Forgotten Treasure: Joe Bataan “Singing Some Soul”
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Joe Bataan “Singing Some Soul” (1972)

Joe Bataan, the Afro-filipino vocalist and self-proclaimed King of Latin Soul has released many classic records during an illustrious career that includes 15 albums covering a variety of musical stylings from Boogaloo (Subway Joe) to Disco-Rap (Rap-O-Clapo). However even if Bataan is famous for uptempo dancefloor hits (Latin Strut), I …

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Forgotten Treasure: Five Stairsteps “Danger She’s a Stranger”
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Five Stairsteps “Danger She’s a Stranger” (1967)

The Five Stairsteps were the original ‘First Family of Soul’ (before the J5) and literally grew up through the Chicago Soul tradition. Danger! She’s a Stranger features mature harmonies from a group of tweens and the song itself is a risky attempt at hovering between melancholic and joyful tones. The …

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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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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
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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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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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
Soul Soul & Funk

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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Future Classics

Future Classic: Bilal “In Another Life”

Soul heads have known about Philadelphia’s Bilal since his killer debut in 2001, one of the most influential albums in the Neo Soul movement of the early 2000’s. But it wasn’t until his involvement with Kendrick Lamar’s “To Pimp A Butterfly” that he started to gain some universal recognition and …

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Forgotten Treasure: Debbie Taylor “No Deposit, No Return”
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Debbie Taylor “No Deposit, No Return” (1972)

Debbie Taylor had fantastic releases on GWP, Polydor and Arista but here is another throwback sound from the early seventies “No Deposit, No Return” which came out on Today Records. Arranged and co-written in 1972 by Patrick Adams, the man responsible for so much of the quality disco to come …

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