Forgotten Treasure: Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam & Full Force “I Wonder If I Take You Home”
Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Latin

Forgotten Treasure: Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam & Full Force “I Wonder If I Take You Home” (1985)

I’ve been telling anyone who will listen that Latin Freestyle is due for a re-evaluation. With the sci-fi electro of Cybotron, Hashim and Man Parrish explicitly informing a lot of today’s most interesting dance music production—its wiggly synths and mechanized funk percussion creeping into the Night Slugs camp’s output, among …

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Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Lizzy Mercier Descloux “Press Colour”

via Light in the Attic: “Lizzy Mercier Descloux brought an other worldly intrigue to NYC when she first came in 1975. With her European take on minimalism and funky grooves she helped make the no wave scene that much more fabulous, first with the Rosa Yemen 12” on ZE in …

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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: Marcos Resende & Index ‎”Festa Para Um Novo Rei” (1978)

Whoever said that you can sum up Brazilian music to Bossa Nova, Foro and Samba. This hard to find opus (only available on the original Philips vinyl release in 1978) by Marcos Resende & Index is a fantastic Jazz Fusion record and a prime example of the richness of the music …

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Forgotten Treasures
Reggae

Forgotten Treasure: Tony Brutus – Water Pistol (1982)

Here is a track meant to be enjoyed under the scorching sun of any big city in July or August. The kind of heat that makes short tempered, desperate people do bad things. But instead of putting Public Enemy in the tape deck and raising the tension, why not calm …

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Herbie Hancock “Nobu” (1974)
Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Herbie Hancock “Nobu” (1974)

As you put the needle on this record, you realize after a few seconds that it really wouldn’t take very much to transform this gem into a Techno track straight from Detroit. Add a heavier kick drum and bassline and voilà! I’m sure Carl Craig and a few other techno …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Society of Seven “Summertime” (1973)

Hailing from Hawaii, Society of Seven was a group that put out a few slept-on records in the early 70’s. Available only on the “Simply Ourselves” LP (Silver Sword Audio), the cover version of George Gershwin’s classic “Summertime” is a killer both on the Jazz Dancefloor and Soul / Funk …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Kay Robinson “We Need Time” (1970, King Records)

(Dedicated to the Charleston Nine, Sandra Bland, and Mary Elizabeth Guthrie) Jesus is a popular dude… and he didn’t play the drums. Growing up in the Black American church in the 1980s, I was exposed to a more modern form of Gospel music, and coming from a family of singers, …

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Forgotten Treasures
Worldwide Sounds

Forgotten Treasure: Brother Resistance “Rapso Take Over” (1986)

I will never cease to be amazed at how many musical treasures elude us, despite our best (and near obsessive) efforts. I guess that’s what keep record diggers, DJ’s and labels going: the fact that there are still so many gems out there. Case in point, the good folks at Australia’s …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Bennys Badekar “Blaekspruttesangen” (1971)

I was playing a guest set on the legendary WEFUNK radio show a couple weeks ago. After an hour of playing tunes and hanging out with Professor Groove (co-founder of the show with Static) I played a German Soul track which made us both crack up. PG then started telling …

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