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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 Pride anthem with Carl Bean’s “I Was Born This Way”. Label: Repress on West End Records (originally Motown) | Year: Repressed in 2018 (originally […]

Brought to you by record collector and DJ Grace George, Label of Love is a series that tells short histories of music labels & their legacies. For this week’s Label of Love, we’ll be taking a look at Black Swan Records, arguably the first African-American owned music label, releasing jazz, blues & classical records made […]

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, another guest post from Melodic Distraction’s own Snoodman Deejay, cratedigger extraordinaire and boogie virtuoso behind It’s Good For The Soul.  Label: Atlantic | Year: 1978 […]

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, Gayle Adams’ dancefloor heater “Your Love Is A Lifesaver”.  Year: 1980 | Label: Prelude Records | Discogs: Gayle Adams – Gayle Adams Let’s not pretend. […]

Brought to you by record collector and DJ Grace George, Label of Love is a series that tells short histories of music labels & their legacies. For this week’s Label of Love, we head to South Africa, for a look at a label that provided a vital creative outlet for black musicians during the Apartheid […]

Brought to you by record collector and DJ Grace George, Label of Love is a series that tells short histories of music labels & their legacies. For this week’s Label of Love we sail to Taiwan for a very short & sweet look at the country’s recent history & how its political landscape of the past […]

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. Up next, “Let’s Start The Dance” by R’n’B and disco icon Hamilton Bohannon, who sadly passed away last month.  Year: 1981 | Label: London Records | Discogs: Hamilton Bohannon – Let’s Start To […]

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. This time, guest writer Georgiana LD – host of The Why Aren’t You Listening Show – shares her lifeline track, ‘Showdown’ by Pulse.   Year: 1985 | Label: Qwest | Discogs: Various Artists – Fast […]

Brought to you by record collector and DJ Grace George, Label of Love is a series that tells short histories of music labels & their legacies. Inspired by recent Covid-19 chaos & unjust discrimination, a brilliant NTS show from Yu Su & a severe lack of knowledge, for the next 4 weeks we look at Chinese […]

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. This time a niche, personal connection to Vladimir Cosma’s Sapato Rosa. Year: 1974 | Label: Phillips | Discogs: Vladimir Cosma – Le Retour Du Grand Blond Since the start of the year, I’ve […]