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Future Classics
Modern Funk

Forgotten Treasure: Pacific Shore “Curtis”

MIMS’ own Voyage Funktastique crew is expanding their reach with an exclusive preview of the new Pacific Shore single titled “Curtis”. Although the Curtis Mayfield sample has been used a few times already, this time it’s flipped in a refreshing way and it amplifies the group’s fine vocals and musicianship. This is …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop

Future Classic: Alaclair Ensemble “Les Frères Cueilleurs”

Quebec hiphop supergroup Alaclair Ensemble are both trailblazers and charismatic leaders to the Quebec Rap Renaissance that is taking place in the province right now. After an interesting discussion with Lexis (who released his KNLO tribute mix recently) I started thinking about how much history the group has already traversed. …

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Interviews
Brazil

An Interview With The World Renowned Brazilian Vinyl Dealer Joel Oliveira Stones

Interview by: DJ ASMA Joel Oliveira Stones is a world renowned Brazilian Vinyl dealer and multi-disciplined artist based in NYC. While visiting Montreal, he took the time to share his thoughts with us on vinyl dealing, vinyl brokering, musical performance and owning his own shop, Tropicalia In Furs. ASMA: Tell us …

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Interviews
Brazil

Discussion with Azymuth on the making of the seminal 1980 “Outubro” record

FarOut recordings’ mission is to bring to light all the diversity and vibrance of Brazilian music past and present. In doing so they have rereleased a number of seminal albums from renowned artists such Marcos Valle, Arthur Verocai and legendary supergroup Azymuth. They have recently released the group’s Outubro LP …

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Future Classics
Modern Funk

Future Classic: L33 “Keepin’ It Tight EP”

Voyage Funktastique is slowly unravelling its plan for Global Funk domination as it continues to expose listeners to the best future funk gems from around the globe. This time the Netherlands’ L33, hot off his DJKicks/DamFunk selection, drops his “Keepin’ It Tight EP” on the budding label for all funksters …

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Forgotten Treasure: Har-You Percussion Group “Sounds of the Ghetto Youth”
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Har-You Percussion Group “Sounds of the Ghetto Youth” (1967)

Usually when I listen to youth or High-School band records, I am surprised to find one funky track that stands out. I had the rare chance of going through the opposite experience when I first heard the Har-You Percussion Group. Such a solid LP full of latin bangers could not …

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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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Version Excursion

Version Excursion : “Love Theme from Spartacus” (1960, Alex North)

Certain melodies transcend time and simply convey with them an indelible emotion and indescribable energy that is universal at its core. Such is the case with the Love Theme penned by composer Alex North for the soundtrack to the 1960 movie Spartacus (Directed by Stanley Kubrick). Powerful music is often …

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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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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
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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