New Release: Teresajenee – ‘Electric Yellow’

 

Hot damn. Yes. Teresajenee is that chick. Hats off to our homie Blackspade for his Facebook raves on this one. The St. Louis producer and vocalists’ album traverses many styles but might center somewhere around soultronic and “discotrap,” as our fair lady puts it on one of our favorite tracks.

Her sound moves from Teedra Moses sassy R&B and ballads on “Ode To October,” “Tahitian Vanilla,” “Eroplane,” and “Tride” to house queen on “Kissing You” to a Jill Scott earthy flow on “Timber” to a new wave Karma Stewart (a la PPP) and Amerie hybrid on “Romeo + Juliet” and man, everything in between. She’s rapping in there, too, mashing up sounds into something we won’t even try to name. This project is too much flavor. Just listen.

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Video: Jill Scott – “Blessed”

 

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In her new video for “Blessed,” an exuberant Jill Scott recounts all the way she is blessed – from a grandmother living until 92, a good father to her child, self-love, peace of mind, a good night’s sleep, and support from her parents – Jill’s list goes on and on. Great to hear positive music like this. Watch out for the special muppet appearance, too – ha!

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Giant Step Vault: State of Independents – Giant Step from 2001

This was part of a British documentary on independent dance labels. It features an in depth interview with Giant Step CEO Maurice Bernstein, talking about how the company evolved from club promoters into a full service independent dance label. This was also the peak of indie labels, it makes us want to reignite Giant Step Records again. The piece also features rare footage of Giant Step club at Shine in 2001.

Video: Janelle Monae – “Cold War” + “Move On Up” (Live at the Nobel Peace Concert)

 

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The lovely Janelle Monae was awarded the incredible honor to perform at this year’s Nobel Peace Concert in Oslo, Norway alongside some highly revered artists such as Angelique Kidjo, Jill Scott, and Ellie Goulding, amongst several other artists from around the world.

Above is Janelle’s amazingly heartfelt performance of “Cold War,” which was also reportedly accompanied by performances of “Tightrope” and the Jackson 5‘s “I Want You Back.”

After the jump, you can find the entire cast of artists performing Curtis Mayfield‘s “Move On Up.” Brilliant.

Many thanks to our folks at Okayplayer for putting us on to this one.

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GPWW 7/21/2011: Worldwide Festival Catchup and 2 Bears Worldwide Family Mixtape

Gilles Peterson continues to give us more goodness in this installment with music from artists like Jill Scott, Machinedrum, and the recently re-united Pyramids. For a good chunk of the show Gilles plays for us some of the highlights from his annual Worldwide Festival that took place last week in France. Particularly interesting is Jamie xx‘s mix, kicked off by his latest single “Far Nearer” that’s attracting a lot of international attention at the moment with its steel drum Calypso orchestration.

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