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Ted Drozdowski photo by Bill Steber

R. L. Burnside protégé Ted Drozdowski records Stax-inspired “Let’s Go to Memphis” with soul/blues singer Mighty Sam McClain

“I love Memphis. It can be a rough town, but there’s beauty, too, in its old streets and buildings. And people. And I’ve always dug…

May 5th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
DJ Day vs. Lord Echo
Peaches N Herb

Cole Williams (Pimps of Joytime) and Nikhil P. Yerawadekar (Antibalas, Akoya Afrobeat) team up for “Peaches N Herb”

“We went in to record with no plan, and we came out with our cosmic roots on our sleeves,” says multi-instrumentalist/producer Nikhil P. Yerawadekar of…

May 4th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
LL Cool J Mama Said Knock You Out (Lenticular)

Manny Pacquiao, Floyd Mayweather, and the most memorable boxing entrances

Floyd Mayweather stood prancing in his dressing room at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, long after his cue to enter the arena for the…

April 30th, 2015 | Ericka Blount Danois | Guest Blog
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Alan Watts

Listen to Alan Watts talk about Zen Buddhism accompanied by new music from Antibalas horn man Jas Walton

“When we listen to music we are not listening to the past, we are not listening to the future, we are listening to an expanded…

April 30th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
Arthur Russell

Win a pair of tickets to the Red Hot + Arthur Russell! event at the BAM, Brooklyn

  To win a pair of tickets to the Master Mix: Red Hot + Arthur Russell! event at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, please email…

April 29th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Contests/Events
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Jesse Fischer and Sly5thAve 'Vein Melter'

Jesse Fischer and Sly5thAve cover Herbie Hancock’s Head Hunters, “Vein Melter”

Two New York musicians—producer Jesse Fischer and horn player and arranger Sly5thAve—have joined forces to cover Herbie Hancock’s seminal album Head Hunters. Released as a…

April 27th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
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Voltaire Records is the synthesized sound of San Francisco

Voltaire Records is a modern-day synthesizer label birthed in the eucalyptus-scented air and mild sunshine of Northern California. It is owned and operated by three…

April 22nd, 2015 | Alexander Speetzen | Features
Brian Ellis Love Is

Voltaire Records vinyl contest

Courtesy of Voltaire Records, we’re giving away: 5 promo packs (consisting of 3 records each) including: 1 PLAZA Party Games EP 1 DMX Krew  East…

April 22nd, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Contests
Dayme Arocena

Cuban singer Daymé Arocena announces album on Brownswood, debuts new track

Twenty-two-year-old Cuban singer, arranger, and composer Daymé Arocena has signed to Gilles Peterson’s Brownswood Recordings and will release the album Nueva Era on June 9, available for…

April 20th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Tracks
Lincoln Olivetti

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

The Monophonics premiere new video for “Lying Eyes”

  Bay Area band the Monophonics are known for their smart combination of heavy funk, soul, and psychedelic rock, something they call “psychedelic soul.” Back…

April 17th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Videos
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
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

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
Hawaiian soul

Mixtapes of Hawaiian soul, folk, soft psych, and AOR

Roger Bong of Aloha Got Soul recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of Soul Time, the monthly all-vinyl party in Honolulu, Hawaii. Bong and fellow DJ…

April 13th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | Mixtape
Marc Cary Rhodes Ahead

Keyboardist Marc Cary drops Headhunters-inspired Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2

Win a signed copy of Marc Cary’s new CD ‘Rhodes Ahead Vol. 2,’ a signed framed photo, and $250 gift voucher for Ben Sherman gear.

April 6th, 2015 | Wax Poetics | New Releases
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