Captain Planet to Release ‘Cookin’ Gumbo’ + MP3


We already know y’all loved Captain Planet’s Ningané EP – we did, too. But the diverse beatsmith might have outdone himself with his first full length, Cookin’ Gumbo. Out on September 6th, the album combines funk, soul, and world music from “all corners of the globe” to bring an irresistible concoction of dancefloor tunes. It is in fact difficult to stay in our seats while writing this – we may well have to end this post prematurely and attend to our urge to move.

Moving along swiftly. Do take a listen to the free MP3 remixing the amazing Mia Doi Todd’s “Paraty.” We enjoyed thoroughly!

And lastly, do not miss out on the sure to be incredible release parties in LA, SF, NY, and DC. Details below!

Paraty (Captain Planet Remix) by DJ Captain Planet

Release Parties
9/8 @ Afro Funke – Zanzibar, Los Angeles
9/9 w/ TTOTH Crew – Southpaw, Brooklyn
9/10 – Eighteenth Street Lounge, Washington DC
9/16 @ Afrolicious – San Francisco

Pre-Order Cookin’ Gumbo on Amazon

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New Release: CSC Funk Band – ‘Things Are Getting Too Casual’ + MP3 & NYC Release Parties


Hailed by Village Voice as “Brooklyn noise-punk scene’s very first funk band,” the underground CSC Funk Band releases their debut album, Things Are Getting Too Casual, tomorrow! The 11-member band is eclectic and even called “random” with their choices, yet they remain cohesive and always, always funky.

Gear up for the album with a free MP3 of their performance in Providence, which you can stream and download below! Also be sure to check out their release parties this week.

CSC Funk Band Live in Providence at AS220 by FatBeatsDotCom

NYC Release Parties
8/24 – Shea Stadium, Brooklyn
8/27 – Goodbye Blue Monday, Brooklyn

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New Release: Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – ‘Bulletproof Brass’


The Hypnotic Brass Ensemble consists of eight brothers from the south side of Chicago. Raised in a musical family where they’d be woken at 6am before school for music practice, music truly runs through their blood. Having worked with numerous talents from De La Soul and Prince to The Gorrillaz and their father, legendary trumpet player for Sun-Ra, Phil Cohran, you guys are in for a real treat. Check out the preview for their Bulletproof Brass EP that just dropped and get lifted.

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble – Bulletproof Brass Preview by ChoiceCuts

Purchase Bulletproof Brass on iTunes

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Photo Recap: Gilles Peterson at Cielo, NYC


Last night at Cielo was a total blast, to say the least. The mood was right, running into familiar faces was the standard, and seeing some new gorgeous ones didn’t seem to be a challenge either. Gilles Peterson ripped his set with a tasty melange of world tunes, mixes, chops, and mash-up’s that kept the crowd both dancing and in awe all night.

One Giant Step staffer may have shed a tear when he played Alka Yagnik and Ila Arun’s “Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hai,” a classic Bollywood hit, which you may enjoy below. Afterwards, he let us know he was ‘taking us Brazil’ like it was nothing. It probably really wasn’t.

Yes, you probably should kick yourself if you missed last night.


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Next Step August Winner: Iman Williams


Congratulations to Iman Williams for being this month’s Next Step winner!

The Alabama bred and Atlanta based neo-soul songstress Iman Williams is in fact known to many as a visual artist. That said, she’s managed to keep a healthy balance between her two passions and develop both.

Her vocal style/mood might be reminiscent of Seattle based Choklate to some. But Iman’s music is spacier and more experimental than Choklate’s, which then reminds us of Erykah Badu’s approach to her music – a quirky playtime in the musical sandbox. And yet still, Iman remains a brand of her own and we are so excited to get to share this gem of an artist with you.

Late last year, Iman release an album entitled Stupid Human Trick on Bandcamp. Within the last several months, she’s also released a handful of remixes for free download (check out her Soundcloud). There’s sure plenty of material to keep us busy for a while, but we won’t lie – we are super excited to see how Iman evolves next. And no fear, she tells us another project called Cotton will soon be underway and release sometime in 2012!

Below, we have two exclusive free downloads for the Giant Step community: “Float Away” and “Before.” After that, find a full stream of Iman’s most recent album, Stupid Human Trick, and be sure you don’t miss our favorite tracks – “All This Time (Down and Out)” and “Ordinary Love.”

Iman Williams – “Float Away” (Neo Soul Lumberjack Remix) [MP3]

Iman Williams – “Before” ft. Bobby Blunt [MP3]

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