| James Lavelle|| 1992|
| Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom|
DJ Shadow, Unkle, DJ Krush, Attica Blues, Rich File
Endtroducing, Psyence Fiction, Never - Never - Land, Strictly Turntablized, Meiso
Mo' Wax was a UK-based record label owned by James Lavelle, who founded it in 1992 with Tim Goldsworthy. Steve Finan became co-owner shortly after. The label came to recognition for being at the forefront of trip hop, turntablism and alternative hip hop during the mid-1990s. The label is also responsible for bringing attention to the graffiti artist Futura 2000 by using his artwork on many of its releases in the early to mid-1990s. Lavelle ended up signing partial ownership of Mo' Wax over to A&M Records (now part of the Universal Music Group) in 1996. Currently, some of the Mo' Wax catalogue is part of the Beggars Group, but there are rumors that the label itself has folded and is no longer putting out new releases.
The name 'Mo' Wax' is a shortened form of 'Mo' Wax Please', which was the title of a column James Lavelle wrote in the magazine Straight No Chaser and the club night he ran (Saturdays at the Fridge in Brixton and with Patrick Forge at the Gardening Club). This in turn was influenced by the Freddie Roach LP, Mo' Greens Please on Blue Note records.
The original Mo' Wax logo as used on the early releases was designed by UK graphic designer Ian Swift "Swifty", but the label grew their reputation by featuring artwork contributions from Futura, Robert Del Naja (from Massive Attack), She One and Req 1. Ben Drury was the main designer responsible for the art direction and design of the label.
In 2005, Lavelle started a clothing line called Surrender, and launched Mo' Wax Arts.
Mo' Wax Arts is a company managed by Henry Lavelle (James' brother), who translated Futura's talent into merchandise, toys and fashion in conjunction with the Surrender label. Henry Lavelle presented Futura's works under Mo' Wax Arts in an international design conference.
In March 2013 it was announced (on Facebook and Twitter) that there will be an official art exhibition for the label's 21st birthday (roughly scheduled for some time in 2014, making it a year late). This will be funded by a Kickstarter campaign. In 2015 James Lavelle brought back the Mo'Wax label to Release Elliott Power's Murmur single as a limited edition hand stamped 12" vinyl. On the 26th February 2016 Elliott Power's debut album Once Smitten was released on Mo'Wax in collaboration with Marathon Artists.
MW 001 V.A. – Jazz Hip Jap Project
MW 002 The Federation – Flower To The Sun
MW 003 V.A. – Royaltie$ Overdue
MW 004 Marden Hill – Come On (12")
MW 005 RPM – Food Of My De-Rhythm (12")
MW 006 The Federation – Life So Free (12")
MW 007 Mistura – Coast to Coast (12")
MW 008 Bubbatunes – This Is Just A Dance (12")
MW 009 Palm Skin Productions – Time & Space EP (12")
MW 010 V.A. – Jazz Hip Jap Project
MW 015 The Federation – Remix E.P. (12")
MW 018 RPM – 2000 / Sortie Des Ombres
MW 025 DJ Krush – Strictly Turntablized
MW 026 V.A. -Headz
MW 034 Money Mark – Mark's Keyboard Repair
MW 039 DJ Krush – Meiso
MW 046 Dr Octagon – Dr. Octagonecologyst
MW 059 DJ Shadow – Endtroducing.....
MW 061 V.A. – Headz 2A
MW 062 V.A. – Headz 2B
MW 064 Dr Octagon – Instrumentalyst (Octagon Beats)
MW 072 Luke Vibert – Big Soup
MW 073 Sukia – Contacto Espacial Con El Tercer Sexo
MW 077 DJ Krush – MiLight
MW 078 Liquid Liquid – Liquid Liquid
MW 080 Attica Blues – Attica Blues
MW 082 V.A. – The Original Artform
MW 085 UNKLE – Psyence Fiction
MW 088 DJ Krush – Holonic-The Self Megamix
MW 090 Money Mark – Push The Button
MW 099 Andrea Parker – Kiss My Arp
MW 101 V.A. – Time Machine (mixed by Psychonauts)
MW 102 Urban Tribe – The Collapse Of Modern Culture
MW 104 Tommy Guerrero – A Little Bit Of Somethin'
MW 105 Major Force West – 93–97
MW 110 V.A. – Quannum Spectrum
MW 112 Blackalicious – Nia
MW 115 DJ Assault – Belle Isle Tech
MW 121 DJ Magic Mike – The Journey (Era Of Bass Part 1)
MW 122 Divine Styler – Wordpower, Vol. 2: Directrix
MW 129 Nigo – Ape Sounds
MW 132 South – From Here On In
MW 141 David Axelrod – David Axelrod
MW 143 Malcom Catto – Popcorn Bubble Fish
MW 145 V.A. – Now Thing
MW 152 Malcom Catto – Bubblefish Breaks
MW 155 Jordan Fields- Moments In Dub
MW 158 Tommy Guerrero – Soul Food Taqueria
MW 159 Parsley Sound – Parsley Sounds
MWU 001 UNKLE – Never, Never, Land
MW 001 Repercussions – Promise
MW 01 Blackalicious – Melodica
For accurate discography visit mowaxdiscography.com
Mo' Wax Wikipedia