Wax Poetic – Wax Poetic


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In the year 2000, Wax Poetic were on the brink of making their debut on the Division 1 imprint of Atlantic Records. Call this bad timing, but a decision was made to shut down this alternative corner of the label, so the album was abruptly shelved. Norah Jones was their lead singer for two years, until the dawning of her solo career with the Blue Note label. Ersahin views Wax Poetic as the genesis of the Nublu scene, both club and label. The album embodies the deeply-funked Manhattan jazz-dance scene, with Ersahin’s breathily-phrased tenor saxophone striations slinking around drum’n’bass stutters, casual Jones vocals sliding by, as basslines lurk in their slumbering depths. Could this be slow-hop rather than trip hop? Deft scratching, dub wobble, reggae-style horn section blasts, shimmering keyboards: all tautly creeping. This is the seductive cocktail.