Welcome to Wax Thematique: Select Level

We are very proud to announce our latest signee:  Select Level .  “Heads may know Select Level mastermind Andy Sells best as the limber drummer for soulful fusion explorers Afrocop or as the bassist for noisy prog-rockers Nosretep... or maybe even for his stint in electronic brainiacs FCS North, who existed from 1997 to 2007. This talented Seattle multi-instrumentalist has established that he can get weird and far out in various situations. Select Level finds Sells veering off on a tangent into the realm of sleek music geared for dancing and romancing.”  Photography by Jasmine Kara | Words by Dave Segal.

We are very proud to announce our latest signee: Select Level. “Heads may know Select Level mastermind Andy Sells best as the limber drummer for soulful fusion explorers Afrocop or as the bassist for noisy prog-rockers Nosretep... or maybe even for his stint in electronic brainiacs FCS North, who existed from 1997 to 2007. This talented Seattle multi-instrumentalist has established that he can get weird and far out in various situations. Select Level finds Sells veering off on a tangent into the realm of sleek music geared for dancing and romancing.” Photography by Jasmine Kara | Words by Dave Segal.

Noel Brass Jr. Synthesizer Performance @ Le Merde (Seattle) 4/20

Noel Brass Jr. "Broken Cloud Orchestra" Limited Color Vinyl
22.99

Herbie Hancock's luminous tones distilled into a lavender vapor" -Dave Segal.
180gram LP. Limited "Soulgazer Blue" color with matte-finish jackets and poly-lined inner sleeves. Designed by New Analog (UK). Mastered by Barry Corliss in Seattle, WA.

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Wax Thematique & Photographer Mike Monaghan

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 (Art Exhibit) @ Mirus Gallery Denver Jan 11th.

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.

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RUMTUM - "Mora Tuga" LP
19.99

Broadening sounds..an escapists’ vision forever unfinished" -Bandcamp.
Designed by RUMTUM (US).
Mastered by Catadawn Studios in Denver, CO.

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REEL 4: CLAY GROOVES (OAK/MX)

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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

Fruit of the Boom Podcast Eps #42: Tropikoro

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.

Paces Lift & Ben Bounce "Tropikoro" Limited Color Vinyl
24.99

2nd album by beat-battle competitors turned collaborators.
180gram LP pressed in limited Aqua/Blue color.
Poly-lined inner sleeves & matte finish LP jackets.
Original artwork, illustration and painting by Stevie Anderson. Front cover inspired by the Australian-Ni-Vanuatu film "Tanna" (2015). Back cover inspired by Philip Glass "Music in 12 Parts" (1971).
Mastered for vinyl by Barry Corliss in Seattle, WA.
Liner notes by Blake Gillespie

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Noel Brass Jr.: The Trace Podcast Interview

Noel Brass Jr. was born in the year 1984 which led to conversations on  This is Spinal Tap ,  Ghostbusters  and 80’s pop art, and then  Repo Man  and the nature of subversive art.  The Trace Podcast also touched on the unique nature of religious music, the connections between punk and jazz, and the way that horror films like  Nightmare on Elm Street  can give us a cathartic experience of fear. Listen to the podcast   HERE.

Noel Brass Jr. was born in the year 1984 which led to conversations on This is Spinal TapGhostbusters and 80’s pop art, and then Repo Man and the nature of subversive art.  The Trace Podcast also touched on the unique nature of religious music, the connections between punk and jazz, and the way that horror films like Nightmare on Elm Street can give us a cathartic experience of fear. Listen to the podcast HERE.

Paces Lift & Ben Bounce: Tropikoro Vinyl Release Party

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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. 

Paces Lift & Ben Bounce - Tropikoro + Quick Trigger Digital Bundle
15.00

Release Notes

  • Includes the 1st & 2nd Digital Albums by beat-battle competitors turned collaborators

  • Original artwork by Stevie Anderson & Ted Fieghan

  • Mastered by Barry Corliss at Master Works

  • Albums Download as MP3. Wav upon request.

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Pre-Order: Paces Lift & Ben Bounce "Tropikoro"

The lost art of the sample-based album lives on through producers Paces Lift and Ben Bounce. In 2014, the two traded spaghetti western beats on the high noon duel of Quick Trigger. If Quick Trigger was a western manifest, then follow-up Tropikoro is the tradesmen hitting the high seas for distant islands across the Pacific.  Tropikoro is another funky, cinematic score immersing the listener in the international grooves of Pacific Southeast. Psychedelia and Tropicalia collide across Tropikoro for an escapist record in which every cut is a new stamp in the passport. *Shipping on or before May 4, 2018.    PRE-ORDER      NOW

The lost art of the sample-based album lives on through producers Paces Lift and Ben Bounce. In 2014, the two traded spaghetti western beats on the high noon duel of Quick Trigger. If Quick Trigger was a western manifest, then follow-up Tropikoro is the tradesmen hitting the high seas for distant islands across the Pacific.

Tropikoro is another funky, cinematic score immersing the listener in the international grooves of Pacific Southeast. Psychedelia and Tropicalia collide across Tropikoro for an escapist record in which every cut is a new stamp in the passport. *Shipping on or before May 4, 2018.
PRE-ORDER NOW

PACES LIFT ON FRUIT OF THE BOOM PODCAST

Episode 31 of Fruit of The Boom features Paces Lift, in which he discusses everything from his first beats on stenciled CDR’s to the fruition of Wax Thematique. Listen to the Episode   HERE   | Fruit of the Boom is a Producer, DJ & Audio Engineer Podcast with new episodes every week and is Sponsored by Fresh Produce & Suburban Pro Studios.    Photography by Peter Seay.

Episode 31 of Fruit of The Boom features Paces Lift, in which he discusses everything from his first beats on stenciled CDR’s to the fruition of Wax Thematique. Listen to the Episode HERE | Fruit of the Boom is a Producer, DJ & Audio Engineer Podcast with new episodes every week and is Sponsored by Fresh Produce & Suburban Pro Studios. Photography by Peter Seay.

Noel Brass Jr. "Broken Cloud Orchestra" Review in The Wire Magazine

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"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

Noel Brass Jr. Synthesizer Performance @ Beats & Bohos 1/13/18

We're pleased to be partnering with the fine curators of sound and style; Seattle boutique vintage shop Beats and Bohos for a live Synthesizer performance with Noel Brass Jr. 7pm-9pm January 13th. This is a free event in an intimate and positive setting. *All of our events for Noel Brass Jr. are strategically designed to bring you the best quality atmosphere we can imagine, Beats and Bohos is no exception. 

We're pleased to be partnering with the fine curators of sound and style; Seattle boutique vintage shop Beats and Bohos for a live Synthesizer performance with Noel Brass Jr. 7pm-9pm January 13th. This is a free event in an intimate and positive setting. *All of our events for Noel Brass Jr. are strategically designed to bring you the best quality atmosphere we can imagine, Beats and Bohos is no exception. 

Vinyl Internationalé Pt.1 - A Global Selection

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