Video: I, Ced – In Session at Converse RubberTracks

 

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The soulfully divine I, Ced recently got down with the genius sir Om’Mas Keith at the Converse Rubbertracks studios to cook up some magical sounds. Just from the sounds of this session, we can already tell something tremendous is around the corner – and we cannot wait! Shout to our homie Fresh Daily for sharing this with us!

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New Release: Thundercat – ‘The Golden Age of Apocalypse’

 

Fast rising bassist Thundercat (aka Stephen Bruner) dropped The Golden Age of Apocalypse on Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder last week. Verdict: this is some bar raising ish.

The album plays out like a soulful space saga in an underwater basement – there’s drama, there’s romance, a picnic on the moon, and a dance party or three. While undeniably smooth, there is a palpable sense of rawness and even some grit to the work – all in all, makes for a very engaging listen.

Stream the whole album below and be sure to take a listen to our favorites: “Walkin,” “Return to the Journey,” and “For Love I Come.” Another favorite is “Is It Love” featuring guest appearances from Shafiq Husayn and Om’Mas Keith.

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Video: Om’Mas Keith – “Mistérios”

 

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One of our favorite space tune maestros, Om’Mas Keith, shares his experience preparing for the Red Hot + Rio 2 compilation. He talks Portuguese, his father, and coração (heart). And be sure you don’t miss Om’Mas performing “Mistérios” with Mia Doi Todd and flexing his shiny new Portuguese skills. It’s an awesome tune and Om’Mas’ voice on this track just tickles us.

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Red Hot + Rio 2 Out June 28th + Listening Party in LA

 

We at Giant Step are so excited about this release. Red Hot + Rio 2 is a musical compilation aimed at raising money for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Succeeding the original Bossa Nova inspired 1996 tribute, Red Hot + Rio, this release pays homage to the late 60’s Brazilian Tropicália movement and sheds “new light on the songs of this influential, politically charged era, which changed the culture of the country forever.”

Featuring over 33 original collaborations between legendary Brazilian musicians and other international talents, Red Hot + Rio 2 will leave you overwhelmingly content with its audible treats; this roster showcases many beloved musicians, including Madlib, Bebel Gilberto, Quadron, José Gonzalez, Alice Smith, Beck, Seu Jorge, and John Legend, amongst countless others.

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Plug Research TwentyTen, 12/22 LA

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This Tuesday, December 22nd, VTech Presents Plug Research TwentyTen, an evening in LA with one of the heaviest line ups this year. A combination of vision and audio artistry, this showcase offers a taste of Plug Research’s soon-to-be released menu of musical delights. Featured performers include Bilal, Exile & DJ Day ft. Blu, Milosh, Om’mas Keith, Shafiq Husayn, with DJ sets from Daedelus, J. Rocc, & Kutmah.  All hosted by Pharoahe Monch, with special surprise guests. Tweet us up for free tickets! @GiantStep

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21+ | 8PM-2AM
$10 Limited Presale Tickets via ticketweb
$15 Door