New Release: Mark de Clive-Lowe – ‘NEXT Collective: The Mixtape’

 

Always the tastemaker extraordinaire, Mark de Clive-Lowe, presents us with a preview of an awesome project some great young jazz musicians have embarked on. NEXT Collective: The Mixtape introduces us to NEXT Collective and their upcoming album set to cover some of their favorite artists and ‘reinterpret them from a jazz perspective.’ Covered artists include Little Dragon, Jay Z and Kanye West, D’Angelo, N.E.R.D, Stereolab, Drake, Meshell Ndegeocello, and on.

Members of NEXT Collective include Logan Richardson (sax), Walter Smith III (sax), Matthew Stevens (guitar), Gerald Clayton (keys), Kris Bowers (keys), Ben Williams (bass), Jamire Williams (drums) and guest trumpeter Christian Scott.

Absolutely love it when worlds collide like this. Stream and download below!

Mark de Clive-Lowe presents NEXT Collective: The Mixtape [Download on Sendspace]

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New Track: Roman GianArthur – “High & Dry ~ Send it On”

 

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Earlier today, miss Janelle Monae unveiled a new tune from a fellow Wondaland artist Roman GianArthur. And man, is the guy a talent. The above is his new track that mashes together D’Angelo’s “Send It On” with Radiohead’s “High & Dry.” Freakin’ sexy. What the hell.

Dude sounds like a blend between Van Hunt, Bilal, and some fresh ‘n new radio R&B youngin’. Can’t compete with that. Oh, we mention that ol’ boy over here also produced the track? No biggie.

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Interview: Q-Tip on His New ‘Offline’ Monthly Launching This Friday 6/15

 

As you must now know, the launch of our new monthly, Offline, at Irving Plaza with Q-Tip is now only a few days away. We recently caught up with Q-Tip to get the low down on this summer’s new go to party, amongst a few other juicy tidbits.

Giant Step: Congratulations on your new monthly party, Offline! How are you feeling about the launch?

Q-Tip: I feel good about it. Hopefully folks will come ready to dance, be open minded, and ready to enjoy different types of music. And you know, take it to a time where New York was bred for partying and not just kinda standing around – like a real dance party.

GS: What can partygoers expect to see and hear at Offline?

Q-Tip: They can hear any and everything, man. From a lot of dance and disco and boogie music, a lot of boogie music to lots of salsa, hip hop, dub. Old school hip hop, that is – a lot of that. A lot of funk. Afro Cuban, Afro Beat, rare groove. Electronic. Classic stuff! Also I had a DJ booth specially designed which is an art piece. The creator is a wonderful artist called Susan Linss. At each party she will add a new piece of art which is really exciting!

GS: Do you have a certain philosophy around the music you put play when you DJ?

Q-Tip: My philosophy depends on the type of party, but usually for my type of parties my philosophy is to keep people dancing and exchanging that energy coming out of themselves. You know, you work all week or you go through what you go through not to come and stand around and Twitpic or Instagram stuff and put it on Twitter. You come to be offline, to experience it, to dance, to feel the music. So my philosophy is to encourage that.

GS: When you think about great NY parties of the past what were some of your favorites?

Q-Tip: My favorite parties were like Mars, Studio 54, Red Zone, The Garage, Bassline, Love Light (not Limelight) – Love Light was dope, the original Nell’s, The World, Life, Save The Robot. So many places.

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Video: BJ The Chicago Kid – “Dream II”

 

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Upcoming R&B singer BJ The Chicago Kid’s voice is one set up for some classics; with a hint of D’Angelo and an ever so slight dash of Marvin Gaye, BJ blends his own unmatched style to create a powerful mood. Starting off with motivational sound bite from Will Smith, the video for “Dream II” follows BJ during a trip to Paris – a city of dreams all its own. Look out for this dude, y’all.

The track is from his recently released Pineapple Now & Laters album. Here’s to making our dreams come true.

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Videos: D’Angelo – Live in Stockholm, Sweden + Tour Dates

 

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It is a new day. D’Angelo returns to the spotlight after over 10 years with a European tour that kicked off in Stockholm, Sweden yesterday. Above, catch a clip from his performance of “Chicken Grease” and below, you’ll find video from “Sh*t Damn Motherf*cker.” A few new songs were unveiled as well, including “Sugar Daddy,” “The Charade,” and “Another Life.”

In watching these videos, it’s evident that D’Angelo is happy to be up on stage and share with his adoring fans. And in case you were second guessing, indeed the man is killing it and singing like he’s always known – hopefully a prelude to a new era of some earth-shifting music.

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European Tour Dates
Jan 27 – VEGA – Copenhagen, Denmark
Jan 29 – Le Zénith – Paris, France
Jan 30 – Paradiso Grote Zaal – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jan 31 – Paradiso Grote Zaal – Amsterdam, Netherlands
Feb 3 – O2 Academy Brixton – London, UK

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