Magnetic Man – “Perfect Stranger” ft Katy B Video + New Release

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The big name in UK dubstep at the moment is Magnetic Man, particularly known for the hit featuring Katy B, “Perfect Stranger.” The US debut of their self-titled album was released digitally in April but the physical copies will be out next week on the 10th. Magnetic Man’s Benga, Skream and Artwork are three producers/DJ’s with serious dubstep credentials who met over a love of pulverizing beats at the now-defunct mecca of the genre, Big Apple Records. Together, Magnetic Man infuses the dubstep landscape with melodic pop grooves that play counterpoint to hyped-up synth and fat bass lines that apply pressure like silky-scaled boa constrictors.

You can stream Magnetic Man in its entirety at Popmatters or In Your Speakers.

Purchase on iTunes | Amazon | Amazon (CD Format)

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Fela Power Show Vinyl Box Set, Curated by Questlove + Contest

A few weeks ago we announced the release of a comprehensive box set of Fela Kuti recordings, hinting at upcoming vinyl on Knitting Factory Records. Now the time is here: vinyl box sets are available stocked with the same recordings as the digital Power Show Batch, albums carefully selected by Questlove of The Roots, plus a ton of extras. Those include restored vintage vinyl label artwork, a 12-page color booklet with liner notes by Questlove, album descriptions by British music journalist Chris May and a recreation of the 1986 concert poster from Austin, TX.

If you haven’t already, get your Fela on with The Power Show Batch. Get it in physical or digital format on Fela.net.

Enter our contest to WIN the vinyl boxset from Knitting Factory & Giant Step.

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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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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