Future Classics
Soul

Omar “Love in Beats” (Freestyle Records)

“When I grow up, I wanna be like Omar” -Stevie Wonder via Freestyle: The musical history is renowned – the Lyefook family has musical talent embedded deep in it’s DNA. Omar’s father Byron worked as a studio musician and drummer with Bob Marley, Horace Andy and even The Rolling Stones. …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Tomorrow’s People “Open Soul” (1976, Stage Productions)

Aside from being included on the CD version of Mr. Peabody’s excellent Real Sound of Chicago compilation, this album has largely remained under the radar and extremely difficult to obtain… until now. The group is comprised primarily of 4 brothers (with 2 additional members joining shortly before the recording of …

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Jazz Soul

Miles Mosley Rises With A Powerful Debut

After years of steady growth as a musician, vocalist, producer, composer, arranger, and upright bass virtuoso, Los Angeles’ Miles Mosley steps in with his powerful debut album “Uprising” (release date: January 27th on World Galaxy). The accolades Mosley has earned recently with his participation on Kendrick Lamar’s Grammy-winning “To Pimp …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Hildergard Knef “Im Achzigsten Stockwerk” (1970, Decca Records)

In the world of vinyl, Germany is famous for its great classical pressings and the undeniable influence of Krautrock on modern electronic music. That’s why I was so surprised to find a smooth and downright funky track on Hildegard Knef’s 1970 LP. Indeed the song Im Achzigsten Stockwerk highlights the …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Alice Clark “Alice Clark” (1972, Mainstream)

I have been obsessed with Alice Clark’s voice going on some time now. Her 1972 self-titled album on Mainstream Records just does everything right for me. Her voice is the perfect mixture of love, pain, longing, and hope. The best example of this on “Never Did I Stop Loving You”. …

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Forgotten Treasures
Reggae Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Willie Lindo “Far & Distant” (1974)

A legendary session guitarist as well as producer for such greats as Beres Hammond and Maxi Priest, Willie Lindo is much too bright a gemstone to be left uncovered. I stumbled onto him on one of my YouTube-digging runs with the homie 80rock when we discovered Midnight, a sumptuous piece …

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Tribute Mixes
Jazz Soul

Tribute to NINA SIMONE – Mixed & Selected by Dj Kobal

I hand-picked 80 minutes of some of my favourite music recorded by The High Priestess of Soul. Nina Simone was a singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist who worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. Follow Kobal’s Mixcloud …

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Forgotten Treasure: Flowers “For Real”
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Flowers “For Real” (1976)

“Stay for the summer!”, they said. “It’s a completely different city when it’s hot!”, they said. I’m only just starting to understand what they were talking about. I arrived in Montreal last October and so far most of my experience of this great city has been steeped in icy slush …

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The Marriotts - Tell It Like It Is
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: The Marriotts “Tell It Like It Is” (1969)

It’s hard to believe that a piece of music, especially in this day and age, can be discovered but without any knowledge as to where it originated. The Marriotts‘ Tell It LIke It Is is one of these rarities – no information about the artist can be found on discogs.com …

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Guest Mix
Soul

MIMS Guest Mix: LEMY LEOPARD (Paris, City Fly Records)

Our good friend Lemy Leopard is a talented producer from Paris who we met while he was living in Montreal. He released two EP’s on Qalomota in 2010, 2012 and an absolute slammer this summer with our other dear friend Simbad on City Fly Records. You can hear the Leopard’s …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop Soul

Future Classic: I, CED “What Are We Looking For?”

If deep soulful, hip-hop inspired jams are what you are looking for, look no further. The St. Louis producer/musician (now living in LA), I, CED releases his first project in 5 years. After working behind-the-scenes with artists like Dâm-Funk, Shafiq Husayn (SA-RA), Shuggie Otis and Run The Jewels, I, CED’s latest …

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Tribute Mixes
Soul

Tribute to MARVIN GAYE – Selected by KOBAL

Since I was a teenager my love for soul music has been growing exponentially. Getting back to where this passion started for me, around 1985 I was listening as usual to my favorite radio station (Couleur3, the Swiss station) and “Is That Enough” from Marvin Gaye came on the air …

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