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Lincoln Olivetti

Brazilian producer Lincoln Olivetti remembered by friend and colleague Kassin

Just months away from completing his first solo album in decades, the prolific arranger, producer, synthesizer pioneer and Brazilian “studio…

April 20th, 2015 | Allen Thayer | Articles
Al Green

Al Green strives for perfection

“Since I can remember, women have wanted to get next to me, and when I sing, it’s like they’ve received…

April 13th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Collage of Music Box regulars. Courtesy of Robert Williams.

Ron Hardy’s radical Music Box mixes and edits defined a new sound in dance music

  When the universally appointed “Godfather of House” Frankie Knuckles left Chicago’s Warehouse club in 1983 to start a residency…

March 16th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Brazilian Disco Boogie Sounds

Two fiery Brazilian boogie compilations explore the bumpin’ sounds from Rio to São Paulo

Before I get all academic and try to explain the historical, political, and musical context of these boogie-oogie tunes, let…

March 9th, 2015 | Allen Thayer | Articles
Daniele Baldelli Afro Cosmic Disco

Italian DJ Daniele Baldelli created the Afro Cosmic disco scene

  Imagine circling the planet in a spaceship—weightless, far from home, listening to music on your gravity-modified iPod. Or imagine…

February 18th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Shabazz Palaces

Ishmael Butler’s Shabazz Palaces is a heavy yet fleeting Afro-celestial experience

We spoke to Ishmael Butler in 2012 after the release of his first Shabazz Palaces long player on Sub Pop, Black…

February 5th, 2015 | Jon Kirby | Articles
Bohannon

Bohannon set the stage for house and modern dance music by keeping four on the floor

“As some folks say, I helped create the disco music, the house music, and a lot of other different things.” –Bohannon…

January 28th, 2015 | Ronnie Reese | Articles
The-Carnations

An interview with Heather Augustyn, author of Songbirds – Pioneering Women in Jamaican Music

  Coming from small-town Indiana and growing up in the ’80s, author Heather Augustyn wouldn’t say she had privileged access…

January 15th, 2015 | Seb Carayol | Articles
Luisa Maita by Joao Wainer

São Paulo singer Luísa Maita rises to become pride of Brazil

  Antonio Carlos Jobim’s “Ana Luiza” courses smoothly through my headphones on a warm spring day. Claus Ogerman’s bittersweet string…

January 14th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Turquoise Summers (Omega Supreme Records)

Turquoise Summers continues the modern-funk tradition for Omega Supreme Records

 In 2009, Los Angeles based interplanetary funk doctor, Dam-Funk dropped his debut album, Toeachizown, a monumental five-LP boxed set on…

December 19th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Terry Reid

Terry Reid passed on Led Zeppelin to follow his own path

Terry Reid passed on the opportunity to become the front man of Led Zeppelin—instead introducing Robert Plant to Jimmy Page. His choice to carry on as a solo act never paid off with the heights of fame and fortune of his musical pals, yet he recorded two soulful folk-rock masterpieces and has become known as an artist’s artist, championed by many of the greats as the genuine article.

December 8th, 2014 | Wax Poetics | Articles
Apollo Brown and Ras Kass

Detroit producer Apollo Brown talks about his new album Blasphemy with Ras Kass

Apollo Brown is a producer with a rep. When you check out an Apollo Brown album, you know what you…

December 5th, 2014 | Chris Pattinson | Articles
Biz Markie

Nobody Beats Biz Markie

In the classic 1986 Dutch documentary film, Big Fun in the Big Town, director Bram Van Splunteren captures New York…

December 5th, 2014 | David Ma | Articles
Jean Seberg in the film 'Kill!'

The insidious tale of actress Jean Seberg, FBI’s COINTELPRO, and the film Kill!

The scene was tragic. A casket covered with lilies, daisies, and yellow roses. A stunned and muted crowd of hundreds…

November 21st, 2014 | David Thrussell | Articles
The Peterson Brothers

Texas guitar prodigies the Peterson Brothers fuse the blues with soul, funk, and disco

Trying to fit in sessions with Bootsy Collins can be tough when you’re still in high school.

November 20th, 2014 | Greg Lemen | Articles
Stand! Sly and the Family Stone

Freddy Stone discusses Sly and the Family Stone’s Stand! on its 45th anniversary

By the end of the 1960s, Sylvester “Sly Stone” Stewart, Frederick “Freddie Stone” Stewart, Rosemary “Rose Stone” Stewart, Cynthia Robinson,…

November 14th, 2014 | Chris Williams | Articles
El Michels Affair 'Sounding Out the City'

Sounding Out the City by El Michels Affair gets a deluxe reissue a decade later

Leon Michels and Tommy Brenneck reminisce on the original sessions.

November 6th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Articles
Jack-Bruce_splash

The musical life of bassist Jack Bruce existed between the worlds of jazz and rock

The legendary Cream and Lifetime bassist passed away on October 25, 2014.

October 25th, 2014 | Brad Farberman | Articles
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
DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist

DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist channel Afrika Bambaataa and take his record collection on the road

In 2013, Shadow and Cut Chemist were asked to fly to New York to take a look at the Holy Grail of record collections—belonging to hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa.

September 30th, 2014 | Kyle Eustice | Articles/Record Rundown
Alice Russell

Singer Alice Russell discusses her 15-year career with Tru Thoughts

The label is releasing a deluxe box set.

September 19th, 2014 | Eric Luecking | Articles
AndreCymone-splash

André Cymone plays the records that changed his life

  In 2012, writer Ericka Blount Danois searched out André Cymone and secured one of the first interviews from the…

September 18th, 2014 | Ericka Blount Danois | Articles
Joe Sample

Keyboardist and Crusader Joe Sample left a major legacy of soul-jazz, R&B, and hip-hop

Joe Sample passed away on September 12, 2014.

September 13th, 2014 | Stefan Trischler | Articles
Gussie Clarke

Reggae producer Gussie Clarke talks about some of the best—and rarest—sides from new VP Records comp

More often than not, a producer is summed up to his biggest hit—in Gussie Clarke’s case, he will, instinctively and…

September 3rd, 2014 | Seb Carayol | Articles