New Release: Keane – ‘Strangeland’


This week, British rockers KeaneStrangeland.

The sound carries a mood strong enough to fill a room with something you can hold. The flurry of early 90′s pop rock dreaminess in the first single, “Silenced By The Night” is captured marvelously in the dusky shadows of the video below. All strung together, the songs feel something like an adventure.

Starting mid-June, folks can catch Keane on their US tour. Dates are after the jump.

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New Track: K’Naan – “Hurt Me Tomorrow”


K’Naan has not got the time. On “Hurt Me Tomorrow” he delineates to ex-girl exactly why he is too busy to hurt over her. Dang, dude. All that aside, the rest of us can rock out to the tune, which is the lead single from K’Naan’s upcoming album, Country, God or The Girl (out July 2012).

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Interview: Jose James on Blue Note Signing & 5/11 NYC Show


In anticipation of his show at Le Poisson Rouge (NYC) tomorrow and his recent signing to Blue Note, we caught up with the heart-melting José James to get the latest on some very exciting developments. After hearing more about what Jose has to say about No Beginning, No End as well as the LPR show – we’re just about losing it with excitement!

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Giant Step: Congratulations on signing with Blue Note! How does it feel?

Jose James: It feels fantastic – it’s a dream come true. Blue Note is everyone’s favorite classic jazz label and it’s exciting to bring something fresh to the legacy.

GS: What can we expect on the new album? And what excites you most about this new project?

JJ: First of all, the new album features Pino Palladino – the legend! Truly an honor to work with him. Chris “Daddy” Dave, Robert Glapser, Hindi Zahra, Richard Spaven, Emily King – it’s a stellar cast. It’s a mix of soul, R&B, gospel, jazz, and singer-songwriter. It’s truly a deeper look into who I am as an artist, outside of just jazz. I co-wrote with many of the artists above, as well as Fink and Amp Fiddler. I feel this is a definitive album for me and so far my best work. It’s been two years in the making! Sonically it’s way ahead of my other albums and I have engineers Brian Bender and Russ Elevado to thank for that.

GS: When can we hear No Beginning, No End – when does it drop?!

JJ: Well I just signed, so now we’re doing photoshoots and planning videos. Definitely will drop some new music this fall – stay tuned at for updates! In the meantime, I’m showcasing new material in my live shows and will start touring worldwide.

GS: What can folks look forward to at this show?

JJ: I got Taylor McFerrin with me – he’s so amazing. Emily King special guest, and a fantastic band: Takuya Kuroda on trumpet, Andy Hunter trombone, Samora Pinderhughes keys, Ben Williams bass, and Nate Smith on drums. We keep it funky and real soulful!

GS: Any other special news you’re able to share with Giant Step fans?

JJ: Look out for remixes and vinyl – this is the album you’ve been waiting for.

Event Details
José James with Special Guests, plus Taylor McFerrin

Friday, May 11, 2012
Doors 7pm

(Le) Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York, NY

Tickets: $15 advance / $20 door
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Video: Oddisee – “Ain’t That Peculiar” (Marvin Gaye Remixed)


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In preparing for his upcoming album, People Hear What They See, Oddisee decided to give the internets something a little extra special this time. Herein is a remix of Marvin Gaye’s “Ain’t That Peculiar,” which also includes a new verse by our man himself.

The remix is part of an EP called Odd Renditions, which includes similar reworks of songs by K-Os, Bon Iver, and Metronomy – look out for that to drop for free next week. Loving this so much!

The video collage above shows of footage of Marvin performing the original track. And did we mention that it’s synchronized to this new version? Ohhhh, yeah!

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New Release: speakers – ‘New Frequency’ EP + MP3


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Los Angeles based speakers is a lively duo that meshes dance, R&B, hip-hop, electro-pop to deliver some particularly tasty sounds to your ear. Their debut EP, New Frequency, released yesterday and we are not afraid to say that it has us shaking it with absolutely no shame.

Folks can also look forward to features from Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes and singer NiRé All’Dai on the EP.

Above, singer/producer Blair Taylor and singer/rapper Keon B pull all stops in the video for the instant banger, “Bass,” complete with party skeletons and more. The video for the free track below, “And Her Too”, will be soon premiering on VEVO.

Starting in June, look out for a summer club tour hitting major cities across the country.

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Speakers – “And Her Too” [MP3]

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