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Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: Yo-Yo “Total Control” (1996)

Rapper and Ice Cube protégé Yo-Yo was in many ways a pioneer and unsung hero for female rappers in the industry. She has an extensive discography (including one full length unreleased album) but despite disappointing sales, she managed to release a forgotten classic with her album Total Control. This was …

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Future Classics
Brazil

Future Classic: Elza Soares “A mulher do fim do mundo”

Samba royalty and living legend Elza Soares recently released one of the most ambitious albums of her career. Teaming up with top avant-garde musicians from Sao Paolo, A Mulher o Fim do Mundo (The Woman at the End of the World) is even more powerful given the current crisis looming over …

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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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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
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Hildergard Knef “Im Achzigsten Stockwerk” (Decca Records 1970)

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
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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Forgotten Treasures
Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure : Andre Waarts & the Gospel Storytellers “There is a God somewhere” (1982)

Music can elevate one to higher grounds and literally lift spirits. Gospel is the foundation for RnB, Soul & Funk as many religious devotees used their belief to inspire their creation whilst simultaneously using music to escape the regimental nature of church. Such was the case with Andrew Waarts, who …

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Future Classics
Beats Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Kaytranada “99,9%”

It no secret Kaytranada has made his impact on the music scene felt in recent years. Perhaps, the biggest of all the new era of producers to rise in the new age of Soundcloud, Basecamp and other DIY platforms. With the highly antipacted release of his debut album on XL Recordings, featuring …

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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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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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