Forgotten Treasures

Lungile Masitha “Vuyani” (1985, Transistor)

Musician/vocalist-turned-producer, Sello ‘Chicco’ Twala was once a member of South African bands Umoja and Harari. Lungile Masitha, an alias of Twala’s created due to contractual constraints, sees the Soweto artist in partnership with Jimmy Mgwandi (writing credit for Satari’s ‘Smile’). The two would continue their work together on many projects; …

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Jazz

Joe McPhee “Nation Time” (1971)

Bay Area’s Superior Viaduct label has reissued saxophonist Joe McPhee’s 1971 free-willing jazz classic ‘Nation Time.’ Originally released on the small CjR imprint, the very rare three track recording, which features the all-time cooker “Shakey Jake,” fuses funky backing grooves with McPhee’s fiery post-Coltrane tenor solos and melodies. Release Info …

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Disco Worldwide Sounds

Zohra “Badala Zamana” (1977)

Late 70’s Arabic language Folk/Disco from France. I first became aware of this one via my pals at Beach Freaks. At the time, I couldn’t afford to cop the OG and wondered when I’d find an affordable copy. Alas! It’s been reissued and is a 10th of the price of …

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Jazz

Duke Pearson “I Don’t Care Who Knows It” (Deluxe Expanded Remastered Edition)

This once lost Blue Note finally gets the treatment it deserves. Recorded over ‘68 to ‘70, released in ‘96, in full on CD but just in part on vinyl, Pearson’s LP really shines now, with the heavy versions of Brazilian classics, “Upa Neguinho”, sung by Flora Purim, and “Captain Bicardi”, …

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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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Forgotten Treasures
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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