognito feat. Maysa Positivity
God's Promise Black Jazz Consortium RE: Action of Light
Journey into Satchadinanda Alice Coltrane Journey into Satchadinanda
Sensuality Vikter Duplaix 12" single
Essingan Les Tetes Brulees 12" single
May/December Mos Def Black on Both Sides