M.I.A. New Video: “XXXO”

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Check out a significantly less controversial new video from M.I.A.,  at least compared to the gruesome “Born Free” video. Our girl Maya has traveled a long, bumpy road to the release of her album /\/\/\Y/\ , but she’s still going strong and sticking with the GIF animation theme in her “XXXO” video. If you haven’t already, check out the “XXXO” remixes featuring Jay-Z and more remixes by Riton and SBTRKT.

K-os Mixtape Download: The Anchorman Mixtape

Loads of impatient hip-hop fans are now pacified, since the Canadian rapper K-os has finally delivered The Anchorman Mixtape as promised long ago. It features Drake, Eliayh, Scuba ‘Steve’ Krecklo, Gadget, Saukrates Inc, Stephen ‘Calcutta’ Murray, Spock, Ryan Dahle, Sebastian ‘Sir Bastard’ Grainger, Roger Swan, Phantogram, Cirkut & AG, Illangelo and muse S.E.M. Besides the slew of special guests, the album incorporates your favorite Will Ferrell sound bytes too, naturally.

Download it here or directly here (zip).

K-OS – “Faith” ft Drake
 

“Little Fly” Video by Esperanza Spalding

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“Little Fly” is a quiet and melodic piece from the upcoming album Chamber Music Society, in which Esperanza Spalding sets the William Blake poem to original music. Throughout the piece, Esperanza’s vocals merge seamlessly with her own bass as well as the string trio that surrounds it.

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Eli “Paperboy” Reed Releases Come and Get It

On his Capitol Records debut, Come and Get It!, Eli “Paperboy” Reed proves to be the life of a soulful, sweaty party where everyone eventually gets dragged onto the dance floor. He incorporates the feel of classic R&B and soul into a largely self-penned album produced with Mike Elizondo. As a performer, Reed approaches each song with nothing less than utter conviction; he’s as authentically gritty as he is ingratiatingly sexy. Admirers have likened Reed to such luminaries as Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett, but Reed is channeling his influences and inspirations into making something all his own.

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Eli “Paperboy” Reed – “Explosion”
 

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Catfish Collins RIP

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We were sad to hear about the death of Phelps “Catfish” Collins, guitarist and brother of “Bootsy.” I had the pleasure of meeting and working with Catfish in the very early days of Giant Step / Groove Academy back in 1990. I managed to track down Bootsy at his mother’s house in Cincinnati, my goal was to persuade him to come to NY and do a rare show. After speaking to Bootsy on the phone (or William as his mother called him) I was forwarded to Catfish to make all the arrangements. He was a true gentlemen and we quickly got down to the logistics of bringing “Rubber Band” to NY literally. They drove down with full sound system and Horny Horns too! It should also be remembered that Catfish was an integral part of one of James Brown’s funkiest bands responsible for “Sex Machine” and “Soul Power”. The young band that included a teenage Bootsy on bass was drafted in when the old band went on strike on the eve of a major tour. James Brown (not one to negotiate) called the bands bluff and had Bobby Byrd go to Cincinnati rehearse the young funkateers and have then ready in 48 hours! The rest is history and funk and soul music is a better place thanks to Phelps “Catfish” Collins.
- Maurice Bernstein, Co-Founder / CEO & President of Giant Step