Forgotten Treasures
Jazz

Charles Mingus “Jazz in Detroit / Strata Concert Gallery / 46 Selden” (BBE Music)

During one week in February of 1973, you could attend a live performance by the Charles Mingus Quintet at the intimate Strata Detroit Concert gallery for a mere six bucks. That’s right. You could hear, or bear witness to the great American composer, besides Duke Ellington for next to cheap. …

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Future Classics
Jazz

Album Of The Week: Makaya McCraven “Universal Beings” (International Anthem Recording Co.)

Chicago-based drummer Makaya McCraven is one of the most cutting-edge artists in Jazz right now. He’s followed up his incredible Chicago-meets-London mixtape “Where We Come From”, which was released earlier this year, with a brand new 22-track album on the International Anthem label titled “Universal Beings”. Universal Beings by Makaya …

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Crucial Material
Eclectic

Crucial Material – Best Releases of the Week (October 26th, 2018)

Every single week our minds are blown at the number of good releases that get put out. As always, you can trust us to distill the hundreds of weekly new releases and boil them down to the best. So here you go, another serving of Crucial Material. Open your ears, …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul & Funk

Reissue Of The Week: Ümit Aksu Orkestrası “Bermuda Şeytan Üçgeni” (Zel Zele)

Debora Ipekel and Ece Duzgit launch Zel Zele with a killer first release by Turkish composer Ümit Aksu. Funk, Jazz, Big Band and Psyche-Rock are combined to perfection on “Bermuda Şeytan Üçgeni”, a 7-inch originally pressed in 1975. According to the release’s Bandcamp page, the title track is a musical …

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Crucial Material
Eclectic

Crucial Material – Best Releases of the Week (October 19th, 2018)

Every single week our minds are blown at the number of good releases that get put out. As always, you can trust us to distill the hundred of weekly new releases and boil it down to the best. So here you go, another serving of Crucial Material. Open your ears, …

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Future Classics
Eclectic Electronic

Album Of The Week: Julien Dyne “Teal” (Soundway Records)

It becomes post-haste clear on the 11 track mega groove affair “Teal”, from New Zealand multi-instrumentalist and visual artist Julien Dyne, at some point he was just a drummer. The fluidity at work here allowing 808s and live drumming to exist as one cohesive unit, is a credit to Dyne …

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Future Classics
Beats Eclectic

Album Of The Week: Sea Moya’s “Falmenta”

Hailing from Germany and now based in Montreal, “Kraut Beat Combo” Sea Moya have released their promising debut LP on Majestic Casual Records! The album was reportedly recorded in the Italian Alps during 2017 just outside the village of Falmenta in a “scenic hide-out, where we chose to set up …

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Crucial Material

Crucial Material – Best Releases of the Week (October 13th, 2018)

No time to rest, the new releases keep coming in! Whoever said “they don’t make em like they used to” should stop complaining about the state of music, stop looking backwards and realize: there is a shit ton of amazing music being put out every single week! As always, you …

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Future Classics
Jazz Soul & Funk

Butcher Brown “Camden Session” (Gearbox Records)

Without a doubt, “Camden Session”, the latest release by the five-member Funk-Jazz collective Butcher Brown, lands on an ever-wavering dime between instrumental Hip Hop vibes and any Headhunters-era Herbie Hancock creation. Recorded at Mark Ronson’s Zelig Studios, “Camden Session” was cut live to disc at Gearbox Records in London using …

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