As some are still recollecting consciousness from The Internet’s “Cocaine” video and Little Dragon remix, know that these two are intent on keeping folks under their grip while they’ve got em. Above, watch them bring you into a deeper daze with their shadowy teaser video for their upcoming Purple Naked Ladies album set to drop December 20th. We are anticipating some seriously addictive music.
Earlier this week we shared Mecca:83′s release of Life Sketches Vols 1 & 2. Today, we got a bonus track for you that just missed the album. Called “Midnight Kids,” the track features Tokyo based producer and pianist Kan Sano as well as Pittsburgh’s Buscrates 16-Bit Ensemble. Enjoy the gorgeous late night kickback track with it’s dancing chimes, brushes, and digital treats adorning some lovely keys. It’s a free download as well!
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In early November, Georgia Anne Mudlrow crept out with a new release called Owed To Mama Rickie. And a couple days ago, a video for an uplifting song called “More & More” popped up.
Directed by our friend Brian Deka Paupaw, the sunny video features a montage of friends and loved ones accented by flares and flickers of vibrant color and designs. Laid against the red, green, and black palette of the Pan-African flag, “More & More” shows Georgia loving her African roots more and more as she reflects on the beauty of her people. The wondrous Bilal also makes an appearance.
One could definitely argue that there is no higher love than love for self – respect!
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This week, a very special venue in the hearts of many (including ours) closed its doors for good. The Florida Room in the basement of Delano Hotel in South Beach Florida was a Lenny Kravitz designed venue with the feel of a classic old school night club.
Within its first year of opening, Giant Step starting doing events at The Florida Room and the list became pretty impressive. Many of our events were Miami debuts featuring great artists such as Jose James, Janelle Monae, Melanie Fiona, and Jazmine Sullivan, to name a few.
After the jump, also find videos from De La Soul, The Roots, and Janelle Monae, all doing their thing at a venue that will be greatly missed.
Here’s a partial list of some of our great nights:
June 2008 – Janelle Monae (Miami Debut)
Sept 2008 – Jazmine Sullivan (Miami Debut)
Oct 2008 – Nikka Costa
NYE 2008 – The Roots and Janelle Monae
Jan 2009 – The Florida Room 1st anniversary with De La Soul
WMC 2009 – Pete Rock, Benji B, Wale, Questlove, Melanie Fiona, Taylor McFerrin
NYE 2009 – Common
WMC 2010 – Gilles Peterson and Questlove
So to all our friends in Miami and of course the great staff of this special venue that had the best cocktails in the world – we salute you and all the good times.
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Back in September, we posted Nneka’s gripping video for “My Home,” the first single from her latest album, Soul Is Heavy, along with news of the album’s initial release. February 28, 2012 will mark the US release of this incredible work and we are completely juiced to celebrate it once again.
On Soul Is Heavy, the Nigerian singer-songwriter masterfully combines hip hop, reggae, and Afri-pop to paint a sometimes grueling but always honest picture “love, pain, politics and God.” Fans can also look forward to added color from collaborations with Black Thought and Ms. Dynamite on the album.
Above, you will find part one of a four part series taking us behind the scenes for the making of this album. Follow Nneka on the road and in the studio while she and her peers speak on the story of Nneka’s most recent labor of love. Find the rest of the series after the jump!