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Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Norman Weeks & Revelations “Hold On” (Rent Productions)

This amazing slice of disco-funk with a gospel touch has been a favorite of mine for a number of years now. I love playing this one in the dying moments of a club night filled with beautiful music and people. Since I played this one last night at our monthly …

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Soul

James Mason long-lost tracks will finally see the light of day (via Rush Hour)

via Rush Hour: “Over three decades after “Rhythm Of Life”, James Mason rediscovered tapes with more recordings from that period. “The Dance Of Life” (ft. Bernard Purdie on drums and Fonda Rae on backing vocals) and “Up Jump” are the first two tracks taken from the “Recollection Echo” album that …

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Future Classics
Soul

Future Classic: Ego Ella May “Zero”

I always search for new artists that go into the “Future-soul / Neo-soul” category or whatever you want to call it these days. Albums by artists like Jesse Boykins III or Fatima finish in my top 5 every year and their LP’s end up being on constant rotation in my …

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Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Soul

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
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: David Porter “The Masquerade is Over” (1974)

To say that David Porter‘s Victim of the Joke LP was an ambitious album is an understatement. Billed as a soul opera, the album is full of overproduced arrangements and spoken word scripted excerpts between and during songs. Most of the record is confusing and overdone, but the final track …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Numonics “You Lied” (1982)

I’ve always had a soft spot for Soul songs with a very senstive subject matter yet an undeniable funky melody and instrumentation. Despite the song being about heartbreak, being deceived and cheated on you’ll find yourself two stepping to this beautiful midtempo soulful tune. Not much is known about Oakland’s …

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Future Classics

Future Classic: Dolphin “Young Black Mind” (Fresh Selects Records)

via Fresh Selects: “Following up a noteworthy first year of releases with Mndsgn, Low Leaf and Coultrain – the Fresh Selects label are starting 2015 off with their first project that will debut a new artist to the world for the first time. Except in this case – this “new” …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: 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

Forgotten Treasure: Rhetta Hugues “You’re Doing It With Her” (1968)

If you love dancefloor killing soul music and have a slight preference for female voices then Rhetta Hugues’ “You’re doing it with her”, taken from her 1969 “Re-light my fire” LP, is a gem you should not sleep on anymore. Thick and groovy bassline, beautiful chorus voices, tight up-tempo Northern …

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Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco

Forgotten Treasure: Dwight Sykes & Jahari “Fire & Desire”

Guest contribution from: Andrew Morgan (Peoples Potential Unlimited) “When Dwight Sykes gets down and dirty repairing one of the trucks for his father’s refuse business, he thinks as much about cranking out songs as he does fixing a crankshaft. He has a dream and he figures he can write his own …

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Guest Mix
Soul

Guest Mix #45: ALSTON (Hawaii / NYC)

Since St-Valentine’s is just around the corner we figured we’d ask one of the biggest aficionados of Soul 45’s. ALSTON is originally from Hawaii, but based in NY for the last 9 years. About the mix in his own words: “Im not too good with words or describing things, but …

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Mix Of The Day
Soul

Mix of the Day: Dr. Miette & Waxist “Soul Brothers”

Words via Dr. Miette & Waxist: “After many many hours of spinning records together at late nite gigs, Waxist Selecta and Dr Miette joined their efforts to elaborate this soul mixtape. Soul music has always been a musical link between the two DJs : they share a love for well-orchestred …

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