Mates Crates

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, The Isley Brothers’ funk whirlwind Keep On Doin’. Label: Buddah | Year: 1970 | Discogs: Isley Brothers – Keep On Doin’ A couple of weeks ago, I […]

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, Brainstorm‘s high-energy disco slammer Lovin’ Is Really My Game. Label: Rated “X” Records (original on Tabu) | Year: Unknown (original 1977) | Discogs: Brainstorm / Deodato / Shalamar – Lovin’ […]

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 time, legendary producer John Morales and his spectacular version of Inner Life’s Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.  Label: Barely Breaking Even | Year: Unreleased until […]

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, Lamont Dozier’s Going Back to My Roots.  Label: Warner Bros. |Year: 1977 | Discogs: Lamont Dozier – Boogie Business In 1990, Lamont Dozier entered the Rock & Roll […]

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 […]


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