New Release: Gabriele Poso – ‘Roots of Soul’

 

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Italian multi-instrumentalist and composer Gabriele Poso recently released his Afro-Latin jazz and soul album, Roots of Soul, and we’ve got a couple little treats to share from it.

The first is the sun drenched and colorful video for “Sunshine” featuring Tanya Michelle on vocals. The romantic video shows Gabriele and lovely lady across some magnificent landscapes – in slight envy we are.

Take the experience a bit further by sampling the album via the stream below. Perfect mood music.

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New Release: Justice – ‘New Lands’ EP

 

Justice this week released a 5-song EP including remixes for “New Lands,” a track off of 2011′s Audio, Video Disco. The New Lands EP boasts spirit quivering remixes by A-Trak, Sebastian, and Falcon, as well as a live version.

Hit play on the stream below and whip it real good to the Falcon remix. We’re bouncing on our imaginary bouncy castle right now and it feels oh so right.

Catch the guys on their North American tour kicking off in August!

Tour Dates
August 3 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Festival
August 4 – Toronto, ON @ Historic Fort York
August 5 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
August 7 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks
August 10-12 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
October 21 – New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
October 25 – Asheville, NC @ US Cellular Center
October 26-28 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Experience Music Festival
October 28 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues
October 30 – Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
October 31 – Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
November 8 – Guadalajara, MX @ Foro Alterno
November 10 – Mexico CIty, MX @ ONE Festival

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Friday, July 20th, Q-TIP Returns To Irving Plaza With Offline

Next month, Q-Tip returns to Irving Plaza for his new party, Offline, a journey through the worlds of funk, jazz, hip hop, salsa, Latin and more. Thanks to everyone who made the first installment such a fantastic event. An eclectic crowd of over a thousand club goers danced until the early morning, with such notables as J. Cole, Mark Ronson, Grandmaster Flash, and fellow A Tribe Called Quest members Jarobi White and Ali Shaheed Muhammad getting in on the action.

Q-Tip buzzes, “the first Offline party was so dope. People came and danced all night. It was so good, but we are definitely going to top it!!”

Offline with Q-Tip Powered by Giant Step
Friday, July 20
Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Plaza
Doors: 10:30 PM

There will be a strict door policy. No single guys will be admitted unless there are ladies in your group. Dress To Impress. We love style and we know you do too, so please dress smart. Management reserves the right to refuse admission.

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Interview: Pete Rock to Play @ Le Poisson Rouge, NYC – June 30

 

Yep. Pete Rock will be spinning at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC this Saturday, June 30 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mecca And The Soul Brother.

We caught up with Pete this week for a few questions asking him to look back, share what’s coming up, and let us know what’s good for the big night!

More info on Saturday’s event, including ticket link.

Giant Step: Looking back, what’s your fondest memory from recording Mecca And The Soul Brother?

Pete Rock: Working with Heavy D doing “The Basement” song.

GS: If you had to pick today, what’s your favorite track on the album and why?

Pete Rock: “Reminisce” is my favorite track because it is my tears on wax.

GS: To you, who was Pete Rock then and who is Pete Rock today?

Pete Rock: Pete Rock then was a young, excited DJ and producer trying to reach my goals. Today I am a father, husband, and legend trying to keep hip hop alive.

GS: We know it’s going to be hotness regardless, but what can folks expect to hear at LPR on saturday?

Pete Rock: Everything!!! The music I grew up with that influenced me. A special mix of my favorite songs off of Mecca And The Soul Brother and the music that inspired that album.

GS: Looks like Petestrumentals II is brewing. What’s in store? What can you tell us about the Petestrumentals of 2001 versus this new one?

Pete Rock: Yes, Petestrumentals II is creatively in the works. There won’t a be a huge difference, just a continuation from the first album.

GS: What else is new with you? Any other gems being concocted in the lab?!

Pete Rock: Yes, lots of projects are being developed. First one out this year is the Camp Lo project titled 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s. Working on a DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock project that will come out in late 2013. Also collaborating with Roy Ayers and working with Robert Glasper.