Forgotten Treasures
Disco

Tim Lawrence presents “Life & Death On A New York Dancefloor” (Compilation)

Tim Lawrence follows-up his book of the same name with a two-part double disc vinyl compilation series – ‘Life & Death On A New York Dance Floor’ Parts 1 and 2. Disco-Not-Disco is the name of the game here, a sound originated and made famous in New York City. ‘Life …

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Soul & Funk

V/A “Soul of a Nation 2: Jazz is the Teacher, Funk is the Preacher” (Soul Jazz Records)

Soul Jazz Records releases volume two of their critically acclaimed Soul of a Nation compilation series. The first volume of the series coincided with the exhibition “Soul of a Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power” that debuted at London’s Tate Modern museum in 2017. Titled “Soul of a …

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Soul & Funk

Professor Brian Oblivion “Autumn Skies”

Armed with turntables, an MPC, one mighty library of soundtracks and Funk, Soul, Psych Rock, and anything else with bump and grit from across the globe, Professor Brian Oblivion is that hungry audiophile producer who consistently reaps a groove from any source. His boom-bap influenced Hip Hop production style, which …

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Jazz

Charles Mingus “Jazz in Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden” (BBE Music)

During one week in February of 1973, you could attend a live performance by the Charles Mingus Quintet at the intimate Strata Detroit Concert gallery for a mere six bucks. That’s right. You could hear, or bear witness to the great American composer, besides Duke Ellington for next to cheap. …

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Soul & Funk

Reissue Of The Week: Ümit Aksu Orkestrası “Bermuda Şeytan Üçgeni” (Zel Zele)

Debora Ipekel and Ece Duzgit launch Zel Zele with a killer first release by Turkish composer Ümit Aksu. Funk, Jazz, Big Band and Psyche-Rock are combined to perfection on “Bermuda Şeytan Üçgeni”, a 7-inch originally pressed in 1975. According to the release’s Bandcamp page, the title track is a musical …

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Worldwide Sounds

Compilation Of The Week: Various Artists “Nouvelle Ambiance !​!​!”

Paris has a long history of being a global hub for both culture and music, including a fusion of influences from Europe, the French-Caribbean, and Africa. This led to a rise of new African sounds in the city’s underground nightclubs and recording studios during the eighties known now as the …

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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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