Forgotten Treasures

Hildergard Knef “Im Achzigsten Stockwerk” (1970, Decca Records)

In the world of vinyl, Germany is famous for its great classical pressings and the undeniable influence of Krautrock on modern electronic music. That’s why I was so surprised to find a smooth and downright funky track on Hildegard Knef’s 1970 LP. Indeed the song Im Achzigsten Stockwerk highlights the …

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Forgotten Treasures

Alice Clark “Alice Clark” (1972, Mainstream)

I have been obsessed with Alice Clark’s voice going on some time now. Her 1972 self-titled album on Mainstream Records just does everything right for me. Her voice is the perfect mixture of love, pain, longing, and hope. The best example of this on “Never Did I Stop Loving You”. …

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Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Willie Lindo “Far & Distant” (1974)

A legendary session guitarist as well as producer for such greats as Beres Hammond and Maxi Priest, Willie Lindo is much too bright a gemstone to be left uncovered. I stumbled onto him on one of my YouTube-digging runs with the homie 80rock when we discovered Midnight, a sumptuous piece …

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Tribute Mixes

Tribute to NINA SIMONE – Mixed & Selected by Dj Kobal

I hand-picked 80 minutes of some of my favourite music recorded by The High Priestess of Soul. Nina Simone was a singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist who worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop. Follow Kobal’s Mixcloud …

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Forgotten Treasure: Flowers “For Real”
Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Flowers “For Real” (1976)

“Stay for the summer!”, they said. “It’s a completely different city when it’s hot!”, they said. I’m only just starting to understand what they were talking about. I arrived in Montreal last October and so far most of my experience of this great city has been steeped in icy slush …

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The Marriotts - Tell It Like It Is
Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: The Marriotts “Tell It Like It Is” (1969)

It’s hard to believe that a piece of music, especially in this day and age, can be discovered but without any knowledge as to where it originated. The Marriotts‘ Tell It LIke It Is is one of these rarities – no information about the artist can be found on discogs.com …

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Guest Mixes

MIMS Guest Mix: LEMY LEOPARD (Paris, City Fly Records)

Our good friend Lemy Leopard is a talented producer from Paris who we met while he was living in Montreal. He released two EP’s on Qalomota in 2010, 2012 and an absolute slammer this summer with our other dear friend Simbad on City Fly Records. You can hear the Leopard’s …

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Future Classics

Future Classic: I, CED “What Are We Looking For?”

If deep soulful, hip-hop inspired jams are what you are looking for, look no further. The St. Louis producer/musician (now living in LA), I, CED releases his first project in 5 years. After working behind-the-scenes with artists like Dâm-Funk, Shafiq Husayn (SA-RA), Shuggie Otis and Run The Jewels, I, CED’s latest …

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Tribute Mixes

Tribute to MARVIN GAYE – Selected by KOBAL

Since I was a teenager my love for soul music has been growing exponentially. Getting back to where this passion started for me, around 1985 I was listening as usual to my favorite radio station (Couleur3, the Swiss station) and “Is That Enough” from Marvin Gaye came on the air …

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Future Classics

Future Classic: Jimetta Rose “The Light Bearer”

It’s rare for a city to have such an iconic sound but the Los Angeles vibe of artist Jimetta Rose is unmistakable. Her second studio album, ‘The Light Bearer LP’ is produced by prolific and legendary producer Georgia Anne Muldrow. The duo create an incredibly smooth and funky sound, with beautiful …

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Forgotten Treasures

Forgotten Treasure: Air “Air” (1971, Embryo)

It’s always nice to see hard to find gems getting the proper reissue treatment these days. After doing an amazing job with releases by Leon Ware, Ned Doheny and Letta Mbulu, among others, London’s Be With Records are adding an important piece to their impressive catalog this summer. Long Island’s …

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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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