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Hawaiian Breaks 2020: Limited color tees and hoodies (Everpress)

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Hawaiian Breaks 2020: Limited color tees and hoodies (Everpress)

For as long as I've known, Japan has had the propensity for "Japan-only" releases. This is true for both physical music releases, and merchandise. I'm not entirely sure why this is, but I've learned to accept it (and be comfortable with asking friends in Japan to pick me up a copy of something, although I really try not to do this very often).  Order a limited tee or hoodie here: https://everpress.com/hawaiian-breaks-2020 DJ Muro's Hawaiian Breaks 2020 — the latest mix is his series focusing on music from Hawaii — is, for now at least, only available in Japan. In this case, I can...

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New release: Steve & Teresa's 'Catching A Wave' finally reissued in full!

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New release: Steve & Teresa's 'Catching A Wave' finally reissued in full!

I'm a bit late to announcing this on the blog, but Catching A Wave (AGS-038) dropped last Friday. We're elated with the response it's generated among fans new and old!  It's the first classic Hawaiian album that we've reissued on Aloha Got Soul. Up until now, most the albums we've released have been lesser known diamonds in the rough that sit outside of the Hawaiian music genre spectrum. I believe it's a solid first step in the label's ongoing progression. And I can't thank Teresa and Steve enough for this opportunity. Earlier today, Bandcamp published a feature on the album, detailing its origins in the early 1980s to...

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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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