African music site Afropop.org has started a monthly mixtape of their favorite tunes and this is the debut. “Afropop Worldwide March Mix” includes a track from the new Les Nubians album, “Veuillez Veiller Sur Vos Reves (J Period Remix) f. John Banzai.” Chill out with this mix, including music by Femi Kuti from his forthcoming album plus some great new Strut records.
When the TRON: Legacy movie came out last year, we were beyond excited to be along for the ride, helping to launch the official soundtrack, created by the legendary, pioneering, larger-than-life electro duo Daft Punk. The soundtrack showed a new side of Daft Punk’s music: they gave us a powerful, all-encompassing film score, which was a big leap from their usual dancefloor-shaking tunes.
And now the news we all have been waiting for: the hotly anticipated remix album, TRON: LEGACY R3C0NF1GUR3D will be released by Walt Disney Records on April 5th, including interpretations of the Daft Punk score by artists including Glitch Mob, The Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold, Moby, Boys Noize, Kaskade, Photek, Pretty Lights and more.
On Friday March 11, Giant Step will host a private event: an exclusive first listen to the TRON: LEGACY R3C0NF1GUR3D album at the Rooftop Pool at Soho Beach House, Miami FL. There is no RSVP but if you’re feelin’ lucky, enter to win a pair of passes here.
Gil Scott-Heron‘s comeback continues, since Jamie XX remixed the full album I’m New Here to create We’re New Here. This video is for the second single off the remix album, layers of interpretation over the old standard, “I’ll Take Care of You.” The video, directed by Jamie James Medina and AG Rojas, tells the story of a young mother with a boxing career; seemingly exploring the question of ‘why we fight.’
When someone teams up with Damien “Jr. Gong” Marley on a reggae track, we pay attention, and that includes Bruno Mars. Even more so now that they’ve released this mesmerizing tie-dye video, which may give you superpowers if you’re on exactly the right amount of “liquor.”
This GPWW features words and music from Nicolas Jaar, an electronic artist based in NY on a French-based label (Clown and Sunset), currently studying at Brown University in Rhode Island. His album was released on January 31st, called Space is Only Noise. While chatting with Gilles about his studies and music, Nicolas mentions that he’s happy to see artists like James Blake getting so much positive attention, because it represents this new, mellow electronic generation in a relatively accurate way. As Pitchfork said about Space Is Only Noise, “The textures and ingredients of Jaar’s music exist in the context of techno– rhythm and repetition are clearly important to him– but Space is not dance music. It’s too slow, sure, but it’s also too diffuse in its methods and results.”
Later in the show, Gilles brings a mix from dOP, going into their jazz box for Yusef Lateef, Horace Silver, Coltrane and more.