For Throwback Thursday this week, Maurice recounts our first Digable Planets show! Get the scoop below.
I first found out about Digable Planets around 1992. I received a call from Dennis Wheeler, President of Pendulum Records, which was an imprint on Elektra. He knew what we were doing at Giant Step and told me he wanted to send over some demos of a new band they’d signed to hear our response. So, they sent me the demos and I thought it was very Tribe-esque [see: A Tribe Called Quest]. I ended up meeting with the band and the label to explore how Giant Step could help Digable Planets, and this actually became a very early marketing project for us without really realizing it.
Digable Planets finished “Cool Like That” and brought the test press of the track to the Giant Step club, which was then in the basement at Metropolis Café. We tested the song out on the Giant Step crowd – first time that record was ever played in public – and it went down brilliantly; people went crazy. Inspired by the response from the crowd that night, the guys went home and they made The Crashing Giant Step Mix, which was on the original 12” of “Cool Like That.”
NEXT Collective today releases an incredible collection of covers with their CoverArt album. This collective of brilliant young jazz musicians came together with an aim to remake some popular music favorites, including the work of Little Dragon, Jay Z and Kanye West, D’Angelo, N.E.R.D, Stereolab, Drake, Meshell Ndegeocello, and on. It’s a real treat. Hear their cover of Jay-Z and Kanye’s “No Church In The Wild” below.
For those in the NYC area, do not miss the opportunity to watch these guys at work tonight during their album release show! More details are below. Others can watch the live stream of the release show after the jump or on the live stream site.
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NEXT Collective Album Release Show
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Doors 10pm / show 10:30pm
Logan Richardson: saxophone
Walter Smith III: saxophone
Matthew Stevens: guitar
Gerald Clayton: keyboards
Ben Williams: bass
Jamire Williams: drums
and special guest Christian Scott: trumpet
DJ Set from Rich Medina
Tickets: $15 advance / $18 doors
Le Poisson Rouge
New York, NY
Always the tastemaker extraordinaire, Mark de Clive-Lowe, presents us with a preview of an awesome project some great young jazz musicians have embarked on. NEXT Collective: The Mixtape introduces us to NEXT Collective and their upcoming album set to cover some of their favorite artists and ‘reinterpret them from a jazz perspective.’ Covered artists include Little Dragon, Jay Z and Kanye West, D’Angelo, N.E.R.D, Stereolab, Drake, Meshell Ndegeocello, and on.
Members of NEXT Collective include Logan Richardson (sax), Walter Smith III (sax), Matthew Stevens (guitar), Gerald Clayton (keys), Kris Bowers (keys), Ben Williams (bass), Jamire Williams (drums) and guest trumpeter Christian Scott.
Absolutely love it when worlds collide like this. Stream and download below!
Mark de Clive-Lowe presents NEXT Collective: The Mixtape [Download on Sendspace]
You can take the album teaser off repeat now. Jaidene Veda this week released her new album, shadowboxing heroes (mixes and monologues), and simply just draws out the tease. Whew. We’ve got a few clips from the 23-track album for you to hear below.
Her beginning hums on “Open Love Letter” take us straight to Meshell Ndegeocello nostalgia as she then transitions into straight seductress spoken word, tightening her grip on your poor, poor heart. A soothing Ursula Rucker joins on “When” while Jai tickles us further with her backing vocals on the moving downtempo track.