Video: Malice & Mario Sweet – “Love and Friendship”


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So sweet. Seattle based husband and wife duo Malice & Mario Sweet recently released Happy 2 Year: Deluxe Edition, an EP celebrating the two year anniversary of their marriage. The original version of the EP was released earlier this year and received love from our comrade Gilles Peterson amongst several other radio shows and publications. On the EP you’ll find appearances Choklate and Tall Black Guy Productions, both artists we love!

Above is the video for “Love and Friendship,” a new single exclusively part of the deluxe edition. The video plays like a diary of Malice and Mario’s love and relationship while on tour with the Blue Scholars in California. The tune is a jazzy underground soul tune with a nice little D’Angelo sample for a welcome embellishment. Absolutely darling.

Purchase Happy 2 Year: Deluxe Edition on iTunes

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Next Step August Winner: Iman Williams


Congratulations to Iman Williams for being this month’s Next Step winner!

The Alabama bred and Atlanta based neo-soul songstress Iman Williams is in fact known to many as a visual artist. That said, she’s managed to keep a healthy balance between her two passions and develop both.

Her vocal style/mood might be reminiscent of Seattle based Choklate to some. But Iman’s music is spacier and more experimental than Choklate’s, which then reminds us of Erykah Badu’s approach to her music – a quirky playtime in the musical sandbox. And yet still, Iman remains a brand of her own and we are so excited to get to share this gem of an artist with you.

Late last year, Iman release an album entitled Stupid Human Trick on Bandcamp. Within the last several months, she’s also released a handful of remixes for free download (check out her Soundcloud). There’s sure plenty of material to keep us busy for a while, but we won’t lie – we are super excited to see how Iman evolves next. And no fear, she tells us another project called Cotton will soon be underway and release sometime in 2012!

Below, we have two exclusive free downloads for the Giant Step community: “Float Away” and “Before.” After that, find a full stream of Iman’s most recent album, Stupid Human Trick, and be sure you don’t miss our favorite tracks – “All This Time (Down and Out)” and “Ordinary Love.”

Iman Williams – “Float Away” (Neo Soul Lumberjack Remix) [MP3]

Iman Williams – “Before” ft. Bobby Blunt [MP3]

Purchase Stupid Human Trick on Bandcamp

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