Our first Wax Thematique podcast begins with label founder Nathan Womack (aka producer Paces Lift) digging for records with legendary record champion and living music encyclopedia Paul Au, in his Hong Kong apartment full of vinyl. When we say “full” we mean 30,000 records..and when we say “apartment” we’re talking 500 square feet. Paul’s story of escaping the 1970’s Vietnam draft to ultimately selling vinyl on the streets of Hong Kong to survive has been widely covered on the ‘net. But this episode is a more comfortable, casual dig session between two people who love the art of finding a great record buried amongst many thousands. Some of the music found that day plays between chats with Paul about his love of vintage vinyl as he repeatedly hands Nathan many a record and juggles customers coming and going. Enjoy the photos below Nathan took visiting Paul’s vinyl lair (which Paul calls “Vinyl Hero”) from 2017-2019. Be on the look-out and listen for more Wax Thematique episodes on the way. Listen to the podcast on Apple, Spotify or Stitcher.
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.
- 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
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
On April 8th in what is known as the transportation hub of the China's Yunnan Province (and also the flower capital of mainland China), the city of Kunming witnessed a special occasion. Wax Thematique held an event at a cultural hub known as Salinger Cafe. Hosted by cafe owner, post-rock drummer and sub-culture expert Mali and our own Paces Lift. With the help of a translator, what started as a simple LP listening event organically grew into a discussion of electronic music, accessible art, government censorship and crowd participation. For many in attendance, RUMTUM's "Mora Tuga" LP was the first electronic music they'd ever heard. We played the record via Paces portable turntable, took questions from the crowd and had a splendid evening.
Join us Saturday October 29th 9pm for the Lotties Lounge Costume party in Columbia City / South Seattle. Paces Lift & Noel Brass Jr. playing records all night long with damn good drinks and ghostly grub!
Every Wednesday at 8pm Paces Lift & Bastille Restaurant in Ballard bring you Le Verlan. A dining and listening experience designed to broaden your cultural palate. An exclusive menu of expertly made French cuisine and craft cocktails are served while a curated selection of vinyl accentuates the atmosphere in Bastille's Back Bar. Poster design by Pierre for Wax Thematique.