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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Exclusive Preview
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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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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Exclusive Preview
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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Exclusive Preview
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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Version Excursion
Soul

Version Excursion: “I’m Back For More” (Original by Leo’s Sunshipp)

A couple months ago I shared my fascination with Leo’s Sunshipp only record, the underrated Soulful 4 track EP titled “We Need Each Other”. It’s tragic that there are only these few songs from them but the sheer beauty makes up for it. One of the EP’s beautiful easy breezy soulful disco …

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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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