Emotional Connection: Contrast Magazine #15 Connects the Dots

The editors behind Honolulu's Contrast Magazine have a very similar approach to what Aloha Got Soul is all about: We started with the idea that Hawai‘i is often overlooked because of its size and geographic location. We wanted (and still want) to show people abroad what Hawai‘i has to offer in terms of art, music, and culture. There ...

AGS-LP001: A Look at the Liner Notes

The premise behind every Aloha Got Soul release is to tell a story beyond the music. The story of Mike Lundy is mysterious, complex, and layered with good intentions. The story of this reissue project is marked by multiple coincidences throughout the process of rereleasing music from The Rhythm Of Life—so much so, in fact, ...

The Rhythm Of Life (And A Long September)

I often think back to the autumn of 2013—the year my life underwent a big shift in all areas—and the blog post I wrote with it. "To say that September brought extraordinary opportunities to my door would understate the fact that it was probably the busiest, craziest, most serendipitous and exhausting month in my life thus far, ...

Aloha Got Soul Presents: Mystery Blues, a mix highlighting Nohelani Cypriano

Some things take time, something we don't always have enough of. I first connected with Rob Butler, the man behind Be With Records, in October 2014. He sent me a friendly email and mentioned plans to visit Hawaii in mid-2015. Rob and I both do the same kind of thing: run a record label that focuses on ...

The Second Release from Aloha Got Soul: Mike Lundy’s “Nothin Like Dat Funky Funky Music”

"I found that special find". Look closely, and you'll see those words inscribed in the dead wax on the flip side of AGS-7002, the second release from the Aloha Got Soul blog-turned-label (but still a blog!). The idea came to me in January after picking up a copy of RVNG Intl's anthology music by Ariel Kalma. RVNG's attention ...

Interview: Maryanne Ito “I’m ready to spread my wings and take flight.”

I sometimes get asked about current soul music from Hawaii. Spending so much of my time focusing on a very particular era of soul music from the islands, I admit find myself caught off-guard when faced with such an inquiry. Thanks to several tips, namely from my buddy JBMbeatz, prominent Honolulu DJ Bennie James, and my fiancé, I ...

Interview: Rob Butler of Be With Records announces Nohelani Cypriano LP reissue this August

What follows is a recent discussion I had with record label owner Rob Butler, who runs the London-based Be With Records which, since its inception in May 2014, has released a steady string of solid reissues that dance across a landscape of good music. ORDER NOW: Nohelani Cypriano Nohelani LP reissue available from Be With Records.  I ...

Release Parties in June: Mike Lundy’s second 7-inch single (AGS-7002)

The second release from Aloha Got Soul is here. After months of waiting for the test pressings to arrive (thanks to Record Store Day for the springtime delays at the pressing plant!), the second 7-inch from Mike Lundy is on schedule for worldwide release on June 22, 2015. The single will be available from the Aloha Got Soul ...

Interview: Brendan Smith of Request Music on Maui

Last August I took a trip to Maui, during which I drove the Road To Hana, proposed to my girlfriend, and went hunting for records in the basement of Wailuku’s Request Music, the only record store on the island. It was there I met Brendan Smith, the shop’s general manager. With Record Store Day now ...

8 Hours, 100% Hawaiian Vinyl: The 1-Year Anniversary of Soul Time.

On March 26, 2015, Aloha Got Soul celebrated the one-year anniversary of Soul Time In Hawaii, our monthly all-vinyl party right here in Honolulu. To celebrate, we played 100% Hawaiian vinyl all night: 8 hours straight. Initially, the Soul Time party was a one-off event in two cities to promote a tee/mixtape collab I did with ...