Blaqstarr is gearing up for his Divine EP to drop on January 25th, and we trust our friends at Spin, who say this about the record: "imagine Prince remaking Sign O’ The Times as a banging, Baltimore club record." That's all we need to hear. Sold. Blaqstarr is part of N.E.E.T. Recordings, M.I.A.'s label, along with a favorite young firecracker Rye Rye. In 2007 their song "Shake It To the Ground" grew from an underground Baltimore club thing to a widespread dance hit. Now Blaqstarr's doing his solo thing on the Divine EP, showcasing his fearless and relentlessly experimental brand of electronic hip-hop.
He's coming to New York City next week with performances at Santos Party House & Good Units. Music, event info, and photos from our SVEDKA event with Blaqstarr after the jump.
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Miguel took his act to FaderTV and gave them an intimate little performance of his hit song "All I Want Is You." The singer's latest album also features "Quickie" and "Sure Thing," and after traveling on the The OMG Tour with Usher and Trey Songz, we see big things for Mig Money.
This week brings another double GPWW episode, half tribute to the late Lady T, half vinyl diggers' mixtape by the Groove Merchant crew out of San Francisco. Leading into the Teena Marie dance party, Gilles plays a bit of Jyoti, Koreless, James Blake and more. This Saturday night Gilles Peterson will host the real Worldwide Awards, live in London: get more info here.
After the jump, listen to a bonus Worldwide Awards soundcloud mix from our man DJ Left0, who's got a compilation coming out with DJ Simbad, to be released on Gilles' record label, Brownswood Recordings.
Ben Watt returns to spin at Cielo tonight, for the first time in over a year. The other half of Everything But the Girl will be joined by Sleepy & Boo, the New York DJ team behind Basic NYC parties. Advanced ticket sales are closed, but tickets will be available at the door starting at 10pm.