New Release: Blu & Exile – ‘Give Me My Flowers While I Can Smell Them’


Uh, what? It was only a month or two we were talking to some pals who were saying we were tough out of luck if we were to expect this duo to ever release a project together again. Not to take all the credit or whatever, but we think we had something to do with this.

Los Angeles contingent Blu & Exile are back, y’all. Curse word. Exile continues to habitually pour out his dreamy chopped beats while Blu makes his easy buttery rhymes wrap around you like a cinnamon roll. What?

Give Me My Flowers While I Can Smell Them. Just listen and get this ish now, please.

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New Release: Tall Black Guy Productions – ‘Lost Tapes’


The fortunate of you have been knowing about Tall Black Guy Productions, a producer we had the honor of highlighting as our September Next Step winner. The rest of you have a bit of work to do, but don’t worry – we got you.

BamaLoveSoul just put out a free mixtape of “earlier works, remixes and lesser known tracks” from our dude. Behold! Lost Tapes by The Tall Black Guy. Enjoy remixes of Eric Roberson, Common, Camp Lo, and Coultrain, interspersed with original productions by the talented tall man as well. Good times.

Tall Black Guy Productions – Lost Tapes [Download on Hotfile]

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Video: Tawiah – “Little Drummer Boy” + ‘Run’ EP


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It’s always a thrill to hear new Tawiah. Last time we posted about her, we shared a great live performance of “Break Away,” which you should definitely catch if you missed.

Above, see Tawiah doing a live rendition of holiday favorite, “Little Drummer Boy.” Those holiday lights on her head are pretty serious, man. At any rate, a great addition to your YouTube holiday playlist for that last minute dinner party.

Lastly, we are super excited to share that Tawiah has also recently dropped an uplifting EP called Run. What’s better is that it’s free! Download below. Also, grab a little taste by streaming the title track below.

Tawiah – “Run”

1. Run
2. Little Drummer Boy
3. Run (Hejira Rework)
4. Don’t Know You Yet
5. Run (A Cappella)

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New Mix: ‘The Best of Mark de Clive-Lowe’ by DJ Spinna


Ever since his Renegades release, it feels like our dude Mark de Clive-Lowe just can’t stop with the goodness. Like, the album, that recent Nostalgia 77 remix, and your CHURCH party are seriously amazingness enough, bro. But even seriously-er, we’ll totally take whatever you give us.

Today’s goodness is more of a throwback and features the impeccable ear of sir DJ Spinna, who is blessing us with his take on The Best of Mark De Clive-Lowe. Thank you muchly for the chillest of chill weekend soundtrack, friends! We hope you all enjoy this as much as we are.

Also, be sure to check the immeasurably talented MDCL at CHURCH this January 6th for our next party! Details and ticket purchase link after the stream!

Event Details
Giant Step & Revive Da Live Present
CHURCH with Mark de Clive-Lowe
Friday, January 6, 2012
Doors 10:30 PM
21+ w/ID

85 Avenue A
(btwn 5th and 6th Ave)
New York, NY 10009

Advance Tickets: $10.00
Purchase tickets

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Giant Step Vault: Nuyorican Soul EPK – Giant Step Records 1997

We dug deep into the Giant Step vault to find some gems from the past. Here is the first of the bunch, an EPK for the release of Nuyorican Soul on Giant Step Records. Back then it was common to compile an electronic press kit (EPK) to send out a pre-release – this would help with journalists, retail and radio. Although it was more of an industry tool, we thought you might enjoy seeing it. A lot of the footage and interviews are from the actual photo shoot for the album artwork. The video features interviews with Kenny Dope and Little Louie Vega, Roy Ayers, George Benson, La India, Jocelyn Brown and Tito Puente to name a few.

Keep an eye on this site over the holiday break for more videos from the Giant Step vault.