Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: The Rascals “Jungle Walk” (1972)

When it comes to me and music, Pops has a lot to answer for. I got pretty excited on finding out I’d be writing for MIMS and mentioned it to him; he bounced out of the room and returned with a stack of records. Jungle Walk by the Rascals was …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz Soul

Forgotten Treasures: Conjure “Music for the Texts of Ishmael Reed” (1985)

On my last trip to New York, I paid a visit to the Brazilian vinyl mecca Tropicalia in Furs (peace to its East 5th Street digs). In browsing their jazz section, this rust-coloured jacket with a somewhat melancholy portrait struck my attention. As I read the list of personnel, it …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasures: Bobby Bland (1930 – 2013)

Another soul giant passed away recently, but Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland was more than a tear-jerking blues man. In his obituary he was described as “among the great storytellers of blues and soul music… [who] created tempestuous arias of love, betrayal and resignation, set against roiling, dramatic orchestrations, and left the …

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House / Techno

Forgotten Treasure: Sade “By Your Side” (Naked Music Mix #2)

My ears were first graced by the smooth and sultry voice of Sade at a very early age. My mother used to play “Diamond Life” on tape to lull me to sleep, and ever since, goosebumps rise whenever those vocal chords are struck. So when I heard Bowly of Montreal’s …

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Nina Simone - The House Of The Rising Sun (1968)
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Nina Simone “House Of The Rising Sun” (1968)

No lengthy introduction needed; the recording speaks for itself: Nina Simone performing “House Of The Rising Sun” live at The Bitter End in NYC in 1968. This is one of those songs whose mythos is as dense as the register of artists performing it. From Andy Griffith to Dylan, the …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Sun Ra “The Heliocentric Worlds of Sun Ra” (1965)

Heliocentrism is the astronomical model where all planets revolve around the sun and was a moment in history where the world shifted from a vision of Earth as the center of the universe. The same can be said for multi-instrumentalist, jazz guru and astrophilosopher Sun-Ra’s album, that marks the departure …

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Romanthony "The Wanderer"
Forgotten Treasures
House / Techno

Forgotten Treasures: Romanthony “The Wanderer” (1993)

Romanthony has always been one of my favorite old school house artists, very original and instantly recognizable on any track. He is known for mid-90’s classics like “Let me show you love” and “Bring U Up” but my personal favorite by far has always been “The Wanderer”. I have a …

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Forgotten Treasures
UK Garage / Grime / 2step / Dubstep

Forgotten Treasure: Pattie Blingh “Brother: The Point” 2562 Remix (2008)

What with Mr Huismans (aka A Made Up Sound / 2562) taking us on a tour of his favourite record stores (link to article), now seems like a good time to drop this Forgotten Treasure. Dubstep happened to me when I started uni in 2005. It involved spending hours in …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul & Funk Worldwide Sounds

Forgotten Treasure: Kiki Gyan “24 Hours In A Disco” (1978-82)

Kiki Gyan (real name Kofi Kwarko Gyan) was a Ghanaian superstar who was celebrated as “Africa’s answer to Stevie Wonder”. Starting with piano at age five, he took music very seriously, to the point where it had caused him to quit school when he was twelve and join a huge …

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