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Sample Saturday

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 (read more), 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 …

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Throwback Thursdays

The 1966 Studio Session of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows”

I’ll always have a special place in my heart for the classic Beach Boys records from the 60’s, it’s the music I remember discovering through my dad when I was a 10 year old kid. As I grew older I was able to start to fully appreciate the depth of …

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Future Classics

Future Classic: Ennio Styles “Stylin’ 700″

via Heart & Felt: “14 years and 700 episodes of Stylin’ on Melbourne’s 3RRR-FM, but you get the presents! Stylin’ 700 includes many unreleased and under-the-radar cuts, with music from Australia, New Zealand, UK, Japan, France, Spain, Portugal and no less than 13 US states. Mostly originals, as well as …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Society of Seven “Summertime” (1973)

Hailing from Hawaii, Society of Seven was a group that put out a few slept-on records in the early 70’s. Available only on the “Simply Ourselves” LP (Silver Sword Audio), the cover version of George Gershwin’s classic “Summertime” is a killer both on the Jazz Dancefloor and Soul / Funk …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Kay Robinson “We Need Time” (1970, King Records)

(Dedicated to the Charleston Nine, Sandra Bland, and Mary Elizabeth Guthrie) Jesus is a popular dude… and he didn’t play the drums. Growing up in the Black American church in the 1980s, I was exposed to a more modern form of Gospel music, and coming from a family of singers, …

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Sample Saturday

Version Excursion: “Hurt So Bad” (original by Anthony & The Imperials)

A perfect song is usually a combination of songwriting prowess and interpretative brilliance recorded in magical circumstances. There is a rare instance where a song is so naturally incredible that even when covered by highly different artists in varied genres/eras its immaculate qualities still resonate strongly. Hurt so Bad, orignally …

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Forgotten Treasures
Jazz Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Bennys Badekar “Blaekspruttesangen” (1971)

I was playing a guest set on the legendary WEFUNK radio show a couple weeks ago. After an hour of playing tunes and hanging out with Professor Groove (co-founder of the show with Static) I played a German Soul track which made us both crack up. PG then started telling …

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Mix Of The Day
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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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: The Crowns “How Can He Lead You” (1977)

A couple of weeks ago, the homie Lexis and I were spinning a brunch gig together and he said something I instantly connected with and knew I’d share with you: “As a music lover, there’s nothing more frustrating than attending an entire DJ set without feeling compelled to walk up …

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Future Classics
Beats Soul

Future Classic: Reginald Omas Mamode IV “All Together” (Intimate Friends)

If this EP would have come out in the early 2000’s it would have found a place next to Jazzanova, Vikter Duplaix, Sa-Ra Creative Partners and other great releases of the Nu-Jazz / Broken Beat / Future Soul era. But there’s no use in looking back. It’s 2015 and there …

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Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Leo’s Sunshipp “We Need Each Other” (1978)

“We Need Each Other” by US funk & soul group Leo’s Sunshipp is a record that despite it’s absolute beauty has always struck me as mystery. The first thing that has always puzzled me is the odd cover art which would seem more à propos for a late 60’s flower power …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Lou Bond “Lou Bond” (1974)

An incredible artist has passed on and although he may yet remain unknown to most hopefully his music will be brought to the forefront because the only record he has ever released is a poignant masterpiece. Lou Bond is the epitome of an engaged artist, his self-titled release on Stax …

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