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Chris Campbell


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.   Follow @cambeaux

Recent Posts

The Progressive Underground Show 215 feat. Paula Huthat (Cinema Detroit) & Sam Fotias (Paxahau - Movement Festival)

May 21, 2017 on The Progressive Underground

On this episode we interview Paula Huthat (Cinema Detroit) about new Coltrane flick & Sam Fotias (Paxahau) Movement 2017

Song Artist Album
Conscious Verzache 12" single
I'd Never Thought I'd See the Day Sade 12" single
Lack of Afro Coco Music for Adverts
Blackbird Fat Freddy's Drop 12" single
Simple Emily McClean 12" single
A Love Supreme Alice Coltrane World Galaxy
Working Hour Tears for Fears Songs from the Big Chair
Everyday SImian Mobile Disco A Form of Change
What Are You Wearing Bottle Tree 12" single
Fenix (Ron Trent remix) Azymuth 12" single
Equinox John Coltrane Coltrane's Sound
Blue Train John Coltrane Blue Train
Naima John Coltrane Giant Steps
Song Artist Album
Caught In a Lie Chastity Belt 12" single
Don't Blame Yourself Chaz Budnick 12" single
I Think I'll Do Some Stepping On My Own Sandy Barber 12" single
Some Steve Lacy 12" single
Forsaken Laura Misch 12" single
Funky Bones Paloma Sometimes We Love You Truly
Sun Rays Stimulator Jones 12" single
Nightgowns Loyle Carner & Tom Misch 12" single
Last Drip Jamie Isaac Couch Baby
Clear Air Savdaliza The Suspended Kid
Please You Atjazz feat. Clyde 12" single
Last Night in Los Feliz Niia I
Carry You Inside Physics 12" single
Dent Jusay Matt Martians 12" single
Hold On KRTS 12" single

Progressive Underground Show 214 feat. RON TRENT and ZAC BRUNELL (DSO)

May 14, 2017

On tonight we interview deep house legend RON TRENT as well as profile ZAC BRUNELL of the DSO’s Tour D’Techno

Song Artist Album
Conscious Verzache 12" single
I Never Thought I'd See the Day (Kiko Navarro Mix) Sade 12" single
Lack of Afro Coco Music For Adverts
Blackbird Fat Freddy's Drop feat. Jordan Rakei 12" single
Simple Emily McClean 12" single
This Can't Be Good (Nick Pacoli re-work) Janet Jackson 12" single
Cnt U See Jamie Isaac Couch Baby
Holy Thursday David Axelrod Song of Innocence
Feel Like Makin' Love Radio Bounce 12" single
Leitmotiv Dauwd 12" single
Good Life Inner City Paradise
Strings of Life Derrick May 12" single
Black Water Octave One 12" single
Song Artist Album
See With Me Jesse Boykins Her Throne
Traveler Ron Trent Dance Floor Boogie Delites
Regard Ron Trent 12" single
Waiting In Vain (Ron Trent Mix) Ron Trent The Makeover
Easy To Love Sister Sledge We Are Family
In Time Ron Trent presents Tkumah Sudeek 12" single
Welcome Ron Trent 12" single
Teach Me, Keep Me Ron Trent & Chez Damier Noni The Gift
Average Fruit Quadron Quadron
Spring Summer Feeling (Ron Trent Mix) Jill Scott 12" single
Hooked On Your Love Ron Trent Dance Classic
Sao Paulo Sound Systems Ron Trent Spaces and Places
Song Artist Album
Funky Bones Paloma Sometimes We Love You Truly
Sun Rays Stimulator Jones 12" single
Nightgowns Tom Misch feat. Loyle Carner 12" single
Last Drip Jamie Isaac Couch Baby
Clear Air (Jarreau Vandahl Remix) Sevdaliza 12" single
Vitess Swindle 12" single
Navaro Masejo 12" single
Left You Maesu feat. Koyo 12" single
Fantastic Vampire Sa-Ra Creative Partners feat. Erykah Badu & Herbie Hancock 12" single
Wey U Chante Moore Waiting To Exhale Original Music Soundtrack
No Politics Amp Fiddler feat. Neco Redd Amp Dog Nights
Gaze Sweetback feat. Amel Larrieux Sweetback
Be Free (Instrumental Mix) Jovonn 12" single
First Of You B. Lewis & Mar 12" single
Bozza Gerry Read Yeh Come Dance

The Progressive Underground Show 213 feat. WILL SESSIONS & STACEY HOTWAXX HALE

May 7, 2017

This installment of The Progressive Underground features interviews with WILL SESSIONS and DJ Stacey Hotwaxx Hale

Song Artist Album
Scrood Jonti 12" single
Left You Maesu feat. Koyo 12" single
Elisa Erik Perarund 12" single
Band Plays On Freelance 12" single
Shahmaran Savdaliza 12" single
Rocksteady United Vibrations feat. Jordan Rakei 12" single
Last Night in Los Feliz Niia 12" single
Where's The Justice October London 12" single
Truth Is Light Joe Goddard Electric Lines
Way Back When Brenda Russell Brenda Russell
No Politics Amp Fiddler feat. Neco Redd Amp Dog Nights
Next Time I'll Learn Mahogany Jones Two & Three
On the Level Mac DeMarco This Old Dog
Perfect Girl Kaznova feat. Charlene Lai 12" single
Jerningham Brother Terrance 12" single
Song Artist Album
Run, Don't Walk Away Will Sessions Deluxe
Seven Miles Will Sessions Kindred
Cherry Juice Will Sessions feat. Allan Barnes Deluxe
The Diesel Will Sessions Deluxe
The World Is Yours Will Sessions The Elmatic Instrumentals
Lost Without You Will Sessions feat. Amp Fiddler 12" single
Come On Home Will Sessions Deluxe
Shake It Up, Shake It Down Will Sessions Deluxe
What About This Love Mr. Fingers Introduction
In Your Eyes BadBadNotGood IV
Hot Medusa (Kai Alce Dub) Munk 12" single
Beautiful Nyumba Muziki Bella 12" single
Song Artist Album
Don't Play Games Nite Funk Nite Funk
Uno Esta Bobbi Humphrey Fancy Dancer
Queen of the Night (CJ's Single Edit) Whitney Houston 12" single
Hi-Tech Jazz Timeline 12" single
Les Guerre Les Nubians One Step Forward
Lost In Paradise Kali Uchis 12" single
Cirrus Bonobo The North Borders
Vitamin Jamiroquai Automaton
The Beyond VIDEO7 feat. CJay & GDMRW 12" single
Insight Mahogany Jones Sugar Water
Le Cœur En Naufrage Syracuse Liquid Silver Dream
Space Cowboy Jazzamor A Piece of My Heart
Close the Closet Door KRTS The Dread Of An Unknown Evil
The Difference (A Difference Mix) Logic 12" single

The Progressive Underground Show 212 feat. Graeme Flagenheimer, Ron Spears & DJ Jungle

April 30, 2017

We explore the outer reaches of electronica through techno, deep house, future soul, nu-jazz, b-sides and rare groove.

Song Artist Album
Plants Seb Wildblood feat. Paul Cut 12" single
On the Level Mac DeMarco This Old Dog
City Lights Jack Herrera Jack Herrera
Not Phazed Omar S & Kai Alce 12" single
Pure Bliss Giovanca Subway Silence
Vitamin Jamiroquai Automaton
Duvido Quantic feat. Pongo Love 12" single
Insecurities Syd Fin
Talk to Me Jordan Rakei Talk to Me
Shake It Up, Shake It Down Will Sessions Deluxe
Lost in Paradise Kali Uchis 12" single
Shine A Light Shabazz Palaces 12" single
Ache Pati (Yoruba Soul Mix) Kiko Navarro In The House
Closer J-Soul feat. Julie Dexter The Black Sinatra
Stopover Bombay Alice Coltrane Journey into Satchidananda
Song Artist Album
Time Sudan Archives 12" single
Am I Real Nite Jewel 12" single
Who Knows Protoje 12" single
Hood Pass Intact Dam Funk Toeachizown
Get Involved Raphael Saadiq feat. Q-Tip 12" single
Beverly Kills Ariel Pink's Haunted Grafitti Before Today
Warms in the Winter Glass Candy Warm in the Winter
Heard Chew Single Omar S. 12" single
Supernatural Aluna George 12" single
Human Condition Jonwayne Rap Album Two
Sun Rings/Uprising Nicolay City Lights Vol. 3: Soweto
Brighter Days Cajmere feat. Dajae 12" single
Song Artist Album
Hands Up Princess Nokia 12" single
Do Dekor Jan Jelinek Loop Finding Jazz Records
Atmosphere Kerri Chandler Atmosphere EP Vol. 1
Hooked On Your Love Ron Trent Dance Classic
Gardens of Babylon Jean Luc-Ponty Imaginary Voyage
Slippin' on Ya' Pimpin' Amp Fiddler Motor City Booty
Treat Me Like a Fire Lion Babe 12" single
Footwork Theo Parrish American Intelligence
Light Ray Evil Needle Reminisce
Elisa Erik 12" single
Change Monodeluxe feat. Jaidene Veda 12" single
Transcend King Britt Adventures in Lo-Fi
Pregnant Awanto 3 12" single
6 O'Clock Blues Solange Sol-Angel And The Hadley St. Dreams

The Progressive Underground 211: LES NUBIANS TAKEOVER EDITION

April 23, 2017

On this episode we international sister soul act LES NUBIANS takes over the airwaves hosting TPU w/Chris Campbell

Song Artist Album
Close the closet KRTS The Dread Of An Unknown Evil
Setete Set&Match Setautome
Rafiki Zap Mama 12" single
Crossroads Tracy Chapman Boddhi Satva ancestral soul interpretations
Nouveau Western MC Solaar Nouveau Western
Elisa Erik Chayé Kow
Amina Tshala Muana Tshala Muana
Seeing the way through Black Jazz Consortium RE:Actions Of Light
Promises Basia Time And Tide
Wishing Well Terence Trent D'Arby ‎ Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby
Soledad Chakachas Chakachas
A-free-ka Capital Peoples Amazonica
Sonzeira Southern Freeez Southern Freeez
Africa D'Angelo Voodoo
Amor De Muito Chico Science Afrociberdelia

The Progressive Underground Show 210: Modern Soul Divas Edition (feat. GOAPELE)

April 16, 2017

On this episode, we spotlight key women figures in modern soul and interview soul artist GOAPELE

Song Artist Album
Infinite Possibilities Amel Larrieux Infinite Possibilities
Reality Adriana Evans Adriana Evans
Serengeti Plains Ambersunshower Walter T. Smith
Nothing Can Come Between Us Sade Stronger Than Pride
Lick Joi Star Kitty's Revenge
Golden Boys Res How I Do
The Sweetest Thing Lauryn Hill Love Jones The Music (Soundtrack)
Dream on Dreamer The Brand New Heavies Brother Sister
When It Rains Davina Best of Both Worlds
Bittersweet Me'Shell N'Degeocello Peace Beyond Passion
Me Erykah Badu New Amerykah: Part One (4th World War)
Hear Me Jazzyfatnastees The Once and Future
Everybody's Got Their Something Nikka Costa Everybody's Got Their Something
Makeda Les Nubians Princesses Nubiennes
Desolee Les Nubians Princess Nubiennes
Song Artist Album
Whatever Jill Scott Beautifully Human: Words & Sounds Vol. 2
Heaven Tweet Southern Hummingbird
Too Much the Same Goapele Even Closer
Milk & Honey Goapele Break of Dawn
Strength, Courage & Wisdom Indie.Arie Acoustic Soul
Kisses Luv Lips Angel Grant Album
Different Goapele Change It All
Closer Goapele Even Closer
Nobody Knows Aya Strange Flower
Womansong Ursula Rucker Supa Sista
Lovechild Vanessa Daou Make You Love
Why Don't 'Cha Call No More Yazarah The Ballad of Purple St. James
UR Alison Crockett On Becoming A Woman
Song Artist Album
Call Me N'Dambi Tunin' Up & Cosignin'
One & Only Monica Blaire Portraits Of Me
Doing Dirty Yolanda Johnson Violet Flower
It's Me Carmen Rodgers 12" single
Mind Travel Tracy Cruz Universal Symphony
Faster Janelle Monae The ArchAndroid
How Far Ego Ella May 12" single
Free to Fly Malena Perez Stars
Insecurities Syd Fin
That Easy Clara Hill Restless Times
Old New School Love Arima Ederra Earth to Arima
Where Did I Go Jorja Smith 12" single
Balance In All Anna Wise The Feminine: Act I
Ankles Georgia Anne Muldrow A Thoughtiverse Unmarred
Bumpah Ideeyah 12" single