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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Hildergard Knef “Im Achzigsten Stockwerk” (1970, Decca Records)

In the world of vinyl, Germany is famous for its great classical pressings and the undeniable influence of Krautrock on modern electronic music. That’s why I was so surprised to find a smooth and downright funky track on Hildegard Knef’s 1970 LP. Indeed the song Im Achzigsten Stockwerk highlights the …

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Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Ronn Forella “Moves” (1975)

Ronn Forella‘s Moves is part of a series of instructional dance Records that came out on the Hoctor Label. The label has other cool albums with great breaks and samples, but this is probably the most out-there, creative, and sought after of them all. You just need to listen to …

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Future Classics
Afro

Future Classic: Los Sospechos “Postales OST” (Menahan Street Band, Budos Band)

Sometimes a record finds you. I was at a Charles Bradley concert perusing a crudely set up merch table when the LP caught my eye. Its cover featured the word “Cuzco”, and the Peruvian police uniform I had learned to recognize in my many months spent in Peru. On the …

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Future Classics
Brazil

Future Classic: Azymuth “Fênix” (Far Out Records)

The legendary Brazilian jazz trio Azymuth has tirelessly released more than 25 albums over a span of 40 years. After interviewing the group I knew a new album was in the works, and seeing the video of them back in the studio got me very excited. However, I was not …

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Mixtape Mondays
Hip-Hop Modern Funk

DJ J-Beez “Let’s Go Dippin”

Let this G’d up WestCoast rap mix take you on a ride to the westside. There is nothing I love more than riding around in my car windows down bumping some G-Funk. Although the genre is acclaimed and beloved, it has been hard to locate a quality start to finish …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: NxWorries “Yes Lawd!” (Stones Throw)

Isn’t it great when a highly anticipated album delivers on the hype it created! NxWorries, the collabo between modern day JB Anderson.Paak and hazy producer Knxledge, had the world going crazy with the Suede/LinkUp 12″ and their aptly titled debut album Yes Lawd! makes me want to scream just that. It …

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Forgotten Treasures
Brazil

Forgotten Treasure: Cassiano “Cuban Soul 18 Kilates” (1976)

A true Brazilian Soul Gem that’s as rare as hen’s teeth, is being reissued and finally the world will be able to bask in the sunny arrangements that made Cassiano‘s music so ephemeral. A soul signer who went through a lot of groups and studios in the Brazilian music industry. Cassiano hit …

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Future Classics
Modern Funk

Forgotten Treasure: Pacific Shore “Curtis”

MIMS’ own Voyage Funktastique crew is expanding their reach with an exclusive preview of the new Pacific Shore single titled “Curtis”. Although the Curtis Mayfield sample has been used a few times already, this time it’s flipped in a refreshing way and it amplifies the group’s fine vocals and musicianship. This is …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Alaclair Ensemble “Les Frères Cueilleurs”

Quebec hiphop supergroup Alaclair Ensemble are both trailblazers and charismatic leaders to the Quebec Rap Renaissance that is taking place in the province right now. After an interesting discussion with Lexis (who released his KNLO tribute mix recently) I started thinking about how much history the group has already traversed. …

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Interviews
Brazil

An Interview With The World Renowned Brazilian Vinyl Dealer Joel Oliveira Stones

Interview by: DJ ASMA Joel Oliveira Stones is a world renowned Brazilian Vinyl dealer and multi-disciplined artist based in NYC. While visiting Montreal, he took the time to share his thoughts with us on vinyl dealing, vinyl brokering, musical performance and owning his own shop, Tropicalia In Furs. ASMA: Tell us …

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Interviews
Brazil

Discussion with Azymuth on the making of the seminal 1980 “Outubro” record

FarOut recordings’ mission is to bring to light all the diversity and vibrance of Brazilian music past and present. In doing so they have rereleased a number of seminal albums from renowned artists such Marcos Valle, Arthur Verocai and legendary supergroup Azymuth. They have recently released the group’s Outubro LP …

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Future Classics
Modern Funk

Future Classic: L33 “Keepin’ It Tight EP”

Voyage Funktastique is slowly unravelling its plan for Global Funk domination as it continues to expose listeners to the best future funk gems from around the globe. This time the Netherlands’ L33, hot off his DJKicks/DamFunk selection, drops his “Keepin’ It Tight EP” on the budding label for all funksters …

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