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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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Mixtape Mondays

Classic Mixes: Garnier vs Mills “Expect the Unexpected” (2004)

I still remember someone giving me some of these mixes ages ago on a couple of CD-R’s. I was a very young but hungry DJ. I was extremely open minded and already taking the identity of a DJ who wants to play many styles in one set… However, in the …

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Future Classics
Soul

Future Classic: Alessia Cara “Here”

To be honest, any song that opens with the classic Isaac Hayes “Ike’s Rap II” sample starts off on my good side. However, it didn’t take very long for me to pause and pay close attention to what was going here. A R&B song that doesn’t follow the current 2015 blueprints. …

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Beats Soul

Future Classic: Mocky “Key Change”

When the track “Tomorrow Maker” dropped two months ago, I immediately fell in love with this soulful voyage full of different moods and lovely mellow vocals. After playing the song five times in a row, I spent the rest of that day doing research to find out all I could about Mocky. …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Perk Badger “Do Your Stuff” (1966)

Last week we wrote about some of the absolute worst examples of advertising campaigns using music or featuring the musicians as celebrity endorsers. (Link) On the flip side, sometimes it does work out brilliantly. In this case, Nike of the best advertisers of the last 40 years goes digging deep …

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Flying Lotus “Lovers Melt #1-2-3″ (Free Download)
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Beats Soul

Flying Lotus “Lovers Melt #1-2-3″ (Free Download) + 4 (Stream)

We’re always intrigued to know about the musical influences of some of our favorite artists. We started a mix series called “Forgotten Treasures” where we ask our favorite people to make us a mix based on their influences (link). So when Flying Lotus started making his Lovers Melt mixes, we …

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Beats Soul

Future Classic: Thundercat “The Beyond / Where Giants Roam”

via Brainfeeder: Virtuoso bassist and singer-songwriter Stephen Bruner aka Thundercat returns to the Brainfeeder fold with his first solo material in two years, having already made outstanding contributions to not one, but two, of the greatest albums of 2015 – To Pimp a Butterfly and The Epic – by fellow …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Leon Ware “Musical Massage” (1976)

On my top 5 albums of all time lies Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You”. When it comes to pure sensual soul nothing tops the mix of Marvin’s voice with the amazing mix of musicality that weaves its way throughout that album. It is an album I have heard my entire …

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Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Taxie “Rock Don’t Stop” (1979)

via EGLO / Melodies: For the inaugural release of Eglo’s sister label Melodies, We bring back a rare disco crossover anthem by Taxie. Formed in Oakland, California in 1978 the band recorded Rock Dont Stop & pressed up limited quantities. Remastered from the original tapes, this uplifting dance-floor gem is …

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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 we’re 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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Soul

Mix of the Day: Matthew Africa “Twee Funk Mix”

If you’ve read my past posts your no “stranger” to the fact I love the classic “soul groups” and that one of my favorite varieties is Kiddie Soul aka Jackson 5 clones. Well orchestrated angelic voices singing about puppy love was the hot selling material back in the 60s and …

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