Video: Ski Beatz – ‘Twilight’ Trailer + NYC Release Party

 

Megaproducer Ski Beatz will be releasing Twilight on February 14th and we are pretty much beside ourselves with this trailer. Woven along with the silky jazz sonics are visuals of Curren$y, Stalley, Smoke DZA, Mikey Rocks, Da$h, Tabi Bonney, and other guest collaborators. Really hoping he releases an instrumentals only version as well!

Also later this month, February 22nd, join Ski for his album release party in NYC!

Event Details
Ski Beatz 24Hr Karate School Presents Twilight
Performances by Ski Beatz and The Senseis, CPlus, Rugz D.Bewler, Da$h, McKenzie Eddy, Sean O’Connell + more.

February 22, 2012
10PM

Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St
New York, NY

Tickets: $10
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SF: Red Bull Music Academy Events This Week

 

The famed Red Bull Music Academy will be hosting three back to back events with some New York musical legends to celebrate the application phase for this year’s program. For those unfamiliar, RBMA is an international music workshop held in a different city each year. In 2011, musicians were brought to Madrid, this year the Academy will be held in New York City.

See below for details all the awesomeness to ensue!

Also, be sure to enter our contest to win a free pair of tickets!

Event Details
The Gary Bartz Project with featured guests Bilal & Aloe Blacc
Wednesday, January 25th
8:30pm @ Yoshi’s San Francisco
1330 Fillmore St.
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The Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show (+ DJ Shortkut)
Thursday, January 26th
10pm @ Mighty SF
119 Utah St.
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Masters at Work: Kenny Dope & Little Louie Vega
Friday, January 27th
10pm @ 103 Harriet
1015 Folsom St.
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LA: John West Live @ The Roxy – Jan 25

 

LA, gear up for some sexy time with John West and some very special guests compliments of VIBE. Reminise to “Lovely” and other tunes from John’s self titled EP as we ready ourselves for his upcoming debut album, which will be sure to delight.

Enter our contest to win tickets to the show!

Event Details
VIBE Presents John West
+ Jon Mcxro, Tiron & Ayomari, Tha Boogie
Wednesday, January 25

Doors: 7:30 PM
Show: 8:00 PM

The Roxy
9009 W.Sunset Blvd
West Hollywood, CA

Advance Tickets: $15
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Now Accepting January Next Step Entries!

 

The first Next Step contest for the new year is now open! January 2012 marks our seventh installment and we are so ready for all your freshness.

To date, we’ve featured Tara Priya in July, Iman Williams in August, Tall Black Guy Productions in September, Cole Williams for October, Tensei for November, and Awalé for December. Some lovely singers, boundary pushing producers, and a band with some serious international groove.

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 until Tuesday, January 31st. That said, we are now open for January 2012 entries!

Submit your music for consideration!

December Next Step Artist Spotlight: Awalé

 

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Congratulations to Awalé for being our December 2011 Next Step winner! The diversity of music that we have come in for this contest is impressive, and we are so excited to present a winner with such eclectic international influences like Awalé’s.

Awalé is a true testament to London’s diversity, with members from Tunisia, Cuba, France, Slovakia and England. Similarly, the sound is vivid and textured, skirting genre lines as it touches on Afrobeat, Balkan music, North African amazigh music, Congolese rhumba, Ethiopian funk, and Latin jazz.

Awalé’s debut album Just Have To Grow released in November 2011 and is incredibly pleasing to our ears. Co-produced by Nick Page (Dub Colossus), most of the album was recorded live in one room over the course of just two days. Preview the entire album below and experience the amazingness yourself. And you absolutely must watch the live performance video above as well – truly heartening music.

Londoners are encouraged to support the album launch, which will be a special all-star gig on March 14th at Hoxton Bar and Kitchen. Tour dates will follow in the spring.

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Awalé band photo after the jump