Photo: SummerStage w/ Shuggie Otis, Jose James, & Hiatus Kaiyote


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Photos by Seher Sikandar

Yesterday Central Park was glowing with piles of beautiful people of all ages. It wouldn’t be a true Giant Step produced SummerStage without the most adorable of children scurrying around and an eclectic bunch of young folks sprawled out soaking up the sun and an AsiaDog or three.

Hiatus Kaiyote, Jose James, and Shuggie Otis all put on brilliant performances leaving an ever attentive crowd cheering for more over and over. And DJ OP! held it down all day to many, many happy ears. Amongst the crowd were Salaam Remi, DJ Spinna, Jesse Boykins III, and TK Wonder. Check the day in photos below!

New Track: Jesse Boykins III – “Doing It Wrong” (Drake Cover)


Our boy Jesse Boykins III gets comfortable with his lower register vocals on this cover of Drake’s “Doing It Wrong.” Talk about giving a song new life. The production is open and romantic, a perfect bed for Jessie’s soothing, echoey sing-song. Listen below and get turned out.

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Video: Sweat Box – “That Ride”


UK group Sweat Box debuts their first single, “That Ride.” The sound displays a 90s R&B lighthearted breeziness combined with hints of new age soul. The female vocalist evokes a little Jesse Boykins III when she sings “concrete” in that first verse, too.

Look for their album, Surrounded By Vinyl, out on June 4. Now we want a drop top.

New Release: Tokimonsta – ‘Half Shadows’


Tokimonsta today releases her new album, Half Shadows. Grittier and more upbeat than her previous work, she’s also got a slew of impressive vocal features, including Kool Keith, Jesse Boykins III, Andreya Triana, Gavin Turek, and MNDR.

Hear the full album on SoundCloud.

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