Switchstance Radio Show Hosted By Ancient Astronauts

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Tom Strauch and one half of the Ancient Astronauts, Kabanjak, present Switchstance Radio’s latest installment, filled with new remixes and productions from their debut album, We Are To Answer (out June 9 on ESL Music).

A melting pot of funk, dub reggae, and pure unadulterated hip-hop, We Are To Answer features vocal collaborations with Bootie Brown and Imani of legendary hip hop group the Pharcyde, Azeem, Tippa Irie, Bajka, Phat Old Mamas, Ulf Stricker, Raashan Ahmad and Entropik

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Q-Tip, Chester French, Little Dragon & Benji B Play Giant Step’s 2009 SummerStage Event

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Summer is upon us and that means Giant Step’s SummerStage event is just around the corner on Saturday, July 18th. This year we are honored to present the legendary Q-Tip headlining with his full live band, new boys Chester French, Sweden’s Little Dragon and from London, holding it down on the decks, Benji B.

Expect, as always, a great day of eclectic music, Giant Step’s vibes and the beautiful people that you can only find in a city as diverse as New York.

Central Park SummerStage
Rumsey Playfield, enter the park at 69th St. & 5th Ave.

Doors at 2 PM
Show at 3 PM
Free / All Ages

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120 Seconds With Jazz Legend Chico Hamilton

In this episode of 120 Seconds by NYC’s very own Friends We Love, jazz legend Chico Hamilton opens his heart about how he met the love of his life, his wife of 67 years, Helen.

Chico’s latest album, Twelve Tones of Love, takes listeners on a musical journey of his venerable career and the numerous people who have influenced it, including trombonist George Bohanon, who was in one of Chico’s classic sixties ensembles; vocalist Jose James, who studied under Chico; and multi-reedist Jack Kelso, Chico’s lifelong friend.

Free download: “Penthouse A”

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Mojo Morgan Remix Contest

mojofull-circlewebMojo Morgan has officially kicked off a remix contest for his party anthem “Tonight.” All rules and tools are included in this handy widget, which is now embedded on Mojo’s MySpace page.

Anyone can easily use the software to create and publish a new mix online, for free. Participants also have the option of downloading those stems for “Tonight” to create a mix with their own software.

Winners will receive an all-expenses paid trip to meet and hang out with Mojo at his next concert, their remixes will be featured on Mojo’s page and more.

Contest ends: June 15, 2009.
Complete contest rules: remixwizard.mixmatchmusic.com/contestrules/167

Mojo has creatively mixed Rock with Reggae and Hip Hop. Let’s see what you can do!

ENTER HERE: http://www.myspace.com/mrmojomorgan

Producer Of Massive Attack’s Blue Lines And Unsung Innovator Of Trip Hop Dies

On May 29, Jonny Sharp, better known as Jonny Dollar – the producer behind Massive Attack’s Blue Lines and Gabrielle‘s triple-platinum album Rise – died of cancer at the Royal Marsden hospital.

Polydor president Ferdy Unger-Hamilton recounted to Music Week, “I knew Jonny from his work with Neneh Cherry; he co-produced a lot of her work with Cameron McVey and Massive Attack. He also produced Blue Lines. ‘Buffalo Stance’ and ‘Man Child’…had a profound effect on me when I was about 14. And when I first heard ‘Unfinished Sympathy’ – like everybody else who heard it, I don’t think I could really believe what I was hearing.” Ferdy continued that Jonny was, “as committed and driven a producer as I’ve ever met, I literally had to take the tracks by force back off him, he was so determined to make them perfect. He was as tough artistically as he was gentle a person.”

Dollar is survived by wife, Harriet, and his four children.  A private family funeral in Cornwall will be held, followed by a memorial service in London. He was 45.