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.

New Music: Lord Echo – “Molten Lava” feat. Leila Adu + “Digital Haircut”

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New Zealand multi-instrumentalist and producer Lord Echo (aka Mike Fabs) gears up for his highly-anticipated sophomore album Curiosities, by dropping a two-track single this week. The chunky, dubby-disco tune “Molten Lava” features vocals from his long-time muse Leila Adu, while the funky afro-house vibes of “Digital Haircut” give us a slice of the dancefloor-piquing flavors that the full album has in store. Pre-order Curiosities for an instant download of these single tracks.

NYC: Giant Step presents Onra (DJ Set) at Le Bain – 5/20

Spring is finally back, and so are our legendary monthly Monday parties at Le Bain. We are excited to be kicking off the season with a very special appearance by Parisian beatmaker and globetrotter producer Onra aka Arnaud Bernard. Come party from 8pm and enjoy Le Bain’s breathtaking rooftop.

Onra’s electrifying live MPC performances around the world – everywhere from the Red Bull Music Academy in Bucharest and Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival to LA’s down-and-dirty bass sanctuary the Low End Theory – add new dimensions to the cosmic grooves he puts on tape. So, get ready to dance on a high-energy soul, hip hop, electronic, jazz, RnB, dub, and world set!

Free with RSVP

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

Listen to Onra’s hot track “Hold Tight” below:


New Track: Grace Jones – “Well Well Well” Dub + MP3

 

Yes, people. In case you haven’t already heard, the baddest of the bad, Grace Jones, will be releasing a new album entitled Hurricane on September 6th in the United States. The album was initially released in 2009 in the UK to much critical acclaim. This time around, she’s also announced a bonus disc dub version of the entire album. Get a little peek at what’s in store with a free download for the dark, tropical sounding dub version of “Well Well Well.” Freshness.

Grace Jones – Well Well Well Dub by GraceJones

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Hypnotic Ethiopian Grooves From Tommy T

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For the past three years, Tommy T has been the bass player for gypsy punk powerhouse Gogol Bordello. Tommy was born and raised in Ethiopia and brings his knowledge of global rhythms, reggae and dub to his first solo album, The Prester John Sessions. An aural travelogue that ranges freely through the music of Ethiopia, the album is a collection of 11 songs including a remix featuring fellow Gogol Bordello band mates Eugene Hutz and Pedro Erazo and mixed by Michael Goldwasser of the Easy Star All-Stars. The record also features two collaborations with Gigi, one of the most popular modern Ethiopian singers.

“The Response” from The Prester John Sessions
 

Head over to gigantic.com/tommyt to get your free download of “The Response”, listen to more streaming music at tommytmusic.com, and buy the album on iTunes today!

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