Jesse Boykins III Interview + MP3 Download

jb3The Beauty Created: An Interview With Singer Jesse Boykins III
By Mawuse Ziegbe, Photo (c) J. Shotti

No one has more swoon-worthy finesse than Jesse Boykins III. With his breathy intonations, boyish hustle and collaborations with artists like Melo-X and Theophilus London; he’s making noise in a soul music scene aching for something classic and new. In an age where vocals course through vocoders and double-clicks rule the DJ booth, Boykin’s New School-bred production and arrangement skills are both novel and necessary. His second album The Beauty Created is awash in richly textured instrumentation and driven by Jesse’s lyrical adoration of a woman’s quirks. Giant Step spoke with the Miami native about ’90s boy bands, working out with Bilal and, of course, the fairer sex.
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Erykah Badu honored in ‘After Midnight Soul’ by Steven Lopez

The After Midnight Series, by visual artist Steven Lopez, has featured artists such as Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, Minnie Riperton, India.Arie, Sade, Jill Scott and more. Lopez works by selecting a favorite song, then he begins the painting process in front of a live audience. Lopez’s new series, called After Midnight Soul, features Erykah Badu as the first source of inspiration. Check out this time-lapse Vimeo of him painting to “Amerykahn Promise”:

Erykah Badu- Amerykahn Promise from Steven Lopez on Vimeo

After Midnight Soul

Johnny Cash Remixed Podcast Features Interviews with Snoop Dogg and Johnny Cash’s Son

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In anticipation of the January 27 release of Johnny Cash Remixed, Compadre Records/Music World Music has created a podcast featuring interviews with Snoop Dogg and John Carter Cash, son of Johnny and June Carter Cash.

Johnny Cash is an icon of American music whose work has touched every contemporary genre, from Rock to Pop, from Emo to Hip Hop. Twenty Johnny Cash classics (including “I Walk The Line”, “Folsom Prison Blues” and ‘Wide Open Road”) were licensed from legendary Sun Records, first record label home of Elvis, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Roy Orbison, among others.

Top remixers and producers were recruited to bring the sensibility and technology of 2008 to recordings universally accepted as timeless, with the blessing and support of the custodians of Johnny Cash’s legacy.

JOHNNY CASH REMIXED – podcast

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Peter Hadar Interview

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In 2008, Peter Hadar released his second album Well Dressed for the Art Show, a heady mix of splashy garage rock, drowsy soul anthems and more than a couple bedroom bangers. Abandoning the fashion world for the twinkly comfort of an MPC, he’s got the typical soul music pedigree (churchy upbringing with a penchant for good ol’ fashioned recklessness). His music sparks with glimmers of soul brethren like Kenna, Dwele and Rahsaan Patterson but he’s much more comfortable with the moniker “weirdo.”Giant Step talked to Hadar about his 400 other bands, ?uestlove, sex, T-Pain, sex, drum and bass and sex.

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