Record-geek bible digs through its own brilliant crates.

Specialty magazines don’t come any more special than Brooklyn’s Wax Poetics, now 25 gorgeous issues into their mission to serve record geeks. This anthology, gathered from the hotly sought-after first five releases, touches on jazz, funk, rock, soul, and every tiny offshoot of the genres that go into the melting pot of hip-hop sampling and crate-digging. Highlights: a history lesson with James Brown’s bassist, Q&As with RZA and Prince Paul, and an overview of forgotten seventies salsa powerhouse Fania Records.

Wax Poetics Anthology, Volume 1