Maxwell Realizes His BLACKsummers’night Dream Today

Out today, BLACKsummers’night is the first full-length Maxwell release since Now, his critically-acclaimed third studio album that debuted at #1 on the Billboard 200 in August 2001.

The sensuous opening installment of the artist’s monumental BLACKSUMMERS’NIGHT trilogy will be followed by blackSUMMERS’night and blacksummers’NIGHT, which are slated for release in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

Composed of nine indelible songs, BLACKsummers’night finds Maxwell exploring life with a bold and purposeful sensuality unmistakably his own. Opening with a delicate hint of wistful chimes, the first single, “Pretty Wings,” is nostalgic (“your face will be the reason I smile”), and yet undeniably passionate. Another of the album’s more persuasive songs is “Stop the World.” A rhythmic rush of desire, Maxwell describes “Stop the World” as “having corporal relations. That’s what I call having sex…and that’s stopping the world.” Equally personal is “Fistful of Tears.” Shifting from those oh so recognizable falsettos and baritones, Maxwell rides the melody like a man both possessed by and resigned to his feelings. Then there’s the jazz thumping “Cold.” Peppered by a funked up horn section and wrapped in a moist honey soaked groove, this head bopping track finds Maxwell asking the eternal lovers question, “why do you like me like you do?” It’s very sexy stuff.

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Joy Jones Releases Godchild On Future Soul Records

After dropping a few pre-release bonus tracks like “Be My Husband” and “Go Down Moses / Funky Drummer,” Joy Jones’ new album Godchild is finally available in stores and online! Today Joy presents her fans with a thought-provoking album of meaningful themes and a blend of styles.

She describes it best in her own words: “I have spent quite a bit of time thinking about what I want to say and the messages I want to put out. This is a labor of love and I hope that it translates and transforms into a tool for change. This journey to LP has largely been due to divine choreography, fabulous blessings and good folks. I am constantly amazed at the trajectory.”

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Robert Glasper Gets Double-Booked On Third Album

coverthumbDouble-Booked (out August 25) is Robert Glasper‘s third album for Blue Note, following up Canvas (2005) and In My Element (2007).

The 32-year-old Houston native, who “unfailingly gets the feeling right” (New York Magazine), has made waves throughout the music world as leader of both the acoustic Robert Glasper Trio and the electric, hip-hop-oriented Robert Glasper Experiment. Double-Booked, which is split into two sections, reflects both sides of the pianist’s mental states.

The Trio portion contains an astonishing treatment of Thelonious Monk’s “Think of One,” quoting Ahmad Jamal’s “Swahililand” (the chord progression that formed the basis of De La Soul’s 1996 hip-hop classic “Stakes Is High”).  On the hip hop half, “Butterfly” is originally from Thrust, Herbie Hancock’s 1974 landmark album, heightened by vocoder effects and a J Dilla beat called “F— the Police,” while the penultimate track “All Matter” is a striking, unclassifiable original by vocalist Bilal Oliver.

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Giant Step’s Official SummerStage After Party At Afrokinetic’s Carmina Soul 7/18

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This year Giant Step and Afrokinetic present the official Giant Step SummerStage after party at Carmina Soul on July 18, featuring NZ-Japanese musician/producer Mark De Clive-Lowe, alongside Brooklyn’s own DJ OP!, plus residents DJ Chris Annibell and percussionist Amon. Part 4 of this 7 part series, Carmina Soul returns outdoors in the courtyard at The Old American Can Factory.

Celebrate the return of sun-filled days and honey moon nights at the official Giant Step SummerStage after party.

The Old American Can Factory
232 3rd Street
btwn 3rd + 4th Ave
Brooklyn, New York

21+ w/ID
9 PM – 4 AM

Door Price: $10

Giant Step’s Official SummerStage After Party
Giant Step’s SummerStage

Looking For Eric Directed By Ken Loach

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Director Ken Loach’s comedy Looking For Eric, which just made its debut at Cannes in May, follows the downward spiral of a football fanatic postman named Eric (played by Steve Evets) through a mid-life crisis as his filial ties bind him tighter and tighter to trouble.  Finding inspiration in the famously philosophical 90′s Manchester United coach Eric Cantona (played by himself), Eric applies his hero’s values to his own life.

More info at IMDb