Forgotten Treasure: Lee Dorsey “Yes We Can”
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Forgotten Treasure: Lee Dorsey “Yes We Can” (1970)

I remember playing this one out this summer at a street jam outside. I was hanging with a fellow digger Ilya and he was surprised about this track. He didn’t know that “Yes We Can” popularized in 1974 by the Pointer Sisters was actually originally written by New Orleans funk …

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Forgotten Treasure: David Ruffin “I Want You Back”
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Forgotten Treasure: David Ruffin “I Want You Back” (1971)

Motown Records was pretty famous for having tons of artists have a go at the classics of the label. Guess it’s save a lot of money on the rights and when you’ve got all tons of classics it’s just good business. There are a couple of versions of ABC’s “I …

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Forgotten Treasure: Black Roots Players “Temp Dub”
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Forgotten Treasure: Black Roots Players “Temp Dub” (1980)

I had to pick just one track from this pretty incredible dub reissue project called “Tempo Explosion”! Heavyweight Dug Out edition, issuing the incredible mid-late ’80s Dancehall rarity ‘Tempo Explosion’; a run of one-off version excursions on Red Rose‘s ‘Tempo Rhythm’ including three head melting dubs. It’s regarded as a …

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Forgotten Treasure: K.P & Envyi “Shorty Swing My Way”
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Forgotten Treasure: K.P & Envyi “Shorty Swing My Way” (1998)

What’s going on here? Is this a one-hit wonder? I think so! Just try looking this duo up on Discogs. Ghost town! Envyi, “now ‘known’ as Sioux Lane” features in a random song or two from the Eastwest Records America Label and has a few amateur-looking youtube submissions http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEp5yuAlI2A while …

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Forgotten Treasure: Chaka Khan “What You Did”
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Forgotten Treasure: Chaka Khan “What You Did” (1980)

Wow, talk about a dope A-side B-side combo right here. “What you did” came out in 1980 as a B-side to “Clouds” by Ashford & Simpson. Both tracks are just a perfect mix of the soul, disco and boogie sound. Something that could only have come out in the late …

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Forgotten Treasure: Jagjeet Singh “O Maa Tujhe Salaam Sung”

I was about to to a little write up on one of my favorite records from the 90’s Bristol scene: Tricky‘s “Maxinquaye” (1995). I was reading up on the record and the production and samples used on it when I discovered the sample behind “Ponderosa”, one of my favorite tracks …

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Forgotten Treasure: The SIlvertones “Rejoice Jah Jah Children”
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Forgotten Treasure: The SIlvertones “Rejoice Jah Jah Children” (1973)

My original daily forgotten treasure for today was The Upsetter’s “Rejoicing Skank” from 1973 on Black Ark Records, that is before I heard the original vocal version of this. “Rejoice Jah Jah Children” by The Silvertones produced by Lee Scratch Perry. What an incredible roots track. Great lyrics and harmonies, …

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Forgotten Treasure: Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio “Still in The Groove”
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Forgotten Treasure: Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio “Still in The Groove” (1981)

This one is from my secret stash. I’ve been playing this track at pretty much every opportunity ever since Montreal homie Dj Kobal told me about it 5-6 years ago. What’s great about it is that it’s not rare at all. It’s a pretty common early 80’s record from Ray …

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Forgotten Treasure: Dj Deeon “Spatikus” (1996)

I was doing some digging around my record in preparation for a “juke” gig last friday and came across a few records I had lying around in a small pile of “ghetto tech” and the foundations of that juke sound, now so popular because of top notch producers like Machine …

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