New Release: Salaam Remi – ‘One: In The Chamber’

 

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Master producer Salaam Remi has crafted the sounds of some incredible artists of our time. Now coming out into his own, Salaam gives us One: In The Chamber featuring orchestral compositions as well as guest appearances from Akon, Ne-Yo, Corinne Bailey Rae, Jordin Sparks, Estelle, Stephen Marley, Lemar and CJ Hilton.

Hear “Makin’ It Hard for Me” ft. Corinne Bailey Rae below to get a taste!

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Nile Rodgers, #Offline Guest of Honor | Celebrate His Legacy: Chic – “Everybody Dance” + Join Us @ Output, NYC – Sep 25

 

For the upcoming September 25 installment of our weekly #Offline party with Q-Tip at Output, we have the extreme pleasure of welcoming legendary musician, producer, guitarist, and songwriter Nile Rodgers as our guest of honor. To celebrate, we’re taking it back to some of our favorite Nile Rodgers tracks in the days leading up to the party. Today, we’ve got “Everybody Dance” by Chic, Nile’s band that launched in the 1970s. Enjoy above!

September 25′s #Offline will also be featuring the venerable DJ Spinna as our guest on the turntables. Do not miss this night, folks!

About #Offline
Presented by Giant Step and featuring Grammy award-winning music icon Q-Tip as the resident DJ, #Offline is your chance to unplug, unwind, and get down with some undeniable tunes. Treat yourself to the very best in modern and classic music and come enjoy a night that’s previously been attended by Dave Chappelle, Estelle, Sanford Biggers, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Large Professor, and James Poyser, amongst other notable greats!

Event Details
Giant Step Presents #Offline w/ Q-Tip
Special Guest of Honor Nile Rodgers
& DJ Spinna as Guest DJ

Wednesday, September 25
Doors 10PM

Tickets: $15 (advance)
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Output
74 Wythe Avenue
Brooklyn, NY

#Offline party flyer after the jump

New Track: Booker T – “Sound The Alarm” ft. Mayer Hawthorne + Billboard Interview

 

Equipped with modern production techniques and his long famed musicianship, Booker T. Jones, referred simply as Booker T in this case, is set to release a new album on Stax entitled Sound The Alarm. The title track below receives accompaniment from Mayer Hawthorne who blends in perfectly with Booker’s rich production.

Due out June 25, the album invites an array of contemporary soul singers, including Luke James, Gary Clark Jr., Anthony Hamilton, Estelle, as well as the classic miss Sheila E.

Hop over to Billboard to read more about what Booker T has to say about the upcoming project.

New Release: Consequence – ‘Movies On Demand 4′ (Mixtape)

 

Rapper Consequence today premiered his Movies On Demand 4 mixtape on Complex, chockfull of 13 delectable tracks for your winter days. The mixtape features collaborations from Estelle, Busta Rhymes, and John Legend, amongst others, only upping the energy of this already lively project.

Hear the mixtape below and get to twerkin’!

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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