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Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: Saul Williams “Elohim (1972)”

In 1998, Ninja Tune, an independent UK record label, released the Elohim (1972) EP, debut release of poet, actor & MC, Saul Williams. Whilst heard from time to time in the years since, Twice the First Time, its standout track, has always seemed massively slept on. On Twice the First Time, …

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Forgotten Treasures
House / Techno

Forgotten Treasure: Dewayne Davis “It Shows” (1996, Pandamonium)

When that record came out in 1996, names like Norma Jean Bell, Moodymann and Theo Parrish were starting to circulate more and more fluently amongst the House spectrum. The KDJ imprint was in full swing, Norma Jean Bell was getting her Pandamonium label going and Theo Parrish was just about …

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Forgotten Treasure: Willie Lindo “Far & Distant”
Forgotten Treasures
Reggae Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Willie Lindo “Far & Distant” (1974)

A legendary session guitarist as well as producer for such greats as Beres Hammond and Maxi Priest, Willie Lindo is much too bright a gemstone to be left uncovered. I stumbled onto him on one of my YouTube-digging runs with the homie 80rock when we discovered Midnight, a sumptuous piece …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: The Marriotts “Tell It Like It Is” (1969)

It’s hard to believe that a piece of music, especially in this day and age, can be discovered but without any knowledge as to where it originated. The Marriotts‘ Tell It LIke It Is is one of these rarities – no information about the artist can be found on discogs.com …

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Forgotten Treasures
House / Techno

Forgotten Treasure: Those Guys “Love, Love, Love” (1996)

I’ll get straight to the point. This is one of the best Garage House record ever made. The energy and feel of it is just outstanding. Matter of fact it can still rock any type of party 20 years after it’s original release. Those Guys are in fact the original …

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Forgotten Treasures
Worldwide Sounds

Forgotten Treasure: O.R.E.A “Biguine Inferno / Désintégration” (1982)

Needless to say, Digital Zandoli on Parisian label Heavenly Sweetness is an early contender for compilation of the year. It’s a mostly danceable affair put together by the great people behind Digger’s Digest, bringing forward tracks ranging from disco, boogie and zouk from the West Indies recorded in the early …

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Forgotten Treasures
Brazil

Forgotten Treasure: Cassiano “Cuban Soul 18 Kilates” (1976)

A true Brazilian Soul Gem that’s as rare as hen’s teeth, is being reissued and finally the world will be able to bask in the sunny arrangements that made Cassiano‘s music so ephemeral. A soul signer who went through a lot of groups and studios in the Brazilian music industry. Cassiano hit …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Yusef Lateef “The Centaur and the Phoenix” (Riverside, 1960)

The history of Jazz is full of eccentric and unique thinkers (more of the former and the latter). Women and men such as Charles Mingus, Melba Listen, Terry Pollard, and Cecil Taylor are just a few that immediately come to mind. However, musicians like Sun Ra, Pharaoh Sanders, Alice Coltrane, …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Alice Clark “Alice Clark” (1972, Mainstream)

I have been obsessed with Alice Clark’s voice going on some time now. Her 1972 self-titled album on Mainstream Records just does everything right for me. Her voice is the perfect mixture of love, pain, longing, and hope. The best example of this on “Never Did I Stop Loving You”. …

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