Wax Poetic

 
Wax Poetic are a New York City formation, brought together by Nublu nightclub owner Ilhan Ersahin. Sweedish/Arabic born Erashin embraces a multicultural sound in his music. Much of his inspiration is drawn from his worldly travels, including the people he interacts with along the way. The band  formed out of a rotating set of musicians, who would frequent Nublu's. Soon enough a solid lineup was formed, consisting of front man Ersahin (variety of instruments), Thor Madsen (guitar), Jesse Murphy (bass), Jochen Rueckert (drums) with Marla Turner doing most of the vocal work. The goal of Wax Poetic was to find a sound that was entirely their own. "Nublu Sessions" combines elements of trip-hop, acid jazz, world beat, dub reggae and even spoken word. Each song presents a unique atmospheric sound, which brings infinite amounts of depth to the album. Examples of this are heard o­n the soulful "Tell Me", cabaret styled "Girl", laid back cool of "Oriental Wind", soothing sound of "Life" and even the French cooing o­n "Homme (Naked Girls)". The album features many guest artists, most of whom Ersahin has met at his nightclub. Ersahin has said his bond with these people is well beyond a musical connection: these are his friends, his kindred spirits. Of the featured musicians, the most recognizable is Nora Jones, who was the band's singer from 1997 to 1998. Her beautiful, airy voice is heard o­n "Tell Me" and "Angels". Other appearances are by N'Dea Davenport (Brand New Heavies), Saul Williams and Jamaican dub reggae legend U-Roy.

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