Future Classic: Jose James “Trouble”
Future Classics
Jazz Soul

Future Classic: Jose James “Trouble”

It’s no secret that we at MIMS have always had major love from Jose James. James is one of the freshest voices to hit the jazz and soul scene for a long long time and in addition to being ridiculously talented the guy is really prolific. Since he hit the …

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Forgotten Treasure: Nina Simone “Four Women”
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Nina Simone “Four Women” (Live)

After reading a great article on Nina Simone who is on the cover of the latest issue of Wax Poetics I did some digging around for some live footage. I found this pretty amazing live concert at Harlem Cultural Festival in 1969! I also found this footage of the Priestess …

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Brownswood Bubblers Volume 7
Beats Soul

Brownswood Bubblers Volume 7

Brownswood Bubblers is back with their 7th edition, providing a platform for unsung heroes and emerging talent from the Worldwide underground. The series distills the stream of exciting new artists that have become semi-permanent fixtures in Gilles Peterson‘s playlists and DJ sets of late to create a suite of perfect …

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Freddie Hubbard - Love Connection
Forgotten Treasures
House / Techno Jazz Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Freddie Hubbard “Sunflower” (1980)

I like hunting for obscure samples but I also like when more obvious samples are used by a bunch of different producers in different genres: the “Amen Brother” drum break, the keys from Donald Byrd‘s “Think Twice”, pretty much all the Bob James records on CTI. My own personal story …

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Forgotten Treasure: Jackie Beavers “Mr. Bump Man”
Forgotten Treasures
Boogie / Funk / Disco Disco Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Jackie Beavers “Mr. Bump Man”

Since I was talked about the CD release of the awesome collection of edits from Detroit’s Theo Parrish called “UGLY Edits” I figured i’d post at least one original version of one of those refixes. I didn’t know about this track before Christian Pronovost played it this summer at a …

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Frank Ocean “Swim Good” (Video)
Video Digs
Soul

Frank Ocean “Swim Good” (Video)

Dope video for one of Frank Ocean‘s best tracks off of his “Nostalgia, Ultra” mixtape which came out in February I think… I can’t say I’m always a fan of the new wave of r&b like The Weeknd and Frank Ocean but this one I like a lot and once …

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Phil Sparkz – “69ers : Breakadelic Lullabies Part 1″
Mix Of The Day
Soul

Phil Sparkz – “69ers : Breakadelic Lullabies Part 1″

69ers is a collection of trippy songs that all have one thing in common, their release year. I tried to explore every aspect of 1969 with a worldwide perspective. At that time, a lot of psychedelic bands were coming out of Argentina, France, Korea and pretty much everywhere. In Germany, …

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Forgotten Treasure: Roy Ayers “Chicago” (1983)
Forgotten Treasures
House / Techno Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Roy Ayers “Chicago” (1983)

In the category of tracks and artists that were before their time let me present “Chicago” by the criminally underrated Roy Ayers. This is the very foundation of house music, and is it any coincidence that the title bears the name of the birthplace of house music. I’m sure that …

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Future Classic: Ben Westbeech “There’s More to Life than This”
Future Classics
Soul

Future Classic: Ben Westbeech “There’s More to Life than This”

He hasn’t jumped the gun, that’s for sure. Having spent several rudderless years following the release of his debut album Welcome To The Best Years Of Your Life, the re-energised producer, singer and DJ eased himself back in to the breach earlier this year with the single Falling and follow-up …

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SBTRKT “Pharaohs” Video
Video Digs
House / Techno Soul

SBTRKT “Pharaohs” Video

Second single from SBTRKT‘s pretty outstanding record. Easily a contender for one of the best electronic LP’s of the year.

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Forgotten Treasure: Lee Dorsey “Give it up”
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Lee Dorsey “Give it up” (1969)

This track proves that when you ask for certain things nicely, you just might get lucky. Or you can just put on this great track which deserves a spot on everyone’s “let’s get it on” playlist. Lee Dorsey was an R&B singer from Louisiana singer during the 1960s. Much of …

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Forgotten Treasure: Soul Clan “That’s How It Feels”
Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Soul Clan “That’s How It Feels”

The Soul Clan were a short-lived but legendary supergroup comprised of some of the biggest names in ’60s soul, their proper recording career amounted to a mere two songs, but the act’s lineup was enough to make any R&B aficionado take notice: Solomon Burke, Arthur Conley, Don Covay, Ben E. …

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