K’Jon’s I Get Around Sweeps #1 R&B Album On iTunes

Detroit’s K’Jon introduces his full-length major label debut, I Get Around, a superb collection with nods to both his contemporaries, including Kem and Robin Thicke, and his predecessors, like fellow Detroiter Marvin Gaye. While K’Jon’s music is well suited to Detroit’s ballroom culture and Chicago steppers, the appeal is much wider. Whether you’re holding up the wall in a Brooklyn club, roller-blading in Santa Monica or two-stepping in Chicago, K’Jon’s music fits.

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What separates K’Jon from his contemporaries, besides his lilting vocals, are the production values on I Get Around. You can hear acoustic guitar on the sweeping “Feels Like Love,” and the grandeur of a theatrical ballad on “I’ll Never Forget.” The music, handled in-house by K’Jon’s production team, is real soul music – the kind that speaks to an earlier time in our music history. From lively instrumentation to lush vocal arrangements, K’Jon does the Motor City proud with his approach to classic rhythm and blues. When asked about his personal favorites on his upcoming release, K’Jon can’t choose one. “That’s too hard!” he says with a laugh. “But I can say that a track like ‘This Time’ could become a bigger hit than ‘On The Ocean.’ It’s very special to me. And it’s one of those songs that people have been responding to.”

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A Birthday Celebration for Michael Jackson with Q-Tip, Mark Ronson and DJ Spinna

On Saturday, August 29 – what would have been Michael Jackson’s 51st birthday – Q-Tip presents “Long Live the King! A Birthday Celebration for Michael Jackson” at the NOKIA Theatre Times Square. Q-Tip will be joined in the DJ booth by special invited guests producer/artist Mark Ronson and the legendary DJ Spinna.

“Michael Jackson was a huge influence on my music and was an inspiration to me and so many others. I want to bring people together to celebrate the man, his music and his legacy that will undoubtedly live on forever!” states Q-Tip.

The event will honor the King of Pop and celebrate his influence on generations of artists and fans across the globe. Attendees will dance the night away to never-before-heard remixes of Michael Jackson’s hits, as well as rare video footage from the Motown and Sony vaults.

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R.I.P. Baatin

Titus “Baatin” Glover, one third of the original Detroit hip hop group Slum Village, was found dead this Saturday morning; he was 35 years old. The cause of death is still unannounced, but it’s clear that he had been sick for some time. In 2002 he told the Free Press that he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia. Later his illness led him to leave Slum Village. But recently he rejoined a new incarnation of the group, with plans to record and tour.

It’s a bittersweet ending when music is rescued from obscurity only after death. J Dilla’s death weighed heavy on the entire hip hop community, but at the same time it sparked a huge increase in appreciation for his production and the music of Slum Village. The Detroit hip hop family is clearly close-knit, so it’s comforting to know that Baatin’s family and friends have full support in each other, along with support from fans around the world. Our thoughts are with the Glover family, and we’re truly saddened by the loss.

Thanks to Black Milk for this video with his reflections and a bit of footage of the original SV’s last video shoot.

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Download Scott Hardkiss’ Technicolor Dreamer For Free

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Electronic dance music’s most innovative & enigmatic DJ/producer Scott Hardkiss delivers his long-awaited debut artist album Technicolor Dreamer – out today. Scott’s signature, super-funky beats, psychedelic eclecticism and uplifting, atmospheric vibes are all featured, but the music has evolved into colorful, fun & catchy songs.

Technicolor Dreamer sees him step out from behind the turntables to sing, rap, and play synths, drums, bass & guitar, blending together live vocals & instruments to inject human funk & soul into the next-school electronic beats. And like a 21st century electronic P-Funk or Prince’s Revolution, Scott brings together a sexy, diverse band of backing vocalists & musicians featuring Lisa Shaw, Britta Phillips, Stevvi Alexander, Bobby Harden, DJ Afro of Los Amigos Invisibles, Steven Bernstein, Tabitha Fair, J Bowman, Alex Moulton & more.

The result is a fresh and inventive, whimsical dance-pop album. A kaleidoscope of sounds, sprinkled with themes of stars, transformation and celebration in the face of darkness, Technicolor Dreamer is being released by God Within, Scott’s new Brooklyn-based boutique label, with stunningly chic & surreal artwork to match.

Multiple formats include a deluxe digital download, a double-gatefold digipack CD w/ 32 page full-color booklet, and a gatefold 2xLP on 180 gram vinyl w/ full-color sleeves including lyrics & credits that’ll make all your wildest dreams come true.

Technicolor Dreamer is a bubbly, groovy retro-futuristic funk ride that every man, woman and child is sure to enjoy.  And for a limited time only, you can download the ENTIRE album for free!

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