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Hip-Hop

Rakim the microphone soloist (The post Eric B era)

There is no doubt Rakim is a living legend. I will never forget when my older sister dubbed Paid in Full on cassette for me or when I bought my first issue of The Source magazine. The special issue #100 listed the 100 best MCs of all time and The …

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Video Digs

Breakbeat Lou’s amazing Record Collection on “Boiler Room Collections”

Breakbeats are the foundation of HipHop and also the medium where record collecting and beatmaking first melded together. Impeach the President, Funky Drummer, the Amen Break; the list is endless and chances are they were all first heard (and sampled) all on the mythical UltimateBeats&Breaks compilation series. Take a stroll …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Pharoah Sanders “You Gotta Have Freedom” (1980)

If artistic freedom is hard to define than Free Jazz is even harder to define. Jazz can be considered the art of improvising and the melodic ancher that holds down a semblance of standard is the only constraint a player can define for himself. In all cases saxophonist and Coltrane …

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Latin

Essential Compilation: The Brazilian Boogie Connection – From Rio to Sao Paolo (1976 – 1983)

Brazilian music has always found a way to musically borrow from other cultures, while remaining true to its national heritage. From Bossa Jazz to Tropicalia Pyschedelic Rock, o som brasileiro resonated loud and clear, but with the advance of the Disco era it was increasingly harder to stay distinctive. Boogie …

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Mix Of The Day
Latin

Mix of the Day: Discos Alma “Pana-Soul”

Latin rythms have influenced music throughout america but less is discussed about Soul music’s influence on latin music. Panama is a region overflowing with some of the finest latin soul ever put to wax but to put together a full mix of these songs is quite a digging feat indeed. …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Quintonal ‎”Quintonal” (1976)

Quebec has produced many vinyl gems in various musical genres that have, for the most part, significantly outshone the other provinces output. It seems, however, that when it come to Jazz, our province is not the best in the country. Well the Quintonal reissue (released this month by Jazzagression records) …

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Mix Of The Day
Soul

Mix of the Day: JBX “Soul Santa” (Daptone Jukebox Podcast)

Christmas music can be naughty or nice. Dreadful shopping mall jingles, shmaltzy smooth jazz renditions and that one McCartney Xmas song they play over and over. It is enough to drive you mad! When celebrating with your family, if you want to cancel all of that out and have some …

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Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Worldwide Sounds

Forgotten Treasure : Nohelani Cypriano “Lihue” (1977)

I’ve been known to let videos speak for themselves when it comes to the 80’s. (Check out this post on Midnight Express’ “Danger Zone”) Well this track is no different, when I heard it on a Hawaiian music compilation LP (Home Grown vol.2) I was blown away by the bassline …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure : Starfire “Make the Most of It” (1978)

Record recommendations are the foundation of growing and learning through vinyl collecting. And when recommendations come from a renowned source they are even more essential. Case and point the Starfire LP was brought to my attention by Dj Day through his MIMS interview I was intrigued, but when he explained …

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Future Classics
Boogie / Funk / Disco

Future Classic: Pomo “The Other Day EP”

I’ve been following Montreal based producer Pomo for a minute who has been gaining steam with every release. Smooth remixes and vibey “beats” tracks are par for the course for anyone in the HuhWhatWhere roster, but to my ears Pomo has always stood out. Like a great chef he finds …

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Mix Of The Day
Worldwide Sounds

Mix of the Day: Doc Delay “Rajaz Mater”

Mixtapes can go from run of the mill to life-changing. New discoveries, track selection,pacing and mixing as well as theme and artwork are all critical componnents. Well Rajaz Mater by NYC’s Doc Delay has reached the apex of mixtapedom and blew my wig off on first listen a few years …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Hiroshi Fukumura “White Clouds” (1978)

Whether it be scotch or vinyl pressings, when the Japanese take something they admire and cherish on, they do it proper! It’s no secret that the Land of the Rising Sun is home to some of the most astute jazz fans. Their respect and adulation has brought new life in …

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