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Buyepongo returns with the psychedelic merengue track “Pegao”

  In the words of Los Angeles musical shaman Carlos Nino, Buyepongo’s a “high-energy, creative dance band. The creative is there in the center, which…

October 2nd, 2015 | | Tracks
Nicole Willis

Soulful single, “One in a Million,” from Nicole Willis in advance of new album

It’s always a pleasure to hear modern soul music done right, with no pretension, and musical chops that are skillful and appropriate without calling undue…

October 1st, 2015 | | Tracks

Win a copy of the John Morales–remixed Tuxedo 12-inch!

In Wax Poetics Issue 61, we featured an article on Tuxedo, the Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One collaboration album that Stones Throw released earlier in…

September 30th, 2015 | | Contests
Tuxedo by Piper Ferguson
Nohelani Cypriano

Nohelani Cypriano created a 1979 Hawaiian disco cult-classic

You can imagine how it happened: the confluence of the islands’ long history of musical output with the nightlife of 1970s Honolulu—think tourists, cocaine, and clubs pumping disco….

September 28th, 2015 | | Blog
The Jack Moves "Joyride"
Giorgio Moroder

Giorgio Moroder pretends to play “Chase” from Midnight Express on the Minimoog on German TV

  Shortly after Giorgio Moroder won an Academy Award for his soundtrack to Midnight Express, he appeared on German TV where, after they introduced him, they…

September 22nd, 2015 | | Videos
Souljazz Orchestra

Win a copy of the Souljazz Orchestra’s new LP Resistance

On September 4, Strut unleashed the next album in the Souljazz Orchestra canon, Resistance. It wasn’t even a year ago that Do Right! Music out of…

September 16th, 2015 | | Contests

Jigmastas to return with new album, greatest hits mix

One of the great underground hip-hop groups of the ’90s was Brooklyn’s Jigmastas. The duo, comprised of DJ Spinna on beats and Kriminul on the…

September 15th, 2015 | | Mixtape/New Releases
Brian Ellis

The Escondido boogie monster Brian Ellis returns with new album

  Hailing from San Diego’s North County semi-desert city of Escondido, synth master Brian Ellis has been on a roll, releasing boogie and modern-funk material…

September 14th, 2015 | | New Releases

Six Degrees of a G: The N.W.A Family Tree

What do Rakim, Candyman, and have in common?

September 11th, 2015 | | Blog
Tommy McCook 'The Sannic Sounds'

Dub Store Records release Tommy McCook vinyl, The Sannic Sounds

  Japanese reggae reissue label Dub Store Records has just dropped a monster on us. Sax man and reggae architect Tommy McCook’s hyper-rare LP The Sannic…

September 11th, 2015 | | New Releases
Theo Parrish Black Jazz

Theo Parrish and DJ Muro both spin Black Jazz mixtapes

A couple years back, we were digging DJ Muro’s Black Jazz set (see below). Today, we heard Theo Parrish’s mixtape of the Black Jazz catalog,…

September 11th, 2015 | | Mixtape
Bones & Beeker "Heartbroken in Love"
Mickey (Eye Witness) (PPU)
Roger Troutman

Roger Troutman of Zapp breaks down his use of the talk box

  On this 1987 episode of Video Soul, guest Roger Troutman, frontman of the funk/boogie group Zapp, says of the talk box, “I’d heard it with…

September 4th, 2015 | | Videos
Professor Brian Oblivion 'Dissertation: Volume 1'

Full album stream of Dissertation by beatmaker Professor Brian Oblivion

Professor Brian Oblivion drops his new album, Dissertation: Volume 1, today, available digitally, as well as the must-have LP and cassette, from Clockwise Records. Check out…

September 4th, 2015 | | New Releases
Roy Ayers

Rare Roy Ayers performance of “Vibrations” from 1976 + Soul Train clips

  We’d like to take this time to admonish the YouTube nation for its lack of classic, live performances from Roy Ayers. There are plenty…

September 3rd, 2015 | | Videos
Lianne La Havas
Grace Jones

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
XL Middleton

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

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
Mr. Bongo Africa 45

Dave “Mr Bongo” Buttle discusses his new Africa 45s series featuring rare-groove Afro classics

Dave “Mr Bongo” Buttle has long been a distinguished part of the British music scene, keeping some of the country’s best DJs and collectors supplied…

August 25th, 2015 | | Articles
Rocky Dawuni

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
Bosq mixtape

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
JAY Z Magna Carta... Holy Grail

Third Man Records releases 2LP 180-gram Magna Carta… Holy Grail

  Your turntable’s still not dead. Mere months after issuing a limited-edition 45s set of Magna Carta… Holy Grail, a 2LP version is now available via…

August 20th, 2015 | | News
Dexter Story

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
Electric Wire Hustle ft. Kimbra

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

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