Levi’s Pioneer Sessions: Raphael Saadiq Covers The Spinners + MP3

Levi’s Pioneer Sessions keeps rolling out more recreations of classic hits, this time with Giant Step favorite Raphael Saadiq covering “It’s a Shame” by The Spinners, the legendary Detroit ensemble. When Tony! Toni! Toné!’s Raphael Saadiq went solo, his goal was to modernize R&B without cutting ties with its past, creating complex tunes that honored Motown while addressing issues of the day. You can get your copy of Raphael’s cover of “It’s a Shame” here.

Don’t forget about our Central Park SummerStage show on July 17th, where Raphael Saadiq will be performing along with Aloe Blacc and special guests!

And while you’re at it, check out behind-the-scenes footage of Raphael talking about his recreation of “It’s a Shame” below.

New Single by Bilal + MP3

Bilal, the Philadelphia born, Grammy nominated artist who has collaborated and performed with the likes of Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Erykah Badu (he performed on her tour June 8th in Philly), and The Roots, is releasing his third studio album, Airtight’s Revenge,  on September 14th. Although classically trained and jazz-influenced, Bilal says this next album will be an eclectic mix of “jazz, hip-hop, soul, blues, and experimental free music.” To tide us over before the release of his much anticipated album, here’s a free MP3 download of his song, “Free.” The song will not make an appearance on Airtight’s Revenge, but it’s the first time the fully mixed and mastered version of this song has been released for download. Check it out and see what you think.

Bilal – “Free” [MP3]
 


GPWW 6/7/10: Loads of New Music

Gilles Peterson had a mix for this one, but he decided to give us ‘pure music’ instead. Meklit Hadero (pictured) contributes with her beautiful version of the classic “Feelin’ Good.” And while Gilles is firmly stuck in World Cup mode, he’s also living in Wondaland with Janelle Monáe, like most of us. This week also features another Giant Step favorite – Andreya Triana of Ninja Tune – plus a Water Color track from the Now-Again/Jazzman compilation California Funk, and artists like Orgone, Carlos Y Gaby, Garrincha, Elmor Judd, Sergio Mendes and more.

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M.I.A.: “XXXO” Remixes feat. Jay-Z

M.I.A.’s “XXXO” has been remixed with a feature from none other than Jay-Z! Check out the Ben Allen version below, and stream more versions by Fulton Yard here. Stay posted for the hotly-anticipated album /\/\/\Y/\, coming soon.


“XXXO” feat. Jay-Z (Main Mix):