This past week's edition of the Worldwide Show with Gilles Peterson starts off with a sultry, brass interpretation of Kendrick Lamar's "B*tch Don't Kill My Vibe" from Austinfa jazz producer Sly5thAve. The eclectic grooves continue with a Ras G triplet, Ghostface Killah double, and a hip-hop throwback in "The Do Over" section with Public Enemy.
Gilles also presents a mixtape from global soul quartet, Hiatus Kaiyote, featuring tunes from fellow Aussies Ainslie Willis, Clever Austin, Electric Sea Spider, and more. Hiatus have been riding a wave of success recently that has included acclaim from icons such as Erykah Badu and ?uestlove, as well as a sold-out NYC debut at Le Poisson Rouge in March.
The last few days have seen a couple new tracks from Quadron. The first, "Better Off," features Kendrick Lamar and shares an underwater synth sound and echoey vocal mood similar to that found on the duo's debut album. The slower "Sea Salt" dropped today holding jazzy hints along with an old soul flair to the chorus.
Kendrick Lamar gave his much anticipated Saturday Night Live performance yesterday with a live band no less! He performed his two lead singles, "Swimming Pools (Drank)" and "Poetic Justice" with some impressive speed-rapping mixed in there to boot.
His "skit" came in the form of a spoof music video with Adam Levine entitled "YOLO," with the a general theme of hysteria and 'isolating yourself and living solo' to not waste that precious life. Loving Kendrick's see-through green visor, though!
After a 5 year hiatus, Dido will be releasing a new album called Girl Who Got Away on March 4. Her first single released last week and is called "Let Us Move On" and features rapper of the hour, Kendrick Lamar.
Been awhile since we've heard this kind of pairing between a calming ethereal female vocalist and an imposing male emcee, maybe because Dido set the standard for this whole format in the first place. Looking forward to more newness!
Her voice is sweet and her lyrics are filled with emotion. Her music digs deeper than the surface, and is crafted with precision. Her name is Sza and she is here to share her music and herself to the world. Take a glimpse inside her mind in this interview with Giant Step contributor, Andrea K. Castillo.
I first became familiar with your EP through Giant Step and I immediately downloaded, and I listened, and listened, and thought, “Wow, this is really great! Let me learn more about this girl.” So I read all your press stuff and decided to do an interview, so here it is. We’re in the time of Sza. Your EP, See Sza Run, has been out for a few weeks now, tell me a little bit about the process, I know you worked with a bunch of different producers, how was that experience?
Sza: Super. A lot of these happened by chance. You’d be surprised at how any people don’t give you beats or don’t give you permission for anything, so I pretty much stole three-quarters of my project. Once they [the producers] heard it, they weren’t as angry with me. It was definitely interesting, I was like “That sounds good, MINE!”, and just ran with it.
So it’s seven tracks, and when listening it is very atmospheric and I can see what you are talking about. It’s a little dark, but I like that, and your lyrics are very refined. How long have you been writing?
Sza: That’s a really good question. I’ve been a writer, prior to singing or anything, for a very long time. That was my strong suit. Even in high school I was in AP English…writing is my thing. I’m a serious reader and heavily into poetry, so before I even opened my mouth and thought “Maybe I should try to translate this into something, it’s crowded in here”, I had to find a way to get these thoughts out of my brain.
You paint a picture with your words, and in regards to your visuals, I noticed across the board there are a lot of flowers; the album artwork, the music videos. Can you tell us more about your choice to use floral imagery in your work?
Sza: My mom was somewhat of a botanist, so gardening, plant life, that’s all her sh*t, and my dad was super into science. I went to school for science, so I love plant life and wild life. Knowing a lot about flowers and what they represent and the energy they bring…I use a lot of tiger lilies in my work because they used to grow in my backyard all the time; those are my favorite, they’re so pretty.