New Track: Chico Mann – “Light of Love” ft. Alecia Chakour

 

Definitely don’t hear too much soulful Hanukkah music during the holiday season, whereas a variety of Christmas music always seems to be in abundance – so, this is refreshing. Chico Mann invited our lovely gal Alecia Chakour to lend her vocals for the warm and cozy new tune, “Light of Love.” Got us dreaming of candlelight, fireplaces, and hot chocolate on this Thursday afternoon.

Also, for those unfamiliar with Alecia, please get to knowing and be sure to check her out on December 20 for a very special show. The night is going to be killer. Alecia shared with us:

“What makes this night even cooler is that the bands feature allstars from The Royal Family (Soulive, Lettuce), Daptone Records (Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley, Antibalas), David Byrne’s band and TV On the Radio. Basically, 20 of my favorite musicians in one tiny room.”

Event Details
Alecia Chakour Live
w/ Sonya Kitchell and Cochemea Gastelum’s Electric Sound of Johnny Arrow

December 20, 2012

8PM

Tickets: $10

Union Pool
484 Union Ave
Brooklyn, NY

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Video: Afta-1 – “HeyeLAND” ft. Nikko Gray

 

So, uh – guys. We’ve been super duper holding out on y’all. There’s this secret invite only party we’ve been going to for a few months in Jersey (yeah, Jersey) that is all kinds of amazing. Basically, a talented photographer/videographer by the name of Tone (that many New York heads may be familiar with) started a live music series at his loft featuring upcoming talent called Live At The Loft.

For those unable to snag an invite, we’re going to start sharing some of our favorite videos with you. You’ll definitely want to check out the Live At The Loft site for previous performances, which include Chico Mann, Muhsinah, Jesse Boykins III, Full Crate and Mar, Cubic Zirconia, Melo X, and Fresh Daily. Yep. Thank us later.

Without further ado, here’s one of our favorite recent performances featuring Los Angeles’ Afta-1. The gorgeous video perfectly captured the mellow mood and just dropped last night! This is taking us back and making us relive the sexiness in a whole new way. Very much awesome.

Live At The Loft on Facebook | Twitter | Official Site

Afta-1 on Facebook | Twitter | Official Site

Giant Step 2010 Event Highlights: Photo & Video Recap

We had some unforgettable events this year, thanks to some incredible artists. Here’s a few of our favorites from the year with video and photo recaps. What was your favorite show this year? (Much more after the jump…)

+ Gilles Peterson and Questlove double bill 10 hour DJ set at The Florida Room during WMC
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+ Erykah Badu‘s secret show at Good Units at Hudson


+ Janelle Monáe‘s The ArchAndroid album release show at Highline Ballroom


+ Raphael Saadiq at Central Park Summerstage


+ Robyn‘s performance at Skybar at Mondrian in Los Angeles
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+ Aloe Blacc at Art Basel

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Chico Mann (Miami Debut) at Sunset Soiree – March 2010

Check out this clip of Chico Mann making their Miami debut at our 14th annual Sunset Soiree, co-presented by Levi’s in association with Windows 7, in March during the Winter Music Conference. They are performing ”Ya Yo Sé” from their latest album Analog Drift: Muy…Esniqui soon to be released on Wax Poetics.

Highlights from Sunset Soiree 2010

In case you were not able to flock south to Miami in March for the annual Winter Music Conference (where precious little conferencing actually happens), there was a great deal of amazing music showcased non-stop throughout the week. Watch some highlights from Giant Step’s 14th Annual Sunset Soiree, co-presented by Levi’s and Windows 7, featuring Estelle, Rye Rye, Questlove, Gilles Peterson and many more.