Author: Andrei Sandu

Mates’ Crates, a series headed up by our friend Andrei Sandu, dives into the tales behind records and digs deeper into our connections to music. These are not reviews, they’re stories. Next in the spotlight, The Crusaders’ Spiral.  Label: MCA | Year: 1982 | Discogs: The Crusaders – Those Southern Knights Stood in the almost-empty upstairs room of Shoreditch’s Old Blue Last […]

Mates’ Crates, a series headed up by our friend Andrei Sandu, dives into the tales behind records and digs deeper into our connections to music. These are not reviews, they’re stories. This time, Smokey Robinson’s classic Being With You.  Label: Motown | Year: 1982 | Discogs: Smokey Robinson – Being With You Most will have encountered this R&B anthem, or one […]

Mates’ Crates, a series headed up by our friend Andrei Sandu, dives into the tales behind records and digs deeper into our connections to music. These are not reviews, they’re stories. Some gospel for your Sunday this time, with New York Community Choir and Express Yourself. Label: RCA | Year: 1977 | Discogs: The New York Community Choir – Express Yourself […]

Mates’ Crates, a series headed up by our friend Andrei Sandu, dives into the tales behind records and digs deeper into our connections to music. These are not reviews, they’re stories. An extra special record this time: Fiesta de Bembé from the Cuban Grupo de Tambores Niloniyé. Year: 1981 | Label: Areito | Discogs: Grupo De Tambores Niloniyé‎– Antologia […]

Mates’ Crates, a series headed up by our friend Andrei Sandu, dives into the tales behind records and digs deeper into our connections to music. These are not reviews, they’re stories. This time, we’re back in the UK with Pigbag’s Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag. Label: Y Records | Year: 1981 | Discogs: Pigbag – […]

Mates’ Crates, a series headed up by our friend Andrei Sandu, dives into the tales behind records and digs deeper into our connections to music. These are not reviews, they’re stories. In the spotlight this week (wasn’t he always?),  the iconic Sylvester with I (Who Have Nothing). Label: Fantasy | Year: 1979 | Discogs: Sylvester – I (Who Have Nothing) Though I bought […]

Mates’ Crates, a series headed up by our friend Andrei Sandu, dives into the tales behind records and digs deeper into our connections to music. These are not reviews, they’re stories. Next up,  Eartha Kitt’s Where Is My Man.  Year: 1983 | Label: In The Mix (Scorpio) | Discogs: Eartha Kitt – Where Is My Man A sultry disco comeback […]

Mates’ Crates, a series headed up by our friend Andrei Sandu, dives into the tales behind records and digs deeper into our connections to music. These are not reviews, they’re stories. This time, Timmy Thomas’s Why Can’t We Live Together. Label: Vogue |Year: 1972 | Discogs: Timmy Thomas – Why Can’t We Live Together Forty years before Drake got calls on […]

Mates’ Crates, a series headed up by our friend Andrei Sandu, dives into the tales behind records and digs deeper into our connections to music. These are not reviews, they’re stories. This time,  Aretha Franklin’s Get It Right.  Label: Arista | Year: 1983 | Discogs: Aretha Franklin – Get It Right / Jump To It Where to begin? Through quite […]

Mates’ Crates, a series headed up by our friend Andrei Sandu, dives into the tales behind records and digs deeper into our connections to music. These are not reviews, they’re stories. Up next,  Fab Mayday’s Avventura In Guinea.  Label: Porn Wax | Year: 2012 | Discogs: Fab Mayday – Porn Wax One Exploring the origins of this […]


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