Exclusive Track by The Beast: “Come Up, Come Down” + MP3

The Beast & Nnenna Freelon released their jazz-hip-hop hybrid, Freedom Suite, for free download on Okayplayer’s new jazz-inspired channel, The Revivalist, in October. Since then, extra goodies have been released to supplement the Freedom Suite album: the “Freedom Pt 2″ music video, a Phonte freestyle and the non-album track, “Black Fantastic.”

This song “Come Up, Come Down” is more complete than a freestyle, but not quite polished enough to be a final studio track. Not included anywhere on the album, this song showcases the unique composition of The Beast. This full album is available for free on Bandcamp.

The Beast – “Come Up, Come Down” [MP3]
 

Art Basel Performance by Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme; Blaqstarr; Plus Alec Monopoly, and DJs Nick Cohen, and Jamie Biden – Photo Recap

Thank you Miami for being sexy even in the dead of winter. Thank you Art Basel for bringing together so much art and love in one town. Thank you SVEDKA for giving us delicious libations. Thank you Morgans for giving us a beautiful space to get down in, and thank YOU for coming out and having a grand old time with us.

SVEDKA Vodka Sessions: Fitz And The Tantrums at the Clift

Giant Step blogger, Rehes, AKA Seher Sikandar, steps into the San Francisco Clift to catch Fitz And The Tantrums plus DJ Smash with her camera and her pen.

Where in the hail have I been?  I know, I know.  It’s been way too extra much long.  Practicing the intricacies of hermitism can be an exhausting task.

Re-assimilating into society at a swanky Giant Step show was just the fix.  What?  And it’s a super live band from the west coast?  There with bells on.

The most recent installment of the SVEDKA Vodka Sessions by Giant Step took place at the stylish Clift hotel in my beloved San Francisco. You walk into a dimly lit mod lobby with comfy earth tones and cosmopolitan visitors that certainly aren’t from anywhere around town.  I mean, I was feelin a little classy in my black hipster jeans and hoodie.  Shiiieeeett.

There was even this humongous ornate chair that was about eight feet tall.  It’d fit at least six point five models – or me and my homegirl.  Dazzling.

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Photo Recap: SVEDKA Vodka Sessions; A Special Performance By José James – August 3

After giving an amazing performance last week in Boston at the beautiful Woodward at Ames, José James zipped back to New York City to make an appearance later that week at the Lincoln Center. Along with Robert Glasper and Bilal on the bill these gentlemen thrilled the audience and made very clear, just how unclear the line between jazz and soul can be. Check out what the New York Times had to say about him, and about the re-emergence of jazz in the mainstream.