RIP Guru

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We are saddened by the news of Guru’s death, his career with Gangstarr and Jazzmatazz is an integral part of the legacy and history of Giant Step. “Jazz Thing” was one of the first records we ever played and it became an anthem of our fledgling movement. In ’93, Guru chose Giant Step to first debut his Jazzmatazz project and we had the pleasure of presenting many of Gangstarr’s early New York shows, with many more to come.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and loved ones, music has truly lost a pioneer.


More vintage Gangstarr/Jazzmatazz Giant Step flyers 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

Names You Can Trust Remixes Out Now + Giveaway Contest

After three years of nonstop hits, Names You Can Trust is ready to drop its first collaborative full-length project: a diverse set of talented DJs, producers and bands from around the world remixing their favorites from the NYCTrust catalog.

A limited edition Names You Can Trust Remix 12″ is available for purchase now with remixes by TM Juke & Jack Baker, Colman Brothers, Fumaca Jazz, Los Fulanos and Spinnerty.

Enter to win a copy here.

Buy digitally from Turntable Lab, who are offering bonus tracks.