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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Michal Urbaniak “Ecstasy” (1978)

I came across Polish jazz artist Michal Urbaniak about a week ago, after having listened to an old Madlib track titled “What a Day.” It sampled Urbaniak’s “A Day in the Park” off his classic 1978 album “Ecstasy” released on Marlin Records. The composition of the track was sublime, the vocals …

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Forgotten Treasures
House / Techno

Forgotten Treasure NYC Peech Boys “Come On, Come On” (1984)

I was introduced to this song a few months ago on a trip to my favorite records store. When the co-owner saw me grabbing that 12″, he looked at me dead in the eye and said “This is the best Larry Levan production ever made”. I wasn’t familiar with it …

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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: Carlos Ramos y su Orquesta Fuego “Tecato” (1973)

In essence, records are the historical link between an artist’s ambition and an aficionado’s passion. Special records are full of incredible music while acting as a reference to a historical era and musical genre. With Carlos Ramos y Su Orquesta Fuego‘s LP “Tecato” we are talking about an exceptional record …

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Forgotten Treasure: Debbie Taylor “No Deposit, No Return”
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Debbie Taylor “No Deposit, No Return” (1972)

Debbie Taylor had fantastic releases on GWP, Polydor and Arista but here is another throwback sound from the early seventies “No Deposit, No Return” which came out on Today Records. Arranged and co-written in 1972 by Patrick Adams, the man responsible for so much of the quality disco to come …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: The Prestige Jazz Quartet LP (1957, Prestige)

Recorded and released in 1957 on the independent Prestige Records label, The Prestige Jazz Quartet is a typical oddity. The four compositions work as a pendulum between the tail end of bebop era, the coming hard-bop medium, and the beginning of the avant-garde period of 1950s-1960s Black Classical music. Probably …

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Forgotten Treasures
Worldwide Sounds

Forgotten Treasure: These Eyes “Soca Hustle”

One more killer reissue from the Toronto duo who have been flawless with the label’s first seven releases. We’re very excited about #8. via Invisible City: One of the most mysterious and outsider ‘Soca’ 45s out there by Michael ‘These Eyes’ Timothy. The A-side ‘Let Me Love’ sounds like doo …

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Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco

Forgotten Treasure: Opus 10 “Love’s Calling” (1985)

I was going through a gigantic pile of 80’s records, filled with mostly awful records, until my patience was rewarded with a couple nice discoveries including this 1985 Electro track from Miami on Palm Tree Records. The record opened with the typical Electro drums with Oberheim DMX drum machine, wasn’t off …

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Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: UMC’s “One to Grow On” (1991)

Here is one I hesitate to call a Forgotten Treasure since it’s really more of an all-time classic, at least for me. The UMC’s, not to be confused with the legendary Ultra Magnetic MC’s were a duo comprised of Haas G and Kool Kim which only put out two LP’s: …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Gabor Szabo “Dreams” (1969)

Gabor Szabo may not have been as much of a household name as his jazz guitar counterparts (Grant Green & Wes Montgomery), but the Hungarian guitarist was a incredibly skilled player that posessed unmatched versatility. After starting his career as a member of the ever evolving Chico Hamilton Quintet in the …

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