New Release: Children of the Night – ‘Queens…Revisited’

 

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Queens hip hop trio Children of the Night this week unveiled their Queens…Revisited mixtape and it’s quite tasty if we do say so ourselves. Consisting of Versa, Lansky, and Remy Banks, the group creates music that is dense and textured all while still fresh and full of energy. The sound will easily swallow the unassuming listener – melodic flows dance atop a pulsing beat on songs like “Woman,” which samples Method Man on “All I Need” with Mary J. Blige, while the urgent, anxious keys on “Kids From Queens” are leveled by triumphant horns.

Super solid. Stream the album below and download for free! Above, you can peep the video for the hazy distortion on “Ilyas.”

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New Release: Quakers – ‘Quakers’

 

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The 35 member hip hop massive that is Quakers is now officially in full effect with the release of their debut album. Behind the collective are producers Fuzzface, 7-Stu-7 and Katalyst. You can learn more about these insanely talented gentleman on our previous post about the crew.

Above, sample the gritty slaps and cherry picked insanity of a line up, which ranges from Prince Po to Guilty Simpson to MED to Buff1 to Raydar Ellis.

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Win Tickets to The 19th African Film Festival

19th NY Annual African Film Festival

Presented under the banner theme 21st Century: The Homecoming, this year’s New York African Film Festival will screen contemporary and classic African films that explore the notion of home and homeland, from the legacy of music legend Miriam Makeba (subject of our Opening Night film, Mama Africa) to disaporic visions like the New York-set Restless City, which comes direct from its acclaimed premiere at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. In addition, to mark the 100th anniversary of the African National Congress (ANC), NYAFF will pay homage through performances by artists working in music, dance and film.

Don’t miss this eclectic sampling of some of the most popular dramas, documentaries and experimental works currently unfolding on screens across the African continent. Series programmed by Richard Peña for the Film Society of Lincoln Center and Mahen Bonetti of African Film Festival, Inc.

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February Next Step Contest Honorary Mentions

 

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As the submissions for our March Next Step contest come to a close tomorrow, we want to share some of our favorite submissions from February in this “honorary mentions” post. Y’all made it rough last month – here’s to another great month!

Our February Next Step Contest Honorary Mentions:

DC based “soul garage” band Black Alley. In the video above, the young group rips covers of Amy Winehouse, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, and Nirvana in their poignant dedication to “Club 27.”

Psaul, a collaboration between Swedish singer/songwriter Paul Mac Innes and producer Stray. The sound is pop sensible electro-soul with a retro vibe. Below, you can get down to the sunny “Change” and on Soundcloud catch a super funky cover of Chaka Khan and Rick James’ “Slow Dancin’” featuring the dynamic Karma Stewart.

New York based singer, songwriter, and producer Cilla K. has certainly got something special. With a darling lilting character to her voice that makes you feel at home and a jazzy soul sound that’s playfully offbeat, her vocal style is airy and refreshing like Amel Larrieux, her production hinges on that ever-nostalgic Esthero vibe, and her left-field play with music touches on Sonnymoon. Her most recent release, New World Lullabies, feels just like it sounds. Listen to “You Know Me Better” below and let your worries fall away.

And again, you can still submit to be considered for March!

Don’t miss Backpack Jax and Kimberly Nichole after the jump!

Video: Sene – “feel.” (Short Film)

 

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“feel.” is a short film based on Brooklyn producer Sene’s return to NYC in 2009. The film follows Sene as he grapples with reality, health, and emotion after feeling numb for so long. The film is beautifully done with direction by Pace Rivers and captures the viewer’s attention with its clever writing.

The soundtrack features a few cuts off of Sene’s upcoming brooklyknight. album, including “Cult Classic,” “The Feel Reel.,” and “Time!”

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