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
bam rooftop

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'
The Gallery (disco)
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 | Contests/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
Collage of Music Box regulars. Courtesy of Robert Williams.
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 | gettyimages.com   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 | Articles/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
Pete Rock
Daniele Baldelli Afro Cosmic Disco
DJ Platurn

DJ Platurn’s Siete Galaxias, Volume 1, a mixtape of 7-inch rarities from Texas, California, and Central and South America

“An 80-minute all-45 excursion into a random array of Latin-flavored grooves from diggin’ in Texas, the West Coast of California, and Central & South America….

February 17th, 2015 | Allen Thayer | Mixtape
The Seven Ups

Stream new album from Australian Afrobeat band the Seven Ups

We have to admit, it seems like every time we turn around, there’s a new Afrobeat band on the scene. It’s a precarious position to…

February 16th, 2015 | Francis Devin Rimer | New Releases
Pimps of Joytime

Pimps of Joytime debut new single “Dance Cardia”

Hardworking Brooklyn band Pimps of Joytime have probably spent more time on the road over their decade-long existence than in their home borough, and it…

February 11th, 2015 | Andrew Mason | Tracks
Fogh Depot

Moody electronic jazz from Russia’s Fogh Depot

  Hailing from Moscow, Russia, the band Fogh Depot is dropping a self-titled LP on February 20 on Denovali Records. It’s an excellent mix of moody jazz and…

February 11th, 2015 | Francis Devin Rimer | Tracks
When We Were Fly

When We Were Fly: A Monk-One basketball mixtape for Victory Journal

Just in time for NBA All-Star weekend, our homies over at Victory Journal have teamed up with WP contributing editor Monk-One to put together a…

February 11th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape

“Come Away” video from singer/guitarist Miles Tackett of Breakestra

  With his 2014 release The Fool Who Wonders, guitarist Miles Tackett stepped away from the funk stylings of Breakestra, the band he led for over…

February 6th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
Shabazz Palaces
The Jack Moves 'East Coast Playa' Sweet-Soul Mixtape

East Coast Playa – A sweet soul mixtape selected by the Jack Moves

The Jack Moves is a Newark duo consisting of singer and multi-instrumentalist Zee Desmondes—who has a mean falsetto—and drummer/producer Teddy Powell. The sweet soul group, just signed…

February 2nd, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
The Soul Stirrers

Sam Cooke’s SAR label still sounds heavenly

On January 22, Sam Cooke would have celebrated his eighty-fourth birthday. So it’s fitting that ABKCO scheduled a January 27th release near his birthday to…

January 29th, 2015 | Eric Luecking | New Releases
Dope Folks Records

New hip-hop mixtape from Dope Folks Records

Dope Folks Records is back with another great mixtape of rare and indie hip-hop from the golden era and beyond. Listen to tracks from Tha…

January 29th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
Bosq and Nicole Willis

Bosq teams up with soul singer Nicole Willis for future dance-floor classic, “Bad for Me”

Wax Poetics has had the pleasure of debuting a couple of Bosq tracks in the past, both of Brazilian influence. He’s preparing for his sophomore…

January 26th, 2015 | Eric Luecking | Tracks