Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid Cover

Whether or not the following information came from Ryan Wakeman, WARPA, the Gaiming community or Janelle Monáe‘s journals, Max Stellings and the Palace of the Dogs Archives is inconclusive at this time…What is known or agreed upon is that this information stems from an official entry on The ArchAndroid Crown in the Living Cyktionary, a 28th Century encyclopedia…

The ArchAndroid Crown: Designed by Zoman Ignatius, the half-elf, half-human mystic, reportedly 500 years ago.  According to legend, the crown has several magic properties, as well as innovative technologies that can be employed only by The ArchAndroid.  Zoman was a consummate inventor, artist and sculptor, a cross between Tesla and Da Vinci, and as such, he designed the crown to be a work of beauty that would embody the very spirit of Metropolis.  According to legend, the crown features prominent Metropolis buildings and towers that will light up radiantly when the one and only true ArchAndroid wears the crown. According to the Daily Horos, this opulent headdress was stolen from the vaults in the Black House, reportedly by 1954, in October of 2715.  Several members of 1954 were hunted down and executed for this crime.  But the crown was never found.  Many claim it has been secreted away to the Wonderground.  There is also word that in the year 2010, several 1954 operatives have crafted a replica of this historic headdress to be worn by Janelle Monáe in anticipation for her album The ArchAndroid … no word on whether or not this replica has magic properties …  The Living Cyktionary, 9th Edition, 2719

Video Trailer for The ArchAndroid after the jump.

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Ty Releases Special Kind of Fool on BBE + Download

With a career spanning over a decade that includes three albums on Ninja Tune/Big Dada and a reputation for energetic performances the world over, Ty is no stranger to this music ‘ish. A native of London with Nigerian roots, his music speaks diversity as he shines on production, lyric content, and London-inflected hip-hop delivery. Ty continues this tradition on his latest effort Special Kind Of Fool with the help of some very special guests including Anthony Mills, Carroll Thompson, Corey Mwamba, D-Cross, Erik Rico, Finn Peters, Leo Ihenacho, Robin Mullarkey, Roses Gabor, Sarina Leah, Shaun Escoffery, Soweto Kinch, Sway, Terri Walker, Vula Malinga, and Wreh-Asha.

On this album, Ty transforms his emotions into a palatable listening experience that we all can feel, and reminds us “You can dumb down the music and make everybody dance but you can’t take the pain away.” In addition to offering his listeners glimpses into his personal motivations behind the music, Ty is also effective in articulating societal pressures as he speaks on contemporary culture, employment, race, class, youth, mortality and the desire and effort to overcome the harshness that can sometimes consume us.

Here he is explaining why it was important for him to make this album as well as where he was emotionally during the process:

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You may already be familiar with his production on “Supernova”, the single from Joy Jones’ debut album, Godchild, released on Future Soul Records (and a Giant Step favorite!). He continues to show his versatility on this latest project, with sample and synth driven tracks, polyrhythms, and even flips the time signature on the title track, proving this isn’t your standard backbeat 4/4 hip-hop. Highlights include: “Don’t Cry,” “Wait,” “Something Big,” “Emotions,” “Me,” “Falling,” and the beautiful instrumental “Endtro.”

Stay tuned for a 2010 tour.

Ty – “Me ft. Erik Rico” (from Special Kind of Fool) [mp3]
 

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-L.E is a lower east side native, dedicated to engaging in and contributing to the advancement of culture from an objective NewYorkerCentric perspective. Follow L.E at twitter.com/discjockeyle

For All We Know: José James and Jef Neve on Impulse

We had a great show with José James this Saturday (footage coming) and luckily we can expect new music from José James very soon.

“A labor of love” is how José James describes his May 11, 2010, album For All We Know, his first American release and his first for the Impulse! label. A collaboration between James and noted Belgian pianist Jef Neve, the album finds the charismatic young singer applying his warm, rich baritone to a sterling assortment of jazz and pop, including classic jazz standards like “Tenderly,” “Body and Soul,” Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” and George and Ira Gershwin’s “Embraceable You.”

Having already won the hearts of international audiences, José James is enthusiastic about the opportunity to make a splash in his home country. “It’s so exciting, and it’s a huge honor to be on Impulse; it’s Trane’s house. I’m very proud of this record, and I love being able to give back to the music that nurtured me.”

José James & Jef Neve – “Gee Baby, Ain’t I Good to You”
 

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Gotan Project Listening Party – April 21


The Paris based international trio known as Gotan Project is gearing up to release their third album next week, entitled Tango 3.0. This infectious mix of tango, breakbeats and minimalist electronica that has been the trademark of their last two albums is further realized and celebrated in this new release sweeping you into a sexy tangle of melody and rhythm. Come celebrate this new project and the arrival of spring at the exclusive listening party at the Thompson LES Pool, on Wednesday, April 21 at 7pm. Entrance is free with RSVP.

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