From Incognito’s New Album Transatlantic R.P.M. “Gotta” ft Ursula Rucker

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Incognito‘s latest masterpiece Transatlantic R.P.M. will be released next Tuesday, 7/27. This ‘buttery smooth cut’ (Premiered by Okayplayer) “Gotta” features spoken-word songstress Ursula Rucker, who has worked with artists like The Roots, King Britt and 4hero. Her silky smooth sung and spoken verses reflect both the pain of loneliness and the hope for future love.

Besides Ursula Rucker, Transatlantic R.P.M. has an incredible line-up of featured collaborators including Chaka Khan, renowned Italian singer Mario Biondi, Eric Benet, Stuart Zender (bassist for Jamiroquai), longtime Incognito vocalist Maysa and Motown legend Leon Ware, to name a few.

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Giant Step’s 20th Anniversary: Groove Academy Flyers (1990-1996)

This short video collage chronicles the shows and events from 1990 through 1996 of the company that preceded Giant Step: The Groove Academy. This is the first time that the flyers and posters of Groove Academy shows have been digitized.

The concept behind The Groove Academy was to give an opportunity for the masters of funk and groove to perform their craft in front of a young audience and new generation of fans as most only knew these artists from samples used in hip-hop and rap. At this time, many of the originators were in fact forgotten in the USA and had to go to Europe and Japan to make a living. The Groove Academy was determined to help re-launch careers in the States and give them their just props!

As time went on and Giant Step was born, The Groove Academy became the concert wing of the company and helped to introduce new artists. By the mid 1990s, The Groove Academy came to an end, putting all events under the unified umbrella of Giant Step.

Stay tuned for more memorabilia as we celebrate our 20th Anniversary and please share any memories, feedback, or your own photos from this historic time. To see the individual flyers and posters from this video, view the album on our facebook page.

Incognito’s “Lowdown” feat. Mario Biondi & Chaka Khan

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Pioneering and groundbreaking UK groove-masters Incognito embark on their third decade of creating mind blowing, hit-making classics with their harmonious new recording, Transatlantic RPM. The group is joined by an all-star lineup that includes the iconic Chaka Khan, R&B/jazz/soul diva and longtime Incognito vocalist Maysa, spoken word goddess Ursula Rucker, Motown legend Leon Ware and renowned Italian singer Mario Biondi.

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The Latin Project Composes Musica De La Noche

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British producers Jez Colin and Matt Cooper of The Latin Project fuse together deep house, broken beat and hip hop with Afro polyrhythms and vocals on their second full-length, Musica De La Noche (out on June 23).

With brand new songs and a collection of remixes from A-List producers like Shawn Lee, Supreme Beings Of Leisure, Static Revenger and Morgan Page, Colin says, “some of our most dynamic work over the last few years has emerged from collaborations with other artists in our community such as Bebel Gilberto (“Aganju”) and Incognito.” Vocalists Freddie Crespo (erstwhile percussionist and vocalist for Tito Puente), Debi Nova (also heard performing with Sergio Mendez, Mark Ronson and Ricky Martin) and Guadelupian Joel Virgil still pop at the top of the mix with a few additions to the lineup.

The Latin Project’s first album, Nueva Musica, rose to #1 on the Billboard dance chart, won the IDMA Award for Best Latin Dance Song and garnered a Grammy nomination for Best Remix Single.

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