Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Mike Lundy “The Rhythm Of Life”

The Rhythm Of Life is Mike Lundy’s only LP, recorded in 1979 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Inspired by bands like Tower Of Power and Earth, Wind & Fire, The Rhythm Of Life claims its identity in the funk-and-soul universe with inventive arrangements, clever rhythms, and a timeless quality that transcends the …

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Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Gil Scott-Heron and Brian Jackson “Winter in America” (1974)

Dedicated to the warriors, young and old. As November comes to a close the approaching season is the most difficult time of the year for many. While I’ve had a difficult time writing for academic, personal, and professional projects recently, I can say that there’s been no shortage of inspiration …

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Future Classics

Future Classic: Ash Walker “Augmented 7th”

I was going through this week’s releases and felt a bit dizzy from the amount of homework on my “to-listen” pile. Once I get sucked in to the worm hole even some great releases start sounding average, everything sort of levels off towards the middle. Everything sounds like a 7/10. But …

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Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Gloria Ann Taylor “Love Is A Hurtin Thing”

via Ubiquity Records: “Amidst much anticipation from collectors, record stores, DJ’s and producers alike Gloria Ann Taylor’s musical output on Selector Sound have been compiled and will be presented in a deluxe triple-gatefold double LP package complete with photos and extensive liner notes. Soul singer Gloria Ann Taylor has no …

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Version Excursion

Version Excursion: “Sunny” (Bobby Hebb)

I have a bit of a fascination for classic songs that go on to be covered hundreds of times by artists inspired to have a go at it. Standards like Gerswhin’s “Summertime”, Burt Bacharach’s “The Look Of Love”, classic Beatles songs, etc… The result is over 50 years of interpretations …

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Label Love #7 – Free Compilation from Labels You Love

via Label Love: “The seventh installment of Label Love is here, tapping into these times of heady musical diversity and discovery. Presented by veteran electronic soul label Tru Thoughts, and carefully curated by the imprint’s US label manager Jasmine De La Paz, Label Love Vol. 7 showcases 16 free tracks …

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Future Classics

Future Classic: Mo Kolours “Texture Like Sun”

via One-Handed Music: ‘Texture Like Sun’ is the follow up to the much-loved self-titled debut by Anglo-Mauritian producer, singer and percussionist Joseph Deenmamode aka Mo Kolours. The Guardian described ‘Mo Kolours’ as “the best album Curtis Mayfield never made with A Tribe Called Quest and Lee Perry”. “This record is …

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Now-Again Records Presents: 4th Coming “Strange Things” Anthology

via Now-Again: Eccentric soul and funk recordings from an unlikely crew of Los Angeles musical misfits – including psych-rock cult figure John Greek (Reachin’ Arcesia, Beatuiful Daze) and members of the Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band. Out now! They had a catchy, but inappropriate name: there is nothing forthcoming about …

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Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Real to Reel “Love me like this” (1983)

This is one of the best modern funk tracks money can buy. Yes, it isn’t the rarest track in all of the 80’s Boogie Funk era, probably because it was released on Arista a major label at that time. But what it lacks in prestige, it makes up for it based on …

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Future Classics

Future Classic: Aquarian Dream “Look Ahead” (Subotic Edit)

I’ve always had a love/hate relationship with edits, especially the last few years with the influx of producers doing unnecessary edits of everything from jazz classics to boogie anthems. Luckily, that’s not the case here! Aquarian Dream were an 8-piece band developed by the great Norman Connors in 1976. Serbia’s …

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Future Classic: Nicole Willis “Happiness in Every Style”

Celebrating a decade together, the chemistry between Nicole Willis and the Soul Investigators is still as strong as ever. Having waited a good 8 years for their sophomore album, I was pleasantly surprised to see the soul-funk group releasing their third album “Happiness in Every Style“. It’s a groove laced …

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Future Classic: Fat Freddy’s Drop “Bays”

Via Fat Freddy’s Drop: Introducing BAYS a 9 track boil up heralding a fresh chapter in Freddys fantastic voyages. BAYS opens with slow burn funk of ‘Wairunga Blues’ journeying through a hybrid of reggae, hi-tek soul and jazz with techno rhythms underpinning Freddy’s signature horns and Joe Dukie’s smooth & …

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