Forgotten Treasures

The Grooms ” Slow Down / I Deserve A Little Bit More” (197?)

In the 1960’s, when Atlantic, Stax and Motown were at their peak, a little-known label in Norfolk, Virginia, was also giving young kids with singing talent an opportunity to perform. Shiptown Records was headed up by Noah H. Biggs, who was nearly as famous around Norfolk for his sharp appearance …

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Special Touch “Garden of Life” (1991)

UK Street Soul, too often merely a footnote in the evolution of dancemusic in Britain, is receiving some long overdue attention. A recent string of essential reissues and features, plus increased airtime on radio and podcasts attest to the growing popularity of this often retrospectively termed genre, which loosely categorised …

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Neil Swainson Quintet “49th Parallel”

Bassist Neil Swainson’s rare and sought after recording, 49th Parallel, is finally getting a much needed re-release (first time on vinyl) on Cellar Live’s Reel to Real imprint and la reserve Records. The debut and only album from one of Canada’s most important bassists, Swainson features tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson and trumpeter Woody Shaw along with Jerry Fuller on drums …

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Phase 7 “Playtime” (1980)

This is one of those records that makes you dance and makes you laugh.  Recorded in 1980 at Honolulu’s Broad Recording Studio (where local heavy hitters Lemuria, Mike Lundy, and Aura tracked their albums) and live at a hotel gig on the island of Kauai, Playtime captures the band’s winning combination of …

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Planet Eater “Planet Eater EP” (1995)

This ultra rare and elusive EP was released 25 years ago and is now available digitally through Bandcamp if you wanna save some big bucks! The feel is absolutely timeless, straight up raw house grooves that became the trademark sound of Worldship Music, for those who knew! This was the …

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Manfredo Fest “Brazilian Dorian Dream” (1976)

Far Out Recordings reissues Manfredo Fest’s 1976 jazz-funk masterpiece ‘Brazilian Dorian Dream’ Legally blind from birth, Brazilian keyboard player and composer Manfredo Fest contributed to a number of great recordings during the sixties and seventies, both as a solo artist and with the group Bossa Rio. London’s Far Out Recordings …

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Nathan Davis Sextet “Peace Treaty” (1965)

via SOTU: “One of the first true moments of genius from saxophonist Nathan Davis – originally released in the mid 60s for the tiny SFP label – and a record that’s even rarer than his early classics for MPS! The sound here is similar to the MPS sides – a …

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Luomo “Vocalcity” (2000)

An all-timer right here. Finland’s Vladislav Delay under his Luomo moniker crafted one of the finest house albums bar none. Alongside early 2000’s minimal / deep classics like Herbert’s “Bodily Functions”, The Other People’s Place “Lifestyles of the Laptop Cafe”, Isloee’s “Rest” this is a timeless record! Vocalcity 20th anniversary …

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Zohra “Badala Zamana” (1977)

Late 70’s Arabic language Folk/Disco from France. I first became aware of this one via my pals at Beach Freaks. At the time, I couldn’t afford to cop the OG and wondered when I’d find an affordable copy. Alas! It’s been reissued and is a 10th of the price of …

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