A Tribe Called Quest

A Tribe Called Quest perform “Check the Rhime” with Paul Shaffer’s band on Late Night with David Letterman

  In the 1990s, “King of the Rappers” David Letterman supported golden-era hip-hop, despite Arsenio being the main spot where MCs got down. As we saw when…

June 29th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Pat Van Dyke

[LISTEN] Pat Van Dyke drops remix EP, Technicolor HI-FI Remixes, and 7-inch with DJ Spinna remix

Drummer, composer, and producer Pat Van Dyke revisits his 2013 release, the Fender Rhodes–rich Technicolor HI-FI, with a new ten-track digital remix EP and a 7-inch that includes…

June 29th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | New Releases
Bruce Lundvall

A farewell to Blue Note’s Bruce Lundvall, Sept. 13, 1935–May 19, 2015

Bruce Lundvall’s passing was a sad occasion and a great loss to jazz and the music community as a whole. In fond remembrance, I’d like…

June 26th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | In Memoriam
Quarter Street

Australian salsa group Quarter Street release single, video, free download

  In the 1970s and ’80s, many Latin Americans fled their home countries during the tumultuous times of coups, revolutions, and civil wars. Some of these…

June 26th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks/Videos
Kerbside Collection mixtape

Kerbside Collection spins jazz-funk mixtape of influences

Aussie jazz-funk crew Kerbside Collection have created a nice mixtape that features the music that influences their new album Trash or Treasure. Spun by their…

June 25th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
Lee "Scratch" Perry 'Super Ape' (Vinyl Me, Please)

Vinyl Me, Please reissues Lee “Scratch” Perry and the Upsetters’ Super Ape

Perhaps one of the most misunderstood records in Lee “Scratch” Perry’s catalog and the reggae genre, Super Ape was slept on by fans for years but now…

June 25th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | News
Nina Simone
Dma-Funk 'Invite the Light'

Dam-Funk returns with new solo album, Invite the Light, first in six years

Listen to the new single “We Continue.”

June 24th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | New Releases
The Expanders

Reggae revivalists the Expanders choose five classic faves

  It’s a good time for fans of the classic ’70s reggae sound. In addition to a steady stream of quality reissues, there are a…

June 23rd, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Record Rundown
Kerbside Collection
Binker and Moses 'Dem Ones'

Young lions of London Binker and Moses lay down analog jazz LP

U.K.-based Gearbox Records is serious about their analog recordings. As specialists of jazz on vinyl, they take great care each step of the way. They have their…

June 18th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | New Releases
Leon Bridges

Afro-Peruvian collective Novalima premieres new track “Beto Kele”

Since its formation in 2001, Novalima has been breaking down boundaries, uniting seemingly irreconcilable genres, communities, and generations to create an inspiring movement that has…

June 16th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks

Quantic records new Los Angeles jazz album, debuts disco single “Creation (East L.A.)”

  “A transient is a burst of energy that hits and falls off, leaving nothing behind. It is temporary, momentary in its action, like an…

June 16th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
DJ Cash Money
Everybody Digs Bill Evans

Album cover art: Everybody Digs Paul Bacon

  Everybody digs Paul Bacon. You just might not know it yet. He first made his mark as an art director for early Blue Note albums,…

June 11th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | The Album
Ornette Coleman
DJ Vadim & Sena

Listen to DJ Vadim & Sena’s new album, Grow Slow

In 2005, Sena traveled from Accra, Ghana, to a festival in Budapest, Hungary, where she met the likeminded DJ Vadim. They first collaborated in 2007 on…

June 11th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | New Releases
Tropical Disco Hustle Volume Two

Win a Tropical Disco Hustle Volume Two CD from Cultures of Soul

Fresh off the success of their first Tropical Disco Hustle compilation, Cultures of Soul returns with Volume Two, exploring the Caribbean disco and groove of Trinidad and Jamaica, St. Lucia…

June 10th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Contests
Polyversal Souls 'Invisible Joy'

Max Whitefield’s new group Polyversal Souls premieres new video

  Now-Again Records has partnered with Max Whitefield of Poets of Rhythm and the Whitefield Brothers in his new record label venture, Philophon. Their first…

June 10th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
La Gatta in Calore soundtrack

Win a vinyl copy of La Gatta in Calore

First-ever official LP reissue of this rare 1972 classic soundtrack by Italian composer Gianfranco Plenizio. Remastered from the original master tapes, and includes four previously unreleased…

June 9th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Contests
Hiatus Kaiyote
Ginger Johnson

Watch the mini-documentary about the forefather of Afrobeat, Ginger Johnson

On June 22, Freestyle Records is reissuing Ginger Johnson and His African Messenger’s African Party on iTunes and CD/vinyl. Originally released in the U.K. in 1967,…

June 5th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Mike Lundy

Mike Lundy’s “Nothin Like Dat Funky Funky Music” 45 from Aloha Got Soul

Aloha Got Soul Records is repressing Mike Lundy’s “Rhythm of Life” 45 and releasing the follow-up, “Nothin Like Dat Funky Funky Music” b/w “Round and Around” 45….

June 4th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
AM & Shawn Lee

AM & Shawn Lee return with Outlines, premiere track “Cold Tears”

Multi-instrumentalist (including massive drums) and producer Shawn Lee has been associated with countless projects. Born in Kansas and living abroad in London since 1995, Lee…

June 3rd, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
ZeddCD036 Opolopo - Superconductor

Swedish producer Opolopo chooses five boogie faves

When the promo of Opolopo’s Kick and Bass Rerub of vocalist Gregory Porter’s “1960 What?” landed in November of 2011, it immediately became a mainstay…

June 2nd, 2015 | Andrew Mason | Record Rundown
DOPE cover

Austin producer Kinder of (iN)Sect Records drops a late-night house mixtape

Austin, Texas, native Michael D. White is known as Kinder. As a multi-instrumentalist, and part of the Exploded Drawing collective and signed to (iN)Sect Records,…

May 28th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
Don Cornelius

Watch Don Cornelius get down in the best Soul Train line ever

In what may be the greatest Soul Train clip ever, the late Soul Train impresario Don Cornelius boogies his way down the line not once,…

May 27th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Blog