Nickodemus’ Earth Child Project: From Capetown to Brooklyn & Back

Giant Step fam, DJ, musician, event organizer and record label founder Nickodemus has been hard at work on a relief project for children in South Africa. With the help of local South African organizations and EarthChildProject.org, Nickodemus held a successful fundraising event, and recorded new songs with school children as well as local musicians.

Beautiful, forward-thinking and funky, The Earthchild Project is an inspiring collaboration that builds a genuine, organic bond between the international dance-music community and the talented youth of South Africa.

Show your support by downloading the album — All proceeds will be donated to the Sakumlandela Primary School in Cape Town, South Africa.

Studies of Tom Zé: Explaining Things So I Can Confuse You


Tom Zé
is one of the most influential Brazilian artists of the century with a very innovative and experimental style combining Brazilian folk music with samba and even American rock.  In celebration of Tom having been their inaugural artist to the Luaka Bop label, they are releasing a box set, Studies of Tom Zé: Explaining Things So I Can Confuse You, which will be available October 5th.

Tom Zé got a lucky break thanks to Luaka Bop’s founder, David Byrne: “In the mid 1980′s David Byrne pulled a Tom Zé album out of the samba section of a Rio de Janeiro record store. This purchase started a 25-year-long chain of events that has resulted in this box set…  Studies of Tom Zé: Explaining Things So I Can Confuse You collects for the first time Tom Zé’s ‘study’ records- the visionary Brazilian artist’s singular take on samba, pagode, and bossa nova. A retrospective nearly fifty years in the making.”

The box set includes 4 vinyl records, a bonus CD, an essay about Tom Zé by Brazilian scholar Christopher Dunn, as well as a key to receive all vinyl content as a digital download.

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Check out the video preview after the jump.

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Giant Step Presents Questlove and Yameen Allworld – October 25

In case you haven’t heard, the Hudson Series has returned, and we moved it downstairs to the Good Units at Hudson as part of our makeover. The first installment was a huge success with over 700 people in attendance (thanks to all of you who came out!) and we are ready to do it all over again.

The second installment of the Hudson Series returns with none other than Questlove himself, with the aid of his trusted MC and special guest Yameen Allworld on Monday, October 25th. Doors open at 8pm and as always, entrance is free but strictly RSVP only.

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New Belleruche Acoustic Video + MP3

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Check out the video of Belleruche‘s acoustic performance of “Anything You Want,” a single they released in 2009. The London-based group is known for their “Turntable Soul Music,” and are dropping their third album, 270 stories on October 12th via Tru Thoughts.

The track, “Bobby” from Belleruche’s upcoming album showcases their unique style that includes a blend of DJ beats, bluesy guitar, and soulful vocals.

Belleruche- “Bobby” [MP3]

 

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