Shannon Harris – “Audio Urbanology: The Art of Audio Truism”

Producer, composer, and artist, Shannon Harris released the single Desperado El Montuno in 2001, followed by his 2004 full length The New World Reveal-A-Solution. Now after six years of creation, he’ll be physically/digitally releasing his sophomore album, Audio Urbanology: The Art of Audio Truism, on August 21st. The album celebrates and transforms Harris’ African roots and Latin/Asian/Middle Eastern influences into an alluring aural narrative, weaving sultry vocals and live instrumentation together. Check out the release page for more info, streams, and a free download of one track.

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Spotlight: New Talent from OkayAfrica

There is no one alive today that can deny the cultural contributions of Africa to modern day music across the entire globe. From artists such as the late Fela Kuti, on whose life the Award-winning Broadway musical Fela is based, to new emerging cosmopolitan artists such as  Nneka and K’Naan, the influence of African music is still heard today. Even Artists that you would not traditionally think of as African influenced, such as The Roots, whose new album might be the best to come out this year so far, can easily tell you how they have been touched and influenced by it. In fact so much so that a new branch of Okayplayer, appropriately named Okayafrica, was launched earlier this summer devoted exclusively to covering the latest cutting edge African Artists. Considering the great overlap in our communities, we thought it best if we gave you a little sample of what they offer. Check out a few of our picks after the jump.

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Eli “Paperboy” Reed Video: “Time Will Tell”

Two days ago, Yahoo sat down with a Giant Step favorite, Eli “Paperboy” Reed. He performed three of his songs with a full band, one of which is above, “Time Will Tell,” and all of which resonate that classic early 70s soul/R&B sound.  Reed also reveals his beginnings as an artist, his opinions on soul music as a genre, and more in an exclusive interview. Reed’s album, Come and Get It,  is hitting shelves on August 10.

Sample a Few Tracks from Come and Get It

Video by Hugo: “99 Problems”

Born in England and raised in Thailand, Hugo is a new artist signed to Jay-Z‘s Roc Nation label, and he’s put a spin on “99 Problems” that  no one saw coming. Like it or not, it’s a drastically different twist on the classic Jigga track that has the chance to bring the song to an entirely new audience. This is a single off of his upcoming album, Old Tyme Religion, which Hugo believes to be as mainstream as anything out there now – almost like an artful twist on pop and rock.

Listen to another one of Hugo’s tracks and sign up for a free MP3 after the jump.

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Four Tet Remixes: “Angel Echoes” and “Sing”

A number of Four Tet remixes have been created following the release of his most recent album, There Is Love In You. Freshly available in digital form are multiple versions of “Angel Echoes” and “Sing” by Caribou, Jon Hopkins, Floating Points, Mosca, and Hardhouse Banton. Stream the Jon Hopkins version below (who will be on tour with Four Tet in October), and stream all tracks in the Jukebox.

Jon Hopkins Remix: “Angel Echoes”
 

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