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Obscure, jazzy R&B band Nu Shooz took a cue from Portland’s local new-wave scene and morphed into synth-pop stars

It’s 1975 as John Smith thumbs a ride somewhere along the I-5 corridor. Adrift in Washington State, the nineteen-year-old hitchhiker waits as the hum of the freeway presents music to his ears. His wayward journey began in his hometown of Los Angeles, and despite a few starts and stops (including a lift by Bachmann-Turner Overdrive’s equipment van), he’s now backtracking en route to Portland, Oregon. As an aspiring guitarist with no set agenda,…

June 30, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Nu Shooz

Synth-pop and jazz-funk mixtape featuring Portland’s Nu Shooz

As a record digger and DJ, I’m often deconstructing what makes a hit. Whether it’s needle-dropping in a record shop’s listening booth or pulling stacks for the club, I’m perpetually sorting out rare and hit-worthy songs that will prevent me from relying on the actual hits to keep the dance floor alive. Every selector is different in this way. This is just how I am. I’d rather not tap into the Billboard song book…

June 29, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
DJ Nu-Mark

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

Photo by Eric Coleman   DJ Nu-Mark, formerly of Jurassic 5, and Slimkid3, formerly of the Pharcyde, have collaborated on a new album for Delicious Vinyl. The first single, “I Know, Didn’t I”—featuring Darondo’s sublime “Didn’t I?”—was released as a 7-inch. To kick off the album’s release, Nu-Mark has put together the mixtape Tre’d Mark Mix for 101 Apparel, who has also released a…

September 10, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
Wax Poetics 62 Giorgio Moroder

Wax Poetics Issue 62 (Giorgio Moroder b/w Ratatat)

Purchase Wax Poetics Issue 62. Wax Poetics Issue 62 features electronic producer/composer Giorgio Moroder on the cover, with instrumental duo Ratatat on the flip. It is available for sale at our storefront. Contents Giorgio Moroder Ratatat The Ladies of Chic Steve Arrington Unknown Mortal Orchestra The Photography of Les McCann Van Hunt Divine Styler Nu Shooz Jamaiel Shabaka Ibeyi Seven Davis Jr. Bixiga 70 Nick Hakim 45 Francki of IAM Shusei…

June 22, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Wax Poetics Magazine

There he she go.

SPARKLING JEWELS! In effect like alternate side of the street parking rules!   STILL BEEFING WITH: Kev Durant’s shooting accuracy and Westbrook’s incredible clutchness, people who don’t use turn signals, the state of Florida, the radio station at the laundromat that plays the Eurythmics’ “Sweet Dreams” every goddamn time I’m there, MMG now and forever, and Daniel Dumile for keeping his tour in…

June 4, 2012 | Logan Melissa | Guest Blog
Prince Rogers Nelson

Introducing our new hybrid journal with no ads. Available in paperback and hardcover. 118 pages of all-new Prince content. 8 x…