I’ve been listening to John Newman for much of the past week. I’ve been stuck on “Cheating” and “Love Me Again.” His sound is a mix of Fitz & the Tantrums and Jamie Lidell. I’m always a big fan of neo-soul, but few of the artists in that genre usually drop breakthrough hits, like “Love Me Again” has been. Perhaps your business stays afloat its niche … or maybe even thrives. What do you have to crack into the mass market? Here’s a playlist of neo-soul favorites to inspire you for your breakthrough moment. Or at the very least, it’ll allow for some chair dancing at your desk this week.

  • “Cheating” – John Newman
  • “Wait For Me” – Jamie Lidell
  • “Natural Born Lover” – Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings
  • “Let’s Take a Walk” – Raphael Saadiq
  • “I Human” – Jazzanova f. Paul Randolph
  • “Humankind” – Alice Russell
  • “Florida” – STRFKR
  • “Don’t Joke With a Hungry Man” – Quantic f. Spanky Wilson
  • “Bermuda” – Kisses
  • “Little Donna” – Benny Sings