Forgotten Treasures
Worldwide Sounds

Denis Mpunga & Paul K. “Criola” (1980-1984, Music From Memory)

via MFM: The work of the Belgian/Congolese duo Denis Mpunga and Paul K. is the subject of Music From Memory’s latest compilation EP, ‘Criola’. Combining elements of traditional African music with experimental electronics, the pair recorded and released only a handful of tracks, scattered across a few obscure LP and …

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Jazz

Lloyd McNeill Quartet “Washington Suite” (1970, Soul Jazz Records)

Informed Jazz reflection of the times Sometimes you hear a flute used in a composition and immediately your shoulders jump up to cover your ears. It comes off as a cosmetic afterthought that bears no sustenance. NOBODY got time for that! Lloyd McNeill does it differently. The professor, painter and world-renowned …

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Worldwide Sounds

Alessandro Alessandroni “Afro Discoteca” (Four Flies Italy)

via Four Flies: Alessandro Alessandroni is one of the legendary composers and musicians that shaped the characteristic sound of Italian soundtrack of the ’60s and ’70s. This EP contains unreleased music composed and produced by Alessandro Alessandroni in the ’70s, taken from a dusty tape found in his vault. The …

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Soul & Funk

Maryn E. Coote “Maskeraade” (PPU)

via PPU: Our debut compilation from our favourite femme, Maryn E. Coote. This compilation features previously released material featured on PPU-061 with her son Uku Kuut. Suggestive gave us access to the endless trove of studio recordings, out-takes, demos, and new material from the Estonian-Swedish singer/songwriter. Maskeraad by Maryn E. Coote …

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Worldwide Sounds

Various Artists “The Original Sound Of Mali” (Mr. Bongo)

“The Original Sound of Mali” compiled by David “Mr Bongo” Buttle, Vik Sohonie (Ostinato Records) and 
Florent Mazzoleni. As featured as ‘Compilation of the Week’ on Lauren Laverne’s BBC 6Music show. Malian music is arguably deeper, more sophisticated and lyrical than any other form of African music. Those of us …

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Jazz

The Ahmad Jamal Trio “The Awakening” (1970, Be With Records)

When Ahmad Jamal jumped from Cadet Records to Impulse in 1969, an audience was ready and waiting to hear what he would bring to the table. Impulse, known as “the house that Trane built”, was the label home of John and Alice Coltrane along with Pharoah Sanders. That label had …

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Worldwide Sounds

Ethio Stars / Tukul Band ft. Mulatu Astatke “Addis 1988” (1992, Piranha Records)

via Piranha: “Addis 1988” is the document of a moment in time when Mulatu Astatke was not yet the global Ethiojazz superstar he is today, but a change was gonna come for him, and for the whole world. In Ethiopia, the Derg had started to tumble and fall; Europe saw …

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Forgotten Treasures
Reggae Soul

The Techniques & Friends “Winston Riley’s Rock Steady & Early Reggae” (1968​-​1969, Dub Store Japan)

via Dub Store: Winston Riley started his production career as a singer with an enviable track record, having formed the Techniques in 1962 and hitting the top of the charts two years later with the splendid ‘Little Did You Know’ for Duke Reid’s esteemed Treasure Isle label. When the frantic …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Brother Ah “Divine Music” (1978-1985, Manufactured Recordings)

via Manufactured Recordings: We’re excited to present this project that has been long in the making: a collection of unreleased albums from Brother Ah. Following the release of his studio albums in 2016, “Divine Music” brings together three additional albums all unreleased until now: The Sea (1978), Meditation (1981), and …

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