Giant Step’s parties during Winter Music Conference are legendary – from the Sunset Soiree’s at Raleigh, Sagamore, The Hotel, and most recently our five year residency at The Delano. This year, we are throwing an intimate Sunset Soiree with an exclusive WMC appearance from DJ Questlove and Yameen Allworld plus DJ San Gabriel (Berlin).
Grammy winning jazz bassist, vocalist, and composer Esperanza Spalding today releases her newest album, Radio Music Society. Twelve sparkling songs are accompanied by eleven conceptual music videos, which Esperanza uses to express the inspiration and story behind each tune. All of the videos are available with the digital download and the deluxe version.
The guest list is impressive as well. On the album are jazz legends Joe Lovano, Jack DeJohnette and Billy Hart, as well as Q-Tip, Algebra Blessett, Lalah Hathaway, Gretchen Parlato and Lionel Loueke, amongst others.
And let us say that watching Esperanza live is truly an experience of its own – catch her on the road beginning April 18. Tour dates after the jump!
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With SXSW just wrapping up and WMC in full swing, we are now calling all entries for our March Next Step contest! Show us what you’re working with!
So many awesome artists have been showcased through this series. Tara Priya in July, Iman Williams in August, Tall Black Guy Productions in September, Cole Williams for October, Tensei for November, Awalé for December 2011, and Annabel (lee) & Richard E for January 2012!
Stay tuned for the announcement on our February Next Step winner later this week!
The winner will receive an “Artist Spotlight” feature post on the Giant Step website, and up to $1,000 in Giant Step Marketing services!
Please note that we are accepting submissions from anyone that makes music – producers, singers, instrumentalists, rappers, and bands alike are all welcome.
This month, we are accepting submissions from today through Saturday, March 1st. That said, we are now open for March 2012 entries!
Submit your music for consideration!
Today marks the official US release for Nneka’s third full-length album, Soul Is Heavy. Nothing less than what you’d expect from the Nigerian-German artist – heartfelt music that pushes your buttons and makes you feel more than a little.
Below, you can stream the Digital Mystikz Remix for “My Home” by Coki and the Joe Goddard Remix for “Shining Star.”
It would be a sad sad mistake if you were to miss this lady on tour. Check the tour dates after the jump and be sure to catch her in your city.
Enter our contest to win Soul Is Heavy
Enter our contest to win tickets to select tour dates
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If you’ve been anywhere on the internet today, you’d should have easily seen about eleventy-billion posts about our man Robert Glasper and his oh so fancy Experiment’s release of Black Radio. We’re still blinking after seeing the iTunes price of $6.99 – that’s like, basically free.
Yes, the album actually features Erykah Badu, Lupe Fiasco, Lalah Hathaway, Shafiq Husayn, Ledisi, and Meshell Ndegeocello, amongst others. No, we’re not kidding when we say the that Black Radio is top to bottom worthy of a sublime stupor.
After dizzying ourselves from running around in circles of excitement all morning, we have now transitioned to the running man in anticipation of the release show at the Highline Ballroom in NYC tonight. And while you’re hating us in our unabashed show-off, do know that you can also gloat by grabbing tickets to tomorrow’s newly added second release show on Wednesday, February 29th.
Also, hats off to Okayplayer for premiering the video for the title track featuring Yasiin Bey! Check it out above.
Enter our contest to win Black Radio