Ellie Goulding Unleashes Remixes of “Lights” + Tour Dates

 

Gearing up for her stateside tour, Ellie Goulding has released 9 remixes of her smash hit, “Lights” from her debut album. The remixes feature a variety of contributors: Drop Lamond, Fernando Garibay, Captain Cuts, Ming, RAC, Bassnectar, MK Charlee, Max Gordon, and Shook. Above, find the video for the Bassnectar remix. While “Part 2″ of the remixes are currently only circling the DJ circuit, “Part 1″ is available for purchase! All remixes, however, are streaming on the Giant Step Jukebox.

This spring, Ellie made headlines when she was personally asked by William and Kate to play at the royal wedding where she performed a gorgeous cover of Elton John’s “Your Song.” May followed with performances on Saturday Night Live and Live With Regis and Kelly. Ellie’s “The Lights Tour” commences July 23rd in Atlanta and wraps in late August. Find tour dates after the jump!

Buzznet recently did a video interview with the “folktronica songstress,” which touches on everything from unicorns to Drake to Nachos. The London Evening Standard also caught up with the seeming overnight sensation to discuss the royal wedding and her journey thus far.

Ellie Goulding – “Lights” (Drop Lamond Remix)
 

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“Lights” video, Best Buy in-store, & tour dates after the jump

Video: Les Nubians Discuss Their Diasporic Music Philosphy Live at The Shrine Chicago

Les Nubians @ The Shrine from Cam Be on Vimeo.

Check out this video of Les Nubians discussing their latest album Nü Revolution, captured behind the scenes during their last show at The Shrine in Chicago by Cam B and Jamaar J for Okayplayer. The sisters also talk about growing up culturally diverse, the power of dance and what it means to be part of a new global generation.

The Beast & Nnenna Freelon Present Freedom Suite, Hosted by 9th Wonder + MP3

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.

Check out the first single “Freedom Part 2″ from their Bandcamp site below.

Alex Cuba Downloads and Contest

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Alex Cuba‘s new album Agua Del Pozo is out now, available worldwide – pick it up! Big thanks to Al Borde for their interview, and especially for their [drop.io] downloads:
Alex Cuba – “Vampiro”
Alex Cuba – “Augua Del Pozo”

*Enter Giant Step’s online contest to win a free copy of Agua Del Pozo*