Photos: Giant Step Presents Janelle Monáe at Highline

Photos by Jaecyne Howell (MoonRisingNYC.com).

Janelle Monáe truly gave us an epic show on Tuesday night, supported by DJ Moni. Those of you who stood patiently in line got into the venue with plenty of time to get your groove on and revel in Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid Spectacular Emotion Picture experience. If you didn’t make it, maybe you can catch Janelle on tour with Erykah Badu. It’s a show not to be missed. But no matter who you are, cop the new album as soon as possible.

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Talib Kweli & Hi Tek are Reflection Eternal – Revolutions Per Minute In Stores Now

Ten years since their classic contribution Train of Thought sealed their fates in hip hop lore, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek release their follow-up venture, Revolutions Per Minute. With their first collaboration praised for its uplifting messages and nostalgic soundscape, Kweli’s command of the mic and Hi-Tek’s versatile production skills have made this album one of the most anticipated hip hop albums of 2010.

Exclusive produced by Hi-Tek, features on the album include appearances by Estelle, Bilal, Bun B, Mos Def, Jay Electronica, J. Cole, Res and Chester French. The album covers an array of topics that discuss the shortcomings of America (“Strangers”), society’s obsession with fame (“Got Work”), an honest discussion of drug use (“Lift’in Off”), the pining for a lover returning home (“Midnight Hour”), a music history lesson (“In the Red”), and even a track about Nigeria’s corruption-riddled oil business (“Black Gold”). This kind of entertainment with real world application manifests itself on the album’s first single “In This World.” Accompanied by Hi-Tek’s pulsating bass and a gripping soul sample, Kweli contemplates success and the infinite obstacles that prove burdensome to its maturation with a resounding co-sign from Jay-Z.

Reflection Eternal – “In This World”
 

Revolutions Per Minute on iTunes | Amazon

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GPWW 5/10/10: Gilles Peterson’s Deep End Mix

Starting with new music from those that used to be known as Quiet Village, C.R.S.T., & James Blake, Gilles will carefully ease you into the mix this week. Later in the show, he dives into jazz with a special ‘Deep End’ mix including Mary Lou Williams, Max Roach, Dewey Redman, Chico Hamilton, Roy Ayers, Stanley Cowell, and more of course. The show was recorded shortly after the terribly sad news of Guru‘s passing. So naturally it includes a big chunk of Gangstarr – represent.

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He’s “been quite active of late” on Twitter so follow @GillesPeterson


Alex Cuba EPK

Alex Cuba’s latest album is self titled, to be released in the US on June 8th. Featuring surprising new grooves, innovative electric guitar inflections and varying tempos and structures, this album is an important step in Alex Cuba’s ongoing musical revolution.

Buy the new single on iTunes, “Directo”
 

Dwele’s W.ants W.orld W.omen Trailer + New Single

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Get ready for the new Dwele album, W.ants W.orld W.omen coming June 29th, and check out the single, “What’s Not To Love” here.