New Release: Steven A. Clark – ‘Fornication Under The Consent of the King’ + Download

 

Steven A. Clark yesterday released his poignant post-breakup album, Fornication Under The Consent of the King. Sounding like a blend between Aloe Blacc and The Weeknd with dashes of The Neptunes, Steven digs deep into his heartache, wading in the desolate depths of his sadness and jadedness. Arguably, it may be the mens that do it best when it comes to emo. Remember Kanye’s 808s & Heartbreak? Yeah, ish was depressing.

There are definitely going to be some weeping bros that will find secret relatability here. And we’re gonna let you have that. It’s all a free download and the full stream is available on Consquence of Sound, in case you’re crying so hard that you can’t wait for the download to complete.

Steven A. Clark – Fornication Under The Consent of the King [Download]

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Video: Oddisee – “Let It Go” (Live)

 

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Oddisee is on his The Roots ish with some live band action in his newest video. Filmed at Tone’s loft, the song featured is a live version of “Let It Go,” complete with background singers and lush groovy soulfulness. You’ve got to appreciate the thoughtfulness being brought back into hip hop performance right here.

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Explore Blue Note Records’ New Spotify App – Launched Today

 

The legendary Blue Note Records today releases their brand new Spotify app! Journey the label’s entire catalog from 1939 to present, spanning everything from “Jazz to Jay-Z.” Christmas might have come early, if we do say so ourselves. And we are so excited to share the scoop on this one with y’all.

The app allows you to traverse the historic evolution of Blue Note in a profound way:

“from the early jazz of Sidney Bechet to the trailblazing bebop of Thelonious Monk, from Art Blakey’s quintessential hardbop thru Ornette Coleman’s avant-garde flights, from Jimmy Smith’s grinding organ soul jazz leading to Donald Byrd’s funky R&B fusion and on into today’s modern explorations such as Robert Glasper’s unique blend of jazz with hip hop, and beyond.”

Explore the Blue Note catalog using your choice of filter (musical style, era, or instrument), a timeline, or styles (traditions, groove, voices). The app also offers the ability to see who sampled each Blue Note record. Users can purchase Blue Note merch using the app as well. Below, Rolling Stone breaks down the limitless playground that is the sample tracking portal:

“Blue Note partnered with the hip-hop sample database WhoSampled.com for a feature that shows how its catalog has also been matriculated into pop, providing side-by-side examples of the original Blue Note recording and the way it was used. For instance, a drum break from bebop saxophonist Lou Donaldson’s 1969 take on the Isley Brothers’ “It’s Your Thing” found its way onto Madonna’s 1994 cut “I’d Rather Be Your Lover,” as well as tracks by De La Soul, Joe and Puff Daddy; in the app, you can listen to them all instantly.”

The screen shots of the app in action are a great way to wrap your head around the richness of the app. Check ‘em after the jump – pretty freakin’ incredible it all is.

After peeping the screen shots, pick up a few more details on our release page and the Rolling Stone article.

Download the app for free and get to diggin!

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Screen shots of the Blue Note Spotify app after the jump

Video: Tondrae Kemp – “Happiness” + To Release ‘Sun Money’

 

Bluesy Louisiana singer Tondrae Kemp already has us smitten with sexy soulful crooning. Watch his recent video for “Happiness” with a down home jazzy feel and a warmth that just wants to make you wanna run up and hug somebody. Kind of got a churchy John Legend vibe going, too. The song is off Tondrae’s upcoming album, Sun Money, out September 19.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this boo live in Brooklyn this weekend and next week! More dates being added soon.

Tour Dates
Sept 16 – Littlefield – Brooklyn, NY *Special Appearance
Sept 19 – Free Candy: Sun Money Album Release Show – Brooklyn, NY

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Video Premiere: Hiatus Kaiyote – “Nakamarra” (Acoustic) + Exclusive Interview

 

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Ever since Hiatus Kaitoye released their debut EP Tawk Tomahawk, we’ve been playing it nonstop. The soulful love song “Nakamarra” was an instant favorite, so it’s fitting that the Melbourne-based band decided to make it a single. They shot this video for the acoustic version while road tripping through the desert in Australia. We are excited to premiere the video here, and give you a few more reasons to keep Hiatus Kaitoye on your radar.

The below exclusive interview was conducted by Giant Step contributor Maiya Norton.

Giant Step: How many members are there in Hiatus Kaiyote and how did you come together to form a group?

Hiatus Kaiyote: Hiatus Kaiyote is comprised of Nai Palm on guitar and vocals, Simon Mavin on the keys, Perrin Moss is our drummer and Paul Bender is the bassist. We also have three backing vocalists named Jay Jay, Laura and Jace. Our formation was quite organic. Bender saw Nai play a small gig and knew immediately he had to work with her. Perrin met Nai independently and also wanted to work with her. Everyone ended up in a room one day and started jamming. Bender knew Simon quite well and asked him to be involved. They then worked transcribing Nai’s original songs and began writing together as a quartet.

GS: What was the inspiration behind your debut, Tawk Tomahawk?

HK: We were working and really vibing off of each other. Each member’s input and individual influences really shines through on the EP. We’d never heard our stuff recorded before, so it was a really inspiring process just finding out what we actually sounded like.

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Read the rest of the interview after the jump