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Here's Five: Crucial Cuts From James Lavelle's Mo'Wax

Here's Five: Crucial Cuts From James Lavelle's Mo'Wax

Wednesday 5th September, 2018 3:17PM

Ahead of the exclusive New Zealand screenings of The Man From Mo'Wax documentary and afterparties hitting Wellington this Saturday 8th September at The Roxy Cinema, and Auckland on Saturday 15th September at The Hollywood Avondale, we asked the organisers to select five crucial Mo'Wax cuts from beat pioneer James Lavelle's massively influential UK independent label. For more info and tickets for the film screenings and afterparty events you can head along here, check out their in-depth track picks and illuminating commentary below...

1. DJ Shadow - 'In/Flux'

This is headphone music. The confines of 'jazz', 'soul', 'hip hop' as categories of music do not apply here. More of a story as a song, the arrangement of turntable techniques and pure, raw beats combine to convey a soundtrack of experimentation. The result is subtle, subliminal and elusive to define. Clear your mind and listen... "this is music without boundaries.”

2. LA Funk Mob - 'Ravers Suck Our Sound & Get Fuck'

Mo'Wax enters '94 with more hard abstract musical science via France's top beat headz - La Funk Mob(producers of M.C. Solaar and featured on Jimmy Jay's Les Cool Sessions).

3. DJ Krush - 'Kemuri'

Our introduction to DJ Krush with artwork by Futura 2000. A musical expression of emotion: Hip Hop with a soul, don't try to pre-construct - let yourself go.

4. Money Mark - 'Hand In Your Head'

Before he became their keyboard player, Money Mark was the Beastie Boys' carpenter. Then they made him a star... or was it the other way round? This the first single 'Hand in Your Head' off his second album Push the Button was his first top 40 entry.

5. RPM - '2000'

The first band ever to be involved with Mo'Wax dropping leftfield abstract electro jazz. This was just the beginning.


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