Future Classics
Soul

Future Classic: Ben Westbeech “Slowly”

Some know him as Ben Westbeech, great soul singer and producer from the UK who was actually the very first released artist on Gilles Peterson‘s Brownswood label. Others know him as Breach an alias he used to release one of THE dancefloor tracks of 2010. (I had it at #4 …

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Future Classics
Soul

Future Classic: Bilal “Levels” (Flying Lotus Edit)

Got a cool treat in the mail today from the good folks at Plug Research. The advance copy of Bilal‘s new EP will be coming out officially next week so I can at least share one track with you all. The 5 track EP is more of a straight up …

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Future Classics
Soul

Future Classic: D’Angelo “James River” Album Prelude

Just read from the guys at Moovmnt.com, one of my favorite sites, that the word on street is true… After more than 10 years D’Angelo might actually put out a new record. Ok, these aren’t new songs just yet but it’ll keep us waiting for another few weeks. I was …

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Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Patrice Rushen “Where is the love” (1982)

Ohhh this is on some late night 80’s tip. Love soul from the era, always a fine line between absolute smelly cheese and geniusness. This is the latter. Obviously hip-hop heads will recognise this as the original sample used for Mobb Deep’s “Temperature’s Rising”. Patrice Rushen put out a bunch …

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Soul

Forgotten Treasure: The Brief Encounter (1977)

Another top class soul reissue from Jazzman, offering the notoriously expensive ‘Special Release‘ album by The Brief Encounter. Original copies are practically impossible to find, hence the common asking price of over $2000 for collectors. It was recorded in Muscle Shoals, Alabama by a small-time group of musicians from rural …

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Soul

Al Green “Tired of Being Alone”

Ok this isn’t exactly a “forgotten” treasure. I mean, every one knows Al Green, The Reverend of Soul and this track was one of his big hits. But this live performance recorded in 1972 at the “School of Soul” show deserves to be seen. I mean, this right here is …

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Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Temptations “Message From A Black Man” (1969)

I was listening to this record yesterday so I thought i’d share my favorite cut from it. The Temptations were the definitive male group from the 60’s and “Puzzle People” marks the end of that golden era for them, it being released in 1969. Love the Temptations but also love …

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Guest Mixes
Soul

Guest Mix #04: DJ DRM & CAPTAIN PLANET (NY)

Dj DRM head honcho of BASTARD JAZZ & BSTRD BOOTS, one of our favorite labels, recently laced us up with this super dope guest mix. I’ve been a fan of BSTRD for a while now and just this year I charted 2 of their tracks in my top 50 of …

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Future Classics
Disco Soul & Funk

Future Classic: Nite Jewel “It Goes Through Your Head” (Dam-Funk Remix)

Dam-Funk gets on the boards and gives the remix treatment to fellow L.A artist Ramona Gonzalez aka Nite Jewel. All the fans of stuff like Chromatics, Caribou, Four Tet, Onhotrix Point Never should definitely check out Nite Jewel. It’s a lovely mixture of low-fi dreamy discoed pop. Well combine that …

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Future Classics
Hip-Hop Soul

Future Classic: Jose James “Vicadin”

José James began the process of creation of “Blackmagic” with Los Angeles beat mangler Flying Lotus (Warp / Brainfeeder) in April 2008. Throwing all their ideas between east and west coast, this duo has produced a handful of experimental hip-hop beats & melodies. This future classic is no exemption. “Vicatin” is an another …

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Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Teena Marie “Ooo La La La” (1988)

It was with great sadness that I learned that soul legend Teena Marie passed away at 54 years old two weeks ago. This sad news pushed me to share my first forgotten treasure, “Ooo La La La“. This single was released in 1988 and featured on her Platinum album “Naked to …

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Forgotten Treasures
Soul

Forgotten Treasure: Kelis “Little Suzie” (2001)

Really cool forgotten little nugget from one of my faves, miss Kelis. This was taken from her second record which wasn’t even released in North America, the record really didn’t believe in it because there weren’t any clear cut singles. I’ve always loved this track produced by the Neptunes of …

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