New Track: Maya Azucena – “Fearless” + the MAZU Collection for BeadforLife


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Artist and activist Maya Azucena releases her latest soul-rousing single “Fearless” today having premiered the stream on last week. Inspired by the woman’s warrior spirit and a tribute to the women of BeadforLife in Uganda, the song also celebrates the launch of the MAZU Collection, Azucena’s signature line of handmade jewelry in collaboration with BeadforLife. The Davido produced track is available now on iTunes.

BeadforLife’s first signature line of its kind, the MAZU Collection features pieces Azucena helped design using traditional, Ugandan recycled paper beads. Each individual bead is hand-rolled by women in Uganda and the proceeds from jewelry sales empower these women to create sustainable businesses, leaving poverty behind. The line helps to drive BeadforLife’s mission forward, to eradicate poverty and to empower women worldwide.

To purchase pieces from the MAZU Collection and learn more about BeadforLife, please visit here.

Photo credit: Rae Maxwell

New Track: Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks “Sugarfoot Stomp” (Pete Rock Remix)



HBO’s Boardwalk Empire returns for its fourth season this coming Sunday, and Giant Step has partnered with HBO, ABKCO Records and Sony Music Entertainment for a special music project entitled Sounds of The Onyx that features rare jazz recordings from the Prohibition Era remixed by some of the best contemporary urban music producers. Vibe kicked things off today with the release of Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks’ “Sugarfoot Stomp” remixed by Pete Rock. It is available for free download via The entire project will be available for stream only on September 16th. Check out the full tracklisting below.

While the other remixes utilize vintage 1920’s recordings, Pete Rock was the only collaborator tasked to remix one of the new recordings from the official soundtrack: a cover version of the classic composition performed by Giordano and the NYC jazz ensemble, who serve as the Boardwalk Empire house band.

Volume 2 of the show’s official soundtrack is available now and features all new recordings from a wide range of vocalists – from Elvis Costello and Patti Smith to St. Vincent and The National’s Matt Berninger – singing timeless standards and forgotten gems from the 1920s. Download it now on iTunes.

Sounds of The Onyx
1. Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks “Sugarfoot Stomp” (Pete Rock Remix)
2. Eva Taylor & Clarence Williams’ Blue Five “Red Hot Flo From Kokomo (Jazz Vampires)” (DJ Jazzy Jeff Remix)
3. Ethel Waters “One Sweet Letter From You” (Om’Mas Keith Remix)
4. Lloyd Scott & His Orchestra “ Happy Hour Blues” (Shafiq Husayn Remix)
5. Jim Jackson “Bootlegging Blues” (JayCeeOh & B-Sides Remix)
6. Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten Orchestra “You Ain’t The One” (Tall Black Guy Remix)

New Track: Lotus – “Cloud 9″ ft. Doodlebug & Ras Arcane


Lotus drops a second track today from the forthcoming hip-hop album, Monks, out September 10th. Potholes In My Blog premiered “Cloud 9” featuring Doodlebug & Ras Arcane. Check out the lyric video above and download via SoundCloud below.

You may know Arcane from Philadelphia based groups Dialects and Burndown All Stars. And if you don’t know Doodlebug from Digable Planets, you don’t know hip-hop.

New Track: Lotus feat. Lyrics Born & Chris Vos “Cannon in the Heavens”

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While they have always straddled genres, electronic 5-piece Lotus is breaking new ground with the hip-hop infused album Monks, out September 10th (pre-order). Using the band’s own studio work as a sample source, the music will have a familiar feel to Lotus fans but recontextualized as classic hip-hop featuring Lyrics Born, Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), Mr. Lif, Doodlebug (Digable Planets) and more. Vibe dropped the first single, “Cannon in the Heavens” feat. Lyrics Born and Chris Vos today as a free download. Grab it below.

Monks Tracklisting:

1. Monk (Young)
2. He Ain’t Well – ft. Ozay Moore
3. Cannon in the Heavens – ft. Lyrics Born and Chris Vos (Record Company)
4. Great Molasses Flood
5. Deep Inside the Mothership – ft. CX
6. Different Dream – ft. Mr. Lif and Jay Lapp (Steel Wheels)
7. Pitched to the Fire
8. Another World – ft. Gift of Gab
9. In the Shadow of Towers
10. Follow Me – ft. Mane Rok and Xencs L. Wing
11. Atlas Slugged
12. Simplify Unwind – ft. Mr. Lif
13. Four Tips – ft. Ras Arcane
14. Bow Out
15. Cloud 9 – ft. Doodlebug and Ras Arcane
16. Monk (Old)