Holy Forest

Check the Gilles Peterson–approved debut record by Holy Forest

When Gilles Peterson walked into the London boutique record shop Love Vinyl, he by chance heard Holy Forest’s album playing. When he…

October 14th, 2015 | | New Releases

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…

July 31st, 2015 | | Mixtape
The Fabulous Three

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…

July 16th, 2015 | | New Releases
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,…

May 17th, 2015 | | Tracks
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…

May 4th, 2015 | | Tracks
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…

April 14th, 2015 | | Mixtape
El Michels Affair 'Sounding Out the City'

Sounding Out the City by El Michels Affair gets a deluxe reissue a decade later

Leon Michels and Tommy Brenneck reminisce on the original sessions.

November 6th, 2014 | | Articles
Gabriel Roth at the piano. Photo by Jacob Blickenstaff

Behind the “scene” with Daptone Records founder Gabe Roth

Behind two of the most important R&B singers to emerge in the last ten years, there’s a pair of shades…

June 5th, 2014 | | Articles
Ancient Astro

Ancient Astronauts

German duo Ancient Astronauts drop a breakbeat track “Tuff Gong” featuring Martín Perna, founder of Antibalas and Ocote Soul Sounds. Free…

January 16th, 2014 | | New Releases
Little Shalimar

Little Shalimar

Little Shalimar is Torbitt Schwartz, the drummer and a founding member of Chin Chin, which released a couple of joints on Def Jux. With The New Pneumonia Blues, the Brooklyn-based multi-instrumentalist makes the transition from respected musician and producer to front man and solo artist.

August 25th, 2011 | | Tracks
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
AQ Brainchild Cover3

Adrian Quesada and Brainchild: In Your Right Mind

Musician/producer Adrian Quesada recently launched a website for his Austin-based production facility, Level One Studios. And, to celebrate, he’s giving…

October 26th, 2010 | | New Releases
Whitefield Brothers

Poetry in Motion

The Whitefield Brothers are a somewhat mysterious group featuring members of the German funk band The Poets of Rhythm. Their music includes world, funk, soul and psych touches, all of which they plainly refer to as “raw soul.”

May 10th, 2010 | | Articles
Menahan Street Band

Lee Fields and the Expressions / Menahan Street Band featuring Charles Bradley

Like obvious forebears Booker T. and the MG’s, Brooklyn’s Menahan Street Band – a soul music group led by Dap-Kings guitarist Thomas Brenneck and featuring members of The Dap-Kings, Antibalas, El Michels Affair and The Budos Band – sounds great both behind an R&B vocalist and in the absence of one.

March 10th, 2010 | | New Releases

Fela! on Broadway

As many of you already know, Fela! has been on Broadway for a couple of months now. But while some…

January 26th, 2010 | | New Releases
Issue 10

Issue 10

  Beastie Boys Antibalas Left-Field Americana The Montgomery Express The Texas Stage Bands Part II: Leon Mitchison Pierre Jaubert: Lafayette…

September 21st, 2004 | | Wax Poetics Magazine