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 17th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
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
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

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

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
Captain Planet 'Esperanto Slang'

Stream Captain Planet’s LP Esperanto Slang

Globe-trotting producer Captain Planet drops sophomore album ‘Esperanto Slang’ on Bastard Jazz.

October 22nd, 2014 | Wax Poetics | New Releases
Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek Reflection Eternal

Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek’s Reflection Eternal reissued on vinyl

We’re giving away a copy!

October 17th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | News
Julian Bahula

Listen to the Afrocentric jazz track “Abbey’s Body” by the Malombo Jazz Makers

Strut Records releases compilation of music from South African drummer Julian Bahula, Spirit of Malombo.

October 15th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
Alice Russell

Alice Russell drops new single to support upcoming tour

Listen to the premiere of the Connan Mockasin cover “I’m the Man, That Will Find You.”

October 14th, 2014 | Francis Devin Rimer | Tracks
Peru Bravo

Peru Bravo comps funk, soul, and psychedelic rock from ’60s and ’70s Peru

Download the Mad’s “Aouh Aouh.”

October 14th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Tracks
Richard Evans "Dealing with Hard Times"

Bassist-turned-arranger Richard Evans put the soul in Cadet Records

As reported by friends and family, Chicago music heavyweight Richard Evans has passed.

October 8th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Ed Motta AOR 2 Mixtape
DOPE by Bedford Box Office

DOPE by Bedford Box Office (Side D)

The latest mixtape by the acclaimed NYC concert production crew is the final installment of 2014.

October 2nd, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape

Kutiman drops new album created with all YouTube samples

Check the newest video and explore the entire album, “Thru You Too.

October 2nd, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Cut Chemist Afrika Bambaataa

Cut Chemist mixtape features rare acetates of early hip-hop tunes from Afrika Bambaataa

This mix includes entirely unreleased material along with demo versions of hits like “Looking for the Perfect Beat,” “Renegades of Funk,” and “Planet Rock. “

October 1st, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist
John Morales

Three mixes of Marvin Gaye’s “I Want You” by re-edit master John Morales

As a record store employee and a DJ for his father’s bar, John Morales set his sights on learning how to re-edit songs by slicing and splicing tape on his reel-to-reel.

September 30th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
Marvin Gaye

Marvin Gaye and band rehearses “I Want You” before concert

Effortless cool from the prince of soul

September 29th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Miles Tackett

Miles Tackett remixes himself in the vein of Francois Kevorkian

Stream and download new remix.

September 25th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | New Releases
The Sharpees "Take Me to Your Leader" (One-derful!)

Secret Stash reissues Midwestern R&B gems on their One-derful! Collection

We’re debuting the Sharpees’ “Take Me to Your Leader.”

September 23rd, 2014 | Eric Luecking | New Releases
Black Star Talib Kweli and Mos Def

Mos Def and Talib Kweli classic collaboration album Black Star reissue on vinyl

Universal’s “Respect the Classics” campaign brings the vinyl back.

September 19th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | News

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