New Janelle Monáe: “Without A Fight” & “Shape of Things to Come”

The soundtrack from Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls … featuring music from and inspired by the film, brings together an amazing selection of musicians. From Nina Simone to Gladys Knight to Laura Izibor to the intergalactic queen Janelle Monáe, it’s got a lot. It also features Giant Step favorite Zaki Ibrahim with her song “Ansomnia.” (Read the full tracklist after the jump).

 

Music From and Inspired by the Original Motion Picture For Colored Girls

 

Janelle Monáe – “Without A Fight”

 

Zaki Ibrahim  - “Ansomnia”

 

In this last week, Janelle popped up with a second new track as well, titled “Shape of Things to Come.” This song is associated with an organization of the same name, dedicated to growing careers of young women in the entertainment industry.

Janelle Monáe – “Shape of Things to Come”

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Bilal: Airtight’s Revenge Out Today

There are a lot of great new releases today, but possibly the best one is Bilal‘s Airtight Revenge. Back after years of obstacles with record labels, his new album is a beautiful departure from the ‘neo-soul’ box which seemed to form around him before. The sound on Airtight’s Revenge is still soul, and very new, but it’s way out of any box we would have imagined.

If you don’t believe that Bilal is magic, here are Questlove, Erykah Badu and Janelle Monáe to explain it to you, their official endorsements. After the jump, watch each of their respective videos by Plug Research and learn how Bilal helped shape the sound of these artists.

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Gilles Peterson World Wide 8/16/10: All Winners Part 2

Gilles Peterson lays down part two of the Worldwide Winners this week, taking a moment to reflect on all his favorite new music from the past three months.

In true GP style, expect the best tunes from across the spectrum from club bangers of Joy Orbison (pictured above), dOP, Ramadanman, James Blake, the soulful grooves of Bilal & Cee Lo Green, Brooklyn goodness from Javelin, Pursuit Grooves & Theophilus London, Uproot Andy, Donso, Janelle Monáe and loads more!

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Janelle Monáe: “Tightrope (Mr Niceguy Remix)” + MP3

It should be obvious by now that we love everything about Janelle Monáe, and we’ve heard “Tightrope” nicely reworked before. But this “Tightrope” remix by Mr Niceguy (via Culture of Me) is nothing like the others.

Janelle Monáe – “Tightrope (Mr Niceguy Remix)” [MP3]
 

GPWW 7/26/10: Bilal Feature

This week on Gilles Peterson World Wide, he focuses in on R&B/jazz/soul singer, Bilal, who is releasing Airtight’s Revenge on September 14th on Plug Research. The special mix section of the show features a slew of Bilal tracks and an interview with the man himself, as well as some Giant Step favorites with Janelle Monáe, Erykah Badu, and Fela Kuti. Returning from last week are Monsters of Folk and Mount Kimbie.

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