Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Black Disco “Night Express” (1976)

via Matsuli Music: Press ‘play’ and the soulful notes of Basil ‘Mannenberg’ Coetzee’s saxophone tell you two things. First, Night Express is great music. But, second, the sound doesn’t fit neatly into any of the mid-70s South African musical genre boxes. This was an era when Abdullah Ibrahim’s music spoke …

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Donnie & Joe Emerson "Baby" (1979)
Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Donnie & Joe Emerson “Baby” (1979)

Before all else, let’s just take a minute to mourn the bygone era of gold medallions, home-cooked slow jams, and matching Elvis jumpsuits. Donnie and Joe Emerson were teenagers when they put together Dreamin’ Wild. Two brothers, playing and consuming and recording and breathing music, living away from the city, …

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Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Leo’s Sunshipp “We Need Each Other” (1978)

“We Need Each Other” by US funk & soul group Leo’s Sunshipp is a record that despite it’s absolute beauty has always struck me as mystery. The first thing that has always puzzled me is the odd cover art which would seem more à propos for a late 60’s flower power …

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Throw Em' Up

Onra & Lexis “Throw ’Em Up 4”

“When we put out the first volume of our Throw ‘Em Up mixes over 3 years ago we never thought the era and sound we wanted to cover would go that deep. We thought our knowledge was pretty advanced but have come to realize that there are so many hidden …

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Forgotten Treasure: Har-You Percussion Group “Sounds of the Ghetto Youth”
Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Har-You Percussion Group “Sounds of the Ghetto Youth” (1967)

Usually when I listen to youth or High-School band records, I am surprised to find one funky track that stands out. I had the rare chance of going through the opposite experience when I first heard the Har-You Percussion Group. Such a solid LP full of latin bangers could not …

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Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Fertile Ground “Black Is…” (2004, Counterpoint Records)

It still seems like yesterday, and I still find it hard to believe, but it’s been more than a decade since Fertile Ground released this amazing record which has aged gracefully into our “forgotten treasures” section. Originating from Baltimore, but based in Atlanta, the soul-jazz sextet found great success in …

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Exclusive Premieres

Exclusive Video Premiere: Omar “I Want It To Be”

via Freestyle Records: After a career spanning 32 years, what more can be said about Omar that hasn’t been said before? Undeniably, Omar Lye-Fooks’ totally unique, individual style and sound still marks him out as a future thinking and utterly unrivaled artist, who has collaborated with so many legendary names …

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Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Valgusesse (Estonian Compilation from Frotee Records)

“Records you didn’t know existed.” That’s the tagline from Estonian label Frotee and it’s been true so far, with their output doing a fine job of documenting the Eastern European country’s music heritage. Their latest release, Valgusesse, is an eight-track compilation profiling the sound archive of Estonian Public Broadcasting which …

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The Montclairs “Dreaming Out of Season”
Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: The Montclairs “Dreaming Out of Season” (1972)

R&B/Soul bands were a dime a dozen in the early 70s. For every Dells and Temptations, there was hundreds of groups knocking on the doors of record labels trying to get in the door. Many of them got a break and contributed a few releases, but the East St-Louis group The …

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Future Classics

Future Classic: Jordan Rakei “Cloak”

Soul Has No Tempo and 4101 Records are proud to present CLOAK – the debut album from Jordan Rakei. Delving deeper into his creative well, Jordan has delivered a record that continues to push personal and societal boundaries, a visionary journey through groove based soul, jazz and hip-hop with hints …

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Exclusive Premieres

Exclusive Preview: Yogisoul “Here & now” feat. LumiHD, Kristoffer Eikrem & DeAndre Grover

We seriously can’t wait for Yogisoul‘s debut album “By Nights” out on June 17th on KingUnderground. He is one of three producers in Norways’s Mutual Intentions crew (along with the also very talented FredFades and Sraw). Vinyl samples, dusty rhodes chops, thick layered basslines and unquantized crispy drums are essential …

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Dj Mixes

Onra – Guest Session on NTS Radio (May 11th 2016)

The uber-talented French producer & DJ (and our good friend) was recently in the UK for a few dates including an appearance on Boiler Room where he smashed it with a live set of his producers using his usual set-up of two MPC’s + an effects unit. He also stepped …

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