Giant Step Curated Playlist on LoKast Mobile App

Lokast artists

LoKast is the first mobile app that allows you to share music and media with people within 300 feet, building a disposable social network: It’s the Chat Roulette of music apps. Log on and see what your neighbor is listening to. This app is FREE and so is the music in the Giant Step-curated Playlist.

Giant Step’s curated playlist on LoKast consists of eleven hand-picked tracks, from some of our favorite artists, like Mark Farina, DJ Sun and The Pimps Of Joytime, all with electronic and soulful musical elements. Whether it’s a remix or an original track, the beat running through this hour is steady and funky. We dare you to not dance.

Grab the app, and after the jump check out our playlist. Download Lokast Here. [Read more...]

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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