Bosq and Nicole Willis

Bosq teams up with soul singer Nicole Willis for future dance-floor classic, “Bad for Me”

Wax Poetics has had the pleasure of debuting a couple of Bosq tracks in the past, both of Brazilian influence. He’s preparing for his sophomore…

January 26th, 2015 | Eric Luecking | Tracks
Nacho Picasso

Nacho Picasso and Blue Sky Black Death do it Stoned and Dethroned style

“Stoned & Dethroned” by Nacho Picasso x B.S.B.D Nacho Picasso raps kind of slow. It makes it a lot easier to grasp what he’s saying,…

January 22nd, 2015 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog
Coalmine Records: Remineded

Stream hip-hop comp Remineded: A Collection of Old and New Remixes from Coalmine Records

Brooklyn-based hip-hop label Coalmine Records has recently dropped their hip-hop compilation Remineded: A Collection of Old and New Remixes. You can hear golden-era cats like Heltah Skeltah,…

January 20th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | New Releases
People Records Box Set

Get On Down releases R&B 45 box set of JB’s People Records

Get On Down’s People Records deluxe reissue series launched on Record Store Day last April with the release of the J.B.’s classic 1972 album Food for…

January 20th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | News
Civil Rights March, Beale Street, Memphis
Buyepongo by Piero F. Giunti

Funky Latin band Buyepongo drops new 45 in tribute to Mulatu

  “The first time I heard Mulatu Astatke was in a friend’s car on my way to the World Stage in Leimert Park back in…

January 16th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
D'Angelo 'Black Messiah'

D’Angelo’s Black Messiah is magical

It’s fitting that D’Angelo decided to share the accolades of his album with his band, the Vanguard, since the meaning of the word is to…

January 15th, 2015 | Eric Luecking | Guest Blog
The-Carnations
Luisa Maita by Joao Wainer

São Paulo singer Luísa Maita rises to become pride of Brazil

  Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Ana Luiza” courses smoothly through my headphones on a warm spring day. Claus Ogerman’s bittersweet string arrangements back Jobim’s vocals, delivered…

January 14th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Articles
The Faces

A tribute to Ian McLagan, organ player and member of rock groups the Small Faces and the Faces

The death of any artist can sting, but the passing of Ian McLagan, aka “Mac,” at age sixty-nine has had an unmistakable and melancholic effect. Few artists…

January 14th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Guest Blog
Mike Lundy (Aloha Got Soul)

Aloha Got Soul launches record label, releases Mike Lundy’s “The Rhythm of Life”

Aloha Got Soul, known for their funky mixtape of Hawaiian rarities, is now a record label, releasing some of these hard-sought gems for mainlanders who…

January 12th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Contests/New Releases
Funky Four Plus One

Deborah Harry invited the Funky 4 + 1 on to SNL for the first televised rap performance

As Blondie went on hiatus, lead singer Deborah Harry appeared on Saturday Night Live as both the host and musical guest. It was Valentine’s Day 1981. For her…

January 6th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Mark-de-Clive-Lowe-2

Keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe keeps pushing things forward

Musicians who venture into new frontiers of sound are often the ones who inspire future generations. Born in New Zealand, residing now in Los Angeles…

January 6th, 2015 | Korby Benoit | Record Rundown
The Afrosound of Colombia, Volume 2 (Vampi Soul)

Vampisoul releases Volume 2 of The Afrosound of Colombia

  Vampisoul has released a second volume of their Afrosound of Colombia series. Wax Poetics contributor and Latin-music expert Pablo Yglesias, aka DJ Bongohead, has collected…

December 31st, 2014 | Wax Poetics | New Releases
Sheila Hylton Golf Channel Recordings

Listen to two new re-edits of reggae singer Sheila Hylton from Golf Channel Recordings

Longtime Wax Poetics contributor Robbie Busch, aka DJ McBoing Boing, has recently re-edited English reggae singer Sheila Hylton’s cover of “Lotta Love,” an unlikely Neil…

December 30th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
The Jack Moves
Omega Supreme Records

New synth-funk vinyl releases from Omega Supreme Records

Omega Supreme Records, purveyors of fine, limited-edition modern-funk/synth records, have released a few new records. The contest is now closed. Purchase these on their website. Brian…

December 22nd, 2014 | Wax Poetics | News
Coultrain Photo credit: Lareisa Griner

Listen to “The Reintroduction” by St. Louis left-field R&B singer-songwriter Coultrain

From the EP Side Effex of Make-Believe

December 19th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
Turquoise Summers (Omega Supreme Records)
D'Angelo 'Black Messiah'
Wax Tailor - Nelson Mandela

Wax Tailor honors Nelson Mandela with his live symphonic performance of “Am I Free”

  French producer Wax Tailor has released a 4LP box set and a 2CD and DVD edition of Phonovisions Symphonic Orchestra, a recording of his ambitious…

December 10th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Souljazz Orchestra 'Freedom No Go Die'

Do Right! Music reissue Freedom No Go Die and Manifesto by the Souljazz Orchestra

Do Right! Music is living up to their name and reissuing two wonderful albums by one of the leading global groove bands, the Souljazz Orchestra….

December 8th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | News
Terry Reid

Terry Reid passed on Led Zeppelin to follow his own path

Terry Reid passed on the opportunity to become the front man of Led Zeppelin—instead introducing Robert Plant to Jimmy Page. His choice to carry on as a solo act never paid off with the heights of fame and fortune of his musical pals, yet he recorded two soulful folk-rock masterpieces and has become known as an artist’s artist, championed by many of the greats as the genuine article.

December 8th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Apollo Brown and Ras Kass

Detroit producer Apollo Brown talks about his new album Blasphemy with Ras Kass

Apollo Brown is a producer with a rep. When you check out an Apollo Brown album, you know what you are going to get: dusty…

December 5th, 2014 | Chris Pattinson | Articles
Biz Markie
Fantasma

South African group Fantasma drops “Eye of the Sun” video and shares Spotify playlist

South African group Fantasma recently released their debut EP, Eye of the Sun, via Soundway Records. Fronted by creative pioneer and filmmaker Spoek Mathambo, the five-man collective creates…

December 2nd, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Playlists/Videos
Public Enemy

Two ground-breaking hip-hop albums by Public Enemy reissued

Chuck D’s voice is the greatest instrument hip-hop has ever had. That’s not meant to slight the contributions of the other members of Public Enemy…

November 26th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | News
The Roots Things Fall Apart

Ferguson and the history of riots and protest

What I have to say is for White people, like me. After researching and writing a book about soul music during the Civil Rights era,…

November 25th, 2014 | Travis Atria | Guest Blog
Soul Is... Pretty Purdie

Bernard Purdie and his solo masterpiece Soul Is… Pretty Purdie

In early March and late June of 1972, Bernard Purdie took some time to record his own album, Soul Is…, although certainly not his first….

November 21st, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Re:Discovery
Jean Seberg in the film 'Kill!'
The Peterson Brothers

Texas guitar prodigies the Peterson Brothers fuse the blues with soul, funk, and disco

Trying to fit in sessions with Bootsy Collins can be tough when you’re still in high school.

November 20th, 2014 | Greg Lemen | Articles
Jimmy Ruffin

Jimmy Ruffin, known for “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted,” passes away

Motown founder Berry Gordy speaks

November 19th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | News
Portishead Dummy

Portishead’s Dummy reissued on vinyl for its 20th anniversary

Even twenty years later, there isn’t an album that sounds quite like Portishead’s Dummy. Hailing from the Bristol scene in the mid-’90s, the band reached…

November 19th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | News
Baby Jaymes "The Visit" (Ghettro)

Oakland’s Baby Jaymes drops soul covers of the Cyrkle and 50 Cent on 45rpm

Oakland artist Baby Jaymes recently dropped a Coca-Cola-bottle-green vinyl 45 with a great cover of the Cyrkle song “The Visit” on the B-side. Some may recognize the original…

November 18th, 2014 | Francis Devin Rimer | New Releases
The One-derful! Collection

Chicago label One-derful! Records reissued as deluxe box set

Staff songwriter, arranger, and producer Larry Nestor reminesces on his time with the Chicago soul label.

November 17th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Articles
Stand! Sly and the Family Stone

Freddy Stone discusses Sly and the Family Stone’s Stand! on its 45th anniversary

By the end of the 1960s, Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart, Frederick “Freddie Stone” Stewart, Rosemary “Rose Stone” Stewart, Cynthia Robinson, Larry Graham, Greg Errico, and…

November 14th, 2014 | Chris Williams | Articles
Blockhead Bells & Whistles

Stream Blockhead’s entire new album, Bells & Whistles

Album is out on November 18.

November 14th, 2014 | Kyle Eustice | New Releases
Captain Supernova

Captain Supernova drops mellow synth-boogie track “Imaginary Voyage”

  Captain Supernova is dropping the seven-track EP Visions of the Unknown on December 2. Check out the single “Imaginary Voyage” with its pleasingly familiar poppin’ bass…

November 12th, 2014 | Francis Devin Rimer | Tracks
FAR OUT FAMILY

Atlanta’s Far Out Family premiere “Real Boy Pinocchio” video

The ATL new jacks on what it means to be a real boy.

November 11th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Videos
J-Zone 'Lunch Breaks'

J-Zone learns the drums, classic miking techniques, and drops Lunch Breaks

  J-Zone dropped out of the music industry in 2009, soured on the business side of things. After writing and promoting his book Root for the Villain: Rap,…

November 10th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | News
El Michels Affair 'Sounding Out the City'

Sounding Out the City by El Michels Affair gets a deluxe reissue a decade later

Leon Michels and Tommy Brenneck reminisce on the original sessions.

November 6th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Articles
Donald Byrd "Blackbyrd"

Rare footage of Donald Byrd performing the Larry Mizell–penned “Black Byrd”

Gilles Peterson has dug up some very rare footage from the Montreux Jazz Festival in 1973…

November 5th, 2014 | Francis Devin Rimer | Videos
Life Is Beautiful

Reporting from the “Life Is Beautiful” Festival 2014

I moved to Las Vegas almost a year ago. I had arrived two weeks after Life Is Beautiful, which was a disappointment. Some homies were…

November 5th, 2014 | Zach Moldof | Guest Blog
Grown Kids Radio Presents “Off the Beaten Tracks”

Listen to “Be Mine” by the Pendletons (Trailer Limon and E Da Boss of Myron & E)

Bay Area DJ collective Grown Kids Radio are currently raising funds for a new compilation, Off the Beaten Tracks. One track, “Be Mine” featuring Felili, is…

November 5th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
Dr. Octagon

Pay Dr. Octagon another visit with the “Respect the Classics” vinyl reissue

It was 1996, and while gangsta rap was still riding high, a new wave of hip-hop was being birthed. At the forefront of this new…

October 30th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | News
Citypop Japanese AOR

“Citypop” (Japanese AOR) mixtape Melancholy of Suburbia by Bawxxx

Japanese DJ Bawxxx recently hipped us to his mix of citypop (Japanese AOR), lovingly called Melancholy of Suburbia, and we’re feeling this! Good luck ever finding…

October 28th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
Peter Guralnick

Hear previously unreleased Ray Charles interview by soul historian Peter Guralnick

Sweet Soul Music: Rhythm and Blues and the Southern Dream of Freedom and Dream Boogie: The Triumph of Sam Cooke rereleased as enhanced e-readers.

October 28th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | News
The Arsonists

Get On Down reissues classic ’90s Arsonists tracks on Halloween-themed 7-inch

Do you know this bass loop?

October 27th, 2014 | Andrew Mason | News
Mosaic UneXpected TuRns

Premiere of new video “Falling” by MoZaic

Florida outtaspace soul singer-songwriter drops ‘Unexpected Turns’ on November 4.

October 25th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Sly Stone Stone Flower

Light in the Attic reissues every track from Sly Stone’s short-lived Stone Flower label

‘I’m Just Like You: Sly’s Stone Flower, 1969-70′ shines light on a few not so well-known gems.

October 25th, 2014 | Andrew Mason | New Releases