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Exploring new territory: Nicadrio Lee's "Palette" (AGS-052)

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Exploring new territory: Nicadrio Lee's "Palette" (AGS-052)

Somewhere in this here blog I once wrote that I always knew that when launching Aloha Got Soul — first as a blog, and later as a label — that R&B, soul and funk would not serve as the sole genres we'd focus on. Initially, I was worried that we'd "run out of music" in those categories, especially if AGS were to only focus on the 1970s and 1980s, although I now know that that's not the case. There's still tons of music to dig up from that era, from those styles.  This sentiment has been with me from the...

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The Aura LP is back in stock with a 2021 edition repress

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The Aura LP is back in stock with a 2021 edition repress

The 2021 vinyl repress of Aura's self-titled album returns to the original track listing and original front cover art. The album's closing track, "Can't Waste No Time", makes it back onto wax, and an updated back cover offers renewed liner notes and credits not found on the 2016 reissue. A few quick takeaways about this 2021 edition:  we're using the original album cover (except for the font 😉) "Can't Waste No Time" is included on this vinyl pressing Updated back cover art with renewed liner notes and credits Updated label art, just for kicks! Aura — comprised of eight siblings from the Mendoza family —...

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Aura "When The Feeling's Right": our first 7" release of 2021

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Aura "When The Feeling's Right": our first 7" release of 2021

AGS-044 is the 7" we've been wanting to reissue since, well, forever. If you ask Vince Mendoza, he'll tell you the same thing. Ever since I linked up with Vince in 2015 to license and reissue his family's eponymous debut album, Aura (AGS-LP002), he's been encouraging me to reissue "When The Feeling's Right".  It was their biggest hit and their most requested song on the radio. Listening to their LP today would have you believe that the band was playing their original songs — like "Magic Lover" and "Let Me Say Dis About Dat" and "Yesterday's Love" — left and right at live venues, but the group was mostly...

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Repress alert: Mike Lundy "The Rhythm Of Life" back on wax in 2020

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Repress alert: Mike Lundy "The Rhythm Of Life" back on wax in 2020

Mike Lundy's funk-and-soul classic, The Rhythm Of Life, repressed for a second time on vinyl from Aloha Got Soul. Available late November 2020. 

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The eighth volume of our Aloha ‘Āina series dives deeper than ever before

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The eighth volume of our Aloha ‘Āina series dives deeper than ever before

It was late February before the world closed down, and the impending travel restrictions to and in Hawaii meant travelers and locals keen on outdoor escapes in the beautiful Hawaiian Islands would soon be relegated to their sofas at home, replete with nothing more than a computer screen or mobile phone, hopefully at least with a decent sound system to enjoy during lockdown.  Aloha ‘Aina, Volume 8: Field Recordings of Hawaii by Pacific Sounds In those anticipatory moments of the world coming to a still, I realized something that had been under my nose for a long time: Kit Ebersbach had tons of field...

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