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Future Classics
Worldwide Sounds

Future Classic: Throes + The Shine “Wanga”

Portugese/Angolan quintet Throes + The Shine drop their third album Wanga this week, a fusion of alternative guitar rock with kuduro, the genre that put Angola on the map. Rooted in the national Angolan music of semba, and catapulted to international popularity by Buraka Son Sistema, kuduro was born out of …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure: Jackson Jones “I Feel Good, Put Your Pants On” (1980)

There’s a crossover point between darkness, sexiness and soul. Where tension, pressure and restraint are at the forefront. And somewhere in some stanky corner of that musical intersection lie the weighty grooves of funk. So you thought you knew funky? Know your P-Funk from your Free Funk and what went …

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Forgotten Treasures
Reggae

Forgotten Treasure: Ken Parker “How Strong” (1967)

For the past month or so, when I’ve felt like leaving the world and gliding off to another place, this has been my medicine. Ken Parker, Jamaican son of a preacher man, had a string of hits in the late 60s with reggae gurus Coxson Dodd, Duke Reid and Bunny …

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Future Classics
Afro Worldwide Sounds

Future Classic: Afriquoi “Kolaba”

South-London outfit Afriquoi dropped their first album Kolaba in September following 4 years of anticipation, largely due to their famously feverish live performances. With roots spread across multiple continents, their sound fuses traditional African instrumentation and contemporary electronica. Soca, UK Funky, Dub, Dancehall and House run through the veins of Kolaba. …

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