Recap: Giant Step Curated Red Bull Sound Select Show ft. Thundercat, ASTR, & Tondrae Kemp @ LPR – Feb 19

 

Words by DJ Tara

This month’s Red Bull Sound Select, curated by Giant Step, was a journey across not only genres, but regions of the country.

Starting off the night was Tondrae Kemp, who brought some Louisiana funk and blues to the stage. The crowd quickly warmed to his soulful voice, lively band, and songs about love, heartbreak, and everything in between. He gripped the crowd with his version of the Isley Brothers‘ “Footsteps in the Dark (Parts 1&2)” which led nicely into an Ice Cube sing-along of “It Was a Good Day.” Hip hop wasn’t the only unique influence in Kemp’s set: there were hints of reggae and New Orleans Jazz throughout, making for a lively time.

DJ Jon Oliver of I Love Vinyl and East Village Radio kept the crowd buzzing between acts.

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Universal Music Launches ‘Respect The Classics’ Album Reissue Series, Pays Tribute to Hip-Hop Giants

 

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Universal Music pays homage to hip-hop’s greats with their new reissue series called Respect The Classics; the mission focuses on “spotlighting iconic, genre-defining albums from the Def Jam, Interscope, Priority, and Virgin Records vaults.”

To start, fans can enjoy expanded CD and digital 25th Anniversary Editions of Eazy-E’s Eazy-Duz-It and EPMD’s Strictly Business. Also available are remastered 180-gram vinyl LP reissues of Eazy-Duz-It, Ice Cube’s AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, and N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton. Finally, there’s a remastered CD and digital reissue of N.W.A’s N.W.A & The Posse for grabs.

Look out soon for more reissues from DMX, Gang Starr, Onyx, Public Enemy, and Slick Rick.

Purchase NWA & The Posse CD on Amazon

Purchase EPMD’s Strictly Business CD on Amazon

Purchase NWA’s Straight Outta Compton Vinyl on Amazon

Purchase Ice Cube’s Amerikkka’s Most Wanted Vinyl on Amazon

Purchase Eazy-E’s Eazy Duz It Vinyl on Amazon

Purchase Eazy-E’s Eazy Duz It CD on Amazon

Rest In Peace, George Duke

 

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Legendary keyboardist George Duke has passed at the age of 67. Left behind are over 30 solo albums and credit for creating bridges between Brazilian music, funk, R&B, and jazz. His work crossed several decades and included collaborations with Miles Davis, Anita Baker, Frank Zappa, Smokey Robinson, Gladys Knight, and George Clinton – some of the very best

His work carried over the generations and has been sampled by Daft Punk, Common, Kanye West, MF Doom, Madlib, Pete Rock, Ice Cube, and A Tribe Called Quest.

In July of this year, Duke released a new album called DreamWeaver in memory of his wife who passed just over a year ago.

Duke and his ongoing contributions to music will be sorely missed.

Below, watch Duke perform one of our favorite tracks, “Dukey Stick,” with Sheila E in studio. After the jump, find rare footage of a full live show at the Montreux Jazz Festival with Billy Cobham.

Montreux Jazz Festival performance after the jump