Wax Thematique partnered with Photographer Mike Monaghan to create our first ad for Noel Brass Jr’s album “Broken Cloud Orchestra”. This is the 3rd release from Wax Thematique and our first in the ambient genre. Mike used in camera lighting effects & subtle panning shots to visually complement Noel’s sound. Our hope was to achieve the feeling of the record & highlight the product in just 15 seconds.
RUMTUM’s illustration, painting and design work will be on display at Mirus Gallery Denver as they present a group exhibition featuring Denver artists. The official opening party is Friday January 11, 7-10pm (MST). *The exhibit runs from January 11 - February 9, 2019.
44 Minutes of sun-swelled Latin soul, Peruvian percussion, big-band stage funk, lofi Inca rock and Puerto Rican boleros excavated by Oakland, California DJ and crate digger Clay Grooves. Exclusive Art Design by Small Studio. Stream/Download REEL 4: Clay Grooves
Join Psych-Jazz trio Afrocop at LoFi Lounge in Seattle Sunday Oct 14th for Earshot Magazine’s annual Jazz festival. This years theme is “Spiritual Jazz”. Paces Lift will be playing vinyl to open the night. Doors open at 8pm! BUY TICKETS
Paces Lift and Ben Bounce dropped by Suburban Pro Studios while in St. Louis to showcase their new album, Tropikoro for another episode of the Producer/Engineer series "Fruit Of The Boom". Hosted by Matt Sawicki and guest-host DJ Who, the fellas discussed the intention behind crafting Quick Trigger and how it lead to a more specific approach to sample-based production with the creation of Tropikoro. This is the first time Paces Lift & Ben Bounce have been interviewed together and its a treat! Listen to the full interview HERE.
The time is now! Paces Lift & Ben Bounce: Tropikoro Vinyl Release party is Friday May 4th in St. Louis MO @ The Monocle. This is a FREE event.
We're partnering with the fine folks of Fresh Produce Beat Battle to deliver a very special event. Wednesday May 2nd 10pm PST 8 Producers will go head to head using samples from Tropikoro, the new LP by Paces Lift & Ben Bounce. Broadcasting live from St. Louis right HERE
"It would be easy to mistake Broken Cloud Orchestra for a long lost smooth keyboard jazz album from the early 1970s. The cosmic synthesizers and warm organ tones conjure images of a woodgrain-lined recording studio with soft shag carpet. But there's nothing from the 70s that sounds quite like this album - if there were, it would be a classic. There is an affinity between Brass's instrumental compositions and the softer side of Herbie Hancock, Bob James, Stevie Wonder, and Weldon Irvine, but theres also a kosmische aura that makes them feel like soulful cousins of the 21st century new age revival. Around Seattle, Brass can be seen gigging regularly as a member of Afrocop, an energetic psych-jazz fusion project that serves as the de facto house band at Vito's, a vintage 50s cocktail lounge with tall leather booths and mirrored walls. It looks like the kind of place where Mafia deals get made, because it is that place. Environments like these are an inspiration to Brass, who approaches composition like a director building a mise-en-scène. With a broad range of sounds, Brass creates tracks that house and embody complex moods. The album opens with "Cortex Overflow", a sweet piece of phased out ambient jazz with a melodic synth line that dominates like a neon light blazing across the heavens. "Day In Day Out" pairs a crisp piano tone with a B3 organ pad, created with a versatile Nord Stage keyboard. On "Deceptive Freefall", the chords become more dissonant and the synths a bit more menacing. This textured cloud cover becomes a smokey base for "Tilted North" and "Visual Pyramid Scheme", both atmospheric dirges with a slightly darker tinge. The could clear for "Eight Moons Apart" and are replaced by the funkiest synth tones on the album. "The Weight Lightened By Morning" conveys a feeling of tentative optimism, and "Prism Jousting" further reveals a distinctive range of tones and textures, delivering a lush orchestra mood. "It's Not Sunday But It Will Do" develops from meandering background music into a dramatic statement of tension and release, while the assertive, soundtracky pads "Fleeting All Too Often" edge into John Carpenter territory. "Systematically Doused In Love" is a cool down in a warm shower, closing the album with contemplation and gentle intensity." -Emily Pothast
Wax Thematique presents Vinyl Internationalé Thursday evenings at Bastille Café in Seattle, WA. Rotating friends of WXTM bring you all vinyl with no cover. This first mix celebrates the global sounds of Thai Funk, Afrobeat, Eastern Soul, Tropical Jazz & more. *Free Vinyl Internationalé sticker at the event in Seattle (or if your lucky, randomly placed in physical orders from our store). Artwork by Rather Severe. Free Download
Live in the KEXP Gathering Space: Noel Brass Jr brings his beloved double synthesizer setup for an evocative afternoon of interstellar sounds. All ages and 100% free, the performance begins at noon!
Noel Brass, Jr. sits at the back of Cafe Vita in Greenwood, quietly sipping on an espresso. He’s immediately recognizable — it’s hard to find a photo of Brass where he isn’t wearing his trademark fedora and glasses. It’s a rainy November afternoon and I can’t think of a better setting to dive into talking about his new record Broken Cloud Orchestra, a collection of ambient synthesizer tracks infused with hints of jazz and soul out now via Wax Thematique Records.
Much like his music, Brass himself is a calming presence. He carries himself with a flair of old school tradition, dressed sharply in a tie and raincoat. But when he talks, you really start to get the feel for his astuteness to the world around him. His music often reflects imagery of the cosmos and far out, spacey ideas. Broken Cloud Orchestra is no exception. The term “head in the clouds” implies a certain aloofness, but Brass gives off the air of a dreamer without losing his footing and forgetting the inspiration right around him. Interview and Photos by Dusty Henry. Read the full in-depth interview HERE
Join us Friday October 6th at Daybreak Records in Fremont / Seattle for the release of Noel Brass Jr.'s gorgeous first solo record - "Broken Cloud Orchestra". 7pm-9pm No Cover / BYOB. *Pre-Orders are now open!