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
Chuck D Tupac

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
Jack Moves 45

The Jack Moves 45: “Doublin’ Down” b/w “Seasons Change”

  We did a very limited-edition run of 7-inch 45s of the Jack Moves’ first two singles on Wax Poetics Records: “Doublin’ Down” and “Seasons Change.”…

April 16th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | News
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Brooklyn independent labels hold pop-up shop on Record Store Day

There’s been a lot of discussion about the relative merits of Record Store Day:  The indisputable interest it has drawn to the world of vinyl…

April 16th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Events
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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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

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

Cheebacabra returns with new synth-funk remix album

Free download of “The Hidden Valley (Funkscribe Remix)”

March 12th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | New Releases/Tracks

The Department of Justice’s report on Ferguson

View image |   On March 4, the Department of Justice released the results of a wide-ranging study on the police department in Ferguson,…

March 11th, 2015 | Travis Atria | Guest Blog
Vintage Erotic and Porno film soundtracks

Mixtapes featuring music from vintage erotic films and porno soundtracks

Record addicts know that erotic films and vintage pornos have always had delicious soundtracks. But even if you know what you’re looking for, some of the best stuff is…

March 10th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape

Premiere of Quantic bonus track: Todd Simon edit of “Painting Silhouettes”

Quantic releases new single on 12-inch vinyl and embarks on a 45 rpm tour

March 9th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Events/Tracks

Mixtape of funky Arabic tunes from the ’60s and ’70s collected by Jannis of Jakarta Records

While some great pre-Revolution funky Persian pop music from Iran has been reissued in the past decade, there’s little known about funky music on vinyl from…

March 5th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
Nicky Siano

Never-heard-before mix by Nicky Siano from the Gallery, October 1976

Listen to never-heard-before mix from the Gallery, October 1976!

March 4th, 2015 | Andrew Mason | Mixtape
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New website 45 Live focuses exclusively on 45-rpm 7-inch vinyl

With the craze for records of the compact, 7-inch variety showing no signs of abating, a new website has sprung up to focus this most…

March 2nd, 2015 | Andrew Mason | News
Dolphin Raheel Bear Fresh Selects

Fresh Selects new artist Dolphin premieres new track, “Young Black Mind”

  Following up a noteworthy first year of releases with Mndsgn, Low Leaf, and Coultrain, the Fresh Selects label is excited to start 2015 off with their first…

March 2nd, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
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 | 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

Celebrating the ten-year anniversary of his album Endangered Species, Nickodemus is releasing a special mixtape that blends twenty-three of his highlights from the past decade on Wonderwheel…

February 24th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape/New Releases