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Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: Blu “Sun in my face” (J Dilla Production)

This “forgotten treasure” pick is for everyone who came out to the Blu & Exile show we put together in Montreal this week! Blu is such a prolific dude that I could probably do a top 10 of his forgotten gems but seeing as they’re only a few years old …

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Forgotten Treasures
House / Techno Jazz Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Freddie Hubbard “Sunflower” (1980)

I like hunting for obscure samples but I also like when more obvious samples are used by a bunch of different producers in different genres: the “Amen Brother” drum break, the keys from Donald Byrd‘s “Think Twice”, pretty much all the Bob James records on CTI. My own personal story …

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Forgotten Treasure: Jackie Beavers “Mr. Bump Man”
Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Disco Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Jackie Beavers “Mr. Bump Man”

Since I was talked about the CD release of the awesome collection of edits from Detroit’s Theo Parrish called “UGLY Edits” I figured i’d post at least one original version of one of those refixes. I didn’t know about this track before Christian Pronovost played it this summer at a …

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Forgotten Treasure: Black Sheep “A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing” Videos
Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: Black Sheep “A Wolf In Sheep’s Clothing” Videos

I can’t believe I never wrote about this record. Easily in the top 5 records that I listened to the most in my teenage years. I actually had two Black Sheep t-shirts when I was a kid. (If you really need proof I’ll upload a picture one of these days) …

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Forgotten Treasure: Dj Mehdi (R.I.P) Hip-Hop Productions
Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: Dj Mehdi (R.I.P) Hip-Hop Productions

Very sad news today. Mehdi Favéris-Essadi better known by his stage name DJ Mehdi passed away in a tragic accident. Most of the world knew him for his electro productions of the last couple of years with the French label Ed Banger. But many people don’t know about his large …

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Forgotten Treasure: Roy Ayers “Chicago” (1983)
Forgotten Treasures
House / Techno Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Roy Ayers “Chicago” (1983)

In the category of tracks and artists that were before their time let me present “Chicago” by the criminally underrated Roy Ayers. This is the very foundation of house music, and is it any coincidence that the title bears the name of the birthplace of house music. I’m sure that …

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Forgotten Treasure: Pharoahe Monch “Queens”
Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: Pharoahe Monch “Queens” (1999)

Pharoahe Monch’s solo debut Internal Affairs was a departure from the music he made as a member of subterranean staple Organized Konfusion. While pretty “hard”, this album had a lot more fun and soul than one might expect from an album coming out on Rawkus in 1999.“Queens” wasn’t exactly one of the …

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Forgotten Treasure: Chez Damier “Untitled”
Forgotten Treasures
House / Techno

Forgotten Treasure: Chez Damier “Untitled” (1993)

One of wonderful things about underground electronic is that since 99% of it never crossed over or had any catchy lyrics, there is a significant amount of tracks and artists that just age amazingly well. There is a big 90’s house revival going on right now but personally i’ve always …

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Forgotten Treasures
Reggae

Forgotten Treasure: Johnny Clarke “None Shall Escape The Judgement” (Edit)

Born in Kingston January in 1955 Johnny Clarke grew up in the Kingston ghetto of Whitfield Town. None Shall Escape the Judgment was originally an Earl Zero (Earl Johnson) from Greenwich Town, record with Clarke as backing singer, but Lee took the tape to engineer Sid Bucknor at Treasure Isle …

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