Forgotten Treasures
Soul

O.T. Sykes “First Love” (1981, Everland)

via Everland: Mr. O.T. Sykes is often and fondly called ‘The Singing Dentist’, but it’s far from a joke. Dr. Sykes, who ’til this day never gave up his day job, chooses to do only top quality music. O.T. SYKES – First Love LP (1981) 2017 by O.T. Sykes He …

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House / Techno Soul

Exclusive Premiere: Marcel Vogel feat. Khalil Anthony “Dance The Blues Away (Julien Dyne Remix)”

Amsterdam based Marcel Vogel has risen to fame following releases on his seminal Lumberjacks in Hell imprint, which along with his own music, has featured tracks from the likes of Rahaan, Karizma and Soulphiction. Marcel Vogel’s latest release on Lumberjacks in Hell is a split EP that features new original …

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Hip-Hop Soul

Exclusive Premiere: Miles Bonny “So Hard (prod. Ta-Ku)” (Bastard Jazz)

What started out as a simple email exchange between a young, hungry beatmaker and a seasoned player in the worlds of jazz and midwestern indie hip-hop, has resulted in a vibrant record nearly a decade in the making. On one side of “Let It Out” sits Miles Bonny, a long …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Jerry Washington / Timmy Thomas “Don’t Waste My Time” (Suncut)

via Juno: Newsflash: we can’t handle Jerry Washington’s love. But we sure can handle his fiery soul! Armed with just a touch of jazz on the fills and chorus, there’s an upbeat, insistent energy to this Glades reissue that happened to be one of his last singles. Meanwhile on the …

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Future Classics
Jazz Soul

Zara Macfarlane “Arise” (Brownswood Recordings)

via Brownswood: Tracing the musical heritage of the Caribbean, Zara McFarlane explores her interconnected vision of the diaspora. On “Arise”, Zara McFarlane returns to a buoyant UK jazz scene with a head-turning third album. Exploring the musical possibilities of British-Jamaican identity, it’s a cultural exchange that’s born of London’s current …

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Future Classics
Soul

Moses Sumney “Aromanticism” (Jagjaguwar Records)

With his producer hat cocked to the side, Moses Sumney allows a 90-second lucid and boggy moment in “Quarrel” to reside on the side of unfettered Radiohead – the version of the band that borrowed generously from the fusion expanding world building of Stevie Wonders’ classic Innervisions. Previous to this …

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Artist Spotlight
Soul

Remembering Charles Bradley

Charles Bradley was a truly inspirational figure in the music world and his passing is a tough blow to Soul fans across the world. His journey, as documented in the excellent Soul of America Documentary is not only uplifting and the ultimate ode to perseverance in music, but it is …

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Future Classics
Soul

Jordan Rakei “Wallflower” (Ninja Tune)

via Ninja Tune: Jordan Rakei has battled his inner demons and written an inspirational, soul-stirring record in the process titled “Wallflower”. At only 25, the multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and producer – born in New Zealand to a Kiwi mother and father from the Cook Islands – is a rare talent whose …

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Electronic Soul

Exclusive Premiere: Tawiah “Queens (Rosie Lowe Remix)”

Soon after the release of Tawiah’s fantastic “Recreate” EP comes an official remix of the powerful second cut “Queens” by Britain’s own Rosie Lowe. When asked about her vision behind the remix Rosie replied, “Tawiah is one of London’s best vocalists so I was really excited to be asked to …

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Guest Mix
Hip-Hop Soul

MIMS Guest Mix: Jitwam (The Jazz Diaries, India)

India’s Jitwam comes in hot with a bent and woozy mix of Hip Hop & Soul influences as well as some traditional and folk songs to give a wonderful taste of his musical palate. “Something to listen to with open ears, hearts and minds. A moment of joy, peace and surrender. …

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InterviewsTribute Mixes
Soul

The Essentials of Omar: An Interview & Tribute Mix

My first introduction to Omar was around the mid 90s, which were also my early teens, at a time when I was still scratching the surface of what would eventually become my musical taste. As the years went by, I realized that with each new album, his name would pop …

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Future Classics
Soul

The Pollyseeds “Sounds Of Crenshaw Vol. 1” (Ropeadope Select)

via Ropeadope: The Pollyseeds are a collaborative group of A-List producers, musicians, and creators who have found great success in the world, yet understand the source from which their creativity and success flows. After many years of celebrity driven music, The Pollyseeds come together inside the SONGS. The songs that …

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