Video: Maya Azucena – “Dance Revolution” (prod. DJ Spinna)

 

In partnership with the One Billion Rising campaign to end domestic violence, singer Maya Azucena has just released her new video for “Dance Revolution.” Produced by DJ Spinna, the song aims to instill courage and a sense of community:

“This is for all the babies, this is for all the survivors, this is for all the women – who didn’t have a voice when they needed it. This is for the lost. This is for the found. This is for the warriors -the ones willing to fight, and not stand down. This is for truth seekers and truth bearers. This is for all of us – because what kind if world is it that can settle for 1 Billion of its kind being abused and raped? I shout this out with joy, victory, empathy, and conviction – that we can all, and should all, change this statistic forever and no longer turn away or be silent and allow such atrocity to remain unchallenged. It is time to STOP the madness. It is time for us to own our power to heal this wound in the earth.”

The heartfelt video shows Maya and other women and girls dancing their frustrations away and working towards the courage to build a more peaceful world.

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New Track: Maya Azucena – “Come With Me” + Exclusive Interview

 

Miss Maya Azucena recently released a fresh new tune called “Come With Me.” While catching up about the song, we also managed to get a handful of other great bits into Maya’s world these days. Check out the exclusive interview.

Giant Step: Can you tell us more about the concept of this song and its inspiration? Any background?

Maya Azucena: I wrote “Come With Me” as a flirtatious challenge to someone I had feelings for. There is this intense chemistry between us, yet a huge amount of hesitance to explore it because of the fear of being hurt. My point was to stay in the moment and enjoy each other. I wanted him to just allow me to make him feel good, and this is a feel-good kinda song.

“Come With Me” is produced by music veterans Loslito (multi-instrumentalist and founder of The Rebirth) and Caleb Speir (bassist and co-writer of “American Boy” by Estelle) under the name of their new production team: TRIGO FARE. Their unique brand of organic soundscaping and deeply infectious beats is evident in this first offering as a team.

GS: We heard you went to Russia recently! What was that all about?

Maya: I was recently invited by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow to do a tour of Russia with my band, as Cultural Ambassadors for the U.S.. We did a phenomenal tour of 5 cities in two weeks. Performing about 11 shows in that time, we did two jazz festivals, went to Siberia, sang at a hospital for young people with spinal injuries, walked through Moscow’s Red Square, and received incredible press coverage during our trip

There was a feature on the cover of the World section in The Washington Post and there is this profile piece by MTV Russia, too.

Read the rest of the interview after the jump

New Track: Tortured Soul – “Dirty”

 

Soulful electro-dance band Tortured Soul has just released their new single, “Dirty,” which they tout to be “all about showing your inner freak.” The original track and its live version are both available for free stream and download below.

Also released today are remixes by DJ Spinna, DJ Pepsi, Makoto, and Sir Piers. Transporting “Dirty” to new dimensions, these remixes make sure you experience this song to the fullest degree. The remixes can also be streamed and are available for purchase below.

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NYC: King Britt @ Le Bain – October 15

 

Joining the stable of legendary DJs that have already graced our Monday nights at Le Bain (Questlove, Dennis Ferrer, Danny Krivit, Rich Medina, DJ Spinna, Louie Vega and Bobbito Garcia), the incomparable King Britt will be laying down some serious danceable delights for us in about a week and a half!

The multitalented globetrotting DJ known for getting any party live is also a composer and a producer. Britt has remixed and produced an array of artists as well as scored commercials for Rolex and L’oreal Paris.

It should go without saying, but have no doubt – this night will not disappoint.

Event Details
King Britt at Le Bain
Monday, October 15 2012

Doors at 8PM

Tickets: Free with RSVP
RSVP to attend

Le Bain at The Standard
444 W. 13th St.
New York, NY

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New Release: Jose James – ‘It’s All Over Your Body’ EP + “Trouble” Free iTunes Single of the Week

 

The anticipation of Jose James’ upcoming album has been steady brewing for a nice little minute now. If you read our interview a few months back, you know that Jose has been signed to the legendary Blue Note Records. If you heard the recent DJ Spinna mix of Jose amazingness, you know that it’s getting pretty damn hard to wait for that album already.

No Beginning No End, Jose’s Blue Note debut, is set to release January 22. But fret not! Fans can stock up on some sweet tunes with today’s release of the It’s All Over Your Body EP. You also may indulge in the pleasure that is “Trouble” being the iTunes free Single of the Week.

Finally, our lovely man will be performing at the iTunes Festival 2012 on September 23 along with none other than label mate Robert Glasper. Using the iTunes Festival App, music lovers far and wide will be able to watch the happenings.

Jose James – “Trouble” [MP3 on iTunes]

Purchase It’s All Over Your Body EP on iTunes

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