Dance Music Legend Danny Krivit Graces The Decks At Hudson 6/15

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Danny Krivit, the man behind New York’s 718 Sessions, is back in the house for his third time at Hudson on Monday, June 15. Co-founder of Body & Soul Sessions with Francois K and Joe Claussell, Danny’s also known as “King Of The Re-edit,” bringing attention and world acceptance to the art of editing since the early 80s.

With summer in full effect, this one’s a surefire winner. Be sure to RSVP now and arrive early to avoid the queue.

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Diane Birch’s First Offering Bible Belt Out Today

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Daughter of a traveling preacher, former teenage Goth Diane Birch releases her intriguingly titled solo album, Bible Belt, today.

From the opening track “Fire Escape” to the closing “Magic View,” her voice – sometimes bursting with buoyant spirit, sometimes plaintive and world-wearied – is rich, soulful and beguiling. Written entirely by Diane and expertly produced by Grammy winners Steve Greenberg, soul legend Betty Wright and Michael Mangini, Bible Belt’s been described by Rolling Stone as, “Amy Winehouse-style retro pop, minus dysfunction… Her voice is strong and fetching… “Fools” conjures Carole King, “Nothing But A Miracle” echoes Aretha…the melodies stick, and girl’s got taste.”

As for the album title, Diane explains, “the very religious upbringing I had made a huge impact on my life, in a very restraining and constricting way. I’m constantly talking about heaven, angels, and forgiveness. I’m hugely inspired by church hymns — their chord structures, their colors. It was a form of constraint for me as a child but now I see that it has fueled my creative fire.”

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MC Busdriver: Not Your “Least Favorite Rapper”

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Los Angeles emcee Busdriver follows up 2007′s RoadKillOvercoat with Jhelli Beam (out June 9). On Jhelli Beam, Busdriver’s legendary breath-defying flow teeters precariously on top of samples of classical music, jazz drumming and proggy guitar parts, without ever losing sight of the electronic music that helped define his sound on RoadKillOvercoat.

The legendary underground battle rapper Nocando guests on the classically witty Busdriver track “Least Favorite Rapper,” while Islands’ precocious Nick Thorburn’s influence can be heard on an almost ELO-flavored song “Happy Insider.”  Jhelli Beam is mindfully engaging and physically palpable at the same time – a wholly unique take on what an underground hip hop album should be.

“Least Favorite Rapper”
“Me-Time”

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Afropean Artist Zap Mama’s ReCreation + Tour Dates

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Vocalist and songwriter Marie Daulne aka Zap Mama‘s 7th project ReCreation is out now on Heads Up International, featuring Bilal, G. Love, actor Vincent Cassel (La Haine, Ocean’s Twelve) and several others.

To honor mothers around the world, Zap Mama’s teamed up with CARE and will donate a percentage of the proceeds from the iTunes download of  “Hello To Mama,” the first single.

In the developing world, one woman, every minute of every day, dies giving birth. CARE helps reduce persisting high maternal mortality in the world’s poorest countries.  For more regarding CARE and its partnership with Zap Mama, visit: www.care.org/zapmama.

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The Latin Project Composes Musica De La Noche

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British producers Jez Colin and Matt Cooper of The Latin Project fuse together deep house, broken beat and hip hop with Afro polyrhythms and vocals on their second full-length, Musica De La Noche (out on June 23).

With brand new songs and a collection of remixes from A-List producers like Shawn Lee, Supreme Beings Of Leisure, Static Revenger and Morgan Page, Colin says, “some of our most dynamic work over the last few years has emerged from collaborations with other artists in our community such as Bebel Gilberto (“Aganju”) and Incognito.” Vocalists Freddie Crespo (erstwhile percussionist and vocalist for Tito Puente), Debi Nova (also heard performing with Sergio Mendez, Mark Ronson and Ricky Martin) and Guadelupian Joel Virgil still pop at the top of the mix with a few additions to the lineup.

The Latin Project’s first album, Nueva Musica, rose to #1 on the Billboard dance chart, won the IDMA Award for Best Latin Dance Song and garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Remix Single.

More info on Musica De La Noche