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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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Forgotten Treasures
Worldwide Sounds

Forgotten Treasure: Magdy el Hossainy “Music de Carnaval”

North African rythms and Afro-Arabic grooves clustered as a genre nicknamed Habibi Funk (link) have been gaining traction in the vinyl rare grooves scene in recent years. However, we have yet to see the massive vinyl releases and comps in line with other exotic niche genres. That’s why this 45 …

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Future Classics
Modern Funk

Future Classic: Fredy V “Ain’t Going Nowhere”

Montreal’s own multi-talented Fredy V has just dropped his digital single “Ain’t Going Nowhere” via Voyage Funktastique and this funked out ode to perseverance is just the beginning of what’s on the horizon for the vocalist/bass player and his upcoming LP It Takes a Village. First of all, up and …

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The Classicaliszt
Hip-Hop

The Classical Side of Dilla

Producer James Yancey aka J Dilla introduced many new perspectives into the beat scene. Much like Stravinsky, he studied the old esthetic, came with the new, and was ultimately recognized as a pantheonic figure. Although countless articles have beend ruff drafted about Dilla’s musical journey, I was intrigued by the …

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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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R.I.P
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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Oliver Nelson “The Blues and the Abstract Truth”
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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