Hot off her SXSW tour, Seher sits down with Zoë Keating, experimental, electronic cellist.
My first time hearing Zoë Keating was truly ethereal; the “one-woman orchestra” completely transcends this world with her music. She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to layer and loop her instrument...
We are saddened by the news of Guru’s death, his career with Gangstarr and Jazzmatazz is an integral part of the legacy and history of Giant Step. “Jazz Thing” was one of the first records we ever played and it became an anthem of our fledgling movement. In '93, Guru chose Giant Step to first debut his Jazzmatazz project and we had the pleasure of presenting many of Gangstarr’s early New York shows, with many more to come.
Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and loved ones, music has truly lost a pioneer.
More vintage Gangstarr/Jazzmatazz Giant Step flyers after the jump.
Our show with José James this weekend was a great success. José and his band were on point with their blend of classic jazz structures, experimental sounds and hip hop rhythms. Jordana de Lovely sang background vocals, providing a nice feminine counterpart to José's smooth deep voice.
Between songs, José made sure to thank his major influences and collaborators, including Flying Lotus and Taylor McFerrin. He noted Nancy Wilson, Dinah Washington (and many more) after his version of "Save Your Love For Me," and expressed his dedication to Billy Strayhorn before launching into "Lush Life." Overall, José and the band wowed the audience with various tracks from Blackmagic and a couple tracks off his upcoming project with Jef Neve on Impulse, For All We Know.
Enjoy the photos, and a big thank you to those of you who came out!
Whether or not the following information came from Ryan Wakeman, WARPA, the Gaiming community or Janelle Monáe's journals, Max Stellings and the Palace of the Dogs Archives is inconclusive at this time...What is known or agreed upon is that this information stems from an official entry on The ArchAndroid Crown in the Living Cyktionary, a 28th Century encyclopedia...
The ArchAndroid Crown: Designed by Zoman Ignatius, the half-elf, half-human mystic, reportedly 500 years ago. According to legend, the crown has several magic properties, as well as innovative technologies that can be employed only by The ArchAndroid. Zoman was a consummate inventor, artist and sculptor, a cross between Tesla and Da Vinci, and as such, he designed the crown to be a work of beauty that would embody the very spirit of Metropolis. According to legend, the crown features prominent Metropolis buildings and towers that will light up radiantly when the one and only true ArchAndroid wears the crown. According to the Daily Horos, this opulent headdress was stolen from the vaults in the Black House, reportedly by 1954, in October of 2715. Several members of 1954 were hunted down and executed for this crime. But the crown was never found. Many claim it has been secreted away to the Wonderground. There is also word that in the year 2010, several 1954 operatives have crafted a replica of this historic headdress to be worn by Janelle Monáe in anticipation for her album The ArchAndroid … no word on whether or not this replica has magic properties … The Living Cyktionary, 9th Edition, 2719
With a career spanning over a decade that includes three albums on Ninja Tune/Big Dada and a reputation for energetic performances the world over, Ty is no stranger to this music 'ish. A native of London with Nigerian roots, his music speaks diversity as he shines on production, lyric content, and London-inflected hip-hop delivery. Ty continues this tradition on his latest effort Special Kind Of Foolwith the help of some very special guests including Anthony Mills, Carroll Thompson, Corey Mwamba, D-Cross, Erik Rico, Finn Peters, Leo Ihenacho, Robin Mullarkey, Roses Gabor, Sarina Leah, Shaun Escoffery, Soweto Kinch, Sway, Terri Walker, Vula Malinga, and Wreh-Asha.
On this album, Ty transforms his emotions into a palatable listening experience that we all can feel, and reminds us “You can dumb down the music and make everybody dance but you can’t take the pain away.” In addition to offering his listeners glimpses into his personal motivations behind the music, Ty is also effective in articulating societal pressures as he speaks on contemporary culture, employment, race, class, youth, mortality and the desire and effort to overcome the harshness that can sometimes consume us.
Here he is explaining why it was important for him to make this album as well as where he was emotionally during the process:
You may already be familiar with his production on “Supernova”, the single from Joy Jones’ debut album, Godchild, released on Future Soul Records (and a Giant Step favorite!). He continues to show his versatility on this latest project, with sample and synth driven tracks, polyrhythms, and even flips the time signature on the title track, proving this isn’t your standard backbeat 4/4 hip-hop. Highlights include: “Don’t Cry,” “Wait,” “Something Big,” “Emotions,” “Me,” “Falling,” and the beautiful instrumental “Endtro.”
Stay tuned for a 2010 tour.
Ty - "Me ft. Erik Rico" (from Special Kind of Fool)[mp3]