Crucial Material

Crucial Material – October 6th, 2020

Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day! Here are our favorite EP’s, Albums and Reissues of the past week. As always we encourage you to buy digital or physical releases if you discover a release you love. Support artists and labels! JAZZ …

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Crucial Material

Crucial Material – September 28th, 2020

Back on the weekly pace. Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day! Here are our favorite EP’s, Albums and Reissues of the past week. As always we encourage you to buy digital or physical releases if you discover a release you love. …

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Forgotten Treasures

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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Crucial Material – September 21st, 2020

Back on the weekly pace. Hope you are doing well and that some of these records will make your day! Here are our favorite EP’s, Albums and Reissues of the past week. As always we encourage you to buy digital or physical releases if you discover a release you love. …

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Crucial Material – September 14th, 2020

Hope everyone is doing great after a restful month of August. Summer is over. Social distancing is back on. Dreams of massive global reunion parties are still on hold. 🙁 This will be our last double-stuff edition before we get back to our weekly pace of that crucial material. So …

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Forgotten Treasures

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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Future Classics

Nikitch & Kuna Maze “The Leak / Domu & Sonar’s Ghost Remix”

It’s a very rare day when any record label manages to lure the legendary broken beat pioneer and veteran of Reinforced’s “2nd Wave”, Dominic Stanton, most commonly known as Domu, to come out of retirement to share one remix, let alone three, yet Tru Thoughts have managed just that.  French …

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Future Classics

Siti Muharam “Siti of Unguja”

The weight of history permeates this sumptuous album of modern taarab from Siti Muharam, the great-granddaughter of “mother of taarab” Siti binti Saad. Taarab originated in late 19th century Zanzibar when Arabic music introduced by the ruling sultans combined with influences from east Africa and the Indian sub-continent. Born in …

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Forgotten Treasures

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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