Forgotten Treasures
Reggae

Forgotten Treasure: Tony Brutus – Water Pistol (1982)

Here is a track meant to be enjoyed under the scorching sun of any big city in July or August. The kind of heat that makes short tempered, desperate people do bad things. But instead of putting Public Enemy in the tape deck and raising the tension, why not calm …

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Latin

In Memoriam: Raphy Leavitt – Puerto Rican composer, founder of “La Selecta”

I first heard “Jibaro Soy” on the “Pa’lante! Siempre Pa’lante” documentary about the Young Lords Party back in the day. As a kid who was strictly a Hip-Hop head I had no idea who was singing on the track. I actually thought it was Celia Cruz due to the singer’s …

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Guest Mixes
Reggae

Guest Mix: ANDY WILLIAMS (The Goods, Montreal)

Considering how much we love it, we don’t have nearly enough reggae on MIMS. To solve that problem, we knew the perfect person to call. One of the most important and most respected Montreal selectors:  Andy Williams, co-founder of The Goods and the Jazz Amnesty Sound System project. Andy is truly …

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Future Classics
Latin

Future Classic: Quantic presents The Western Transient “A New Constellation”

via Tru Thoughts: “Quantic Presents The Western Transient is the latest project from Will “Quantic” Holland, bringing together a handpicked band of some of his favourite musicians to realise a set of new compositions paying homage to the rich, lively and intimate quality of the classic soul and jazz recordings. …

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Dj Mixes
Soul Worldwide Sounds

Dr Miette “Summer Soundz 5”

Great French DJ, member of the great Supagroovalistic crew and our good friend, Dr. Miette has been doing a special Summer mix for the past years. Always featuring a well researched and balanced dose of soul, jazz, sunny vibes from all corners of the globe. However, since this is his first …

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Worldwide Wednesdays
Brazil Worldwide Sounds

Balnearico – The Sunny Side of Brazil’s Underground Pop

via Wax Poetics: “Balnearico is the word we came up with when trying to find a concept that would embrace the feeling one can get from listening to these sunny, bright songs produced in the late ’70s up to the mid-’80s, no matter the genre they’re attached to—funk, rock, boogie, …

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Music DocumentariesSunday @ the Movies
Worldwide Sounds

Brasil Brasil! “Part 2: Tropicalia Revolution” (BBC Documentary)

The second programme in the series covers the military era in Brazil, from 1964-85, and discusses the role that musicians played in leading the fight-back – and how they suffered as a result. The era began with the left-wing protest movement headed by singers like Nara Leao, that was matched …

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Future Classics
Beats Reggae

Future Classic: Tapes “No Broken Hearts On This Factory Floor”

I was introduced to the London artist Jackson James Bailey’s outstanding work in 2011 when I bought a mysterious 7′ on a label called Seletah Waddah. The track was called “Old Pan Riddim” under the artist name TAPES and I was instantly captivated by the lo-fi electronica meeting the digital-dub …

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Forgotten Treasures
Worldwide Sounds

Forgotten Treasure: These Eyes “Soca Hustle”

One more killer reissue from the Toronto duo who have been flawless with the label’s first seven releases. We’re very excited about #8. via Invisible City: One of the most mysterious and outsider ‘Soca’ 45s out there by Michael ‘These Eyes’ Timothy. The A-side ‘Let Me Love’ sounds like doo …

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Future Classics
House / Techno Worldwide Sounds

Future Classic: Niagara “Impar” EP (Principe Records)

I was doing my weekly routine of sifting through piles of House & Techno releases which after a while gets very draining. Every release starts sounding the same and it’s not long before the same laws of percentages apply for me: 60% of the music is uninspired and sounds like …

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Latin

Marcos Valle Radio Session + Interview on NTS

Absolutely brilliant radio session with Far Out Records on London’s NTS Radio with a very special guest in the studio. Legendary Brazilian singer and songwriter Marcos Valle shares some stories behind some of his key records and the history and social context of Brazil in the 60’s and 70’s. A …

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Sunday @ the Movies
Worldwide Sounds

Documentaries on HAITIAN Vodou, Art & Culture

Soul Jazz Records/Films presents Iron in the Soul, a stunning new DVD collection of documentary films about the world of Haiti – Vodou, art & culture by filmmaker and photographer Leah Gordon. Gordon’s photography book ‘Kanaval: Vodou, Politics and Revolution on the Streets of Haiti’ was published by Soul Jazz …

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