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Soul & Funk Worldwide Sounds

Reissue Of The Week: Dur-Dur Band of Somalia “Volume 1 & Volume 2” (Analog Africa)

This is the first of a three-part release from Analog Africa dedicated to the multi-generational Somalian Funk group the Dur-Dur Band. This triple LP features the band’s first two albums, which were originally released on cassette tapes back in the mid-eighties. Dur Dur of Somalia – Volume 1, Volume 2 …

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Jazz Soul

Reissue Of The Week: Monk Higgins “Extra Soul Perception” (1968, Real Gone Music)

Don’t choke on or spit out the Kombucha and Kale chip combo you’re working on when the opening bars from “Code Of The Streets” by Gang Starr waft out in front of the Monk Higgins 1969 cover of “Little Green Apples”. Calmly rewind your mind to the fact that Milton …

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Hip-Hop

Reissue Of The Week: Shawty Pimp “Still Comin’ Real” (Gyptology Records)

An impossible-to-find 1995 Memphis rap tape gets pressed to vinyl for the first time by Gyptology. Southern Rap is a style that’s been replicated, changed, edited, and added for effect throughout the years of rap music’s popularity, but this album comes straight from the source of the most genuine and …

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Jazz

Reissue / Archival Release Of The Week: Bobby Rodriguez “Simply Macrame” (1973)

Starting with their best foot forward, Jazz Detective Records kick off their brand new label with a reissue of this ultra-rare Latin Jazz gem from Bobby Rodriguez. Originally recorded and privately pressed in 1973 on Jazz-Men Records, “Simply Macrame” contains a 16 minute rendition of Freddie Hubbard’s ‘Little Sunflower’, taking …

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Ambient Electronic

Reissue of the Week: Pablo’s Eye “Bardo for Pablo” (Stroom)

As a voracious record digger and music researcher I sometimes, while gazing at the stars above, ask the existential question: will we ever run out of obscure records to reissue? Every week the digging gods seem to answer a resounding “no my son”. The first I heard about Pablo’s Eye …

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Soul & Funk Worldwide Sounds

Kamal Keila “Muslims and Christians” (1992, Habibi Funk)

For their eighth project, Germany’s Habibi Funk Records have directed their attention to the musical archives of Kamal Keila. How the label and Kamal Keila connected is a spectacular story, and the when’s and the why’s of how these recordings came to exist make this compilation of tracks even more …

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Jazz

Alice Coltrane “Spiritual Eternal” (Real Gone Music)

Capturing the slow progression from Jazz based music toward the secular, the new Alice Coltrane compilation, “Spiritual Eternal – The Complete Warner Bros. Studio Recordings”, will contain the artist’s creative output during a three-album stint at the imprint. Real Gone Music, who will release the anthology on September 7th, 2018, …

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Soul & Funk

Reggie Grantham & The New Generation “Come Together” (Ice City Records)

It would take just their first release for Ice City Records to establish itself as a reissue label to watch out for. After the sold-out release Axis, ICR travel to America’s Deep South for their sophomore outing. It’s another lo-fi, DIY and naturally rare 7″ affair. Crazy bass synths, piano …

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Broken Beat Disco Eclectic Soul & Funk

Alex Attias Presents “LillyGood Party!” (BBE Records)

Even on the fourth installment of his “LillyGood Party” Compilation, Veteran producer Alex Attias is still cognizant of details that transform undetermined bodies moving, into a dance floor. About four minutes in on the forgotten 2009 foot-stomper ‘Midnite Magic’ by Tokyo based New Wave trio Cro-Magnon featuring Roy Ayers, the …

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