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The Expanders

Reggae revivalists the Expanders choose five classic faves

  It’s a good time for fans of the classic ’70s reggae sound. In addition to a steady stream of…

June 23rd, 2015 | | Record Rundown
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Swedish producer Opolopo chooses five boogie faves

When the promo of Opolopo’s Kick and Bass Rerub of vocalist Gregory Porter’s “1960 What?” landed in November of 2011,…

June 2nd, 2015 | | Record Rundown
Pete Rock

Back to basics with Pete Rock

Pete Rock keeps active nowadays by doing what he perfected as a teenager: putting sounds into his sampler and banging…

February 20th, 2015 | | Record Rundown
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Keyboardist Mark de Clive-Lowe keeps pushing things forward

Musicians who venture into new frontiers of sound are often the ones who inspire future generations. Born in New Zealand,…

January 6th, 2015 | | Record Rundown
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 | | Articles/Record Rundown
Adrian Younge

10 records that influenced Adrian Younge while producing the new Souls of Mischief album

Adrian Younge recently got together with Bay Area golden boys Souls of Mischief to create a new album that harkens…

August 15th, 2014 | | Record Rundown
Kaytranada

Producer/DJ Kaytranada pulls 10 records while beatdigging at New York’s A-1 Records

If you’ve ever bore witness to one of Montreal beatmaker Kaytranada’s DJ sets, you’ve likely been shuttled through an aural…

August 8th, 2014 | | Record Rundown
DJ Quik by Jorge Peniche

DJ Quik picks out 19 influential records at L.A.’s Amoeba Music

“When you sample,” says Compton, California, legend DJ Quik, “it’s more than just about the musical piece. It’s the wow…

July 29th, 2014 | | Record Rundown
Bob Power

5 R&B records that producer/ engineer Bob Power put his stamp on

What’s in a name? Well, no one’s accusing Bob Power of false advertising. Since the mid-1980s, the esteemed producer and…

May 28th, 2014 | | Record Rundown
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12 records crafted by disco architect Randy Muller of Brass Construction

This is the story of how an eighteen-year-old influenced the sound of an era. It is the story of how…

May 27th, 2014 | | Record Rundown
Painting by Dion Bello

10 top records from world-famous Beat Junkie DJ Babu

  “Up until I was eight or nine, I was bouncing around a lot, all the time as a kid….

May 23rd, 2014 | | Record Rundown
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Lord Finesse digs through his crates and shares 10 of his favorite gems

As founding member of the D.I.T.C. Crew, Lord Finesse’s search for vinyl is routine and has remained so for decades.

May 20th, 2014 | | Record Rundown
Courtesy of Sergio Diaz

15 surprising albums that helped shape the sound of Brazil’s pioneering psychedelic-rock group Os Mutantes

  For Wax Poetics Issue 31, Wax Poetics contributor Allen Thayer spoke with Os Mutantes about their radical transformation of…

May 20th, 2014 | | Record Rundown
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Me’Shell Ndgéocello covers Nina Simone

Me’Shell Ndegéocello’s latest album, Pour une Âme Souveraine: A Dedication to Nina Simone, celebrates the late, great songwriter’s legacy

July 11th, 2013 | | Record Rundown
Outlaw

10 tracks that session guitarist Hugh McCracken graced

In honor of one of R&B, jazz, and rock’s most prolific session guitarists, Wax Poetics looks at ten tracks graced by the great Hugh McCracken.

April 2nd, 2013 | | In Memoriam/Record Rundown
Remy LBO

Producer Remy LBO digs deep and pulls 10 gems

Exceptionalism, the fourth full release from composer and producer Remy LBO, marks both a summation and transition of artistic objectives. It’s a glassy, funky work of permuting textures, one through which the delicacy of craftsmanship is realized.

November 2nd, 2011 | | Record Rundown
The Liberators

Sidney-based Afro-funk crew the Liberators dig into some influences on vinyl

The Liberators run through a few records that help pave their band’s way, including the Brooklyn Afrobeat collective Antibalas, Desco’s mysterious Daktaris, and heavy-metal icons Metallica.

June 27th, 2011 | | Record Rundown
Peanut Butter Wolf

Peanut Butter Wolf

In Issue 41, Peanut Butter Wolf switches up our regular “Record Rundown” and instead talks about some of his favorite…

July 9th, 2010 | | Record Rundown
The Mackrosoft

The Mackrosoft

As above, so below, wrote magician-philosopher Hermes Trismegistus. It’s the key to all the universe’s mysteries: the macrocosmos is the…

February 12th, 2007 | | Record Rundown
Bernard Purdie

Bernard Purdie

“Bernard is very sharp,” once said Galt MacDermot. “He plays a lot of interesting rhythms.” Indeed. And many admirers have…

October 14th, 2003 | | Record Rundown