Mo' Wax

Defunct English record label

Mo\' Wax Founded

1992 (1992)


James Lavelle



Country of origin

United Kingdom

Mo\' Wax was a British record label founded by James Lavelle in 1992. The label was not co-founded by Tim Goldsworthy, as is often reported. Steve Finan became co-owner shortly after.

Mo\' Wax came to recognition for being at the forefront of trip hop, turntablism and alternative hip hop during the mid-1990s. The label also released notable records covering techno, drum and bass and electro. Mo\'Wax also helped the graffiti artist Futura 2000 regain popularity, by using his artwork on many of their releases in the 1990s.

Lavelle signed partial ownership of Mo\' Wax over to A&M Records (now part of the Universal Music Group) in 1996. When their deal expired he signed with Beggars Group, who still own some of the catalogue.

The name derives from \"Mo\'Wax Please\", the title of a column James Lavelle wrote in the magazine Straight No Chaser and the Oxford club night he ran. 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\" and the label grew their reputation by featuring artwork contributions from Futura, Robert Del Naja (from Massive Attack), She One, Req1 and Kostas Seremetis.
Ben Drury and Will Bankhead were the main designers responsible for the art direction and design of the label.

The label also released toys and art prints under their Mo\' Wax Arts (MWA) imprint, and collaborated with artists such as Mark Gonzales, Mike Mills, and Money Mark.

The label shut in 2002 and was celebrated in 2014 with an exhibition titled \"Urban Archaeology: 21 years of Mo\' Wax\".

In 2015, Lavelle licensed back the Mo\'Wax label to release Elliott Power\'s \"Murmur\" single as a limited edition hand stamped 12\" vinyl. On 26 February 2016, Elliott Power\'s debut album, Once Smitten, was released on Mo\'Wax in collaboration with Marathon Artists. This is the labels most recent release.


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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 037 Rob Dougan – Clubbed to Death
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


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