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.

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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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GPWW 7/26/10: Bilal Feature

This week on Gilles Peterson World Wide, he focuses in on R&B/jazz/soul singer, Bilal, who is releasing Airtight’s Revenge on September 14th on Plug Research. The special mix section of the show features a slew of Bilal tracks and an interview with the man himself, as well as some Giant Step favorites with Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, and Fela Kuti. Returning from last week are Monsters of Folk and Mount Kimbie.

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New Video for Janelle Monáe’s “Cold War”

Janelle Monáe, the always innovative songwriter and singer, has released a new video for her song off of The ArchAndroid, “Cold War.” It features a close up, sometimes out of focus image of Monáe lip syncing the entire song in not just one take, but in her first take. It’s an emotionally charged experience straight from the black box auditorium at the Palace of the Dogs insane asylum.

Incognito & Samples

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On their new album Transatlantic RPM, Incognito remakes a heavily-sampled classic, “Lowdown,” originally by Boz Scaggs. The remake is infused with the vocal soul power of Chaka Khan and Mario Biondi while preserving the hip-hop rhythms that sprouted from the original.

Boz Scaggs - original version of “Lowdown” (1976)

Whether you’re a hip-hop fan, producer, or just an educated listener, you’ll probably hear something familiar in this. The various layers of rhythm in the Boz Scaggs track have been sampled enough in old school hip-hop to qualify “Lowdown” as a break beat classic. Scaggs’ drums are easy enough to spot, but that flipped bassline produces a bit of a challenge in discovering samples.

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MF Doom – “Black Snake Root” (2003)

Blackstreet – “Booti Call” (1994)

Girl Talk – “Give Me A Beat” (2008)