Forgotten Treasures
Electronic

Marcello Giombini “Computer Disco” (1982)

via Juno: Despite earning his reputation as a composer of religious music and cinematic soundtracks in the 1970s, Marcello Giombini was also something of an electronic music pioneer. He began to use synthesizers heavily in his work from the early ’70s onwards, embracing early music computers at the dawn of …

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Forgotten Treasures
Disco

BAB “Party & Get On Down” (1976)

via Athens Of The North: One of the best mid-tempo disco rarities (and we mean rare) to come out of the Deepfunk scene. When Keb Darge first played “Party & Get On Down” in the early 2000s in Soho it put a few noses out of joint as it was …

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Forgotten Treasures
House / Techno

Techno Soul “Expectations EP” (1992)

via Juno: House reissue label Mint Condition landed with a bang late last year, delivering a 12″ that accompanied Pepe Bradock’s peerless remix of Iz & Diz’s 2002 classic “Mouth” with two previously unheard reworks from the eccentric French producer. Here they offer a re-mastered re-press of Techno Soul’s sought-after …

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Soul

Hildergard Knef “Im Achzigsten Stockwerk” (1970, Decca Records)

In the world of vinyl, Germany is famous for its great classical pressings and the undeniable influence of Krautrock on modern electronic music. That’s why I was so surprised to find a smooth and downright funky track on Hildegard Knef’s 1970 LP. Indeed the song Im Achzigsten Stockwerk highlights the …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe “Duo Exchange” (1973, Survival Records)

via Boomkat: Incendiary and rare free jazz ripper from Rashied Ali & Frank Lowe from 1973. Out of print on vinyl ever since and a fierce addition to any jazz or avant-garde shelf. From Thurston Moore’s Top Ten Free Jazz Underground (1996): “Frank Lowe has been studying and playing a …

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Forgotten Treasures
Brazil Jazz

Victor Assis Brasil “Toca Antonio Carlos Jobim” (1970)

via Far Out Recordings: Following the recent reissue of Jose Mauro’s Obnoxius, Far Out Recordings presents the second release in the treasure trove of the Quartin catalogue, Victor Assis Brasil Plays Jobim. Over the course of the 1960s, Roberto Quartin released more than 20 albums in Brazil on his label …

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Forgotten Treasures
Afro

Forgotten Treasure: Joe King Kologbo “Sugar Daddy” (1980)

via Strut Recordings: Strut presents the first in a series of essential original LP reissues exploring rare and under-rated African, Latin and Caribbean music classics, curated by Duncan Brooker. In January 2017, the series kicks off with ‘Sugar Daddy’, an experimental highlife / disco outing by Nigerian highlife guitarist Joe …

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House / Techno

Strong Souls “Sensual Let’s Work” (1993)

This one is really close to my heart. A very obscure release that I’m very surprised that very few people play. Strong Souls is a rare Larry Heard project that was released on Black Market in 1993. That release followed his essential LP on major label MCA and a few …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

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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