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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Black Disco “Night Express” (1976)

via Matsuli Music: Press ‘play’ and the soulful notes of Basil ‘Mannenberg’ Coetzee’s saxophone tell you two things. First, Night Express is great music. But, second, the sound doesn’t fit neatly into any of the mid-70s South African musical genre boxes. This was an era when Abdullah Ibrahim’s music spoke …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure: Aura “Aura” (1979)

Mike Lundy, Lemuria, Aura. This trifecta of inimitable Hawaiian acts descended upon Honolulu’s state-of-the art Broad Recording Studio in late 1979 to create what have now become the most coveted Hawaiian funk/soul/jazz albums of the era. But whereas Lemuria functioned as a short-lived studio band and Mike Lundy saw little …

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Amuzement Park "Groove Your Blues Away"
Forgotten Treasures
Disco Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure: Amuzement Park “Groove Your Blues Away” (1982)

Post Disco Boogie! I found the LP while browsing an online site, the original as kind of pricey, but I got instant happy in the pants to this tune. Uptempo groove, great bassline, glassy Funk guitar tones, and some killer horns. Lot’s of little breaks and fills to mix in/out …

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Forgotten Treasures
Afro

Forgotten Treasure: V.O. “Mashisa” (1990, Roi Music)

via Invisible City: In the pivotal period before the end of Apartheid, the fluff of bubblegum was starting to boil over into what later became the tougher township-centric sounds of kwaito. Amidst this volatile and transitional climate a mysterious kid named Eddie Magwaza started making moves in the studio, creating …

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Donnie & Joe Emerson "Baby" (1979)
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Donnie & Joe Emerson “Baby” (1979)

Before all else, let’s just take a minute to mourn the bygone era of gold medallions, home-cooked slow jams, and matching Elvis jumpsuits. Donnie and Joe Emerson were teenagers when they put together Dreamin’ Wild. Two brothers, playing and consuming and recording and breathing music, living away from the city, …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Baaska & Scavelli “Get Off The Ground – The Bottom End Version” (1976)

Widely regarded as the holy grail of the rare jazz dance scene, Baaska & Scavelli‘s “Get Off The Ground” is a track that is the very definition of a forgotten treasure! One of the most in demand and hard to get tracks in the world, until the good people at …

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Fallacy and Fusion “The Groundbreaker” (2002)
Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: Fallacy and Fusion “The Groundbreaker” (2002)

Anyone else remember this one? I suspect quite a few people do. It might be considered a bit of a London thing, but it did make it as far as the leafy lanes of rural Norfolk. I spent a good few years bumping this track on the school bus as …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul Soul & Funk

Forgotten Treasure: Leo’s Sunshipp “We Need Each Other” (1978)

“We Need Each Other” by US funk & soul group Leo’s Sunshipp is a record that despite it’s absolute beauty has always struck me as mystery. The first thing that has always puzzled me is the odd cover art which would seem more à propos for a late 60’s flower power …

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Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Ronn Forella “Moves” (1975)

Ronn Forella‘s Moves is part of a series of instructional dance Records that came out on the Hoctor Label. The label has other cool albums with great breaks and samples, but this is probably the most out-there, creative, and sought after of them all. You just need to listen to …

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