Interview: Jose James Checks In Before SummerStage on August 11

 

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Before hitting SummerStage this Sunday, August 11, Jose James catches up with us about his relationship to Giant Step, his growth as an artist, and what’s up next.

Giant Step: How would you say Giant Step most influenced your music and/or career?

Jose James: Wow. It’s been so great, thank you guys. The first show was at the Hiro Ballroom in NYC opening for the amazing Alice Russell. Then we started the Brownswood Sessions at Nublu with DJ Moni and Taylor McFerrin. Beautiful times! Giant Step really paved the way for what I do, connecting hip-hop, soul, jazz and DJ culture. The London connection, Gilles Peterson, all that. It’s a global movement to present quality music.

GS: We’ve been with you from the start and it’s been a pleasure to see you progress; how would you say No Beginning No End Jose has evolved from The Dreamer Jose?

JJ: Well, I’m more well traveled. That influences you tremendously. When I made The Dreamer I was still in school and had only been to a couple places outside the US – now I’ve toured in 40 countries and counting. I’m actually in Mexico right now. You meet people and see how your music is loved worldwide and that’s a powerful thing. Now I have worldwide family and a great relationship with my fans. It’s beautiful. Musically I’m more comfortable expressing all the worlds I love – soul, R&B, jazz, rock, blues, gospel, hip-hop – and you can hear that on the new album, and in the collaborations – Robert Glasper, Pino Palladino, Emily King, Hindi Zahra.

GS: And where do you see yourself going next? Any challenges/goals you’re keen on tackling?

JJ: I’d like to reconnect with electronic music. I just dropped an EP on Blue Note with remixes by FaltyDL, Oddisee, fLako, and Taylor McFerrin. I lived in London for a year and went to Plastic People, Fabric, Cargo and met great DJs and producers like Benji B, Benga and Skream, Floating Points. So I miss that and want to do more in that world. I’m working on a new album now for next year called Desire.

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Contest: Win Tickets to October Red Bull Music Academy Events in NYC (with Grace Jones, SBTRKT, Jamie XX, Four Tet, Taylor McFerrin, The Gaslamp Killer, & more)

 

We have the privilege of giving away tickets to four amazing Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) events coming up in NYC this October.

Starting next week, the first event on October 10 will celebrate The Gaslamp Killer’s debut album Breakthrough, and will feature a slew of other Brainfeeder artists and friends, including Dorian Concept, Martyn, Jeremiah Jae, and Taylor McFerrin.

On October 11, electronic producer extraordinaire SBTRKT will be holding it down with staple vocalist Sampha. This bill will also feature Kilo Kish, Dr. Nick Hook, and Koreless as supporting acts.

October 26 is going to be another smashing night with Four Tet, B2B, Jamie XX, and Floating Points holding it down. Definitely going to be a nice little collision of sounds.

And finally, on October 27, the glamourous miss Grace Jones herself will be blessing the city with a sure to be inspirational show.

Details for the other shows can be found after the jump.

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Floating Points to Release ‘Shadows’ EP + Video

 

On November 21st, London based electronic producer Floating Points will be releasing his Shadows EP. Above, you’ll find the video for “Sais,” a simple graphic visual displaying the intersection between an old school Windows screen saver, Tetris, and the double helix. Preview the entire EP below!

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Contest: Four Tet Remixes by Caribou, Jon Hopkins, Floating Points, Mosca & More

Through the course of 2010, Four Tet has released a steady stream of remix 12″ singles from his latest album, There Is Love In You. Some of the biggest names and emerging stars of the electronic music scene have contributed remixes, including Caribou, Floating Points, Mosca, Jon Hopkins, and Hardhouse Banton. Now you can win the wax, all together a 3xLP package.

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Four Tet – “Sing” (Floating Points Remix)”
 

Four Tet Remixes: “Angel Echoes” and “Sing”

A number of Four Tet remixes have been created following the release of his most recent album, There Is Love In You. Freshly available in digital form are multiple versions of “Angel Echoes” and “Sing” by Caribou, Jon Hopkins, Floating Points, Mosca, and Hardhouse Banton. Stream the Jon Hopkins version below (who will be on tour with Four Tet in October), and stream all tracks in the Jukebox.

Jon Hopkins Remix: “Angel Echoes”
 

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