The Visitors - Rebirth
Forgotten Treasures
Jazz Soul

Forgotten Treasure: The Visitors “Rebirth” (1974)

If I could only keep 100 records, this would be in my “desert island” stack.. Lovely record from brothers Earl & Carl Grubbs who formed “The Visitors” in the early 1970s. One that brings together a strong Coltrane-ish approach filled with so much soul and spirit. Earl plays soprano tenor …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure : Starfire “Make the Most of It” (1978)

Record recommendations are the foundation of growing and learning through vinyl collecting. And when recommendations come from a renowned source they are even more essential. Case and point the Starfire LP was brought to my attention by Dj Day through his MIMS interview I was intrigued, but when he explained …

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Future Classics
Beats Soul

Future Classic: IGB0 – Indigo, Green, Brown and Orange

Indigo, Green, Brown and Orange might just be the colors you’ll see as you delve into a dreamlike state whilst (IGBO) pulsates deep into your ear drum. How’d they do that you might ask? The frequency they tap into, while intrusive at first, becomes quite pleasing. IGBO is made up …

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Future Classics
Soul

Future Classic: Azakel “New Romance” & “Chronophobia”

I discovered Azekel, an up and coming East London-based artist, a few months ago with his song called “New Romance” and the hypnotic music video that accompanied it. I pretty much instantly fell in love with his sound, a nice blend of R&B pop with crisp beats, heavy bass and …

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Soul

Sly Stone “I’m Just Like You 1969-70″ (Light In The Attic)

via Light In The Attic: In 1970, The Family Stone were at the peak of their popularity, but the maestro Sly Stone had already moved his head to a completely different space. The first evidence of Sly’s musical about-turn was revealed by the small catalog of his new label, Stone …

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Future Classics
Soul

Future Classic: Emeson “Bespoke EP”

It’s really unusual for me to play two tracks from the same project on the “Fresh Taste” show, especially when it comes from a 5 song EP! Emeson made me do it with his fabulous new project named “Bespoke EP“. This beautiful release seamlessly fuses different styles such as soul, jazz …

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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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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Loleatta Holloway “Casanova” (1975)

What an absolutely glorious cover version of Ruby Andrews’ “Casanova” in 1968. One of the few cases where the cover version is much better than the original (in our humble opinion). A great record you can find in used bins of 45′ records for a couple bucks! Loleatta Holloway who …

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FreddyAnzures
24 HOV Mixes
Boogie / Funk / Disco Soul

FREDDY ANZURES “24 HOV San Francisco”

Set recorded as part of our 24 Hours of Vinyl event in San Francisco. Presented by Mixcloud & 101 Apparel One of our favorite sets for the latest editions of 24HOV came from SF’s Freddy Anzures who is known to be one of the city’s finest record diggers (he’s part …

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Guest Mix
House / Techno Soul

Guest Mix #30: XVI RECORDS (Vancouver, London)

Brilliant new guest mix coming from the folks behind XVI Records who have recently come to our attention with some great releases from Munro, Henry Wu, Mau’lin and more… Beautiful eclectic mix connecting the dots between old and new, electronic and organic music. XVI is a label dedicated to taking …

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Video Digs
Soul

Sam Cooke Documentary “Crossing Over”

via PBS: “In 1958, when Sam Cooke crossed over from gospel to popular music, he ran the risk of alienating his gospel fans by embracing “the devil’s music.” Instead, he set in motion a chain of events that altered the course of popular music and race relations in America. Narrated …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: “In the Rain” Various Versions

Cover versions have lead to countless favorite soul songs. Many times, a simple melody is thouroughly fleshed out by rich arrangements. However when its the other way around, covering a complex and profound soul song in other genres can lead to incredible results, given the emotional depth of the source …

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