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Hawaiian Breaks 2020: DJ Muro digs the Aloha Got Soul catalog

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Hawaiian Breaks 2020: DJ Muro digs the Aloha Got Soul catalog

If you've been following AGS since day one — or if you've managed to dig through our blog post archives all the way back to the very first post ever made here — you'd know that DJ Muro’s Hawaiian Breaks mix from 2009 inspired me to start AGS in the first place!  Ten years later, I can't hardly believe I'm writing this, but DJ Muro is releasing a new mix in the Hawaiian Breaks series this week, and it's all about Aloha Got Soul and the music our little label has been releasing since 2015. It’s been a trip to see this passion project/blog-turned label...

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Disco Island Edits: Volume 2 comes ashore via NYC

Disco Island Edits: Volume 2 comes ashore via NYC

Today I'm happy to share with you the second installment in our Disco Island Edits series. The six tracks composing Volume 2 were pieced together with care by our crate-digging cohort in NYC, Sticky Dojah, real name Phil Lembke. Phil has been an enthusiastic supporter of AGS for a few years now, his love of local music really kicking in when his father-in-law moved to Hawai‘i Island. Annual family vacations to Hilo side yielded Phil with a growing collection of hard-to-find Hawaiian gems, as evidenced by his (current) photo on his Bandcamp page, where he's seen holding up a copy...

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Revisiting the importance and influence of black music in Hawaii

Revisiting the importance and influence of black music in Hawaii

When I first started blogging in 2010, it was sparked by the surprisingly funky, soulful sounds heard on DJ Muro's Hawaiian Breaks mixtape. I'd never heard anything from Hawaii quite like it before, save for the track "A Million Stars" by Macky Feary Band. In fact, until I knew any better, I could've guessed that Mike Lundy was black — his opening tracks, "Nothing Like Dat Funky Funky Music" and "The Rhythm Of Life", were filled with the spirit and sounds of black American music. That is, R&B, jazz, soul, and funk. It was a theme I wrote about more...

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Making waves: Steve & Teresa's "Catching A Wave" now available on 7-inch vinyl and digital

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Making waves: Steve & Teresa's "Catching A Wave" now available on 7-inch vinyl and digital

Steve and Teresa captivated Hawaii in the 1980s with their debut album, Catching A Wave, which showcased the duo's effortless style that blended jazz, Hawaiian, and hapa haole music. Now for the first time, the timeless title track "Catching A Wave" will be available on 7-inch vinyl. Over the years we've befriended Steve Ma‘i‘i and Teresa Bright, who have graciously given Aloha Got Soul the opportunity to reissue their debut album for the world to hear once again. After all, it's been out of print since 1983! (Except for a few Japan-only reissues on CD, which now sell for $100...

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Shoutout to the graduates: Paying tribute with funky Hawaii High School Band records

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Shoutout to the graduates: Paying tribute with funky Hawaii High School Band records

What a time to be alive, right graduates? It's 2020, the coronavirus pandemic has cancelled practically every in-person graduation ceremony. And, well, we're incredibly envious of you! Envious? Yep. Mainly because Barack Obama spoke at everyone's commencement the other day. Virtually, of course, but regardless — how cool is that? But also, and more importantly: being young today means you are only just beginning to make your mark on the world. So, congratulations on this opportunity to leave a positive impact! Here's a niche way to say congrats: vinyl records To show our appreciation in the best way we know...

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