The weekend of June 24th is quickly turning into the ultimate Giant Step takeover. What with the Thievery Corporation show on Friday and our annual SummerStage party Saturday, your out of town friends are already burning up with summer envy. And just to make things more exciting, joining Thievery Corporation on Friday, June 24th, along with Raphael Saadiq, will be Dâm-Funk & Master Blazter at the Williamsburg Waterfront. Now tell me why you don't have your advance ticket yet?
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Last Friday saw the cracking live debut performance by Analog Players Society, the new band headed by percussionist Amon Drum (of Turntables on the Hudson and Afrokinetic fame). Kick your weekend off right with this funky jam session from their set at Southpaw in Brooklyn, and keep an eye out for their debut album, which is in the pipeline.
In this latest installment of the Worldwide Show, Gilles Peterson draws us in from the start with the aptly titled, slow-building track "Beginning" by Trickski. He then proceeds to take us on a sonic tour of the world with standout tracks from artists such as Jun Miyake from Japan, The Weeknd out of Canada, and a mix of Ogris Debris from Vienna.
DJ Cam is back with the "Swim" EP featuring Chris James (of the group Stateless), which was released this week. This is his first EP since "Soulshine" and includes remixes by Blackjoy, Cuttooth and Conforce. Inflamable Records offers us the accompanying music video, which was directed by the talented Sonia Sieff.
One of our favorite bands from down under, Electric Wire Hustle gave Vibol Moeung's Foxtree Studios behind the scenes access to their NYC Tour which took place this past October. The band, which Okayplayer hailed as a "CMJ Highlight" during this very tour, is chronichled in the highly stylized mini documentary above. From watching the video it's plain to see that New York warmly embraced their self-described "free-form" style of music that blends hip hop, psychedelic, and soul all into one neat exciting package.
Of particular note is lead singer Mara TK's subdued neo-soul-like vocal stylings reminiscent of D'Angelo in his prime. This unique voice, paired with the band's funky yet soulful beats are a marriage made in musical heaven, as evidenced in their self-titled debut album. Watch. Listen. Enjoy.