Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Kay Robinson “We Need Time” (1970, King Records)

(Dedicated to the Charleston Nine, Sandra Bland, and Mary Elizabeth Guthrie) Jesus is a popular dude… and he didn’t play the drums. Growing up in the Black American church in the 1980s, I was exposed to a more modern form of Gospel music, and coming from a family of singers, …

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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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Broken Beat Jazz Soul

Exclusive Premiere: Wu-Lu presents the N​.​A​.​I​.​S. EP

South London based producer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Wu-Lu returns with his second EP ’N.A.I.S. (Not As It Seems). ’N.A.I.S’ offers a more comprehensive impression into his multi-layered style. Setting the scene with single ‘Jaybo’, characterised by its deep rooted guitar groove, swirling percussive moments and drawled out vocals – its …

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Balance Radio Show
Beats Eclectic Jazz Soul

BALANCE – Show #535 (Hosted by Spacewalker)

Winter hibernation’s over and I’m glad to be back! Stayed away from the mic on this first show of the year and simply let the music do the talking, so below you’ll find a longer description than usual…bear with me! If January’s any indication, 2018 should be the year of …

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Beats Broken Beat Soul

Exclusive Premiere: Horatio Luna “Safe Sesh” (Forthcoming Desktop Zealots Tape)

Moonshoe Records is proud to present MSHT002 “Desktop Zealots” – the forthcoming mini-album cassette from Melbourne natives Horatio Luna, an associated act of the notoriously talented 30/70 collective. With one man at its core (Bassist Henry Hicks) and an ever-changing backline; Horatio Luna’s output is constantly evolving – this time …

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Tribute Mixes
Soul

Tribute to Leroy Hutson – Selected & Mixed by Russ Ryan

“Leroy’s hands down one of my favourite producers, arrangers and recording artists of all time it was a real pleasure to put together some of his known and lesser heard records for MIMS. From sweet gospel laced ballads to killer boogie steppers, I’ve tried to cover all bases possible in …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Dr. Mary Sullivan Bain “Do You Know Black History” (1985, Backatcha Records)

via Backatcha: A teacher by trade, Dr Mary Sullivan Bain recorded her musical works to be used as an educational and motivational tool in the Miami-Dade public school system she taught in. Dr Bain’s daughter Pruchelle explains, “She found a lot of children didn’t know anything about black history and …

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Future Classics
Soul

Sampa The Great “Birds And The BEE9” (Big Dada)

via BD: Joining Big Dada to release her new mixtape, Sampa The Great’s “Birds And The BEE9” is a record that’s both deeply personal and outward-looking. The tape’s points of reference are poised between her closely-held roots and an internationally-minded musical outlook. An assured picture of herself, she carries her …

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Balance Radio Show
Eclectic Hip-Hop Jazz Soul

BALANCE – Show #532: NYC Diggin’ Special 3 (Hosted by Spacewalker)

It’s a good excuse as any for a diggin’ excursion show, so here it is, just music that I picked on my recent trip to NYC, my favorite city to dig for records. From jazz to hip hop, house to soul, a balanced batch as you’re already accustomed to on …

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Guest Mix
Reggae Soul

MIMS Guest Mix: Joe from Jamwax (France)

Joe is the founder at Jamwax, a label dedicated to mostly (but not restricted to) Jamaican music. Since December 2013, Jamwax has been reissuing rare & obscure songs from the island in the sun, Bermuda, Trinidad & Tobago, and also Nigeria. With his partner Nico (that joined Jamwax in 2015), …

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Beats Electronic Soul

Exclusive Premiere: Jitwam “Yesiknw” (Cosmic Compositions)

Jitwam’s self-titled debut album ” िज़तम िसहँ”, sounds as if it’s been dug up from centuries past, found in a distant land, made with home-made electronics and instruments. Its otherworldly nature instantly brings you in and takes you someplace else. Born in Assam, Gauhati, in Northeast India, but currently based …

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