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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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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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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Oliver Nelson “The Blues and the Abstract Truth” (1961)

Oliver Nelson is a legendary jazz arranger with a strong playing pedigree (he played tenox sax with Quincy Jones in the early 60s) that really came into his own on his timeless and most revered record ”The Blues and the Abstract Truth”. This is a very special record personally as …

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Forgotten Treasure: China Burton “You Don’t Care (About Our Love)”
Forgotten Treasures
Disco Soul Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure: China Burton “You Don’t Care (About Our Love)” (1979)

Disco is a tricky genre to explore. On the one, hand it’s a natural progression from soul harmonies into a slick, slightly overproduced approach to incorporating new musical technology. On the other, the sound quickly evolved into a formulaic strings+handclaps +4/4 beat, paint-by-numbers way for record companies to capitalize on …

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Dj Mixes
Hip-Hop Soul & Funk

Frank The Butcher & DJ 7L Present “It’s The Roc” Original Samples Mix

After their stellar Bad Boy Records mix Frank the Butcher and DJ 7L are back with the original samples to some of the biggest Rocafella records tracks. As always, the blends, vocal samples and mixing are world class but damn these samples are fire. The ROC production team (including Just …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Les Gens d’Air “Les Gens d’Air”

Independent Hip-Hop is a tough genre to evolve in especially if you are over the age of 25. Standards, quality and creative arcs are often met head on by the harsh realities of self-promotion/production. Many have given up but it’s a breath of fresh air when a project like Les …

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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
Reggae

Forgotten Treasure: Mikey Dread “African Anthem Dubwise” (1979)

Reggae music’s history is a rich tapestry composed of many essential elements from Jamaica to the U.K and back. Vocalists, producers, riddims, bass, drums,dubplates, electronic equipment (like the Echoplex) and mythological studios and soundsysytems. In the midst of such complexity the selector’s role is often overlooked. Rare is the single …

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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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Music Tech & Art

Amazing Technics SL-700 (45’s only!)

I bizmarkie has the only 2 pair of sl-700 in the world period ….. — BIZ MARKIE (@BizMarkie) July 26, 2013 My man DJ Sheep posted pics of the Biz with a pair of custom technics turntables made for spinning 45s exclusively. Needless to say I, like any DJ that …

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Dj Mixes
Latin

“Here Come The Lords” Mix by the Salsa Brothers (Christian Martir & Safe Stadick)

If there is one thing I’ve always respected about Sociedad Records’ Christian Martir is his unwavering commitment to culture specifically his own patria of Puerto Rico. Wether its through informing us about the past here on MIMS or releasing incredibly important records on Sociedad Christian takes the uptmost care in …

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