Live from the Shadowsphere, DJ Shadow takes the stage with the support of Pigeon John on Monday, November 15th at Irving Plaza in New York. Doors open at 7pm. In case you missed it, make sure you check out a Brownswood Basement Special with Gilles Peterson featuring DJ Shadow.
Giant Step and (Le) Poisson Rouge are proud to present Aloe Blacc & The Grand Scheme with special guests Maya Jupiter, The Stepkids, and DJ $mall ¢hange on Thursday, November 18th, at (Le) Poisson Rouge. If you were there to catch Mr. Blacc at our Summerstage performance this past Summer, then you should already know this is not a show to miss. If an Aloe performance is new to you, then check out this video of him performing "Loving you is killing me" live in studio. There will be horns, there will be bass, there will be soul.
The Beast, a hip-hop quartet featuring emcee Pierce Freelon brings multi Grammy nominee jazz vocalist Nnenna Freelon into the group for Freedom Suite, a collection of original songs, classic interpretations and interviews reflecting on jazz and hip-hop today. The entire album will be available for free download on October 26th, via The Revivalist, Okayplayer's new jazz site.
The music of Freedom Suite combines a live jazz aesthetic with a electronic, sample-based hip-hop aesthetic and features artists like 9th Wonder, Geechi Suede of Camp Lo, Phonte, YahZarah. The music is interspersed with conversations between scholars and teachers like Amiri Baraka, Branford Marsalis, Herbie Hancock, Angela Davis and more.
For a hip-hop artist, El-P's music is relatively calm and very cinematic. The visuals match the sounds in this new video from his all-instrumental Megamixxx. (Download the full We'reAllGoingToBurnInHellMegamixxx3 here). From Gold Dust Media: "The video for 'Time Won't Tell' is inspired by a childhood memory of director Shan Nicholson, who grew up in the 'Old New York' during a time when necessity often bred creativity. This video depicts a young boy innocently finding a way to embrace his imagination amid an urban wasteland."
You remember the lady UK rapper Ms Dynamite and her Flamenco-inspired beat on the 2002 hit "It Takes More." US fans were simultaneously inspired and baffled - what to do with such a strong female voice in the world of fancy cars, clothes and hoes?
Apparently Ms Dynamite is back with the neon times, begging comparisons to Rye Rye and M.I.A. on a single with Redlight, "What You Talkin About!?". She has a new album coming out too, so look for it on MTA Records later this year.