King Britt Interview

Our friend-in-soul Norman Mayers of NuSoul Magazine published an interview with the fantastic King Britt, where he talks about the Philly scene, his process, his favorites, his new project and more.

Nu-Soul: What artists are you digging right now?
King Britt: Quadron, Ras G, Afta 1, Flying Lotus, Soul Litchfield, Zaphrin Follicle, Knxwldge, Mnd Dsgn and King Sunny Ade!

Nu-Soul: Who would you like to work with but haven’t yet?
King Britt: Bjork, Tracy Thorn, China Moses, Jamiroquai, Herbie Hancock and Grace Jones!

Check the full interview by Matt Bauer here.

Rehes Gets Down with Grillade + MP3 Sampler

Sometime around their non-Cali debut in Austin for SXSW, Rehes sat down with another Bay Area group on the rise: Grillade and even brought us an album sampler for download.

Grillade [gree-YAHD] presents the very delicious mixture of Bay Area based rhythm section The Park, San Francisco dwelling producer Keelay, and Portland bred songbird Ragen Fykes.  Some of my favorite artists from the west coast have joined and I just about can’t hold it together any longer.

The group blends soul, hip-hop, and funk with The Park’s trade live band groove that leaves you yearning for more.  And more, and more, and…yeah.

Talent abounds.  Ragen’s voice, while sweet and soothing, still carries a control that lets you know she can be bad as she wanna be.  The Park approaches music with a very natural and communal ideology, making you feel like it’s everyone on stage having a party.  Keelay’s humble genius provides the backbone with tight production that just makes you want to clap your hands, even if it’s Wednesday.

Also, just in knowing these folks as down to Earth as hell and extremely eager to create and grow, I already see the beginnings of an incredible chemistry brewing.

This same chemistry left Ragen feeling herself and raging at one SXSW performance so hard that she might have forgotten who she was for a little second.  Or a long second.  We forgot who we were too – shit.  Homegirl got it in.  I haven’t seen The Park or Keelay get lost in the music like that before either – and I’ve seen those fools hella times.  Explosive.

So how’d these folkers get started anyway?  Like, who?  What?  Where in the frick did they come from and how do they even EXIST?

Answers and MP3 After the Jump

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Rehes Gets Down With Zoë Keating

Hot off her SXSW tour, Seher sits down with Zoë Keating, experimental, electronic cellist.

Zoe KeatingMy first time hearing Zoë Keating was truly ethereal; the “one-woman orchestra” completely transcends this world with her music.  She uses a cello and a foot-controlled laptop to layer and loop her instrument…

[more info + MP3 after the jump]

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Enter To Win Tickets To FELA! On Broadway

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Celebrate The Man, The Music, The Movement: Fela! on Broadway

“There has never been anything on Broadway like this production!”
The New York Times

Giant Step is giving away tickets to FELA! on Broadway, the highly acclaimed Afrobeat musical directed and choreographed by Tony® Award winner Bill T. Jones. Enter to win a pair of tickets below. Two lucky winners will be notified via email.*

The online contest is now closed. Get discount tickets to FELA! here

*Email address must be verified. By entering, you will be added to the Giant Step mailing list. Show dates for tickets in March/April TBA.

Contest Rules

Nickodemus’ Sun People Remixed

sunpplremixedNickodemus unleashed his sophomore album, Sun People, earlier this year, inspired by the big fireball in the sky & some wonderful people, with uplifting dance music from all parts of the world. Now the remixes have arrived on the full-length Sun People Remixed CD.

Earthrise Soundsystem add tribal flavor to the track “Sun Children,” while Tal Klein blesses “N’Dini” with a groovy rework. Trip-hop veteran J Boogie puts an electro twist on “Didibina” and Swedish producer Red Astaire funks up “Sun Children” with rubbery basslines, hand-claps, wah-wah guitar, and cowbell to spare.  Get it now!

Preview the remix album after the jump and get a free download of the Kush Arora remix of “2 Sips & Magic”. [Read more...]