This event was postponed in December due to bad weather, but tonight at the Hudson in NYC, it’s on. Giant Step and Objektivity are proud to announce the party hosted by DJs Dennis Ferrer, The Martinez Brothers & Jovonn. Don’t miss the first Hudson party of 2011 – get your RSVP in now!
Blaqstarr is gearing up for his Divine EP to drop on January 25th, and we trust our friends at Spin, who say this about the record: “imagine Prince remaking Sign O’ The Times as a banging, Baltimore club record.” That’s all we need to hear. Sold. Blaqstarr is part of N.E.E.T. Recordings, M.I.A.‘s label, along with a favorite young firecracker Rye Rye. In 2007 their song “Shake It To the Ground” grew from an underground Baltimore club thing to a widespread dance hit. Now Blaqstarr’s doing his solo thing on the Divine EP, showcasing his fearless and relentlessly experimental brand of electronic hip-hop.
He’s coming to New York City next week with performances at Santos Party House & Good Units. Music, event info, and photos from our SVEDKA event with Blaqstarr after the jump.
Big thanks to Puja at The Village Voice for covering our Annual MLK event, DJed this year by Questlove and MC Yameen Allworld.
Party anthems and silly humor aside, at its best, the night made us remember exactly what we were celebrating. The most touching moment for us came at the onset of Aly-Us’ house anthem “Follow Me”: Basked in flecks of gold light from the disco balls above, the entire club sang along to a chorus of “Why don’t you follow me/To a place where we can be free,” prompting even those headed for the door to linger. “Can we stay through the end of this song?” we heard the girl next to us ask her friend. “I feel like we need to be here for this.”
Read the full review here.
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This Tuesday, NYC was on winter storm watch throughout the night, but that had no apparent effect on Plan B‘s New York debut at Bowery Ballroom. The place was packed and full of energy, with a crowd that was at least half British folks “on holiday.” Before Plan B, the crowd was treated to a beatboxing extravaganza from Faith SFX, complete with layered drum beats broken down, live instrument imitations and sing-a-longs to hip-hop classics, including DMX and Lil Wayne. He riled up the crowd for Plan B, who came out strong with a full backing band: two guitarists, back-up singers – the works.
Plan B played a mixed set including many tracks from his upcoming release The Defamation of Strickland Banks. First his soulful ballads had the crowd swaying, then he got into his more upbeat songs like “Prayin” and the crowd got jumpy; couldn’t get enough. Of course Plan B added a bit of flavor to his set, sprinkling in some classic covers, medleys, and switching to a reggae groove mid-song. Overall Plan B nailed it in our famously snobby city on a bitterly cold night. By the end of the show, there were nothing but warm smiles inside.
LA: Plan B is in the States for one more night, playing at Troubador (LA) with DJ Luke Top (Fools Gold) tonight. Hope you already got tickets, cuz it’s sold out.