Black Star Talib Kweli and Mos Def

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

Win a copy of the record!

September 19th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Contests
Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra

Afro Latin Vintage Orchestra drops the psychedelic jazz single “Complot”

New album Pulsion out on Ubiquity Records.

September 18th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | New Releases
Emma Donovan and the PutBacks

Video premiere of “Daddy” by Melbourne act Emma Donovan and the PutBacks

Download the track for free

September 17th, 2014 | Francis Devin Rimer | Videos
Sheridan House

DJ Sureshot compiles 27 boogie tracks for Ubiquity’s new Sheridan House box set

We’re giving away a box set!

September 16th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Contests/New Releases
Joe Sample
Balnearico Wax Poetics mixtape Brazil

Balnearico – The Sunny Side of Brazil’s Underground Pop mixtape by Selvagem

“Balnearico is the word we came up with when trying to find a concept that would embrace the feeling one can get from listening to these sunny, bright songs produced in the late ’70s up to the mid-’80s…

September 12th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
Notorious BIG Biggie Smalls Christopher Wallace "Ready to Die"

Ready to Die at 20: How Christopher Wallace created hip-hop’s definitive crime epic

Twenty years ago (September 13, 1994) saw the release of a wholly cinematic piece of art inspired by New York.

September 12th, 2014 | Dean Van Nguyen | Guest Blog
Notorious BIG Biggie Smalls WhoSampled Mixtape 20th Anniversary

Snoop Dogg and William Bell record “I Forgot to Be Your Lover”

We’re giving away a limited-edition painted vinyl copy!

September 11th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Contests
Take Me to the River

Documentary about Memphis music, Take Me to the River, premieres Friday, September 12

Take Me to the River is a feature film celebrating the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation.

September 11th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | News
The Como Mamas Daptone Records

Daptone Records gospel trio the Como Mamas drops new 45 backed by the Menahan Street Band

Watch the exclusive a cappella version of “Well, Well” for the Music Maker Relief Foundation.

September 10th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | New Releases/Videos
Jungle Fire

Los Angeles band Jungle Fire explores Latin psychedelic funk with new single “Tropicoso”

Listen to the track from the new album, Tropicoso, which drops on September 30.

September 10th, 2014 | Francis Devin Rimer | New Releases
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist

Father of beatdigging and hip-hop itself Afrika Bambaataa donated his record collection to Cornell University

Last summer, we made our way to the Master of Records Open Archive to take a look.

September 10th, 2014 | Andrew Mason | Gallery
DJ Nu-Mark

DJ Nu-Mark teams up with Pharcyde’s Slimkid3 for new collaboration

Listen to the new 101 Apparel mixtape, Tre’d Mark Mix, that kicks off the release.

September 10th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
Los Stellarians

Darondo’s “Didn’t I” gets covered by Los Stellarians

311 frontman/singer S. A. Martinez covers Darondo’s amazing gem, “Didn’t I,” and nods to the lowrider-oldies culture with this new album, Cholo Soul.

September 10th, 2014 | Francis Devin Rimer | New Releases

Nick the Record compiles new funky disco and rare-groove album for Z Records

Fans of fine and funky dance music, keep your eyes open for the latest compilation from Z Records, Under the Influence Volume Four.

September 9th, 2014 | Andrew Mason | Contests/New Releases
Gizmo (Okayplayer)

Okayplayer/ Revive-signed bassist and singer Gizmo drops new video

Berklee grad brings his blend of jazz and pop and rock and funk on the road.

September 8th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Gussie Clarke
Diabolic Fightin Words (DJ Premier)

DJ Premier produces the debut single from Diabolic’s upcoming LP, Fightin Words

Listen to the lead single, “Diabolical Sound”

August 27th, 2014 | Francis Devin Rimer | New Releases
Tower Records

Designing the cover for Aaliyah’s 2001 self-titled release and dealing with the death of an icon

August 25, 2001. I am driving on the Bay Bridge, on my way to celebrate my birthday, when I noticed that the radio stations were playing a lot of her songs.

August 25th, 2014 | Warren Fu | Articles
Otis Brown III

Drummer Otis Brown III (Blue Note/Revive) flips the Shania Twain song “You’re Still the One”

New album on Revive/Blue Note evokes the classic sounds of the storied jazz label yet touches on something very modern.

August 25th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | New Releases

Be With Records reissues vinyl copies of Leon Ware’s 1982 self-titled LP, the Streets’ A Grand Don’t Come for Free, and Ned Doheny’s Hard Candy

Only three releases in, they are already getting a lot of attention…

August 23rd, 2014 | Wax Poetics | News
Gilles Peterson

Gilles Peterson creates a Sonzeira megamix of Brazilian essentials

A little slice of that carnival spirit for you, wherever you are!

August 22nd, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
Jimmy Jam
Orlando Julius with the Heliocentrics

The Heliocentrics pair with legendary Nigerian Afrobeat saxophonist Orlando Julius

Over the course of nine tracks, the group explores unrecorded music written by Julius, reworked arrangements, and a cover of James Brown’s “In the Middle.”

August 19th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | New Releases
Adrian Younge

10 records that influenced Adrian Younge while producing the new Souls of Mischief album

Adrian Younge recently got together with Bay Area golden boys Souls of Mischief to create a new album that harkens back to the glory days of ’93…

August 15th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Record Rundown
Injusticia Peliroja

Peliroja’s Injusticia album stream and “Situaciones” video premiere

Producer and guitarist Jacob Plasse has united some of his old friends—players from the Daptones, Pedrito Martinez Group, and Los Hacheros—to form Peliroja, a New York collective inspired by the sounds of Ethiopia, Dominican Republic, Cuba, and the Congo.

August 14th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | New Releases/Videos
Jorge Dalto Chevere

Argentine pianist Jorge Dalto, who played with Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, and George Benson, released his debut solo album Chevere in 1976

Jorge Dalto Chevere (United Artists) 1976 In June 1980, seven years before his untimely death at just 38, Jorge Dalto finished off a successful tour…

August 12th, 2014 | Matthew Court | Re:Discovery
The Budos Band

A sneak peak into the studio with the Budos Band

Last month, we shared the lead track, “The Sticks,” from the Budos Band’s upcoming album, Burnt Offering, due October 21. This month, the band is sharing…

August 11th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | News
Erykah Badu

Classic Erykah Badu album Mama’s Gun finally reissued on vinyl

  Throughout the years, unless you were able to get a hold of a promo copy of Erykah Badu’s sophomore album Mama’s Gun, you haven’t…

August 6th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | News
L. C. Cooke

L.C. Cooke, Sam Cooke’s brother, discusses his SAR Records sides

  When it comes to SAR Records—Sam Cooke’s label—there is no such thing as too many Cookes in the kitchen. L.C. Cooke, Sam’s brother, had…

August 1st, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Articles
Idris Muhammad

Legendary funky drummer Idris Muhammad, 74, has died

  The legendary New Orleans drummer Idris Muhammad, born Leo Morris, has died, the New Orleans Times-Picayune has confirmed. This comes on the heels of…

July 31st, 2014 | Wax Poetics | News
Idris Muhammad

The Idris Muhammad interview

I met Idris through Jimmy Lewis. I needed a drummer. We’d had a drummer on Hair when we were doing it downtown. He’d gone out…

July 31st, 2014 | Egon | Articles
DJ Quik by Jorge Peniche
Sheila Brody

Bride of Funkenstein Sheila Brody drops new EP produced by Gary G-Wiz (Bomb Squad, Sons of Bazerk)

Detroit native Sheila Brody was one of George Clinton’s Brides of Funkenstein. “George taught me to write down all your thoughts and ideas that you feel in…

July 29th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Tropical Disco Hustle

New compilation Tropical Disco Hustle digs deep into the Caribbean dance-floor groove

Our friends at Cultures of Soul have recently released Tropical Disco Hustle, a very tasty compilation of Caribbean disco and funk that’s fitting perfectly in…

July 25th, 2014 | Andrew Mason | New Releases
Joe Bataan Rap-O Clap-O

Salsoul Records, the preeminent label of iconic disco, is being reissued by U.K.’s Big Break

For sheer quantity of iconic dance music released, there are few record labels that can top Salsoul Records. Between its founding in 1974 to its…

July 24th, 2014 | Andrew Mason | News
"Love Money"
Lost Midas (Tru Thoughts)

Lost Midas release new album, Off the Course, and video, “Head Games”

  Tru Thoughts artist Lost Midas drops new album, Off the Course, on July 29 in the U.S. There is a free record-release party in…

July 21st, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Videos
DOPE by Bedford Box Office (Side C)

Download newest mixtape DOPE by Bedford Box Office (Side C)

DOPE by Bedford Box Office (Side C) Hosted by Bedford Box Office & Wax Poetics Riding high off the recent issue of Side B, Bedford…

July 18th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
Electric Wire Hustle

Electric Wire Hustle “Bottom Line” (Anthony Valadez Remix) Premiere

New Zealand-based duo Electric Wire Hustle  have a new album Love Can Prevail dropping on September 8, and have just released a remix to the…

July 18th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | New Releases
Cal Tjader. Photo by Chuck Stewart.

Vibraphonist Cal Tjader was one of the first American jazz musicians to embrace Latin music

  On July 16, 1925, while on a vaudeville tour in St. Louis, Missouri, Victoria Tjader gave birth to a son named Callen Radcliffe Tjader…

July 16th, 2014 | Duncan Reid | Articles
Karl Hector Sahara Swing

Karl Hector and the Malcouns premiere exclusive 7-inch single “Road to Otumpa”

On August 19, Now-Again Records is reissuing Karl Hector and the Malcouns’ debut album, Sahara Swing, with a bonus 7-inch single of a previously unreleased track,…

July 15th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | New Releases
The Budos Band "The Burnt Offering"

The Budos Band drop new single “The Sticks” before their October 21 album Burnt Offering

  The Budos Band (Daptone Records) have always created sinister grooves, so it’s no surprise that they have chosen to explore prog rock and motorcycle-metal riffs on their…

July 15th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | New Releases
DJ Disco Wiz and Solie, 42nd St., 1984

Latino hip-hop pioneer DJ Disco Wiz spins a hard-knock yarn

  DJ Disco Wiz, hip-hop’s first Latino DJ, left a permanent mark on the music and culture after teaming up with Grandmaster Caz in 1974….

July 14th, 2014 | Damian Ghigliotty | Articles

A look back twenty years on Aaliyah’s short but influential career.

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