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”
 

More Info & Streaming Tracks Here

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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New Video: “Strawberry Letter 23″ featuring Akon

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This track from Quincy Jonesnew album got some chatter going on twitter. What do you think? Bros Johnson vs. Shuggie Otis vs. Quincy/Akon.