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Mag – Wax Poetics #66 (DJ Shadow/David Axelrod)
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Image: 1609769 DJ Shadow
The late 1980s and early ’90s saw the dawn of a new day as sampling was at a high point with hip-hop’s
golden era. Following in the footsteps of Double Dee & Steinski, Prince Paul, and the Dust Brothers, DJ
SHADOW would push the boundaries of sampling with his early Mo’ Wax releases. His frst full-length
album, Endtroducing…, further shined a light on the art form, as the album exploded through popular
culture and put the reluctant star in the spotlight.
David Axelrod
Producer/composer DAVID AXELROD landed a dream job at Capitol Records in 1964, immediately
working with jazz legend Cannonball Adderley and lifting soul singer Lou Rawls to great heights.
Also:
Gifted songwriter, bassist, and producer LEON SYLVERS III led his siblings’ group the Sylvers from
their teenaged harmony-tinged sweet-soul beginnings to mainstream disco heights, DJ KRUSH
embarked on a journey with British label Mo’ Wax that found the turntablist/producer using hip-hop’s
breakbeat foundation while pioneering a new genre of abstract instrumentals, Sly and the Family
Stone trumpeter CYNTHIA ROBINSON became lovers with Sly, giving birth to their daughter, Sylvyette
“Phunne” Stone, who helped carry the torch with the Family Stone into the next century, Australian
plunderers THE AVALANCHES release their frst record in sixteen years, adventures of a reggae
messenger with DANNY HOLLOWAY. Available from 12.05.2017

Mag – Wax Poetics #65 (A Tribe Called Quest)
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Image: 1605889 Wax Poetics Issue 65 is going back to our roots with 21 pages dedicated to A Tribe Called Quest’s
debut album, People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm, including an oral history with original
founding members Q-Tip, Phife Dawg (in his final interview), Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi, as
well as “fifth member” and iconic engineer Bob Power! Rare and classic photos by Ernie Paniccioli and
Janette Beckman, as well as pics from the personal collection of Ali Shaheed Muhammad.
Back cover feature explores David Bowie’s time in Philly, recording David Live and much of his R&B
masterpiece, Young Americans—at the iconic Sigma Sound Studios used by Gamble & Huff and
countless Philly soul acts. The in-depth, 20-page story is told with the help of producer Tony Visconti,
pianist Mike Garson, model, muse, and singer Ava Cherry, singer Robin Clark, and her husband, guitarist
and collaborator Carlos Alomar. Rare photos of Bowie at Sigma by photographer Dagmar! We also offer
a four-page “David in Philly” timeline and a five-page interview with Bowie photographer Steve Schapiro.
Also included: The history of “Northern Soul”, organist and “Why Can’t We Live Together” songwriter
Timmy Thomas, bassist and jazz-futurist Esperanza Spalding, singer/rapper Anderson .Paak, singer
Dornik, and Hawiian music collective Aloha Got Soul. Available from 26.08.2016

Mag – Wax Poetics #66 (DJ Shadow/David Axelrod)
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Image: 1603258 Yo! MTV Raps b/w The Internet

Features:

Yo! MTV Raps
Exploding onto cable television in August 1988, Yo! MTV Raps was a huge hit because it was necessary. Perhaps the most potent catalyst in hip-hop’s infiltration of the mainstream, Yo! beamed future superstars and regional rap heroes alike into living rooms for the first time ever.

The Internet
Syd tha Kyd and Matt Martians have emerged from production, engineering, and DJing roles within the Odd Future crew to claim their own stake in this new movement of Black musical expression. Originally intended to be a Neptunes-like production team, their collective, named the Internet, is now a full-fledged band with Syd taking lead vocal duties. Their third album, Ego Death, doubles down on their questioning of what it means to be young, gifted, and Black in America.

?Kashif
After a stint as keyboard player with B.T. Express, Brooklyn’s Kashif turned to writing and producing for other artists, infusing synthesizers into R&B and taking the post-disco genre into a modern boogie wonderland.

?Mary Wilson
After Florence Ballard and Diana Ross left the Supremes, last remaining original member Mary Wilson found that her love for performing was enough to keep the name going into a new era of hits.

Also:
Miguel
Cool Uncle
Mia Doi Todd
Brian Ellis
Twin Shadow
Young Gun Silver Fox
Sigma Sound Studios Available from 16.06.2017

Mag – Wax Poetics #63
Friday, October 30th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mag – Wax Poetics #63

Image: 1600598 Gary Clark Jr. b/w Raury cover / Featuring Leon Bridges, Boz Scaggs, Marlyn Mcleod, Kamasi Washington, John Simon, Onra, Knxwledge, Norvis Jr., etc

Mentored on the axe by Stevie Ray Vaughan’s brother Jimmy and mentored on the music business by friend Cody Chesnutt, Austin guitarist Gary Clark Jr. was hailed as blues music’s second coming after a couple of self-released records and his Grammy-winning, major-label debut, Blak and Blu. But not wanting to be put in a box, Clark took a cue from Chesnutt’s The Headphone Masterpiece and set out to record and self-produce a wide-ranging yet personal album from his own perspective. The result, The Story of Sonny Boy Slim, sees Clark bridging the gap between genres while creating his own thing.

After a couple of his singles blew up, nineteen-year-old singer-songwriter Raury flipped that success into an ambitious desire to create profound and impactful art. As he headlines his own festivals, and his anxiously anticipated finally debut drops, Raury now leads a pack of young artists aiming to start a movement to take the music industry in a new, positive direction.

Also: Blue-eyed-soul man Boz Scaggs, Motown songwriter Marilyn McLeod, classic rock producer John Simon, saxophonist and Kendrick Lamar collaborator Kamasi Washington, soul singer throwback Leon Bridges, French beatmaker Onra, Stones Throw producer Knxwledge, and underground sound manipulator Norvis Jr. Available from 13.11.2015

Mag – Wax Poetics #62
Wednesday, June 24th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mag – Wax Poetics #62

Image: 1597984 Giorgio Moroder / Ratatat cover / Iconic computer composer Giorgio Moroder got his start writing and producing pop music in Germany, but a chance encounter with American session singer Donna Summer would change the course of his career. When fellow college alums Mike Stroud and Evan Mast ran into each other in Brooklyn and decided to jam together, they realized they had a penchant for making catchy yet cerebral instrumentals, their newly formed band, Ratatat, featured smart interplay between guitar, synthesizers, and crisp beats. With Chic, Nile Rodgers and partner Bernard Edwards created sophisticated dance music draped in mystery and anchored in the unison singing of a rotating cast of female vocalists—Norma Jean Wright, Luci Martin, Alfa Anderson, Robin Clark, Diva Gray, Michelle Cobbs, and newcomers Folami Ankoanda-Thompson and Kimberly Davis. In the 1970s, Ohio’s blue-collar cities started churning out the hardest-working musicians in the business. As the drummer for the R&B band Slave, Dayton native Steve Arrington quickly rose to take over as lead singer, which led to a successful solo career.

Catch these features and more—Unknown Mortal Orchestra, the photography of Les McCann, Van Hunt, Divine Styler, Jamaiel Shabaka, Ibeyi, Seven Davis Jr., Bixiga 70, Nick Hakim, 45 Francki of IAM, and Shusei Nagaoka—in Wax Poetics Issue 62. Available from 24.07.2015

Mag – Wax Poetics #61 (James Brown/Curtis Mayfield)
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Image: 1596125 Cover Stories: James Brown’s the Payback, Curtis Mayfield, Bishop Nehru, Ghostface Killah

• Rick Stevens, Tower of Power
• Joi
• TV on the Radio
• Morrie Turner
• Electric Wire Hustle
• Tuxedo (Jake One & Mayer Hawthorne)
• Young Fathers
• Soulection’s Joe Kay selects twenty records that inspire the label’s “Sound of Tomorrow”
• Black Panther graphic artist Emory Douglas

• Paid in Full:
Fred Wesley did his second stint with the James Brown Band during the Godfather of Soul’s rebirth in the 1970s. Here, Wesley reminisces about their seminal and best-selling record, The Payback, which can be seen as a hard and cold metaphor for social justice.
• The Message: The Impressions were up and down on the charts for a decade, depending on the creative inspiration of its songwriter and lead vocalist Curtis Mayfield. The final three increasingly sociopolitical charttoppers he wrote for the group—“We’re a Winner,” “This Is My Country,” and “Choice of Colors”—would lean more towards Black Power, alienating some fans and radio stations, but would set the tone for his incredibly important solo work to come.
• Golden Child: After releasing his first mixtape, 2012’s Nehruvia, at only sixteen, New York phenom Bishop Nehru arrived as a fresh voice laced with erudite wordplay and a penchant for classic beats. With his
EP strictlyFLOWz the following year, he grabbed the attention of MF DOOM, resulting in their recent collaboration, 2014’s NehruvianDOOM. As he prepares his solo album, with Nas on board as executive producer, the old-soul poet is poised to help bring the art form back to New York.
• The Champ: In an arena where MCs seldom have extended careers, Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah has increasingly improved through two decades after his 1996 solo debut, Ironman. His use of cryptic slang and his gift for spinning complex tales leaves an unmatched legacy—one that’s still growing. Available from 17.04.2015

Mag – Wax Poetics #61 (Bishop Nehru/Ghostface)
Thursday, March 19th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mag – Wax Poetics #61 (Bishop Nehru/Ghostface)

Image: 1596126 Cover Stories: James Brown’s the Payback, Curtis Mayfield, Bishop Nehru, Ghostface Killah

• Rick Stevens, Tower of Power
• Joi
• TV on the Radio
• Morrie Turner
• Electric Wire Hustle
• Tuxedo (Jake One & Mayer Hawthorne)
• Young Fathers
• Soulection’s Joe Kay selects twenty records that inspire the label’s “Sound of Tomorrow”
• Black Panther graphic artist Emory Douglas

• Paid in Full:
Fred Wesley did his second stint with the James Brown Band during the Godfather of Soul’s rebirth in the 1970s. Here, Wesley reminisces about their seminal and best-selling record, The Payback, which can be seen as a hard and cold metaphor for social justice.
• The Message: The Impressions were up and down on the charts for a decade, depending on the creative inspiration of its songwriter and lead vocalist Curtis Mayfield. The final three increasingly sociopolitical charttoppers he wrote for the group—“We’re a Winner,” “This Is My Country,” and “Choice of Colors”—would lean more towards Black Power, alienating some fans and radio stations, but would set the tone for his incredibly important solo work to come.
• Golden Child: After releasing his first mixtape, 2012’s Nehruvia, at only sixteen, New York phenom Bishop Nehru arrived as a fresh voice laced with erudite wordplay and a penchant for classic beats. With his
EP strictlyFLOWz the following year, he grabbed the attention of MF DOOM, resulting in their recent collaboration, 2014’s NehruvianDOOM. As he prepares his solo album, with Nas on board as executive producer, the old-soul poet is poised to help bring the art form back to New York.
• The Champ: In an arena where MCs seldom have extended careers, Wu-Tang’s Ghostface Killah has increasingly improved through two decades after his 1996 solo debut, Ironman. His use of cryptic slang and his gift for spinning complex tales leaves an unmatched legacy—one that’s still growing. Available from 17.04.2015

Mag – Wax Poetics #60 (Blondie/SZA)
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Image: 1593755 Wax Poetics #60 – Cover Stories: Blondie, SZA: • Onyx • Raekwon (Only Built for Cuban Linx ) • Robert Crumb • Harvey Mason • Marsha Ambrosius • Eddy Senay • Budos Band • Taylor McFerrin • Fatima • Stick Against Stone • Jordan Rakei Available from 05.12.2014

Mag – Wax Poetics #59
Thursday, September 11th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mag – Wax Poetics #59

Image: 1591602 Veteran music journalist Michael A. Gonzales looks back twenty years on Aaliyah’s debut album, the controversy with R. Kelly, and the follow-up album with Timbaland that changed the landscape of R&B. Includes neverbefore-published photos of Aaliyah by photographer Jonathan Mannion.
Novelist T. P. Carter interviews newcomer Kelela and runs down the L.A. electro-bass scene.
Features: Producer, songwriter, and organist Edwin Birdsong is the anonymous genius behind some of jazz-funk’s most cosmic moments. Influenced by Larry Levan and the New York club scene, Birdsong’s left-field boogie anthem “Cola Bottle Baby” would become fodder for both Daft Punk and Kanye West, and his bare funk breakbeat track “Rapper Dapper Snapper” would nod hip-hop heads for years, bringing Birdsong’s grooves to a new global audience.
Rinder and Lewis had a knack for creating commercial, crossover disco, hiding behind various monikers like El Coco and Le Pamplemousse. Ultimately, they chose to reveal their true identities on a string of records that would allow them to realize a more artistic vision of disco that played to their strengths—stripped-down drum-and-synthesizer tracks that pioneered the cosmic dance.
Terry Reid passed on the opportunity to become the front man of Led Zeppelin, choosing to carry on as a solo act that never paid off with the heights of fame and fortune of his musical pals, yet he recorded two soulful folk-rock masterpieces and has become known as an artist’s artist. The story of the notorious NYC bathhouse Continental Baths is the story of disco. The Baths would birth the careers of dance icons Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles, two young DJs who were soaking in the nascent disco scene of the early ’70s—and who soon got their own shot behind the decks, ultimately influencing the dance scene in immeasurable ways.
As one half of production duo Flyte Tyme Productions, Jimmy Jam, along with partner Terry Lewis, changed the landscape of popular music and the sound of radio forever. The duo’s attention to their craft and changing times saw an evolution in their sound through the latest technology, yet their secret to success was unique, tailor-made productions for each artist.
Plus:
Kaytranada, BadBadNotGood, Com Truise, Blu, Chromeo, and Doug Shorts. Available from 22.08.2014

Mag – Wax Poetics #58
Friday, May 16th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mag – Wax Poetics #58

Image: 1588995 the digger’s bible, high quality print, more a book than a magazine / Cee-Lo Green & Action Bronson cover / Content: Cee Lo Green, Action Bronson, Ron Isley, Thom Bell, Millie Jackson, Kool G Rap, Swamp Dogg, Brian Jackson, Freda Payne, K-Maxx, Chicano Batman, KING, Leyla McCalla

It’s not about giving the middle finger and saying, “Whatever.” It’s about real talk. As Cee Lo says in our cover story, “I despise the notion of ‘whatever.’ ” Mr. Green has something to say. He’s not the character he portrays on TV. And he’s not superficially enamored with an industry run by “atheists”—so he must find a balance of being a superstar in the spotlight and a human being in the shadows of introspection.
Up-and-coming rapper Action Bronson doesn’t front about his occupation, doesn’t try to sugarcoat his story. The former chef is just a regular guy with a knack for rhyme and storytelling. He doesn’t hesitate to tell us that he’s thankful and that music is something he takes very seriously.
While the music industry has always been filled with big personalities, it’s especially refreshing to hear from outspoken artists who, as big man Aaron Neville said, tell it like it is. In the 1970s, Ron Isley and his band of brothers weren’t afraid to put a fist in the air and scream, “Fight the power!”—while Brian Jackson and Gil Scott-Heron used their music and words to speak the truth in turbulent times. As two soul artists without a f**king filter, Millie Jackson and Swamp Dogg have made their living putting their uncut thoughts to tape. And Philly soul architect Thom Bell opens up about his weighty contributions to a genre and a business, and Detroit singer Freda Payne shares her personal feelings about her own twists of fate. Finally, Queens rapper Kool G Rap is never afraid to state that he influenced every great rapper of our generation. Don’t fear the truth. Available from 25.04.2014

Mag – Wax Poetics #57
Thursday, January 23rd, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Mag – Wax Poetics #57

Image: 1586936 Not everyone fits in with the mainstream. Some are born
to be different. They are misfits, individualists, outsiders, and
eccentrics that let their freak flags fly. Yet they have found a way
to thrive on their own terms, transcending barriers of categorical
concepts and popular expectations.
Janelle Monáe eschews the prosaic biographical trappings
in favor of the science fiction of alter-ego android Cindi
Mayweather, believing that robots represent an otherness. She is
seemingly at odds with current R&B radio, yet she was signed
by Diddy and has found crossover success. Jody Watley did not
want to be an industry puppet. She broke free, joined forces
with like-minded superfreak André Cymone, and established
herself as an artist who took control of all aspects of her public
persona from songwriting to style. Todd Rundgren embraced all
styles. Butterfly-wing eyelashes and feather boas. Rock and roll
and rhythm and blues. And he often did everything by himself.
Songwriting, playing all the instruments, engineering. He even
produced other outcasts like the New York Dolls, and went on
to influence countless modern misfits. Souls of Mischief busted
out of Oakland with their own style. Surrounded by gritty
streets and street players, the rap quartet was instead playful and
thoughtful, winning a lifelong audience based on brains, wit,
and individuality. Some consider Earl Sweatshirt the weird one
of Odd Future. That should tell you something. But in reality,
he’s just an outsider, the weight of his intellect making him
different than most rappers today. He has a way with words that
most poets would kill kings for. He joins the long line of artists
that represent the ideal musical other, what true fans long for
when wading through depths of mainstream drivel.

FeaTUres
Front Cover: Janelle Monáe
Back Cover: Jody Watley
Contents:
Todd Rundgren
Souls of Mischief
Earl Sweatshirt
Milosh
Soul Train
Black Milk
Ed Motta
Kon
Boardwalk
Bruno Morais Available from 03.01.2014

Mag – Wax Poetics #56 (Little Dragon/Hiatus Ka
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Available from 27.09.2013

Mag – Wax Poetics #56 (Madlib/Kool Herc)
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Available from 27.09.2013

Mag – Wax Poetics #55
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Image: 1581719 Daft Punk are redefining modern dance music by bringing the musicians back. Hip-hop legends De La Soul keep the team together even after twenty years in the game. Contents: Daft Punk, De La Soul, Nile Rodgers, Teddy Riley, Slum Village, Gino Soccio, Me’Shell Ndegéocello, Waajeed, Jack Bruce, Lady, Ava Luna, BLKKATHY
Available from 31.05.2013

Mag – Wax Poetics #54 (Daryl Hall/Jose James)
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Image: 1580043 Daryl Hall & Jose James covers / Issue 54 split covers celebrate two scenes—blue-eyed soul and Brooklyn MCs—brought together as only Wax Poetics can. Cover one features the poster boy for the blue eyed soul movement, Daryl Hall. Wax Poetics digs deep into the scene with features on Bobby Caldwell, Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Laura Nyro, and Ned Doheny. Cover two sports legendary Brooklyn MC and Juice Crew alum Big Daddy Kane, backed with new Brooklyn mic killer Joey Badass. We venture farther back in time to speak with the elusive BK rapper Jimmy Spicer. Also featuring crooner José James, Keyboard Kid, Nosaj Thing, Clams Casino, and the Ghetto Brothers. Available from 22.03.2013

Mag – Wax Poetics #54 (Big Daddy Kane/Joey Bad
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Image: 1580044 Big Daddy Kane & Joey Badass covers / Issue 54 split covers celebrate two scenes—blue-eyed soul and Brooklyn MCs—brought together as only Wax Poetics can. Cover one features the poster boy for the blue eyed soul movement, Daryl Hall. Wax Poetics digs deep into the scene with features on Bobby Caldwell, Donald Fagen of Steely Dan, Laura Nyro, and Ned Doheny. Cover two sports legendary Brooklyn MC and Juice Crew alum Big Daddy Kane, backed with new Brooklyn mic killer Joey Badass. We venture farther back in time to speak with the elusive BK rapper Jimmy Spicer. Also featuring crooner José James, Keyboard Kid, Nosaj Thing, Clams Casino, and the Ghetto Brothers. Available from 22.03.2013

New WAX POETICS Issue #8 available now …
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WAX POETICS Issue #5 Available Now …
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New issue N°4 of WAX POETICS magazine out now …
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Digger’s paradise: Wax Poetics – the best magazine about record collecting, beatdiggin and its history…
Thursday, January 17th, 2002 | Posted in News | Comments Off on Digger’s paradise: Wax Poetics – the best magazine about record collecting, beatdiggin and its history…

Soul/Jazz/Funk

Leon Ware – Rockin’ You Eternally
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Image: 1616529 This customarily smooth set from 1981 is perhaps most famous for featuring three unforgettable tracks made with Marcos Valle. Rio’s pop-soul wunderkind was exploring soul textures at the same time as Leon was absorbing the rich flavour of Brazilian harmonics. Together, they crafted rhythmically sophisticated and melodically adventurous soul.

The centrepiece of the album is the lush, creeping title track – a hypnotically arranged stepper’s groove and an enduring classic. A perfect slice of orchestral soul, it features Leon’s patented unusual chord progressions, Valle on Rhodes and restrained string arrangements from Gene Page.

The nimble funk groove of “Baby Don’t Stop Me” is another collaborative delight and one of Leon’s rare uptempo tunes. “Got To Be Loved” is a timeless ballad, a sublime quiet storm version of Valle’s loping jazz-funk favourite “Bicho No Cio”.

As with all Leon records, the lyrical themes are deeply eternal throughout, whilst the music is elegant, soulful and sensual. Beyond the Valle co-writes, the soaring instrumental “Don’t Stay Away” is a real highlight, possessing an intricate melody and another heavenly string arrangement from the incredible Page. On the pleading sultry soul of “Sure Do Want You Now,” Ware’s uniquely expressive vocals are especially impassioned and polished.

This officially licensed reissue enables a wider audience to now discover its undoubted genius. The sumptuous artwork of the original jacket and inner sleeve have been faithfully restored, the latter featuring Leon’s memorable lyrics. Simon Francis’ sensitive mastering elevates the sound throughout and, as ever, it has been pressed at a reassuringly weighty 180g.

“When we started to write, we found how easy it was, and at the same time how new it was, combining the feeling I had and the feeling he had”, Valle explained to Wax Poetics on the subject of his fruitful partnership with Leon. The magic conjured up by fusing R&B with Brazilian rhythms and touches of jazz, funk, and pop resulted in a modern-soul/boogie essential.

Tracklisting
1 A Little Boogie (Never Hurt No One)
2 Baby Don’t Stop Me
3 Sure Do Want You Now
4 Our Time
5 Rockin’ You Eternally
6 Got To Be Loved
7 Don’t Stay Away
8 In Our Garden Available from 01.12.2017

Black Moon – Enta Da Stage (Remixes)
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Image: 1615792 2017 Remixed & Remastered Edition / Composed of members Buckshot, 5ft, and DJ Evil Dee, Black Moon simultaneously kicked off and defined the rap renaissance of New York with the release of Enta Da Stage in 1993. Whereas plenty of earlier groups had spit rage-filled rhymes to tear down the world’s unjust establishments, no one had evoked brooding pathos or introspective anger quite like Black Moon. Underground hip-hop might have been dominated by the sunny sound of G-Funk when Enta Da Stage dropped, but from then on the scene turned to the dark side. Black Moon was rising.

Earlier this year, Fat Beats Records presented the definitive Enta Da Stage box set, which was reissued for the first time across three formats (6xLP, 3xCD and 3xCassette). This album is the complete encapsulation of an era for anyone seeking to understand the origin and the essence of New York’s Golden Age.The box set included vocals, instrumentals and remixes plus extensive liner notes by David Ma (Pitchfork, Wax Poetics) with rare and unreleased visual ephemera in an 18 page booklet. The story of Black Moon, alongside their peers Biggie, Big L, Nas, Kool G Rap, and Wu Tang, reminds us that the bleakest times produce the most profound agents of cultural change. And as we stand at the precipice of a new age of anxiety, Enta Da Stage has never been more relevant… or more necessary.

Although Black Moon would go on to release three more albums – and its members would go on to greatness with Da Beatminerz, Boot Camp Klik, and various solo projects – Enta Da Stage remains the perfect distillation of tight lyrical menace, rowdy crew hooks, stripped down breaks, and deep basslines on all of its fourteen tracks. Although Enta Da Stage might stand in the shadow of East Coast albums such as Enter the Wu- Tang (36 Chambers), Illmatic, Liquid Swords, Ready to Die, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, and The Infamous, history will remember that Enta Da Stage preceded those releases. To understand Enta Da Stage is to understand the origin and the spirit of New York hip-hop once and for all.

1. How Many Emcee’s (Must Get Dissed) (DJ Evil Dee Remix)
2. Act Like You Want It (F.A.P. Mix)
3. Shit Iz Real (Buckshot’s New Vocal)
4. Son Get Wrec (DJ Evil Dee Remix)
5. U Da Man (DJ Evil Dee Remix)
6. Buckshot’s Freestyle Joint
7. Fuck It Up (Rugged and Ruff Mix)
8. I Got Cha Opin (Remix)
9. Buck Em Down (Da Beatminerz Remix)
10. Murder MC’s (B-Side Vocal)
11. Six Feet Deep
12. Reality (Killing Every…)
13. Who Got Da Props- – MW Smooth Mix Available from 17.11.2017

Lyman Woodard Organisation – Saturday Night Special (180g/Gatefold)
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Image: 1615762 In association with DJ Amir’s 180 Proof Records, BBE is honoured to present another gem from the small yet significant Strata catalogue. A precursor to New York’s Strata East, Detroit’s Strata Records was founded in the late 1960s by former Blue Note artist Kenny Cox. Starting life as a music-led community organisation, coffee shop studio and venue, Strata released only a few titles as a record label, gaining the imprint a cult following among record collectors and jazz lovers across the globe. Possibly the best known of Strata’s releases, The Lyman Woodard Organization’s ‘Saturday Night Special’ is rightly heralded as a jazz fusion classic. Recorded in 1975, ‘Saturday Night Special’ features organ, electric piano and Mellotron by bandleader Lyman Woodard alongside guitar and bass by Ron English, with drums and percussion by Leonard King, Bud Spangler & Lorenzo “Mr. Rhythm” Brown respectively. Despite the fairly sparse instrumentation, ‘Saturday Night Special’ lays down an impressive wall of sound, powerfully atmospheric in its almost low-fi aesthetic. Hinting at more traditional jazz, rhythm & blues, afrocuban styles and more, the uniqueness of this album is surely in its feel: summoning up images of a vast industrial landscape, assembly lines and urban decay. In other words, this record sounds like Detroit. No great album artwork is complete without a good story to match, and ‘Saturday Night Special’ does not disappoint. Snapped by photographer and political activist Leni Sinclair (responsible for seminal pictures of Miles Davis, Fela Kuti and John Coltrane and many others), the cover image shows the contents of Lyman Woodard’s pockets placed on the hotel bed after a show: cigarette papers, cash and a pistol. Following Woodard’s death in 2009, this incredible album was reissued in highly limited numbers by Wax Poetics, now just as hard to come by as the original pressings. It’s our pleasure to make this important and influential chapter in the story of contemporary jazz available on vinyl once again.

For Fans Of: J Dilla, Nostalgia 77, Herbie Hancock, Roy Ayers, Miles Davis.

Tracklist:
A1 Saturday Night Special
A2 Joy Road
B1 Belle Isle Daze
B2 Creative Musicians
B3 Saturday Night Special (Alternate Take)
C1 Cheeba
C2 Allen Barnes
C3 On Your Mind
D1 Help Me Get Away
D2 Saturday Night Special (Lost Alternative Mix)
D3 Belle Isle Daze (Lost Alternative Mix) Available from 17.11.2017

Black Moon – Enta Da Stage (2017 Remaster)
Thursday, October 5th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Black Moon – Enta Da Stage (2017 Remaster)

Image: 1615537 Composed of members Buckshot, 5ft, and DJ Evil Dee, Black Moon simultaneously kicked off and defned the rap renaissance of New York with the release of Enta Da Stage in 1993. Whereas plenty of earlier groups had spit rage-flled rhymes to tear down the world’s unjust establishments, no one had evoked brooding pathos or introspective anger quite like Black Moon. Underground hip-hop might have been dominated by the sunny sound of G-Funk when Enta Da Stage dropped, but from then on the scene turned to the dark side. Black Moon was rising. Earlier this year, Fat Beats Records presented the defnitive Enta Da Stage box set, which was reissued for the frst time across three formats (6xLP, 3xCD and 3xCassette). This album is the complete encapsulation of an era for anyone seeking to understand the origin and the essence of New York’s Golden Age.The box set included vocals, instrumentals and remixes plus extensive liner notes by David Ma (Pitchfork, Wax Poetics) with rare and unreleased visual ephemera in an 18 page booklet. The story of Black Moon, alongside their peers Biggie, Big L, Nas, Kool G Rap, and Wu Tang, reminds us that the bleakest times produce the most profound agents of cultural change. And as we stand at the precipice of a new age of anxiety, Enta Da Stage has never been more relevant… or more necessary.
Although Black Moon would go on to release three more albums – and its members would go on to greatness with Da Beatminerz, Boot Camp Klik, and various solo projects – Enta Da Stage remains the perfect distillation of tight lyrical menace, rowdy crew hooks, stripped down breaks, and deep basslines on all of its fourteen tracks. Although Enta Da Stage might stand in the shadow of East Coast albums such as Enter the WuTang (36 Chambers), Illmatic, Liquid Swords, Ready to Die, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, and The Infamous, history will remember that Enta Da Stage
preceded those releases. To understand Enta Da Stage is to understand the origin and the spirit of New York hip-hop once and for all.

1. Powaful Impak!
2. Niguz Talk Shit
3. Who Got Da Props (Evil Dee Mix)
4. Ack Like U Want It
5. Buck Em Down
6. Black Smif-n-Wessun
7. Son Get Wrec
8. Make Munne
9. Slave
10. I Got Cha Opin
11. Shit Iz Real
12. Enta Da Stage
13. How Many MC’s
14. U Da Man

• 2017 remastered edition on double LP
• Although commercially overshadowed in a crowded 1993 release schedule that included Enter the Wu Tang, Midnight Marauders, and Doggystyle, Enta Da Stage is now considered not only a forebear to its more famous counterparts but also equal, if not superior, in the ranks of all-time greatest albums. MC’s Buckshot and 5 Ft. shine on the mic, exuding supreme confdence through their brash delivery and charisma, while on the musical side, DJ Evil Dee and Mr. Walt make their mark with their distinctively jazzy yet grimy lo-f production as Da Beatminerz
• Making their production debut with Enta Da Stage, Da Beatminerz went on to produce the equally classic debuts from Boot Camp Clik members Smif-N-Wessun, Heltah Skeltah, & O.G.C. with Dah Shinin’, Nocturnal & Da Storm, solidifying themselves as one the preeminent production teams of the era Available from 06.10.2017

Black Moon – Enta Da Stage: The Complete Edition (3CD Box)
Friday, February 17th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Black Moon – Enta Da Stage: The Complete Edition (3CD Box)

Image: 1608835 Wiederveröffentlichung des New Yorker Hip Hop-Klassikers “Enta Da Stage” vom Brooklyner Trio Black Moon, bestehend aus Buckshot (Shorty), 5ft und DJ Evil Dee (Da Beatminerz) als 3CD Deluxe Box mit allen Instrumentals und Remixen. Das 18-seitige Booklet enthält Liner Notes von David Ma (Wax Poetics, Pitchfork) sowie rare Fotos und Grafiken. Available from 17.03.2017

Black Moon – Enta Da Stage: The Complete Edition
Thursday, January 26th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Black Moon – Enta Da Stage: The Complete Edition

Image: 1608430 Composed of members Buckshot, 5ft, and DJ Evil Dee, Black Moon
simultaneously kicked off and defined the rap renaissance of NewYork
with the release of Enta Da Stage in 1993. Whereas plenty of earlier
groups had spit rage-filled rhymes to tear down the world’s unjust
establishments, no one had evoked brooding pathos or introspective
anger quite like Black Moon. Underground hip-hop might have been
dominated by the sunny sound of G-Funk when Enta Da Stage
dropped, but from then on the scene turned to the dark side. Black
Moon was rising.
Working closely with the original members, Fat Beats Records is proud
to present the definitive Enta Da Stage box set. Reissued together for
the first time across three formats – 6xLP, 3xCD, and 3xCassette –
this album is the complete encapsulation of an era for anyone seeking
to understand the origin and the essence of New York’s Golden
Age. All formats include the Da Beatminerz (Evil Dee and Mr. Walt)
instrumentals and remixes, plus extensive liner notes by David Ma
(Pitchfork, Wax Poetics) with rare and unreleased visual ephemera in
an 18 page booklet. The story of Black Moon, alongside their peers
Biggie, Big L, Nas, Kool G Rap, and Wu Tang, reminds us that the
bleakest times produce the most profound agents of cultural change.
And as we stand at the precipice of a new age of anxiety, Enta Da
Stage has never been more relevant… or more necessary.
Although Black Moon would go on to release three more albums – and
its members would go on to greatness with Da Beatminerz, Boot Camp
Klik, and various solo projects – Enta Da Stage remains the perfect
distillation of tight lyrical menace, rowdy crew hooks, stripped down
breaks, and deep basslines on all of its fourteen tracks. Although Enta
Da Stage might stand in the shadow of East Coast albums such as
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), Illmatic, Liquid Swords, Ready to
Die, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, and The Infamous, history will remember
that Enta Da Stage preceded those releases. To understand Enta Da
Stage is to understand the origin and the spirit of New York hip-hop
once and for all.

Enta Da Stage (Main)
1. Powaful Impak!
2. Niguz Talk Shit
3. Who Got Da Props (Evil Dee Mix)
4. Ack Like U Want It
5. Buck Em Down
6. Black Smif-n-Wessun
7. Son Get Wrec
8. Make Munne
9. Slave
10. I Got Cha Opin
11. Shit Iz Real
12. Enta Da Stage
13. How Many MC’s
14. U Da Man Enta Da Stage (Instrumentals)

1. Powaful Impak!
2. Niguz Talk Shit
3. Who Got Da Props (Evil Dee Mix)
4. Ack Like U Want It
5. Buck Em Down
6. Black Smif-n-Wessun
7. Son Get Wrec
8. Make Munne
9. Slave
10. I Got Cha Opin
11. Shit Iz Real
12. Enta Da Stage
13. How Many MC’s
14. U Da Man Enta Da Stage (Remixes)

1. How Many Emcee’s (Must Get Dissed) (DJ Evil Dee Remix)
2. Act Like You Want It (F.A.P. Mix)
3. Shit Iz Real (Buckshot’s New Vocal)
4. Son Get Wrec (DJ Evil Dee Remix)
5. U Da Man (DJ Evil Dee Remix)
6. Buckshot’s Freestyle Joint
7. Fuck It Up (Rugged and Ruff Mix)
8. I Got Cha Opin (Remix)
9. Buck Em Down (Da Beatminerz Remix)
10. Murder MC’s (B-Side Vocal)
11. Six Feet Deep
12. Reality (Killing Every…)
13. Who Got Da Props- – MW Smooth Mix Available from 24.02.2017

Chico Mann & Captain Planet – Night Visions
Wednesday, January 18th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Chico Mann & Captain Planet – Night Visions

Image: 1608322 “Night Visions” ist eine Sammlung von Geschichten, die über eine ansteckende Mischung aus Afro-Latin Rhythmen und zeitgenössischen Dancefloor-Beats lebendig werden. Das Album hebt die kreative Symbiose von zwei der größten Namen im zeitgenössischen alternativen Latin Sound hervor. Das Ergebnis ist ein wirklich einzigartiges Album, das mit Gefühl und Rhythmik, die durch diese Songs fließen, einen universellen, attraktiven Sound für Herzen und Hüften auf der ganzen Welt zelebriert.

Reaktionen:
“This poppy piece has the potential to take Miami and Rio by storm.” – Wax Poetics
“Global music innovators Captain Planet and Chico Mann have forged their mutual love of Afro-Cuban rhythms with a collection of songs they’ll release in February. Today’s Top Tune takes flight with a sweet treat called” – KCRW
“5/5 – Nice One!” – Tim Sweeny (Beats In Space)
“Killer New Joints! 5/5” – Nickodemus (Turntables on the Hudson)
“Awwww yeah! 5/5” – Sammy Bananas (Fool’s Gold)
“DOPE!” – Anthony Valadez (KCRW) Available from 24.02.2017

Black Market Brass – Cheat And Start A Fight
Thursday, January 12th, 2017 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Black Market Brass – Cheat And Start A Fight

Image: 1608183 One of the incredible things about recorded music is its ability
to travel across time, space, and cultural boundaries. The story
of Black Market Brass and their debut album, Cheat And Start A
Fight, is a testament to that miraculous feat. Recorded in 2015 by
the 12-piece instrumental band, the album is heavily inspired by
the sounds of West African popular and spiritual music from long
ago. In 2013, Secret Stash Records released BMB’s debut single to
critical acclaim. The bible of all things funky, Wax Poetics, declared
the record to be “Heavy Nigerian Madness.” Flea Market Funk raved:
“This is some authentic music right here people, recorded in the
United States. Inspired by the likes of The Funkees, The Black
President, and Moussa Doumbia as much as James Brown and The
Meters, this Twin Cities dozen (and sometimes more) is shoveling
out their musical path with their unique sounds.” The entire pressing
quickly sold out as Secret Stash shipped copies around the world.
Two years later, after almost non-stop gigging and rehearsing, BMB
finally tracked their debut album.
Cut live in one room over three days, the recordings jump out of
the speakers with an energy reminiscent of their celebrated live
shows. The album’s title, “Cheat and Start a Fight”, and some of the
songs on it are heavily influenced by Yoruba bátà music, as taught
to their conga player by Chief Muraina Oyelami in Iragbjiji, Nigeria.
From start to finish, Cheat And Start A Fight is laden with endless
polyrhythms driven by intricate percussion, intertwined guitar parts,
and rock-solid bass and drums. Atop that complex backdrop, the
members of the 4-piece horn section, anchored by copious amounts
of baritone sax, revel in their ability to effortlessly float back and forth
between almost militaristic precision and ultra-loose, sometimes
free-jazz inspired playing. The result is a strange sort of bootyshaking party music with a dark, heavy, almost post-apocalyptic
undertone. It’s Afrobeat with heavy doses of psychedelic textures
and feelings.

1. Chuck Wu
2. The Powers
3. Pocket Baby
4. The Grog
5. Gloom
6. Half A Cig
7. Mob Rules
8. Midnight Pyre
9. Moon King

• Recorded in 2015 by the 12-piece instrumental band –
heavily inspired by the sounds of West African popular
and spiritual music from long ago
• Endless polyrhythms driven by intricate percussion,
intertwined guitar parts, and rock-solid bass and drums
with a 4-piece horn section, anchored by copious
amounts of baritone sax
• “Heavy Nigerian Madness.” -Wax Poetics
• “This is some authentic music right here people,
recorded in the United States. Inspired by the likes of
The Funkees, The Black President, and Moussa Doumbia
as much as James Brown and The Meters, this Twin
Cities dozen (and sometimes more) is shoveling out their
musical path with their unique sounds.” -Fleamarket Funk Available from 10.02.2017

San Lazaro – La despedida
Friday, June 24th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on San Lazaro – La despedida

Image: 1604831 La Despedida – Spanish for “The Farewell” – is a breakup album. A psychedelic, post-apocalyptic meta-breakup album by a band that has broken up more than once. For over a decade, San Lazaro have been playing and writing original Latin music in Melbourne. A tribe of lost Latinos, cobbled together from all over the Spanish speaking world. From Chile to Cuba to Catalonia, they’ve come together at the Southern end of Australia to sing the songs they needed to sing and tell the stories they needed to tell.

– Premiered the first single ‘Amor De Despedida’ on Wax Poetics on 4/5/16
– Deluxe gatefold vinyl package
– Strong roots in New York salsa, Afro-cuban rumba and cumbia, with a dash of psychedelia.
– Sounds like a genuine 1970’s record from latin america or the New York’s salsa scene.
– Sung in spanish (one song english)
– Previous Salsa record from HopeStreet Recordings (Quarter Street LP) did really well with EU/UK listeners.

Tracklisting
1 Esperanza de la rumba
2 Amor de despedida
3 Hielo azul
4 La ola
5 No me cambie las cosas
6 Descarga soledad
7 Rompe el cascaro´n
8 Dale sentido
9 Alas negras
10 Ladridos de perros Available from 29.07.2016

Chico Mann – Nobody Wants To (ft. Kendra Morris)
Thursday, April 21st, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Chico Mann – Nobody Wants To (ft. Kendra Morris)

Image: 1603743 A chunky slab of shimmering synth-soul on a hip-hop beat throbs out of the speakers on the new Chico Mann and Kendra Morris single. Served up with trademark afro guitar licks and spacey synth stabs this beautiful one-off release follows their killer album-cut ‘Same Old Clown’, the highlight of the Chico Mann ‘Magical Thinking’ full-length of 2012.

Kendra Morris explains: “Nobody Wants To is about trying to fill the void and then being too stubborn to let go….I feel like we all have this thing in us that we search to fill.. sometimes we are doing alright and it seems to maintain itself but then there are times usually when you’re on some sort of self destructive warpath where it just is this hollow thing and you try to stuff anything into it to feel good…. it feels good for a while but then it kinda bottoms out”.

Kendra’s long-time collaborator Jeremy Page (who produced both of her two albums for Wax Poetics Records) and Chico Mann built the instrumental – Kendra had a ton of vocal ideas the second she heard it and Nobody Wants To was born. Chico Mann recently re-located from New Jersey City to Los Angeles where he’s working on new material
both as Chico Mann and with his new psych-rock outfit Here Lies Man.

Strictly limited to 500 7″s.

Tracklist:

1. Nobody Wants To
2. Nobody Wants To (Instrumental)
Available from 27.05.2016

Los Hacheros – Bambulaye
Friday, April 15th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Los Hacheros – Bambulaye

Image: 1603634 Brooklyn’s Los Hacheros, modern-day torchbearers of the Golden Age of Latin music, recorded their sophomore album Bambulaye (February 26 / Chulo / Daptone Records) live to vintage analog tape, giving the music a raw, but warm and open sound similar to the Latin legends that have inspired them. Their debut album Pilon was a well-received introduction to the band and received critical praise from tastemakers including Wax Poetics, Vibe Magazine, and The Washington City Paper, amongst others. Wax Poetics states, “The groove to this music is deep,” while The City Paper boasts, “…its solid arrangements and lively original songs have impressed old-school salseros and young music fans alike.”

“Bambulaye was recorded to be gritty, driving, and infectious, with the goal to get you up and dancing from first listen.” says producer / guitarist Jacob Plasse, also founder of the Daptone-distributed Latin revival label, Chulo Records. “I wanted this record to feel and sound the way it does when we play our final sets at 3am, exhausted in East Harlem dives. Suddenly the band comes to life and all the old dancers are at it like it was 1970 again. In those moments, we feel like we could play all night.”

Los Hacheros revives folkloric styles like son montuno, guaracha and salsa, and often combine them with Bomba, a fiery rhythm from the mountains of Puerto Rico. “Los Hacheros has the magic of group improvisation,” adds bassist William Ash. “We play in a style that is swing oriented and emphasizes the Cuban clave like great ones of old: Arsenio, Reve, Ritmo…”

A band of only 5 musicians, Los Hacheros can sound like a conjunto of 12. Eddie Venegas (Marc Anthony, Orquestra Broadway), who plays violin and sings chorus, improvises mambos on the trombone, Itai Kriss

(Edmar Castaneda, Grupo Latin Vibe) sings, plays flute, campana, and guiro, while Papote Jimenez is in charge of lead vocals, soulful soneos (improvised verses) and congas. William Ash (Alfredo de la Fe, Brenda K Starr) holds down the tumbaos on baby bass while Jacob Plasse plays the tres, a guitar-like instrument originating from the Oriente Province in Cuba.

“There are a million tiny cues on Bambulaye that let you know it is a live band,” describes Plasse. “It feels like it could both fall apart and explode at any moment.” Available from 22.04.2016

Norvis Junior – Pyrrhic Victory
Saturday, March 12th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Norvis Junior – Pyrrhic Victory

Hotly tipped youngster out of TX, dropping space gospel, electro soul, cosmic hip hop. Feat’d in Wax Poetics, pimped by Gilles Peterson, on his 7th EP. Vinyl debuts on JT Donaldson’s new label. 7 tracks, pic sleeve. Available from 29.04.2016

King – We Are King
Saturday, February 13th, 2016 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on King – We Are King

Image: 1602352 “Rich, enveloping and euphoric…remarkably blissful” Pitchfork

“Harmony- rich brand of R & B…lush textures and extended analog-synth fantasias” Rolling Stone

“Mystical and divine….excellent” The Guardian

HIGHLIGHTS

OVER 50K SONGS SOLD WITH OVER 2.5 MILLION STREAMS AND COUNTING

PRE-RELEASE PRESS INCLUDES FEATURES IN/ON ROLLING STONE, NPR, GLAMOUR, VIBE, ESSENCE, EBONY, BILLBOARD, WAX POETICS, GRAMMY.COM, MUSIC CONNECTION AND MANY MORE.

Twins Paris and Amber Strother and musical sister Anita Bias are dream-pop trio KING. In 2011, KING independently released their debut EP to much acclaim- The Story, Supernatural, and Hey made up the 3-piece introduction to their carefully crafted sound. Fueled by word of mouth excitement and social media posts from supporters including Prince, Gilles Peterson, Erykah Badu, Solange, Nile Rodgers, Sam Sparro, Janelle Monae, Questlove and a host of others, their story and songs have spread wide and made new fans of many. Since the release of their initial EP, KING have been touring, performing as a headlining act to sold out crowds in Los Angeles, New York, Atlanta, Chicago, London, and Amsterdam amidst a host of other US cities.

KING’s eclectic sound is relatable yet not simply defined. Though they play with the boundaries of their many influences, throughout each song is the common thread of a certain soulful authenticity. The smooth vibe, intricate production, and harmonic style of their music evolved beautifully in their home studio, a product solely of the three women and a result of their Minneapolis and Los Angeles roots.

Paris produces KING’s songs, while Amber and Anita are the primary singers. The three work together on songwriting and arrangements to create their unique sound, garnering such accolades as NPR’s Song of the Day and 10 Songs Public Radio Can’t Stop Playing, Billboard’s 10 Best R&B Songs of 2014, The Guardian’s New Band of the Day and Best Albums of 2013, Metro UK’s Singles of the Week, Glamour Magazine’s 2013 Free Holiday Music Campaign, and the 55th GRAMMY Award for ‘Move Love’, their collaboration with Robert Glasper on his Best R&B Album ‘Black Radio’. KING have completed their long-awaited debut album and are excited to invite listeners further into their sonic kingdom, listen to their conversation on NPR’s All Things Considered about their music-making process for the upcoming record. Available from 01.04.2016

Dexter Story – Wondem
Thursday, October 15th, 2015 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Dexter Story – Wondem

Image: 1600367 On his debut Soundway Records release, multi-instrumentalist Dexter Story distills his diverse background in soul, funk, jazz and folk idioms into his own unique and worldly voice.

Borrowing from Ethiopia, Eritrea, Sudan, Somalia, and Kenya, this collection of East African-influenced music is a testament to Story’s decades of dedication to artistic excellence.

“Wondem is a unique collection of songs inspired by my passion for and immersion into African music and culture over my career” says Story. “This body of work came about as I began to compose and arrange for Todd Simon’s Ethio Cali, an emerging ethio-jazz ensemble in Los Angeles.

Wondem means brother in Amharic and I felt a strong brotherly connection to Ethiopia during the process”.

“Wondem’ was written and recorded in Story’s personal studio in downtown Los Angeles and one of his closest associates, producer, composer and musician, Carlos Niño co-produced the record. It was mixed at Niño’s home studio.

In addition Story worked with an array of collaborators on the record. Renowned multi-instrumentalist Miguel Atwood-Ferguson featured on the percussive track ‘Mowa’ and international producer and artist Mark de Clive-Lowe plays piano and synthesizer on a number of songs, in particular on ‘Yene Konjo’, where his acoustic piano playing there was originally inside of the main section of the song but Story felt it was so beautiful that he moved it to its own highlighted place.

“Dexter Story is a man with many talents” Wax Poetics
“so talented it’s unfair” Ransome Note

TRACKLISTING:

01 A New Day
02 Be My Habesha
03 Lalibela (featuring Yared Teshale)
04 Changamuka (featuring Dustin Warren)
05 Mowa (featuring Miguel Atwood-Ferguson)
06 Without An Address (featuring Alsarah)
07 Merkato Star
08 Sidet Eskemeche (featuring Yared Teshale)
09 Saba
10 Xamar
11 Eastern Prayer (featuring Nia Andrews)
12 Yene Konjo

LISTEN: https://soundcloud.com/soundway-records/dexter-story-lalibela-featuring-yared-teshale
Available from 30.10.2015

Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Dawn
Thursday, November 13th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Emma Donovan & The Putbacks – Dawn

Image: 1593873 Emma Donovan ist eine renommierte indigene Sängerin und Songwriterin aus Australien. Sie begann ihre Gesangskarriere im Alter von sieben mit der Band ihres Onkels, The Donovans. Im Jahr 2000 mitbegründete sie die Band Stiff Gins, die sie drei Jahre später verließ, um ihr Solo-Album “Changes” (2004) zu veröffentlichen. Sie trat mit The Black Arm Band auf und veröffentlichte im Jahr 2009 die Solo-EP “Ngaaraanga”. Die erste Single “Daddy” wurde bei Wax Poetics uraufgeführt, und zum Titeltrack “Dawn” gibt es ein Video, das zum VÖ-Termin gelauncht wird. Die PutBacks bestehen aus Mitgliedern der Bombay Royale, Hiatus Kaiyote und The Black Arm Band und hatten schon mehrere 7″- und Album-Veröffentlichungen auf HopeStreet. Available from 12.12.2014

Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism – Isis Voyage
Monday, May 12th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism – Isis Voyage

The original spacey jazz funk sound of the Brighter Days album by Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism Band has been championed by everyone from Gilles Peterson to Andrew Mason of Wax Poetics to hip hop producer and rapper Madlib. Isis Voyage is a collecti…

Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism – Isis Voyage
Thursday, February 27th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Stanton Davis’ Ghetto Mysticism – Isis Voyage

Image: 1586841 Das rare Space-Jazz-Funk Album “Brighter Days” des Trompeters Stanton Davis mit seiner Band Ghetto Mysticism von 1977 wurde 2011 auf Cultures Of Soul wiederveröffentlicht und wurde nicht nur von Leuten wie Gilles Peterson, Andrew Mason (Wax Poetics) und Madlib gefeiert. “Isis Voyage” ist nun eine Sammlung mit unveröffentlichter Musik und alternativen Mixen der “Brighter Days”-Sessions. Viele der Originalsongs wurden ursprünglich gekürzt. Dieses Album enthält die originalen, längeren Versionen. Beim Mastern der Songs von den Originalbändern tauchten auch noch zwei unveröffentlichte Songs auf, die neben Instrumental-Versionen und Disco Remixen von Al Kent hier allesamt erstmalig veröffentlicht werden. Available from 07.02.2014

Bosq (Wiskey Barons) – Paciencia De Jo (RMX)(ft.Tall Black Guy)
Thursday, February 27th, 2014 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bosq (Wiskey Barons) – Paciencia De Jo (RMX)(ft.Tall Black Guy)

Image: 1585980 Bosq’s “Paciencia De Jo,” off his well-received Bosq Y Orquesta De Madera album was arguably its most played and talked about track. The Tropicalia-inspired sound backed by Brazilian chanteuse Tita Lima was the perfect song for the summer. Looking to keep the fall season at bay, Tall Black Guy drops a Brazil-by-way-of-Detroit remix ensuring a few more days of sunshine. Instrumentals for both original and remix are also included.

As the first song on the record “Paciencia De Jo” is the perfect introduction to what the album has in store for the listener, a mélange of African, Latin, and House music bound together by Soul at it’s foundation. A beautiful and infectious keyboard line ushers in the driving Batucada rhythms punctuated with soaring horns all tied in together by Tita Lima’s exquisite vocals. DJ’s, tastemakers and critics alike were enthralled garnering a front-page feature on Wax Poetics.

Tall Black Guy’s love for Brazil is evident on his “Brazilian Chronicles” digital album from 2012 where he chops, remixes and flips classic tunes, creating his own versions that are altogether fresh and new. He fashions the beginning of his remix much in the same way as the original but replaying the keys with a more subdued feel and jazzier flavor. Once the percussion hits, the song takes on it’s Brazilian persona followed by the boom bap Detroit-styled drums, adding a little bit of grit and bottom-end punch balancing out perfectly with Tita’s airy vocals buoyantly floating on top.

Track List: 1. Paciencia De Jo Remix 2. Paciencia De Jo Remix (instrumental) 3. Paciencia De Jo (original) 4. Paciencia De Jo (original instrumental) Available from 07.02.2014

Bob James – Rhodes Scholar – Jazz-Funk Classics
Thursday, October 24th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Bob James – Rhodes Scholar – Jazz-Funk Classics

Image: 1584075 Der legendäre Keyboarder und Komponist Bob James ist einer der grossen Architekten des Jazz-Funk Sounds der Siebziger. Seine frühen Alben wurden vielzählig von Hip Hop Künstlern gesampled. “Nautilus” und “(Take Me To The) Mardi Gras” gehören zu den Standards der Breakdance / B-Boy Szene und gelten als musikalische Grundlage der frühen Hip Hop Bewegung. Erstaunlicherweise gab es bislang keine Sammlung von Bob James Musik, die die funkigsten Stücke aus seinem Katalog vereint. “Rhodes Scholar” wurde vom Wax Poetics Redakteur Andrew Mason kenntnisreich zusammengestelllt. Die 22 Songs enthalten all seine Klassiker, die von Hip Hop Künstlern wie Wu-Tang Clan, Run-DMC, Arrested Development, De La Soul aber auch Stars der elektronischen Musik wie Royksopp, Moodymann oder Dimitri From Paris gesampled wurden. Die 2CD enthält ein informatives Booklet mit unveröffentlichten Fotos und Linernotes sowie Kommentaren von Bob James selbst.
Available from 04.10.2013

Express Rising – Express Rising
Thursday, October 10th, 2013 | Posted in Products | Comments Off on Express Rising – Express Rising

Image: 1581779 A decade ago, Dante Carfagna issued a somewhat anonymous LP under the Express Rising heading. That self-titled affair went in and out of print before 2003’s summer gave way to fall, thanks in part to its release by the frustratingly obscure Memphix label, but thanks more to how it broke new ground for the instrumental rap generation’s interest in the sub-sub-basement of record mining.

The album’s blurry boreal cover captured Carfagna’s mysterious persona. Though he’s been attached to such seminal compilations as Chains and Black Exhaust, a grip of Eccentric Soul titles, and the recent electronic soul collection Personal Space–and though his signature “Records I barely like but maybe you will” approach to writing helped build the Wax Poetics brand–Dante remains a tough man to pin down. He doesn’t even have a working doorbell.

Which may be a good thing, as he recorded his second album in the middle room of his third floor walk-up in Chicago’s Dog Patch neighborhood. A notorious homebody, Carfagna cut much of this second self titled LP after a long nights of Camel filters and bottled New Glarus—while watching his neighbors departure for morning straight-world commutes. Reaching back to 2008 and an Akai four track, these 11 songs break from the foraging tradition employed by Dante’s debut, swapping out breakbeats and samples for guitar, Wurlitzer, banjo, steel guitar, synthesizer, and an arcane drum machine.

Reached for comment, Carfagna had this to say about himself and about Express Rising: “My last record came out ten years ago. Much has changed and much has not.”

Track Listing:
1. Rooms Between Us
2. Memorabilia
3. Leland Sprinkle
4. Horse Opera
5. Worry Your Time
6. Left Right Behind
7. Daniel Fern
8. A Treasure Smile
9. Winter The Heart
10. Answering Echo So Near
11. Dark Early Available from 20.09.2013

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