Butcher Bear mixtape of heady hip-hop and beats

Butcher Bear is Austin, Texas, native Butch Webster, co-founder of the producer-based event/crew Exploded Drawing and owner of (iN)Sect Records, known for their avant-garde beats. He…

February 5th, 2016 | | Mixtape
Earth Wind & Fre
David Bowie illustration by Andrew Spear.

So long, David Bowie

  So long, David Bowie! Since the dawn of the Space Age, several cosmic souls have too briefly graced our presence—Sun Ra, Syd Barrett, Rahsaan…

February 4th, 2016 | | Guest Blog/In Memoriam
James Hunter

The James Hunter Six premieres “Something’s Calling” (Daptone)

In early 2013, the James Hunter Six’s long-awaited release, Minute By Minute, a collaboration with producer Gabe Roth of Daptone Records fame, was released via…

January 25th, 2016 | | Tracks

Heavy Crates releases international collaboration EP with a classic hip-hop feel

If you’re like us at Wax Poetics, you’re a sucker for a well-crafted jazzy groove with boom-bap drums and a slick rhyme on top. That…

January 25th, 2016 | | Videos

Eliane Correa video debut connects Afro-Cuban jazz and neo-soul

Latina pianist, composer, and bandleader Eliane Correa, a product of the disparate environments of Havana, Buenos Aries, Barcelona, and London, is twenty-seven years old and wants…

January 19th, 2016 | | Videos

Portuguese soul sister Marta Ren releases new LP

Marta Ren, with a voice that’s drawn favorable comparisons to female soul and funk greats like Marva Whitney, Vicki Anderson, and Sharon Jones, has a…

January 15th, 2016 | | New Releases
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The New Year’s jams

  Equipe Rádio Cidade “Bons Tempos (Ano Novo)” Happy New Year, good readers of Wax Poetics! May 2016 bring better music saturating the airwaves, a…

January 6th, 2016 | | Re:Discovery
Natalie Cole promo photo
Natl Lampoon Kung Fu Christmas

National Lampoon Players “Kung Fu Christmas” & The Emotions “What Do the Lonely Do at Christmas”

  Apologies if these two get delivered quicker and more to the point, but, well it’s clear we’re a little behind and it’s also getting…

January 4th, 2016 | | Re:Discovery
Salsoul Christmas

Salsoul Orchestra “You’re All I Want For Christmas (featuring Jocelyn Brown)”

  What y’all know about Christmas disco records? Most of them suck or maybe there’s a cool arrangement that lasts for 45 seconds before returning…

January 4th, 2016 | | Re:Discovery
The Show, the After Party, the Hotel
Rotary Connection Peace

Rotary Connection “Peace at Least”

  Day 6 On a similar note from Day 5, we have a psych-rock story song that finally explains how Santa Claus takes care of…

December 22nd, 2015 | | Re:Discovery
Joe Gibbs Christmas

Joe Gibbs Family Wish You a Merry Rockers Christmas

I love the incongruity of Christmas music, like this jamming version of “We Three Kings” from the Joe Gibbs Family Wish You a Merry Rockers…

December 21st, 2015 | | Re:Discovery
Willie Colon

Calentura DJ/producer Jose Marquez remixes Willie Colón’s classic “Aguanile”

Legendary Latin label Fania Records has a long history of hard-hitting dance music, having pioneered salsa, boogaloo, and Latin funk throughout the ’60s and ’70s. Today, the label…

December 18th, 2015 | | Tracks
Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings

Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings It’s a Holiday Soul Party

As I mentioned on the first day of Christmas Jams, there are a few unwassailable classic Christmas albums that have been spared Clear Channels’ commercial…

December 18th, 2015 | | Guest Blog
Onra (101 Apparel)

New Onra mixtape from 101 Apparel

French beatmaker Onra—featured in Wax Poetics Issue 63—has stitched together a fascinating mix for 101 Apparel, who just created the “Escapism” T-shirt for him.  “I…

December 17th, 2015 | | News
Claudine Longet

Claudine Longet “I Don’t Intend to Spend Christmas Without You”

The impossibly lightweight Longet hit the American record-buying public like a barely smellable fart with an alluring foreign aroma, meaning most people ignored her, but…

December 17th, 2015 | | Re:Discovery
The Nitty Gritty Sextet

Found! Long-lost boogaloo record with Bobby Marin, Tito Puente, Charlie Palmieri, Louie Ramirez, Willie Torres, and more!

This is crazy. When Rocafort Records contacted legendary Latin songwriter/producer Bobby Marin about licensing a couple unreleased boogaloo/mambo tracks by the Nitty Gritty Sextet, Marin told…

December 15th, 2015 | | New Releases
Paul Revere and the Raiders

Paul Revere and the Raiders “Rain Sleet or Snow”

On the second day of Christmas… Like Paul Revere and his Raiders, I hail from rainy, wet, and cold Portland, Oregon. We natives consider ourselves…

December 15th, 2015 | | Re:Discovery
The Jack Moves
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Rare Gallery footage and special New Year’s Eve offer from DJ Nicky Siano

Earlier this year DJ legend Nicky Siano threw one of the greatest parties in recent memory, a throwback to the glory days of New York…

December 9th, 2015 | | News

Souljazz Orchestra gets the TIMEKODE remix

Ottawa DJs and impresarios Memetic and Zattar—founders of the city’s big DJ night, TIMEKODE—have put their spin on a few joints from Ottawa’s homegrown music scene,…

December 8th, 2015 | | New Releases
Kafundo 3

Exclusive premiere of Kafundó Vol. 3: Electronic Roots From N/E Brazil

Pop quiz: Where is the biggest Carnival parade in the world? Hint: It’s a Brazilian city that begins with ‘R’. Rio? Wrong. With 2.7 million…

December 7th, 2015 | | New Releases
Brand Nubian Mixtape
Gerson King splash

Gerson King Combo “Jingle Black” (Polydor Records, Brazil) 1977

My partner in life and children has always been extremely understanding of my personal music obsession and vinyl acquisition habit, not questioning late-night solo outings…

December 7th, 2015 | | Re:Discovery
Wild Style Breakbeats
Tamla 45 set from Third Man Records

Third Man Records releases Tamla 45s set

Win nine 45s!

December 2nd, 2015 | | News
Orlando & Patricia 'Num Dia Azul'

Lost bossa nova album Num Dia Azul to be reissued via Kickstarter

The bossa nova/jazz duo of Orlando Haddad and Patricia King, better know as Minas, are closing in on their financial goal for a Kickstarter campaign to remaster…

December 2nd, 2015 | | News