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. This time, Jean-Marie Bolangassa with “Rikikida”.  Year: 2015, tracks from early 1980s | Label: Sofrito | Discogs: Jean-Marie Bolangassa – Brazzaville Percussions I bought this one online […]

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, Yellow Magic Orchestra’s subversive cover of Archie Bell’s “Tighten Up”. Label: A&M | Year: 1980 | Discogs: Yellow Magic Orchestra – Tighten Up The first […]

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, Arthur Russell’s This Is How We Walk On The Moon.  Label: Arc Light Editions | Year: 2013 (originally 1994) | Discogs: Arthur Russell – Another […]

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, a guest post from Melodic Distraction’s own Toby Taylor, cratedigger extraordinaire and boogie virtuoso behind It’s Good For The Soul.  Label: Hope Record Company | Year: 1984 […]

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, a guest post from a very close Crate Mate, Charles Vaughan. Producer of Worldwide FM’s Universal Sanctuary and recent Melodic Distraction Radio […]

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. To kick off 2020, Otis Redding‘s cover of “A Change Is Gonna Come“.  Label: Atlantic | Year: 1984 | Discogs: Otis Redding – Otis Blue I don’t know what […]

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. For the final pick of the year, Odyssey’s Hang Together. Label: Stylus Music | Year: 1987 | Discogs: Odyssey – The Greatest Hits I have a very magpie-like approach […]

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 […]


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