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Voltaire Records is the synthesized sound of San Francisco

Voltaire Records is a modern-day synthesizer label birthed in the eucalyptus-scented air and mild sunshine of Northern California. It is owned and operated by three…

April 22nd, 2015 | Alexander Speetzen | Features
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Voltaire Records vinyl contest

Courtesy of Voltaire Records, we’re giving away: 5 promo packs (consisting of 3 records each) including: 1 PLAZA Party Games EP 1 DMX Krew  East…

April 22nd, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Contests
Dayme Arocena

Cuban singer Daymé Arocena announces album on Brownswood, debuts new track

Twenty-two-year-old Cuban singer, arranger, and composer Daymé Arocena has signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings and will release the album Nueva Era on June 9, available for…

April 20th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
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A Tribe Called Quest People’s Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm 25th Anniversary Mixtape

“We were like virgins,” says Ali Shaheed Muhammed, referring to the time of People’s Instinctive Travels & the Paths of Rhythm and the experience of…

April 17th, 2015 | Alice Price-Styles | Mixtape
Monophonics

The Monophonics premiere new video for “Lying Eyes”

  Bay Area band the Monophonics are known for their smart combination of heavy funk, soul, and psychedelic rock, something they call “psychedelic soul.” Back…

April 17th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
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Wax Poetics Issue 61 Letter from the Editor-in-Chief

Who’s gonna take the weight?

April 16th, 2015 | Andre Torres | Guest Blog
Flute Funk

Flute Funk mixtape by DJ Mentos

In Flute Funk Volume 1, DJ Mentos treats us to an hour-long mix of classic and freshly excavated funk nuggets, breakbeats, dusty grooves, and straight…

April 16th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
Ed-Ape "Up, Up, Up"

Stones Throw created instant lore with Ed-Ape’s “Up, Up, Up” 7-inch

Win the 7-inch!

April 15th, 2015 | Alexander Speetzen | Contests
Monk-one 'Lawn Chair Vibes'

Lawn Chair Vibes mixtape by Monk-One

Sometime around 2004, Wax Poetics teamed up with PF Flyers to do a mixtape, just as spring was erasing a brutal winter in New York….

April 14th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
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Storm Rave with Frankie Bones in Brooklyn

Win a pair of tickets!

April 14th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Contests/Events
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Mike Lundy’s “Nothin Like Dat Funky Funky Music” 45 from Aloha Got Soul

  Aloha Got Soul Records has announced their next release, Mike Lundy’s “Nothin Like Dat Funky Funky Music” b/w “Round and Around” 45, which is…

April 13th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
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Marc Cary Rhodes Ahead

Keyboardist Marc Cary drops Headhunters-inspired Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2

Win a signed copy of Marc Cary’s new CD ‘Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2,’ a signed framed photo, and $250 gift voucher for Ben Sherman gear.

April 6th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Contests/New Releases
Marvin Gaye Grammys

Grace Jones and Rick James present Marvin Gaye with Best R&B Male Vocalist Grammy in 1982

  Every year, the Grammys catch a lot of flak—for not getting hip-hop right, for missing the mark on…well, just about everything. Even in the…

April 3rd, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Highlife on the Move

Free download of “Niger Mambo” from Soundway’s Highlife on the Move

Soundway Records has released the great compilation Highlife on the Move: Selected Nigerian & Ghanaian Recordings from London & Lagos 1954–66. We’re giving away a free…

April 1st, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
Digging in the Vaults

WhoSampled presents Digging in the Vaults sample-based compilation

WhoSampled team up with Imagem music publishers

March 30th, 2015 | Alice Price-Styles | Tracks
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Common’s Like Water for Chocolate reissued on green and white vinyl by Respect the Classics

Around 1999, the Soulquarians—the supergroup of musicians, singers, and rappers—collaborated to put together one of the strongest runs of albums ever recorded, including D’Angelo’s Voodoo,…

March 30th, 2015 | Eric Luecking | New Releases
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Space Is the Place: Afrofuturism On Film at BAM, Bambaataa Q&A

BAMcinématek, the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s stellar film curation branch, is presenting a series of particular interest to Wax Poetics readers. Space Is the Place:…

March 30th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Events
Sven Atterton 'The Cove'

Funky bassist Sven Atterton drops The Cove on Omega Supreme Records

Released on March 24, 2015, on Omega Supreme Records, funk bassist Sven Atterton dropped his debut eight-song instrumental EP, The Cove. Hailing from Essex, London, and…

March 25th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | New Releases
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Jay Z Magna Carta Holy Grail box set

Third Man releases 45 box set of Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail

It’s been over eighteen months since Jay Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail debuted as a digital download. A few days later, the album was released on…

March 24th, 2015 | Eric Luecking | News
Sample: Not for Sale

Sampling documentary Sample: Not for Sale to have U.S. premiere in Brooklyn

Wax Poetics and Brooklyn label Names You Can Trust present a one-time only screening of the documentary SAMPLE: NOT FOR SALE

March 23rd, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Events
Kenny Dope

101 Apparel drops Kenny Dope’s Anything Goes mixtape on limited-edition cassette, with T-shirt

“I’m really happy to collaborate with a brand that is just as passionate about music as I am,” says Kenny “DOPE” Gonzalez about his new…

March 19th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | News
Lee Fields Emma Jean Instrumentals

Truth & Soul releases instrumental version of Lee Fields’s Emma Jean

Less than a year after Lee Fields issued his third album for Truth & Soul Records, the label released an instrumental version of the album…

March 18th, 2015 | Eric Luecking | New Releases
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Ironing Board Sam

Mini-documentary about obscure R&B musician Ironing Board Sam

  Originally from South Carolina, Sam Moore, better known as Ironing Board Sam, has had an interesting, rocky, and obscure career in music for the…

March 13th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Lyrics Born Real People Cover

Lyrics Born premieres first single, “Real People,” from new album

Bay Area mainstay Lyrics Born is back with the first single off his forthcoming Real People album. A feel-good foot stomper and the album’s title track, “Real…

March 12th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks