New Release: Vieux Farka Touré’s The Secret + MP3


Vieux Farka Touré is one to know; after all, he did perform in front of a billion people at the 2010 World Cup in Johannesburg, South Africa. Not surprisingly, he’s become “one of the most celebrated African guitarists in history.” His latest record, The Secret, was released late last month and is produced by Eric Krasno of the famed Soulive. The feature list is also impressive, including guest spots from Dave Matthews, John Scofield, Derek Trucks, and of course his legendary father, Ali Farka Touré. Enjoy the exclusive free download of “Aigna” (Feat. Derek Trucks) below!

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Rhian Benson’s “Be” Ft. Jonas (Anthony On The Beat Remix) – Free Download via Centric TV

Our friends over at Centric are offering up a free download from Rhian Benson’sBe” featuring Jonas EP that drops next week. In addition to the posted Antony On The Beat Remix, it will also include remixes by Goldielocks, Sioux City Boys and Sona Vabos.

Grab the free download and add it to your playlist; also, don’t forget to check out the video for the single.

Be” is the second single from the the Welsh / Ghanaian singer’s recently released sophomore album Hands Clean.

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Ikebe Shakedown New Album, NYC Release Party + Contest


Brooklyn-based Ikebe Shakedown releases their self-titled album today. The rich sound of this seven-piece band borrows elements from “cinematic soul, afro-funk, deep disco, and boogaloo.” The album is their first on the esteemed record label Ubiquity, and represents an important part in their journey as a group: “Our sound has grown to incorporate our influences without overtly representing any one in particular. It just sounds like us,” says bassist Vince Chiarito.

Enter Giant Step’s contest for a chance to win the album on CD or LP vinyl plus a t-shirt, and check out Ikebe (pronounced “ee-KAY-bay”) at Southpaw in Brooklyn this Thursday, June 9th for the record release party.

Stream & Purchase Ikebe Shakedown from:
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Video: Joss Stone’s LP1 Album Teaser


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Just now reaching 24, Joss Stone is already a Grammy winner and a five-time Grammy nominee with 11 million records sold. Her forthcoming album, LP1, is a special one as it’ll be the first release on her own label, Stone’d Records, in partnership with Surfdog Records. This is also the first album where she’s had total creative freedom, co-writing and co-producing with super-producer Dave Stewart. “This is most fun I’ve ever had making a record,” she says. LP1 will be available in the US on July 26th. In the meantime, check out the teaser video above.

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Georgia & Dudley’s SomeOthaShip Free Download All Week


The other-worldly Georgia Anne Muldrow and Dudley Perkins bring us a very special gift together with Mello Music Group: free downloading of the 2010 project, SomeOthaShip, all week long. The 13-track project features guest appearances from the likes of Black Milk, Prince Po, and Kool G Rap and boasts production from Oddisee, Flying Lotus, and of course, the two talented bandmates themselves. Look out for the duo’s next album out this fall.

Purchase “Heaven or Hell” (Vinyl) on Fat Beats

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