Forgotten Treasures
Hip-Hop

Blu & Exile “In The Beginning: Before The Heavens” (Fat Beats / Dirty Science)

via Fat Beats: 10 years after Blu and Exile released their magnum opus Below the Heavens, the California duo have reunited to release 14 tracks from the original 2007 sessions. “In the Beginning: Before the Heavens” contains previously heard songs and unreleased gems – the best of the best chosen …

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Jazz

François Tusques “Free Jazz” (1965, Finders Keepers Records)

via FK: As Finders Keepers’ disobedient little-sister-label reaches her 20th release anniversary, Cacophonic Records are proud to present a record that will not only leave rare record collectors salivating but will open ambitious ears to a truly pioneering album from the seldom celebrated and individualistic micro-genre that is French Free …

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Soul & Funk

Demon Fuzz “Afreaka!” (1970, Music On Vinyl)

via MOV: Demon Fuzz was an afro-rock group of which its members had all immigrated to Britain from the Commonwealth countries. The band’s name means “devil’s children” or “bad policemen”. They originally played soul, but the music they heard during a trip to Morocco lead to a change in their …

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Eclectic

Basil Kirchin “Basil Kirchin Is My Friend: A Trunk Records Sampler” (Trunk Records)

via Johnny Trunk: This new compilation of old Kirchin material comes as a result of the free CD I produced for Hull 2017 City Of Culture. There was a Basil Kirchin “weekender” this February, three days of talks, music and events based on the life, music, and world of Basil …

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Afro Worldwide Sounds

Manu Dibango “Electric Africa” (1985, Tidal Waves Music)

via TWM: Manu Dibango needs litle introduction, born in Cameroon in 1933, Manu developed a musical style fusing jazz, funk, and traditional Cameroonian music. He’s definitely among the best known African artists outside of Africa. Collaborations were numerous and include top acts like Fela Kuti, Herbie Hancock, Bill Laswell, Sly …

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Soul & Funk

Dave Gold Big Band “Heaven On Their Minds” (1974, My Only Desire Records)

via MOD: The second release by My Only Desire Records are four previously unreleased tracks of funky big band jazz, from a group led by composer/arranger Dave Gold, who recorded extensively for cult library labels KPM and Bruton Music. Recorded in 1974 for BBC Radio 2, Gold blows the cobwebs …

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Worldwide Sounds

Jan Schulte “Tropical Drums of Deutschland” (Music For Dreams)

via MFD: Copenhagen’s Music For Dreams comes with yet another strong release – a double album of personal favourites compiled by Jan Schulte. According to all maps and witness accounts, Germany does not officially have any tropical forests. This is of no concern to Schulte however, who has unearthed many …

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Afro Worldwide Sounds

Various Artists “Sweet As Broken Dates: Lost Somali Tapes from the Horn of Africa” (Ostinato)

via Ostinato: In 1988, on the eve of a two decade civil war, Somalia’s authoritarian ruler Siad Barre launched punishing air strikes on the north of the country, known today as Somaliland, in response to agitations for independence. The bombing levelled the entire city. Barre targeted Radio Hargeisa to prevent …

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House / Techno

Gemini “Imagine A Nation” (1997, Another Day)

via AD: As one of Chicago’s most mysterious and revered characters, the story of Gemini aka Spencer Kincy has become something of a myth in recent years. Blazing a trail throughout the 90’s by prolifically releasing over 200 tracks from 1994 to 1999, Spencer’s music had shades of innovation and …

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