Forgotten Treasures
Soul & Funk Worldwide Sounds

‘Om’ Alec Khaoli “Say You Love Me” (1985, Awesome Tapes From Africa)

via ATFA: “Say You Love Me” wasn’t ‘Om’ Alec Khaoli’s first solo recording but the 1985 EP solidified the bass player and songwriter’s standing as one of South Africa’s most consistently innovative pop auteurs. He built a career on ubiquitous rock, pop and soul hits with groundbreaking bands like the …

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Forgotten Treasures
Disco

Guy Cuevas “Obsession” (1983, Trad Vibe)

Pioneer DJ Guy Cuevas made his name by being one of the first residents in the famous Parisian club Le Palace, shortly after it opened in 1978. Attracting some of the biggest names in the entertainment business like Prince, Madonna, Kenzo, Serge Gainsbourg, the location was a must-go for any …

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Forgotten Treasures
Modern Funk

Garrett “Private Life” (Music From Memory)

“Garrett came from the inside of his own mind, from within a home recording studio somewhere on planet Earth. The Private Life of creative awareness and the music captured here is the visceral offering to all outside. Every one of us has a Private Life. This is Garrett’s…” says Music …

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Eclectic

Can “The Singles” (Mute Records)

From the start, CAN, the multifarious West German band, understood the value in taping excessive jam sessions, sometimes up to six hours. This influential collective who drew influence from Sly Stone, James Brown and Karlheinz Stockhausen would mine back over tape, searching for the magic break. An updated version of …

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Forgotten Treasures
Disco

Y. Gershovsky “Disco Baby – Floating Points & Red Greg Edit” (1979, Melodies International)

via Melodies: A few years ago, Melodies family members Floating Points and DJ Red Greg got their hands on a couple of original 70s obscurities. While these standout records shone brightly in their own right, the two DJs saw the potential to create their own edits behind the scenes, finely …

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Soul & Funk

Various Artists “Musica Per L’Immagine” (1974-1985, Fly By Night)

via FBN: With Fly By Night Music now celebrating their fifth year of operation, Lorenzo has marked the occasion by assembling his biggest project to date – an impeccably curated collection of obscure Italian production music circa 1974 – 1985. The project, has been very close to Lorenzo’s heart – …

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Worldwide Sounds

Various Artists “Pop Makossa – The Invasive Dance Beat of Cameroon” (1976​-​1984, Analog Africa)

via Analog Africa: The Pop Makossa adventure started in 2009, when Analog Africa founder Samy Ben Redjeb first travelled to Cameroon to make an initial assessment of the country’s musical situation. He returned with enough tracks for an explosive compilation highlighting the period when funk and disco sounds began to …

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Soul & Funk

Hotline “You Are Mine” (1986, Jamwax / Happy Milf)

Jamwax team up with Happy Milf Records to release “You Are Mine”, the Nigerian Boogie Funk gem from Hotline, recorded at Decca studio (Lagos) in 1986. Reissue under EXCLUSIVE licence from Hotline. High Quality mastering and restauration from the original LP, don’t be fooled by other crappy bootleg or unofficial …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

The Exciters “Caviar And Chitlins” (1969, Nature Sounds Records)

From the fairground organ whimsy actualized in the opening bars of “Blowing Up My Mind” immediately supported with an uptempo female vocal assault in triplicate, to the non-manipulated, sample ready horn line delivered on-beat at the start of “Give It Up”. The Exciters, a dynamic R&B quartet consisting of lead …

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