Next Step July Winner: Sean Haefeli

 

Hella excited about this July Next Step winner of ours! Berlin based pianist, vocalist, lyricist, and composer Sean Haefeli mesmerized us with his vocal jazz that’s sprinkled with welcome notes of Jose James and Gil Scott-Heron.

Others have referenced Last Poets, Roberta Flack, Michael Franti, Bobby McFerrin, and Gregory Porter when speaking about his music. Looks like dude has a pretty fail proof thing going on as far as many are concerned.

Sean’s sound blends jazz, soul, hip hop, and spoken word to birth warm, honest, and intimate music perfect for cozying up to as winter approaches. RISE marks his third album, which similar to his previous two is self-produced and released. Below, you can stream the entire album and also download the title track for free!

Touring will begin in late October through November of this year. On, November 16 catch a special performance on Mijke’s Middag Live on Dutch radio station Radio 6.

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Contest: Win Tickets to October Red Bull Music Academy Events in NYC (with Grace Jones, SBTRKT, Jamie XX, Four Tet, Taylor McFerrin, The Gaslamp Killer, & more)

 

We have the privilege of giving away tickets to four amazing Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) events coming up in NYC this October.

Starting next week, the first event on October 10 will celebrate The Gaslamp Killer’s debut album Breakthrough, and will feature a slew of other Brainfeeder artists and friends, including Dorian Concept, Martyn, Jeremiah Jae, and Taylor McFerrin.

On October 11, electronic producer extraordinaire SBTRKT will be holding it down with staple vocalist Sampha. This bill will also feature Kilo Kish, Dr. Nick Hook, and Koreless as supporting acts.

October 26 is going to be another smashing night with Four Tet, B2B, Jamie XX, and Floating Points holding it down. Definitely going to be a nice little collision of sounds.

And finally, on October 27, the glamourous miss Grace Jones herself will be blessing the city with a sure to be inspirational show.

Details for the other shows can be found after the jump.

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The free-form artist collective and record label (headed up by Academy graduate Flying Lotus), hosts a showcase in New York with a sub-rattling night celebrating the release of The Gaslamp Killer’s debut album Breakthrough. Joining the posse, label affiliates – and Academy family – Dorian Concept and Martyn add a layer of post-everything electronics to the mix, plus Jeremiah Jae, Taylor McFerrin, The Underachievers and very special guests. Shut your eyes, open your mind and feel the psychedelic roadshow.

SBTRKT returns to Terminal 5 with his full live outfit, including Sampha on vocal duties. Support comes courtesy of Kilo Kish, Dr. Nick Hook, and Koreless – one of the 60 music makers selected to attend the Red Bull Muisc Academy’s 2013 term in New York City. Don’t sleep, this might be your last chance to catch the masked marauder for quite a while.

From dropping underground anthems on labels like Domino and Ninja Tune and Numbers and Young Turks respectively, to redefining the very concept of pop, Four Tet and Jamie xx are two of the most influential artists of our time, period. In between new releases for both, the Red Bull Music Academy offers New York a rare opportunity to witness two of the finest producers and selectors on either side of the pond hit the decks for an extended back-to-back DJ set. Warming up the night will be Eglo Records honcho and all-round musical maverick, Floating Points.

Perennially glamorous with outrageous style, Grace Jones’s work, look, and sound has been an inspiration for New York’s disco and house scene since the early days onwards. Now, 35 years after her debut album, we are excited to pay tribute to this true NYC icon with an exclusive show at the storied Roseland Ballroom. See firsthand how she keeps us all slaves to the rhythm. Plus support from Ghe20Goth1k’s Venu$ X & $hayne.