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Soul

Future Classic: DJ Day “Land of a 1000 Chances”

There comes a time where a record you’ve been waiting for exceeds your expectations; that rare moment where an artist you’ve admired reveals a different side and blows your mind. Palm Springs California’s Dj Day has managed to produce such an album with the sumptuous Land of a 1000 Chances …

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“The View From The Other Side” J-Dilla – A European Remembrance
Music Documentaries
Beats Hip-Hop

“The View From The Other Side” J-Dilla – A European Remembrance

JDilla‘s influence on modern hiphop is undeniable and his legacy will go on for decades to come. However, it seems that the genius producer was heralded mostly after his passing. This is the subject of a new documentary coming out in Feb that offers a european perspective on JayDee’s music. …

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Paul Nice
Dj Mixes
Brazil

Classic Mixes: Paul Nice “Brazil Vol.2” (2006)

Paul Nice needs no introduction, the DJ/Producer/Digger has been holding it down on all fronts for well over 2 decades and his Brazil 2 mix is an example of Paul at his best. He does what every amazing mix should do, break new records, shine light on some old classics, …

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Forgotten Treasure: Samoo “On & On”
Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Samoo “On & On” (2004)

I am a sucker for vibes-based samples in hip-hop production. Nothing is more gutter to me than a staunchly dark beat with some spooky vibes echoing throughout like candles flickering in the night. Immediately, Diamond D, Buckwild and the Beatminerz come to mind. While they sampled the likes of Cal …

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Future Classic: Kings Go forth “The Outsiders Are Back”
Future Classics
Soul

Future Classic: Kings Go forth “The Outsiders Are Back”

Kings Go Forth is a soulful disco-funk 10-piece band from Milwaukee and they took on the whole retro-soul thing the right way. The group was founded by Andy Noble, the founder of the now sadly defunct record store Lotus Land, in 2007. As he explained in his Wax Poetics interview, …

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Kaytranada
Future Classics
Beats

Future Classic: Janet Jackson “If” (Kaytranada Remix)

I first took notice of Kaytra Laboom‘s  music via youtube, bancamp and soundcloud and was struck by how he managed to travel through genres and stand out; holding his own with his hard yet minimalist beats. Every time I vibed off of his homecooked beatscapes I was in awe at …

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Forgotten Treasure: Baby Huey “The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend”
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Baby Huey “The Baby Huey Story: The Living Legend” (1971)

The Baby Huey Story is a unique record in every regard. First off, it’s a rare mix of psychedelic soul, deep funk, blues-rock and proto-rapping in both live and studio settings.Secondly, the record was the only release by the group and it was produced by Curtis Mayfield on his own …

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Forgotten Treasure: Midnight Express “Danger Zone”
Forgotten Treasures
Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure: Midnight Express “Danger Zone” (1983)

Sometimes it’s just better to let a record speak for itself..or in this case the totally whacked out video for this boogie bomb. Tri-Fire records have made a slick 12” reissue so that everyone can enjoy 80’s funk band Midnight Express in all it’s jheri curled glory. This song with …

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Future Classic: Cerrone “Hooked on you” (Kon Remix)
Future Classics
Disco Soul Soul & Funk

Future Classic: Cerrone “Hooked on you” (Kon Remix)

Sometimes a DJ’s edit are so good that they trump the OG. More often this happens with disco edits since the best parts are reworked and the cliché filler is gradually thinned out. But there are a selected few that have become Edit masters and Kon (of Kon & Amir …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Freddie Gibbs “Thuggin”

Madlib is still one of my favorite Hip-Hop producers, although his recent output can best be described as prolific (i.e highly fruitful;abundant) producing over 35 albums and releasing 25 mixtapes this past decade alone. Whether it be his critically acclaimed collaboration with MF Doom (the classic Madvillain LP) or with …

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