Dr. Octagon

Pay Dr. Octagon another visit with the “Respect the Classics” vinyl reissue

Wax Poetics and Universal is giving away a copy!

October 30th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Contests
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'

Win a copy of Captain Planet’s LP Esperanto Slang

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

October 22nd, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Contests
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 | Contests
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
Alice Russell
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

Groove to the sounds of Ty & Towana’s “Catch Action”

September 16th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | 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”

Check out the limited-edition painted LP of the soundtrack to the film Take Me to the River

September 11th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | News
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

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 | 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

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

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