Blaqstarr Divine EP & NYC Showcases – January 27th & 29th

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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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 w/ Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme; Plus Alec Monopoly, Blaqstarr and more – December 4

For the next installment of our SVEDKA Vodka Music Sessions we head south to Miami Beach for the Art Basel festivities. Showcasing the art of Alec Monopoly and featuring the soulful sounds of Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme plus Blaqstarr, along with special DJ sets by Nick Cohen, Jaime Biden, and Alexandra Richards, the night begins at 9pm on Saturday, December 4th, at Sunset Lounge at Mondrian, A Morgans Hotel. Entrance is free but strictly RSVP only. Please arrive early, as RSVP does not guarantee admission.

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SVEDKA Vodka Sessions: Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme; Plus Blaqstarr, and the art of Alec Monopoly – December 4

The annual Art Basel festivities take place every December in Miami, FL bringing together art enthusiasts from around the globe. Keeping with the spirit of the event Giant Step is presenting a very special SVEDKA Vodka Session with live performances by Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme plus Blaqstarr. Renown LA street artist Alec Monopoly will be bringing his art into the popular realm and for your sonic pleasure we welcome DJs Nick Cohen, Jaime Biden, and Alexandra Richards. Doors open at 9:00pm on Saturday, December 4th, at Sunset Lounge at Mondrian in Miami Beach. As always, entrance is free but strictly RSVP, and you must be 21+ with a valid ID.

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M.I.A. New Video: “XXXO”

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Check out a significantly less controversial new video from M.I.A.,  at least compared to the gruesome “Born Free” video. Our girl Maya has traveled a long, bumpy road to the release of her album /\/\/\Y/\ , but she’s still going strong and sticking with the GIF animation theme in her “XXXO” video. If you haven’t already, check out the “XXXO” remixes featuring Jay-Z and more remixes by Riton and SBTRKT.