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Top 10 Music Books of 2016

With 2016 coming to a close, we thought it was the right moment to share some of our favourite music-related reads of the year. Here’s a very eclectic list that includes essays, memoirs and even those expensive, but always reliable, coffee-table books. Life and Death on the New York Dance …

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Forgotten Treasures
Worldwide Sounds

Forgotten Treasure: O.R.E.A “Biguine Inferno / Désintégration” (1982)

Needless to say, Digital Zandoli on Parisian label Heavenly Sweetness is an early contender for compilation of the year. It’s a mostly danceable affair put together by the great people behind Digger’s Digest, bringing forward tracks ranging from disco, boogie and zouk from the West Indies recorded in the early …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure: Leroux “Leroux” (1979)

It’s always exciting these days to hear deep records from your home (Quebec French music) on an international mix or compilation. Just a few weeks ago, I was quite surprised to find out long time London collector and DJ Mark ‘Good Vibes’ Taylor (La Homage/Reference Point) selected a track called …

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Forgotten Treasures
Ambient Electronic

Forgotten Treasure: The System “The System EP”

It’s fair to say Music From Memory is one of the most exciting labels at the moment. In a very short period of time, they managed to put out essential compilation work by musicians such as Leon Lowman, Joan Bibiloni and Suso Saiz. After going into pop territory with the …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Air “Air” (1971, Embryo)

It’s always nice to see hard to find gems getting the proper reissue treatment these days. After doing an amazing job with releases by Leon Ware, Ned Doheny and Letta Mbulu, among others, London’s Be With Records are adding an important piece to their impressive catalog this summer. Long Island’s …

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Forgotten Treasures
Worldwide Sounds

Forgotten Treasure: Wally Badarou “Echoes” (1984)

With a wide range of contributions throughout the eighties, from Grace Jones’s “My Jamaican Guy” to Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is”, Waliou Jacques Daniel Isheola “Wally” Badarou was mainly known for playing a crucial role in Chris Blackwell’s Compass Point Studios recording venture in the Bahamas. Often referred …

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Future Classics
House / Techno

Future Classic: OJPB “E-Lane 2 Troy”

After a strong EP on Parage Music a few months back, Montreal producer Olivier Borzeix, also known as Bowly and OJPB, is making quite an impression on this new release for True Romance. On these two tracks, the French native goes back to the basics of house and disco rhythms …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure : Byrne & Barnes “An Eye For An Eye” (1981)

Over the last couple of years, Pascal Rioux at Favorite Recordings has reissued some essential long lost AOR/modern soul gems. From ‘‘A’’ Train to Greg Yoder, the quality never ceases to amaze. Just in time for summer, the West Coast cult classic “An Eye For An Eye” by duo Byrne …

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Dj Mixes
Soul & Funk

“Québec Summer Special Mix” by Soirées Textures

A sunny, laid back mix of french-only and vinyl-only tracks from Quebec, courtesy of Soirées Textures. Enjoy with a drink. TRACKLIST Georges Thurston – De ville en ville Claude Dubois – Le Troubadour Yves Laferrière – Merida! Merida! Gilles Rivard – Con Tigo Siempre (Toujours avec toi) Jacques Blais & …

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Future Classics
House / Techno

Future Classic : Project Pablo “Beaubien Dream” (SOBO)

Looks like a pretty impressive year is underway on the Montreal dance music scene. The very first release on the new Arbutus Records related SOBO (Sounds Of Beaubien Ouest) imprint is already a sign that great things are happening right now in Montreal. Following EP’s on 1080p, Magicwire and Church, …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure : The Dukes “Bugatti & Musker” (1982)

Although they penned hits for mainstream artists like Sheena Easton (Modern Girl) and Air Supply (Every Woman In The World), the British duo known as «The Dukes» (Dominic Bugatti & Frank Musker) spent the early 80’s mostly in the background. Finally with the help of acclaimed producer Arif Mardin, they …

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Forgotten Treasures
Afro Disco

Forgotten Treasure: Nel Oliver “Nel Oliver” (1980)

Over the last few years, under appreciated artists like Leon Ware and Leroy Hutson seem to have been rediscovered by a whole generation of new listeners. But another overlooked gem from the early 80’s soulful (last days of) disco era is this self-titled album by Benin singer-songwriter Nel Oliver. Recorded at Studio …

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