Biggie
Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: Notorious B.I.G “Everyday Struggle” (1994) + Samples

Declaring any Biggie track to be a forgotten treasure is a delicate statement. Yet, this powerfully delivered storytelling rap full of personal despair is an underrated album-only track from his classic debut Ready to Die. Furthermore, many aspects, from the production to the sampling, have truly been forgotten and overlooked …

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Mix Of The Day
Boogie / Funk / Disco

Mix of the Day: Dj Day “Live at The Do-Over” (2011)

This mix is DJ Day at his party-rocking finest! A spacey introduction and you are immediately drawn into the party breaks. Day manages to freshen up classics and introduce modern edits (The Marcos Valle – Estrelar remix tears the roof off) while seemlesly transitioning from one banger to another. Any …

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Nohelani Cypriano “Lihue”
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: “In the Rain” Various Versions

Cover versions have lead to countless favorite soul songs. Many times, a simple melody is thouroughly fleshed out by rich arrangements. However when its the other way around, covering a complex and profound soul song in other genres can lead to incredible results, given the emotional depth of the source …

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Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: The Hamptons “Excess EP”

What is the definition of a “grower” record? To me its music you appreciate right away but you truly start to “get” further down the line as you absorb it a little more. As opposed to a record you play a few songs on repeat but don’t play that often …

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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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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 were so many vocal groups that tried to get a single on the charts. Many left us with one beautiful 45, but East St-Louis group The Montclairs were different and in a league …

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MIMS ListsR.I.P
Jazz

Tribute to Idris Muhammad (1939-2014)

Drummer Idris Muhammad was truly a musical giant. If many other legends have excelled or innovated, it usually involved a particular genre of music. Not many can be found to have explored so many styles of Jazz let alone Soul, Funk, R-n-B, Rock and various New-Orleans styles to their repertoire. Many …

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Mix Of The Day
Soul

Mix of the Day: “Bad Boy Original Samples Mix” By Frank The Butcher & DJ7L

Remember the Bad Boy era, above all the jiggy shit and the shiny suits, Puffy & Cie “proceeded to give us what we needed” in terms of housing some of the finest NYC producers. The label’s dominant run topping the charts was a mix of crossover hits and some undeniably …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Eman x Vlooper “Mantra”

Hip-Hop album hype usually comes off of one lead single. I still remember seeing the Still D.R.E. video for the first time and I knew right then and there the album would be a classic. It’s a hard thing to pull off but ill be damned if Mantra by veteran …

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Mix Of The Day

Mix of the Day : Bem Quente “Brazilian Club Jazz, Pop & Groove”

The perfect mix for your world cup party. It’s a mistura of everything that we love about brazilian music with a transcending genre focus which goes deeper in to Musica Popular Brasileira. It contains songs that are quite rare on vinyl but are super accessible to the untrained ear as …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Dead Obies “Collation Vol. 2 – Limon Verde: La Experiencia”

Dead Obies are on the rise. Hot off their Polaris Prize shortlist nomination and the critical acclaim of their excellent Montreal $ud, Limon Verde is the holy grail strain of sativa and the Obies are experimenting with new styles to keep pace with the ever changing rap landscape. The tape is …

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