DJ Monk-One Cherry Pickin'

Cherry Pickin’ mixtape by Monk-One

Contributing editor Andrew Mason aka DJ Monk-One put together this mixtape back in 2003 for Wax Poetics and Adidas. It was a simpler time then,…

February 27th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
The Mighty Sceptres

The Mighty Sceptres drop new LP and premiere “Sting Like a Bee”

We talk to Angeline Morrison and Nick Radford about their new album.

February 25th, 2015 | Eric Luecking | Articles/Tracks
The Jack Moves "Seasons Change" (Wax Poetics Records)

The Jack Moves drop new single “Seasons Change” and perform for HuffPost’s A-Sides

Wax Poetics Records artists the Jack Moves recently visited HuffPost’s A-Sides with Jon Chattman for an interview about the upcoming record. While they were there, they…

February 25th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks/Videos
Nickodemus Wonderworld

Wonderwheel releases special Nickodemus 10-year anniversary mixtape

We’re giving away a massive Nickodemus gift pack of music!

February 24th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Contests/Mixtape/New Releases
Pete Rock
Daniele Baldelli Afro Cosmic Disco
DJ Platurn

DJ Platurn’s Siete Galaxias, Volume 1, a mixtape of 7-inch rarities from Texas, California, and Central and South America

“An 80-minute all-45 excursion into a random array of Latin-flavored grooves from diggin’ in Texas, the West Coast of California, and Central & South America….

February 17th, 2015 | Allen Thayer | Mixtape
The Seven Ups

Stream new album from Australian Afrobeat band the Seven Ups

We have to admit, it seems like every time we turn around, there’s a new Afrobeat band on the scene. It’s a precarious position to…

February 16th, 2015 | Francis Devin Rimer | New Releases
Pimps of Joytime

Pimps of Joytime debut new single “Dance Cardia”

Hardworking Brooklyn band Pimps of Joytime have probably spent more time on the road over their decade-long existence than in their home borough, and it…

February 11th, 2015 | Andrew Mason | Tracks
Fogh Depot

Moody electronic jazz from Russia’s Fogh Depot

  Hailing from Moscow, Russia, the band Fogh Depot is dropping a self-titled LP on February 20 on Denovali Records. It’s an excellent mix of moody jazz and…

February 11th, 2015 | Francis Devin Rimer | Tracks
When We Were Fly

When We Were Fly: A Monk-One basketball mixtape for Victory Journal

Just in time for NBA All-Star weekend, our homies over at Victory Journal have teamed up with WP contributing editor Monk-One to put together a…

February 11th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
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ComeAway-Miles_Tackett

“Come Away” video from singer/guitarist Miles Tackett of Breakestra

  With his 2014 release The Fool Who Wonders, guitarist Miles Tackett stepped away from the funk stylings of Breakestra, the band he led for over…

February 6th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Shabazz Palaces
The Jack Moves 'East Coast Playa' Sweet-Soul Mixtape

East Coast Playa – A sweet soul mixtape selected by the Jack Moves

The Jack Moves is a Newark duo consisting of singer and multi-instrumentalist Zee Desmondes—who has a mean falsetto—and drummer/producer Teddy Powell. The sweet soul group, just signed…

February 2nd, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
The Soul Stirrers

Sam Cooke’s SAR label still sounds heavenly

On January 22, Sam Cooke would have celebrated his eighty-fourth birthday. So it’s fitting that ABKCO scheduled a January 27th release near his birthday to…

January 29th, 2015 | Eric Luecking | New Releases
Dope Folks Records

New hip-hop mixtape from Dope Folks Records

Dope Folks Records is back with another great mixtape of rare and indie hip-hop from the golden era and beyond. Listen to tracks from Tha…

January 29th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
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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
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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 | 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
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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
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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

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