B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco, who toured together this last year, have teamed up with Janelle Monae on this chilled out, funky-with-a-hint-of-metal version of "Tightrope." According to B.o.B himself, this is "one of the best collaborations of the year." If you missed Janelle's newest album, The ArchAndroid, make sure to grab yourself a copy.
This week, Gilles goes as deep as he wants to, starting off with some sunshine by Seu George (Roy Ayers' classic, "Everybody Loves the Sunshine"), playing tunes by Flying Lotus, Janelle Monae, and finishing off the show with "On a Clear Day" by the Charlie Byrd Trio. Elephino (pictured above) brings us the Worldwide Family Mixtape this week, mixing in some of his own work with other artists including Prince, Joy Orbison, and Kid Kanevil.
Gilles Peterson had a mix for this one, but he decided to give us 'pure music' instead. Meklit Hadero (pictured) contributes with her beautiful version of the classic "Feelin' Good." And while Gilles is firmly stuck in World Cup mode, he's also living in Wondaland with Janelle Monáe, like most of us. This week also features another Giant Step favorite - Andreya Triana of Ninja Tune - plus a Water Color track from the Now-Again/Jazzman compilation California Funk, and artists like Orgone, Carlos Y Gaby, Garrincha, Elmor Judd, Sergio Mendes and more.
This week Gilles Peterson features a mix by producer/musician James Blake, along with some way-out African, more deep jazz and new James Pants, Janelle Monáe, Joanna Newsom, Flying Lotus, Ital Tek and plenty more. The first track is by an artist called Gregory Porter, who Gilles says you'll like if you're into José James. Gilles also gives us his take on the new Jyoti, calling her the Mary Lou Williams of the new generation! "Lots of stuff in the box this week..."
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Photos by Jaecyne Howell (MoonRisingNYC.com).
Janelle Monáe truly gave us an epic show on Tuesday night, supported by DJ Moni. Those of you who stood patiently in line got into the venue with plenty of time to get your groove on and revel in Janelle Monáe's The ArchAndroid Spectacular Emotion Picture experience. If you didn't make it, maybe you can catch Janelle on tour with Erykah Badu. It's a show not to be missed. But no matter who you are, cop the new album as soon as possible.