In support of the Knitting Factory Records re-launch of Fela Kuti’s music catalogue, as well as the debut of the FELA! show on Broadway, Giant Step has organized official Felabration events in more than 15 cities across North America throughout the month of October; this outstanding schedule of Felabrations will bring together some of the best DJs, musicians, and promoters around to celebrate the life, music, and birthday of Fela Anikulapo Kuti (October 15, 1938 - August 2, 1997). With the support of esteemed DJs such as Rich Medina, DJ Spinna, Ron Trent, DJ Nu-Mark, DJ Day, Jeremy Sole, DJ Kemit, J-Justice, Adam Gibbons, DJ Sun, Chicken George and Frank Gossner, as well as artists such as Roy Ayers, WUNMI, Ikebe Shakdown, Baba Ola Jagun, Amon, and many more, these events will bring together the diverse communities and tastemakers across the country who are instrumental in keeping Fela's music alive.
Munich’s Jazz & Milk Recordings has come up with another dancefloor smasher in Jazz & Milk Breaks Compilation Series Vol 2 of its compilation series. Brilliant international producers and musicians from Barcelona, London, Tokyo, New York, Warsaw, San Sebastian and Munich joined the project and left their individual and often exotic trademarks on this genre-breaking compilation. Taking in fusions of Jazz, Latin, Afro and Funk with eclectic productions, this is all designed for forward thinking dancefloors and minds.
Labelhead and Jazz & Milk Breaks compiler Dusty remixed the 13-piece afro-funk group, The Boogoos, creating an electrifying mixture of vintage live sounds and heavy beats. Panama-born percussion maestro César Granados and his latin-jazz combo come up with a breathtaking version of Dizzie Gillespie’s classic tune “Manteca.” Envee opens up the floor with his outstanding jazz dance version of Pinnawela’s tune “You Can Dance.” Additional artists on the compilation are The Snip, The Jivers, Greenwood Rhythm Coalition from New York's "Names You Can Trust" imprint, Kan Sano, Saffrolla, Rube and Javi P3z.
Mick Boogie and Terry Urban Present WILD YOUNG HEARTBREAKERS: The Noisettes Remixed. Download zip file here. The project involves new beats made from Kanye's 808s and Heartbreak, meticulously mashed into songs from UK hitmakers Noisettes. Remixers include Esso, 6th Sense, Apple Juice Kid and more.
Tracklisting after the jump. Thanks to Okayplayer for the link!
Announcing the video premiere of Q-Tip featuring Norah Jones: "Life is Better", the fifth single from The Renaissance. Q-Tip's long-awaited solo project Kamal The Abstract was released a few weeks ago on Battery Records, available on iTunes.
To stream Kamaal the Abstract in full, visit http://www.myspace.com/qtip.
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Joy Jones' 2nd single from her album Godchild is "Over", with this video directed by Coodie and Chike, and 'The Soulful Fundamentalist' (Keith C Harris). Coodie & Chike are the buzzworthy video directors who are best known for their debut in 2004 with Kanye West’s "Through the Wire" (Video of the Year - The Source Hip Hop Awards). Since then, they have followed with work for artists such as Mos Def and Freeway, SA-RA Creative Partners, Leela James, Lil’ Jon, Fishbone, and others. Currently they are shooting their debut picture The Noonie G. Story, the documentary on Chicago gangster, Harold ‘Noonie’ Ward, narrated by the rapper, Common.
Godchild on Future Soul Records is available from iTunes now.