Forgotten Treasures
Reggae

Tradition “Captain Ganja and the Space Patrol” (1980, Bokeh Versions)

via Bokeh Versions: Years before Scientist and Jammy battled the space invaders, Tradition dreamt up a sci-fi jazz/dub odyssey in north London. “Captain Ganja and the Space Patrol” is one of the most singular dub albums that barely saw the light of day. A conscious effort to create a new …

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Abdou El Omari “Nuits De Printemps” (1970, Radio Martiko)

via Radio Martiko: The third part of Abdou El Omari’s “Nuits Trilogy”. First issue of this previously unreleased Oriental psych monster recorded in 1970 from the Organ King of Casablanca, combining traditional rhythms with spaced out modern sounds! This album contains dazzling instrumentals spiced up here and there with some …

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Soul & Funk

Geraldo Pino & The Heartbeats “Let’s Have A Party” (1974, Presch Media GmbH)

It’s no exaggeration to say that Geraldo Pino and his band the Heartbeats kickstarted the whole soul/funk/afrobeat scene in West Africa. Mixing highlife, funk and jazz, and using the latest equipment, they laid waste to all before them. In 1966 Fela Kuti was a jobbing musician, eeking out a living …

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Soul & Funk

Janko Nilovic (Mad Unity) “Funky Tramway” (1975, Underdog Records)

via Phonica: Funky Tramway is often considered to be one of the rarest and most well developed of Janko Nilovic’s records, easily rivaling his famous cult album Rythmes Contemporains! Yet, apart from a few already compiled tracks and enthused descriptions on the web from lucky record hunters here and there, …

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Zimba “Baleka” (1983, Nyami Nyami Records)

In the mid-70s, musician and songwriter Phil Arosa fled Southern Rhodesia’s apartheid (now Zimbabwe) to settle in the Netherlands and pursue his musical career under more mundane skies. Alongside his partner Marga, he started the band Zimba which played for ten years in clubs around the country. During those years, …

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Worldwide Sounds

Denis Mpunga & Paul K. “Criola” (1980-1984, Music From Memory)

via MFM: The work of the Belgian/Congolese duo Denis Mpunga and Paul K. is the subject of Music From Memory’s latest compilation EP, ‘Criola’. Combining elements of traditional African music with experimental electronics, the pair recorded and released only a handful of tracks, scattered across a few obscure LP and …

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Jazz

Lloyd McNeill Quartet “Washington Suite” (1970, Soul Jazz Records)

Informed Jazz reflection of the times Sometimes you hear a flute used in a composition and immediately your shoulders jump up to cover your ears. It comes off as a cosmetic afterthought that bears no sustenance. NOBODY got time for that! Lloyd McNeill does it differently. The professor, painter and world-renowned …

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Worldwide Sounds

Alessandro Alessandroni “Afro Discoteca” (Four Flies Italy)

via Four Flies: Alessandro Alessandroni is one of the legendary composers and musicians that shaped the characteristic sound of Italian soundtrack of the ’60s and ’70s. This EP contains unreleased music composed and produced by Alessandro Alessandroni in the ’70s, taken from a dusty tape found in his vault. The …

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Soul & Funk

Maryn E. Coote “Maskeraade” (PPU)

via PPU: Our debut compilation from our favourite femme, Maryn E. Coote. This compilation features previously released material featured on PPU-061 with her son Uku Kuut. Suggestive gave us access to the endless trove of studio recordings, out-takes, demos, and new material from the Estonian-Swedish singer/songwriter. Maskeraad by Maryn E. Coote …

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