Tour + Downloads: Lotus’ Luke Miller Launches DJ Project- Luke the Knife

 

Lotus’ Luke Miller is turning his musical skills to the DJ booth. Using the moniker Luke the Knife, Miller brings funk and disco to the dance floor with multiple mixes, remixes and edits available as free downloads on SoundCloud. You can catch him on the road in April (dates below) opening for Future Rock including a stop at Brooklyn Bowl on April 18th.

April
6 – Boulder, CO – Denver Disco Presents at The Lazy Dog [official Lotus after-party]
12 – Avon, CO – Agave [w/ Chuck Morris (Lotus) on drums]
18 – Brooklyn NY – Brooklyn Bowl * [w/ Mike Greenfield (Lotus) on drums]
19 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer * [w/ Mike Greenfield (Lotus) on drums]
20 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground *
25 – Columbus, OH – Woodlands Tavern * [w/ Rob Chafin (The Werks) on drums]
26 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection *
27 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues *

* w/ Future Rock

Luke the Knife Facebook | Twitter | SoundCloud

The Stepkids – “La La” & “Shadows on Behalf” + MP3


Photo via Potholes in My Blog

The Stepkids are the latest signing to Stones Throw records, deviating from the label’s “indie hip-hop” reputation earned with artists like Madlib, Percee P, MED, Doom and Dilla. The Stepkids are made up of three meticulous session musicians who got tired of the back-up gigs (playing on stage for artists like Alicia Keys, 50 Cent and Lauryn Hill) and made this new music in their free time. We were lucky to have them open up for Aloe Blacc last year and they blew us away.  Aside from the main draw which is their fantastic new sound, they also enhance their live show with visuals by wearing all white clothing while standing in front of a white sheet with a projector in front of them. And lots of beautiful swirling colors.

Along with a free download of “Shadows on Behalf,” Stones Throw is offering this stream of “La La,” a track that Gilles Peterson had to rewind in his Worldwide radio show. Gilles had to make sure you heard the quiet lyrics early in the song because it’s such a lovely tune that it’s easy to lose the heavy meaning behind it. Both of these tracks are available on colored vinyl, made exclusively for Record Store Day. Looking like Spin Art, this is the best colored vinyl we’ve seen yet, making good use of those inevitable ink bleeds.

Their debut album will be released in September 2011.

“Shadows on Behalf” [MP3]
The Stepkids – Shadows On Behalf by stonesthrow

“La La”
The Stepkids – La La by stonesthrow

thestepkids.com

Afropop March Mix featuring Les Nubians, Femi Kuti and more + MP3

African music site Afropop.org has started a monthly mixtape of their favorite tunes and this is the debut. “Afropop Worldwide March Mix” includes a track from the new Les Nubians album, “Veuillez Veiller Sur Vos Reves (J Period Remix) f. John Banzai.” Chill out with this mix, including music by Femi Kuti from his forthcoming album plus some great new Strut records.

Afropop March Mix by Afropop Worldwide

Funky NY House Compilation: Henry Street Grooves + MP3

In 1999, BBE released Henry Street Music: The Story So Far – 1993 To 1999, a slice of superior club classics featuring the key music makers of the day. Todd Terry, Armand Van Helden, Kenny Dope, DJ Sneak, 95 North, Robbie Rivera, Davidson Ospina, Ralphi Rosario, Mike Delgado, King Britt and a handful of others under various alter egos and nom de plumes.

Now the story of Henry Street Music as a label continues with Henry Street Grooves – Classic Deep, Funky and Jazzy House from New York, to be released on March 21st, 2011. Even though many people will be familiar with nearly all the artists and many of the releases put out on the label, most of these tracks will be entirely new to their ears. Featured artists on this New York based comp include Liquid Dope, Mike Delgado, The Force, Johnick, Tronco Traxx, DJ Duke, E-Smoove, Robbie Rivera, Ray Roc and more.

The Rising Sunz - “Sunrize” [MP3]
 

Order the Album (Available Digitally and as 2xCD)

Homebase Presents Live at the Clubhouse: Coco (of Quadron) “Sleep” + MP3


HOMEBASE presents: CoCo O. “Sleep” w/ theClubhouse
from theClubhouse on Vimeo.

We post a lot of Quadron on the blog, only because everything they do is fantastic. Their constant brilliance is partially due to vocalist Coco, who is featured in a new digi-release for free download: Homebase presents Live at the Clubhouse. Coco re-made / covered / interpolated / sampled the 1976 Deniece Williams song, “Free.” The result is her new track “Sleep,” the characteristically sweet breathy voice backed by a full band. [via Couch Sessions]