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Forgotten Treasures
Afro Disco

Forgotten Treasure: Nel Oliver “Nel Oliver” (1980)

Over the last few years, under appreciated artists like Leon Ware and Leroy Hutson seem to have been rediscovered by a whole generation of new listeners. But another overlooked gem from the early 80’s soulful (last days of) disco era is this self-titled album by Benin singer-songwriter Nel Oliver. Recorded at Studio …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure: Yasuaki Shimizu ‎”Kakashi” (1982)

A wonderful, rare record wrapped in a mysterious yet playful ambiance. Or maybe it’s just the impression that the Japanese language often gives me. ‘Suiren’ is an odd jazz-fusion-wave tune that sounds like its boiling, waiting to burst but somehow manages to stay in control. Like the nervous tick of a leg fidgeting …

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Forgotten Treasures
Electronic

Forgotten Treasure: Workdub “Workdub EP”

via Juno: The latest volume in Music From Memory’s impressive 12″ series of reissued obscurities takes us back to late ’80s St Louis and the hard to find world of Workdub. Formed of Virgil Work Jnr. and Nicholas Georgieff, Workdub’s output was restricted to a pair of highly limited albums …

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Forgotten Treasures
Latin Worldwide Sounds

Forgotten Treasure: Los Yorks’ “Cielo” (1967)

As a Latin-American Uruguayan girl, contributing to a North America-based website, I feel the need to re-discover and share with you some music from my surroundings. A few miles (2000) away from where I live is a country called Peru. You may instantly think about bright strong colours, markets, people chatting loudly, …

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Forgotten Treasures
House / Techno

Forgotten Treasure: The Funky Horns “Blow” (1995)

Jazzy House wasn’t always associated with background elevator music found on countless generic lounge compilations. Before the formula was abused, some stunning creations were made fusing the purest jazz elements and the pulsating rhythm of House music together. The Denmark-born and NYC-based DJ Duke was always very versatile with his …

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Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Forgotten Treasure: Outlaw Four “Million Dollar Legs” (1980)

In the lost chapters of the hip-hop history books lie the small contributions to come out of the state of Connecticut. Microscopic when compared to its two neighboring States and members of the Tri-State area (New York and New Jersey) but as all diggers know, there are treasures everywhere! So here is …

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Forgotten Treasures
Latin

Forgotten Treasure: Cortijo & His Time Machine “Y Su Maquina Del Tiempo” (1973)

Music is the greatest time and space traveler so when the snow and cold of New York has me needing to be somewhere warmer, I always turn to Cortijo. Rafael Cortijo’ career spanned over 50 years and countless genres. The beauty of Cortijo was his ability to balance the traditional …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Forgotten Treasure : Kenny Barron “Sunset to Dawn” (1973, Muse Records)

Kenny Barron is a jazz pianist whose inspired and elegant playing is only surpassed by his output. Still active today, he has released close to 50 albums and has recorded with Sonny Fortune, Ron Carter, John Stubblefield, Bobby Hutcherson, Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Dizzy Gillespie, Roy Hanes, Yusef Lateef and …

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Forgotten Treasures
House / Techno

Forgotten Treasure: Free Love Foundation “The Sound” Kerri Chandler Remix (1993)

If you were heavily into UK Garage and 2 Step around 1997-1998, you might be familiar with 4 Liberty records. They had major releases out from Dreem Teem, Colour Girl and Underground Solution amongst others. Let’s rewind 4 years earlier when US Garage was king and laid the foundation for …

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