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BAMcinématek celebrates L.A. hip-hop on film

Straight Outta…Brooklyn? The intersection of Los Angeles street culture and hip-hop on film is the focus of the Brooklyn Academy of Music Cinématek’s timely new…

September 2nd, 2015 | | Events
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Mara TK discusses new Electric Wire Hustle EP, Aeons, and premieres new track

“There’s a song about an android who commits suicide, a song about a girl named Truth who evades the law while trying to find God,…

August 25th, 2015 | | Tracks
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Cali’s XL Middleton drops new modern-funk track, “Psychic”

California musician XL Middleton’s single “Keep It Funkin’” established him as one to watch on the modern-funk scene. Now he’s dropping his debut longplayer, Tap Water, on…

August 25th, 2015 | | Tracks
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The Souljazz Orchestra ready new album, Resistance, and drop new homemade video for “Courage”

  Ottawa’s Souljazz Orchestra is set to release a new LP, Resistance, on September 4 via Strut Records. “We approached this album with a fresh ear,”…

August 25th, 2015 | | Videos
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Ghana-born, L.A.-based singer Rocky Dawuni spreads his positive message through Afro-roots music

An unusual Southern California overcast day, clouds pregnant with a much-needed rain blanket the Pacific Ocean. Though, muttering “April Showers bring May flowers” to anyone…

August 24th, 2015 | | Articles
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Bosq drops new EP and an end-of-summer mixtape of disco, cumbia, funk, and Afrobeat

Bosq is back with a new EP, Tumbalá released by Soul Clap Records and available at Beatport. This four-track project is filled with his signature sound—danceable grooves heavy on…

August 21st, 2015 | | Mixtape/New Releases
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L.A. multi-instrumentalist/producer Dexter Story premieres new Ethiopia-influenced song

  “Wondem is a unique collection of songs inspired by my passion for and immersion into African music and culture over my career” says Los Angeles musician Dexter…

August 18th, 2015 | | Tracks
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Premiere of “Brother Sun” remix by Electric Wire Hustle featuring Kimbra

  Electronic soul duo Electric Wire Hustle are back with a new EP, Aeons, dropping on August 28. They’ve teamed up with fellow Kiwi talent Kimbra for the…

August 13th, 2015 | | Tracks
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Lizzy Mercier Descloux’s punk funk debut, Press Color, gets deluxe reissue

  Take equal parts ESG, Blondie, and Rimbaud, add a dash of tropical-gone-native exoticism, mix in the blender of late ’70s downtown NYC and you’ve…

August 13th, 2015 | | New Releases
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Win Ned Doheny compilation Separate Oceans from Numero Group!

Courtesy of Numero Group, we will be giving away a few copies of their Seperate Oceans Ned Doheny CD! Just email contest[at]waxpoetics.com with the subject line DOHENY CD…

August 11th, 2015 | | Contests
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Ned Doheny went from the folky Laurel Canyon singer-songwriter scene to R&B heights

After an album on Asylum failed to make waves, Ned Doheny wrote a couple songs with Average White Band’s Hamish Stuart that would find great success in the R&B world. Teaming with Steve Cropper, Doheny embraced this new funky direction and recorded two albums that made him a star in England and Japan.

August 8th, 2015 | | Articles
Au Revoir, Mogadishu

Au Revoir, Mogadishu mixtape compiles extremely rare, funky Somali tunes

  Via our friends at Jakarta Records, we have discovered another treasure. Their German colleagues Çaykh Recordings have put together a mixtape of Somali tunes from the…

August 7th, 2015 | | Mixtape
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Wax Poetics Records duo Bones & Beeker drops new track, “Each Time I Die”

Wax Poetics Records’ new Minneapolis-based duo Bones & Beeker—a band that combines hip-hop-production sensibilities with classic, harmony-focused singer-songwriter musicianship—drops new track, “Each Time I Die.”

August 5th, 2015 | | Tracks
Sly and the Family Stone Live at the Fillmore East

Sly and the Family Stone drummer Greg Errico remembers the legendary Fillmore East sets

In October 1968, Sly and the Family Stone put on four shows in East Village’s Fillmore to frenzied crowds. Having recorded the shows, their label,…

August 4th, 2015 | | New Releases
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Trumpeter/arranger Todd Simon (Ethio Cali) drops Jazz on 45 mixtape

Los Angeles trumpeter/arranger/producer powerhouse Todd M. Simon (Quantic/Ethio Cali/Kelis/TV on the Radio/Madlib/Antibalas) is a lover of jazz 45s. He’s assembled a clever mix of jazz 45s…

July 31st, 2015 | | Mixtape
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Golden Era hip-hop squad cyphers on final Arsenio Hall Show

  We recently discussed how David Letterman supported the Golden Era of hip-hop, but it’s more well known that Arsenio Hall’s first show really set…

July 30th, 2015 | | Videos
Air 'Vigin Suicides' box set

Air’s lush synthesizer masterpiece score of The Virgin Suicides get box set treatment

Air scored the haunting and beautiful music for Sofia Coppola’s The Virgin Suicides, with the album hitting shelves in early 2000. Received to much acclaim, including…

July 28th, 2015 | | News
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Osunlade drops fresh new joint, “Basement Jazz”

“For me, everything is an instrument; it all has sound,” says DJ and producer Osunlade of Yoruba Records. “So in my eyes, I play every…

July 23rd, 2015 | | Tracks
Brian Ellis "Peg"

Synth wiz-kid Brian Ellis covers Steely Dan’s “Peg” for Austin Boogie Crew

The Texas DJ/funk collective Austin Boogie Crew, formed by Danny Spence, made a name for themselves with their monthly party “The Boogie.” Now they’re a record…

July 21st, 2015 | | Tracks
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Kon’s Star Time label delivers stellar disco edits

“In 1978, my mother was pretty much a disco diva—a little queen—and would take me to the club on Saturdays,” says DJ and producer Kon….

July 17th, 2015 | | Articles
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Truth & Soul issues The Best of the Fabulous Three on LP

The Best Of by the Fabulous Three has been available for several years on CD, and it seemed rather odd that this collection of the…

July 16th, 2015 | | New Releases
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Wax Poetics Records introduces Bones & Beeker, premieres debut song

Wax Poetics Records has signed Minneapolis duo Bones & Beeker, a band that combines hip-hop-production sensibilities with classic, harmony-focused singer-songwriter musicianship, creating catchy yet complex…

July 16th, 2015 | | Tracks