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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz Soul & Funk

The Lyman Woodard Organization “Saturday Night Special” (1975, Strata / BBE)

It’s no coincidence that the album cover for “Saturday Night Special” by The Lyman Woodard Organization bears the image of cigarette papers, cash, and a pistol. Recorded in 1975 and reissued by Wax Poetics in 2009, this album is aptly regarded as a Jazz-Fusion classic. The photo is composed of …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul & Funk

Weldon Irvine “Spirit Man” (1975, Nature Sounds)

There is a confluence of artistic expressions that Weldon Irvine’s 1975 classic “Spirit Man” somehow comfortably houses into a 39-minute blueprint on the virtues of range. As an exact document of the time, the melding of jazz, rock, funk, and fusion became the popular means to “punch-up” jazz, while expanding …

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House / Techno Jazz

The Astral Walkers “The Passage EP” (Deepblak Recordings)

On their début expedition as Astral Walkers, AYBEE and Lars Bartkuhn produce house music compositions that merge dubious elements from various genres and styles in electronic music. Percolating rhythms that run throughout the EP pay silent tribute to the Body and Soul era of house music, while certain melodies acknowledge …

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Future Classics
Soul

Moses Sumney “Aromanticism” (Jagjaguwar Records)

With his producer hat cocked to the side, Moses Sumney allows a 90-second lucid and boggy moment in “Quarrel” to reside on the side of unfettered Radiohead – the version of the band that borrowed generously from the fusion expanding world building of Stevie Wonders’ classic Innervisions. Previous to this …

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Future Classics
Jazz

Natasha Agrama “The Heart of Infinite Change” (World Galaxy / Alpha Pup)

From the intricate arrangement and soaring nature of the lead song ‘Black Narcissus’ from “The Heart of Infinite Change”, it becomes apparent that this debut release from Natasha Agrama is not her first time working with jazz masters. On this Joe Henderson composition, Agrama uses her finely tuned vocal instrument …

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Future Classics
Electronic Hip-Hop

Mophono, Egyptian Lover, Ernie Fresh “California Colors EP” (CB Records)

Even before the revenge driven 808 straight slaps the left side of your brain and mobs your ear holes for 4 mins, Emcee Ernie Fresh declares the status of proceedings. “This one is going out to all the straight up, motherfucking b-boys.” And with that “California Colors”, the new EP …

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Future Classics
Electronic

Les Graciés “XPO 201-3”

The three song EP, XPO 201-3, released earlier this week, finds Segalen and Porter continuing their conversations about sound via “polyrhythmic, hypnotic groove and experimental beats free of tempo and meter”. While it is noted that these sessions were recorded from 2012-2013. No dust has settled on these free-roaming percussive …

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Forgotten Treasures
Ambient

Hiroshi Yoshimura “Music for Nine Postcards” (1982, Empire Of Signs)

Available for the first time outside of Japan, Hiroshi Yoshimura’s 1982 ambient classic, Music for Nine Postcards will be the first release by the Portland, Oregon / Berlin based record label Empire Of Signs. The label, founded by Spencer Doran of Visible Cloaks and Maxwell August Croy of Root Strata, …

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Future Classics
Beats

Elusive “Moments” (Dome of Doom)

Aaron Koslow aka Elusive, is a Los Angeles based electronic music producer, who delivered a meditative deep dive into the many pathways that experimental hip-hop/electronic music and avant-garde/free jazz can link. His “Fusion Swing”, released earlier this year on Alpha Pup Records, included live jazz instrumentation that helped to deliver …

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Interviews
House / Techno

AYBEE Articulates The Alphabet of Rhythm

Fifteen years deep into a riotous and defiant career, AYBEE – the multi-platform artist from Oakland, California and founder & chief alchemist at the Deepblak imprint doubles and triples down on the credo of ‘jumping off the ledge’ when creating his own dynamism of techno and house music. “The Motion …

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Forgotten Treasures
Eclectic

Can “The Singles” (Mute Records)

From the start, CAN, the multifarious West German band, understood the value in taping excessive jam sessions, sometimes up to six hours. This influential collective who drew influence from Sly Stone, James Brown and Karlheinz Stockhausen would mine back over tape, searching for the magic break. An updated version of …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Kintaro “Universal” (Alpha Pup)

Jameel Bruner aka Kintaro, trumpets at the beginning of “Alt Pln”, a bass-line chauffeured proclamation stunner, “I don’t give a f*ck about your opinion.” Reason being, it seems this year if you have Bruner DNA, you got that “juice” to craft innovative music-that slaps. Los Angeles based multi-instrumentalist Bruner, former …

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