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Dj Mixes
Latin

Go on a trip “De Praia A Luanda” – The Incredible Afro Luso Sound

Its not everyday that you discover a totally new musical genre. It like me you didn’t know what Semba is, then let tropical DJ La Mano Peluda be your tour guide. He will take you on a ride from the Cabo Verde coast all the way to the capital of Angola Luanda. The portuguese …

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The Montclairs “Dreaming Out of Season”
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: The Montclairs “Dreaming Out of Season” (1972)

R&B/Soul bands were a dime a dozen in the early 70s. For every Dells and Temptations, there was hundreds of groups knocking on the doors of record labels trying to get in the door. Many of them got a break and contributed a few releases, but the East St-Louis group The …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure : Kenny Barron “Sunset to Dawn” (1973, Muse Records)

Kenny Barron is a jazz pianist whose inspired and elegant playing is only surpassed by his output. Still active today, he has released close to 50 albums and has recorded with Sonny Fortune, Ron Carter, John Stubblefield, Bobby Hutcherson, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hanes, Yusef Lateef and …

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Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Gino Vannelli “Mama Coco” (1975)

Gino Vannelli is a Montreal born who is known for his hair and shaggy, ironicaly enough he got his big break by standing outside herp albert’s (famous for his whipped cream LP cover) locked gate begging for an audition. Usually, you learn to dismiss these two artists when digging and …

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Dj Mixes
Brazil

Arthur Verocai Tribute Mix by DJ Nuts

Arthur Verocai is a prolific and criminally underated Brazilian conductor / composer / arranger. He has penned songs for samba tropicalia royalty such as Gal Costa, Jorge Ben, Azymuth, Ivan Lins & Tim Maia but a host of other smaller groups and projects. However, his greatest achievement is his self …

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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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Forgotten Treasures
Worldwide Sounds

Forgotten Treasure: Magdy el Hossainy “Music de Carnaval”

North African rythms and Afro-Arabic grooves clustered as a genre nicknamed Habibi Funk (link) have been gaining traction in the vinyl rare grooves scene in recent years. However, we have yet to see the massive vinyl releases and comps in line with other exotic niche genres. That’s why this 45 …

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Future Classics
Modern Funk

Future Classic: Fredy V “Ain’t Going Nowhere”

Montreal’s own multi-talented Fredy V has just dropped his digital single “Ain’t Going Nowhere” via Voyage Funktastique and this funked out ode to perseverance is just the beginning of what’s on the horizon for the vocalist/bass player and his upcoming LP It Takes a Village. First of all, up and …

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The Classicaliszt
Hip-Hop

The Classical Side of Dilla

Producer James Yancey aka J Dilla introduced many new perspectives into the beat scene. Much like Stravinsky, he studied the old esthetic, came with the new, and was ultimately recognized as a pantheonic figure. Although countless articles have beend ruff drafted about Dilla’s musical journey, I was intrigued by the …

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Dj Mixes
Latin

Mix of the Day: Angela Vargas aka DJ Firecracker

Sometimes a mix just catches your attention and you delve into it right away. Sometimes a DJ pops onto the scene and seems to have carved out their niche before they even showed up. This is the case with Toronto’s Angela Vargas aka DJ Firecracker and her self titled mix. …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure: Eri Ohno “Skyfire” (1981)

Sometimes a song is so good and unexpected that there is not that much more to add other than just sitting back and enjoying it. Much like my post on the classic Hawaiian Rare Groove from Nohelani Cypriano, this song just hit me right away and I had to tell …

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R.I.P
Jazz

Gone but not Forgotten: Paul Bley (1932-2016)

Another Jazz Giant has passed and this one truly hits close to home. Pianist Paul Bley founded the Jazz Workshop in Montreal, performing and recording with the likes of Charlie Parker and Lester Young. In 1953, he conducted for the Charles Mingus and His Orchestra album the same year Mingus …

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