Forgotten Treasures
Soul Soul & Funk

Woods Empire “Universal Love” (1981, Tabu Records)

I found this record at People’s Records in Detroit in 2012, not knowing what it was, but just loving the awesome, spaced out cover. I later realized luck had struck me, and I came home with a beautiful modern soul, rare groove gem. Woods Empire, based out of the serene …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Leon Ware “Musical Massage” (1976)

On my top 5 albums of all time lies Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You”. When it comes to pure sensual soul nothing tops the mix of Marvin’s voice with the amazing mix of musicality that weaves its way throughout that album. It is an album I have heard my entire …

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Future Classics
Jazz

V/A “London On Key” (Waella’s Choice)

A compilation of new and original work from some of the best players in the capital, including Duval Timothy and members of Yussef Dayes Trio, Ruby Rushton, The Comet Is Coming, Vels Trio and Triforce. After sailing through soulful House waters with Hanna and RANGEr on their first two releases, …

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Future Classics
Jazz

ILL Considered “ILL Considered 3”

ILL Considered are on a roll at the moment, quietly stacking up their self-released output and smashing it on stage, much as they did at Total Refreshment Centre’s recent 6th birthday celebration. Their third LP is in fact their second studio album, following “Live in the Crypt”. “ILL Considered 3” …

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Forgotten Treasures
House / Techno

Chris Simmonds Project “Work It (Mike Huckaby Remix)” (1993)

A UK producer, a Detroit remixer, and a Canadian label. How did that happen? Before founding his label Cross Sections Records in 1994, Chris Simmonds was producing and operating Baby Blue Records. This label was specializing in Hardcore / Ragga / Rave / early Jungle. A trip to Detroit in 1993 …

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Future Classics
Electronic Jazz

Quiet Dawn “Human Being: The Short Story Of The Reed” (First Word Records)

On the life-affirming new release “Human Being: The Short Story of The Reed”, French producer Quiet Dawn makes a prodigious leap into the arranging realm with perceptive use of the Fender Rhodes, the main protagonist of sorts, and meticulous string orchestration that moves over the top of his analog synths …

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Crucial Material
Eclectic

Crucial Material – February 23, 2018

Some history has been this week! The legendary Electronic Hip Hop pioneer Dabrye has finally completed his album trilogy after nearly 20 years, UK’s legendary Broken Beat crew CoOp releases the second instalment of their “Selectors Assemble” volumes, some serious compilations and reissues got pressed, among many more. Here we …

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Future Classics
Beats

Shrimpnose “Sullen” (Dome Of Doom Records)

Minneapolis producer Shrimpnose brazenly swims upstream against the conventional thought of what sonic attractiveness should be. “Sullen” is a seven-track, 15-minute display of beauty being discovered in the bleakest of moments. Playing like an emo beat tape specifically constructed for a skateboarder on the lam who sips lean along the …

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Future Classics
Jazz

Mildlife “Phase” (Research Records)

On their début album “Phase”, the four-piece band Mildlife combines Jazz and Post-Disco along with kaleidoscopic atmospherics to form a modern reading on krautrock and its progressive fusion configurations. Formed in 2010, this Melbourne-based band comes off as daring musical gamblers who are forever determined to steer a composition into …

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