New Release: Oddisee – ‘People Hear What They See’


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Our friend and one of the hardest working men in hip-hop today released his People Hear What They See album. Drawing inspiration from sitting and observing outside environments, Oddisee endeavored to break the stereotypical emcee mold and write about things outside of his own personal reality.

You can’t help but respect Oddisee’s thoughtfulness and focus on creativity. And beyond subject matter, this album sees a refreshing evolution in the producer/emcee’s sound, guiding the listener across brilliant tapestry of melodic hip-hop.

Above, the smooth toned Olivier Daysoul sits down with Oddisee for a soulful acoustic of “You Know Who You Are,” a bonus track on the album.

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Interview: Q-Tip on His New ‘Offline’ Monthly Launching This Friday 6/15


As you must now know, the launch of our new monthly, Offline, at Irving Plaza with Q-Tip is now only a few days away. We recently caught up with Q-Tip to get the low down on this summer’s new go to party, amongst a few other juicy tidbits.

Giant Step: Congratulations on your new monthly party, Offline! How are you feeling about the launch?

Q-Tip: I feel good about it. Hopefully folks will come ready to dance, be open minded, and ready to enjoy different types of music. And you know, take it to a time where New York was bred for partying and not just kinda standing around – like a real dance party.

GS: What can partygoers expect to see and hear at Offline?

Q-Tip: They can hear any and everything, man. From a lot of dance and disco and boogie music, a lot of boogie music to lots of salsa, hip hop, dub. Old school hip hop, that is – a lot of that. A lot of funk. Afro Cuban, Afro Beat, rare groove. Electronic. Classic stuff! Also I had a DJ booth specially designed which is an art piece. The creator is a wonderful artist called Susan Linss. At each party she will add a new piece of art which is really exciting!

GS: Do you have a certain philosophy around the music you put play when you DJ?

Q-Tip: My philosophy depends on the type of party, but usually for my type of parties my philosophy is to keep people dancing and exchanging that energy coming out of themselves. You know, you work all week or you go through what you go through not to come and stand around and Twitpic or Instagram stuff and put it on Twitter. You come to be offline, to experience it, to dance, to feel the music. So my philosophy is to encourage that.

GS: When you think about great NY parties of the past what were some of your favorites?

Q-Tip: My favorite parties were like Mars, Studio 54, Red Zone, The Garage, Bassline, Love Light (not Limelight) – Love Light was dope, the original Nell’s, The World, Life, Save The Robot. So many places.

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New Release: Lakecia Benjamin – ‘Retox’ + Free MP3


Funk and jazz saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin tomorrow releases Retox. Expect to hear nothing less than music that is rich, soulful, and full of life.

The album shows the versatile artist as a composer, lyricist and bandleader. There are also some awesome features from Amp Fiddler, Krystle Warren, Maya Azucena, Chinah Blac. Hear more about what went into the album and Lakecia’s thought process in the video below.

Also, folks sample some of the liveness with a free MP3 below for the horn-driven celebratory jam, “Get Down.”

And! See all the action live at the album release show tomorrow (June 12) at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC.

Lakecia Benjamin – “Get Down” [MP3]

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Contest: Win Tickets to Sold Out Joss Stone Show @ Highline Ballroom, NYC – June 20


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Wow. Looks like madame Joss Stone has got a sold out show on her hands. In just six hours, the tickets for the June 20 show at the Highline Ballroom in NYC are no more.

But you know we got you. Just enter our contest to win a pair of tickets and you, too, could be grooving the night away. You’re welcome.

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GPWW: 5/31/12 Worldwide Family Mixtape featuring Robert Glasper

This week’s Worldwide Show with Gilles Peterson features the versatile jazz pianist Robert Glasper in conversation, talking about some of his favorite tracks from the artists showcased on his latest album, Black Radio.

Check out Gilles other recent shows below.

Part 1

Part 2

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More Info & Track list

Gilles’ most recent shows:

GPWW: 05/24/2012 Box Of Delights with guest DJ Distal

GPWW: 05/17/12 Worldwide Family Mixtape with Juk Juk

GPWW: 05/10/12 Worldwide Mixtape with Gerry Read