New Release: Lord Echo – ‘Curiosities’ [Full Album Stream]

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Today, the elusive Kiwi producer-extraordinaire Lord Echo (aka Mike Fabs) releases his long-awaited sophomore solo album Curiosities via Brooklyn’s own Bastard Jazz Recordings. The painstakingly-crafted LP of original material tastefully transcends a landscape of disco, dub, funk, afrobeat and soul, showcasing Fab’s “dual-mastery of 60′s production techniques and modern dancefloor aesthetics”.

The album also underscores New Zealand’s hard-won rep for cultivating a new generation of groundbreaking artists and masterful musicians (not to mention chart-topping pop stars of similar “royal” appellation). Curiosities features a wealth of Echo’s soulful compatriots including heralded vocalists like Toby Laing (of Fat Freddy’s Drop), Mara TK (from Electric Wire Hustle), Leila Adu and Lisa Tomlins, who graces the album’s soaring cover version of the Pharoah Sanders & Leon Thomas classic “The Creator Has a Master Plan.”

Enjoy the full album stream below and more info here.

Photo Recap: Disclosure at the Music Experiment 2.0 in Boston – 8/7

The Giant Step produced Music Experiment 2.0 series, presented by MTV Iggy and Intel, made its way to Boston last night with electronic duo Disclosure. The second show, following Empire of the Sun‘s amazing New York City performance, once again hit capacity with hundreds of fans dressed in black for the “White Noise” theme at Cyclorama at Boston Center for the Arts. They were lined up to get their face’s painted Disclosure style while opening DJ Kidnap Kid helped set the mood. Disclosure played through multiple tracks from their debut release, Settle, with special guest Sam Smith hopping onstage for “Latch.”

Disclosure’s set was live streamed around the globe and will air on Palladia music network at a later date. Stay tuned for announcements on upcoming ME 2.0 shows in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Nashville, and be sure to check out the series’ online hub at www.musicexperiment.com. Photo credit: MTV/Iggy

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Announcing: YOTEL New York Weekender Series Inaugural Edition, Sat, 6/25 – Sun, 6/26

YOTEL New York is the largest NYC hotel opening in 2011. And Giant Step is welcoming the revolutionary hotel brand stateside with the YOTEL New York Weekender Series, taking place the last weekend of each month through November.

The weekenders will be a unique party experience in three parts; beginning Saturday evening with a late-night, world-class DJ event, continuing for a Latin themed Sunday brunch and closing the weekend right with an early evening sunset soiree.

Part One of the inaugural weekender kicks off Saturday, June 25th, at 10pm, with music by DJ Louie Vega and special performances by Anané (Nulu Music) and Josh Milan, of Blaze fame.

The next day, return for Part Two, a Sunday prix fix brunch of unlimited Latin-Asian small plates and free flowing cocktails at Dohyo for $35 per guest. DJ Bobbito Garcia will provide added Latin flavor, in between exclusive live sets from the legendary Pucho & His Latin Soul Brothers. The perfect Sunday continues into evening with Part Three; the massively popular Libation Party, hosted by Manchildblack and Afro Mosaic Soul, and featuring a special sunset DJ set by Ian Friday.

RSVP is a MUST for Parts One and Three, and reservations are strongly recommended for Part Two – the Sunday Brunch. For Sunday Brunch reservations, please call 646-449-7790.

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Louie Vega Celebrates The Shrine’s 2 Year Anniversary in Chicago – Sun, 6/5

Our favorite Chicago venue is gearing up to celebrate their second anniversary and you know they are going to do it with a bang. On Sunday, June 5th, Louie Vega with the help of resident DJ Terry Hunter will ring in a new year at The Shrine. This is a very special Chicago appearance for the legendary Master At Work, so get there early and make sure you bring your dance shoes because there will be no wallflowers at this party.

The Shrine

BIGGASOUNDS Presents: Caron Wheeler, Monique Bingham & The Bigga Sextet, DJ Spinna, King Britt and Rich Medina – Thu, 5/26

BIGGAsounds presents the subterranean heroes of UK-Philly-Brooklyn soul, house and nu-jazz. Living legends Caron Wheeler (Soul II Soul), Monique Bingham and The BIGGA Sextet, King Britt, DJ Spinna and Rich Medina will take over Santos Party House on Thursday, May 26th, in a very special line up.

Doors open at 10pm, and you can purchase advance tickets, or enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

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