Next Step April Winner: Dezaray Dawn

 

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We are proud to announce Atlanta based future soul singer Dezaray Dawn as our April Next Step winner! The German-born gal has a voice of power, comfort, and euphoric healing – something like what you feel when listening to Fertile Ground’s lead singer, Navasha Daya.

Thus far, Dezaray has released two EPs, Chameleon and Deep, the latter being a collaboration with Marc Mac of the famed 4Hero. Dezaray’s latest single and video is for the sophisticated downtempo and soulful house style “Over It.” Easily repeat worthy – we won’t say how many times we’ve already ran this back. Be sure to grab the free download below.

Folks loving whey they hear can look forward to her debut album, The Dawning, out this summer. In the meantime, we’re very happy to premier “The Dawning” intro track. And look out for some tour dates to be announced very soon!

Dezaray Dawn – “Over It” [Download on Bandcamp]

Dezaray Dawn – “The Dawning”
 

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New Release: Tokyo Dawn Records – ‘The Heart Volume 2′

 

A couple of weeks ago, Tokyo Dawn Records released their second compilation from their ‘The Heart’ series, which pays “musical homage to the iconic heart symbol [that] refers to the core of the human being, representing love and passion worldwide.”

The Heart Volume Two includes unreleased love music, including previews from upcoming Tokyo Dawn albums. Hear music from Colonel Red, Diana Krall, Boom Clap Bachelors, Marc Mac, Erik Rico, and Amalia amongst many others. And many high fives to the Tokyo Dawn crew for the gorgeous artwork.

Stream a sampling of the compilation below!

Tokyo Dawn Records – The Heart Volume 2 by Tokyo Dawn Records

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Gilles Peterson Digs Cuba

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2 years ago, Gilles Peterson visited Cuba for the first time on a reconnaissance mission to check out the new generation of Havana-based artists.  The fruits of his labor culminated in the album he presented, Havana Cultura, which was recently released, but now his Brownswood Recordings imprint is preparing the release of Havana Cultura Remixed out on June 7th, enlisting remixes from the likes of Louie Vega, Carl Cox, Seiji, Marc Mac of 4Hero, and many more.  The 2 disc album also features a bonus DJ mix courtesy of Gilles Peterson himself that neatly weaves together the disparate threads that make up a typical Peterson DJ Set.  From the stirring percussion and meandering groove of Louie Vega’s marathon Latin workout to the hi-octane Bengua-esque skank delivered by Carl Cox and the lazy ebb and flow of Michel Cleis‘ magnificent shuffling houser, this is Gilles in his element.

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