New Release: ZZ Ward – ‘Til The Casket Drops’

 

LA based and Oregon bred bluesy singer/songwriter ZZ Ward today dropped her new album, Til The Casket Drops, which features a mouthwatering stable of collaborators. Production from Ryan Tedder, Pete Rock, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Fitz (Fitz and the and Tantrums), amongst others, make this a diverse and highly palatable project. And that voice coming out of that little lady – what?!

Blend in blues with a little rap, why not? Some of the feature guests include Kendrick Lamar and Freddie Gibbs who handle all that quite splendidly.

In case you missed it last time, watch the video for the first single, “Put The Gun Down,” after the jump and then fill out the widget below to download it for free!

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Tour dates + “Put The Gun Down” video after the jump

Now Accepting October Next Step Entries

 

The time is here and now for October Next Step contest submissions! Lehdoet.

Next Step winners in 2012 have included: Annabel (lee) & Richard E for January, Krystale for February, Derek Dumont for March, Dezaray Dawn for April, Jaidene Veda for May, The Broken Orchestra for June, and Sean Haefeli for July!

The winner will receive an “Artist Spotlight” feature post on the Giant Step website, and up to $1,000 in Giant Step Marketing services!

Please note that we are accepting submissions from anyone that makes music – producers, singers, instrumentalists, rappers, and bands alike are all welcome.

This month, we are accepting submissions from today through Wednesday, October 31. That said, we are now open for October 2012 entries!

Submit your music for consideration!

New Track: Robert Glasper – “Consequences Of Jealousy” ft. Meshell Ndegeocello (Sassy Geemix by Georgia Anne Muldrow)

 

Pure ecstasy is this new Georgia Anne Muldrow remix of Robert Glasper’s “Consequences of Jealousy” featuring Meshell Ndegeocello. Is this even fair? Or right? Loving the squiggly sway of the new beat and the enchanting sprinkles of Muldrow vocals to compliment the already mesmerizing hum of Meshell’s voice. Feels like we’re being transported to the middle of a sacred dance on another planet.

Below, also stream Pete Rock’s mellowed out remix of the title track, “Black Radio” as well as a breezy hip hop spin on “Afro Blue” with Erykah Badu compliments of 9th Wonder and special guest appearance from Phonte.

All these tracks and others will be featured on Black Radio Recovered – The Remix EP, out next week!

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Robert Glasper To Release ‘Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP’

 

After experiencing overwhelming and well deserved success with his recent Black Radio release, Robert Glasper is now gearing up to release a remix EP. Called Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP, the project includes both unreleased tracks and remixes. The remixers include Glasper, Questlove, 9th Wonder, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Pete Rock, along with some additional flair compliments of Black Milk, Phonte, The Roots, and Solange.

Peep the track list below and be sure to catch Rob and the guys on tour this fall for some spiritual healing.

Tracklisting for Black Radio Recovered: The Remix EP
1. Afro Blue feat. Erykah Badu / 9th Wonder’s Blue Light Basement Remix feat. Phonte
2. Black Radio feat. yasiin bey / Pete Rock Remix
3. The Consequences of Jealousy feat. Meshell Ndegeocello / Georgia Anne Muldrow’s Sassy Geemix
4. Twice / ?uestlove’s Twice Baked Remix feat. Solange Knowles & The Roots
5. Letter to Hermione (feat. Bilal) / Robert Glasper and Jewels Remix feat. Black Milk
6. Dillatude #2

Tour Dates
September 15 – Indianapolis Jazz Festival – Indianapolis, IN
September 23 – iTunes Festival @ The Roundhouse – London, England
September 26 – Milwaukee Performing Arts Center – Milwaukee, WI
October 4 – Showcase Live – Foxboro, MA
October 5 – Iron Horse – Northampton, MA
October 6 – Traif – Buffalo, NY
October 7 – The Egg – Albany, NY
October 9 – Royalton – Fairfield, CT
October 11 – Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
October 12 – Ram’s Head – Baltimore, MD
October 13 – World Café Live – Philadelphia, PA
October 16 – SOB’s – New York, NY
October 19 – The Hoxton – Toronto, Ontario
October 20 – The Shelter – Detroit, MI
October 21 – Lincoln Theatre – Columbus, OH
October 25 – Royce Hall – Los Angeles, CA
October 26 – Discovery Green – Houston, TX
October 27 – Royce Hall – Los Angeles, CA (Trio)
October 28 – Anthology – San Diego, CA
November 1 – Palace of Fine Arts Theatre – San Francisco, CA
November 4 – Triple Door – Seattle, WA

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Interview: Pete Rock to Play @ Le Poisson Rouge, NYC – June 30

 

Yep. Pete Rock will be spinning at Le Poisson Rouge in NYC this Saturday, June 30 to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Mecca And The Soul Brother.

We caught up with Pete this week for a few questions asking him to look back, share what’s coming up, and let us know what’s good for the big night!

More info on Saturday’s event, including ticket link.

Giant Step: Looking back, what’s your fondest memory from recording Mecca And The Soul Brother?

Pete Rock: Working with Heavy D doing “The Basement” song.

GS: If you had to pick today, what’s your favorite track on the album and why?

Pete Rock: “Reminisce” is my favorite track because it is my tears on wax.

GS: To you, who was Pete Rock then and who is Pete Rock today?

Pete Rock: Pete Rock then was a young, excited DJ and producer trying to reach my goals. Today I am a father, husband, and legend trying to keep hip hop alive.

GS: We know it’s going to be hotness regardless, but what can folks expect to hear at LPR on saturday?

Pete Rock: Everything!!! The music I grew up with that influenced me. A special mix of my favorite songs off of Mecca And The Soul Brother and the music that inspired that album.

GS: Looks like Petestrumentals II is brewing. What’s in store? What can you tell us about the Petestrumentals of 2001 versus this new one?

Pete Rock: Yes, Petestrumentals II is creatively in the works. There won’t a be a huge difference, just a continuation from the first album.

GS: What else is new with you? Any other gems being concocted in the lab?!

Pete Rock: Yes, lots of projects are being developed. First one out this year is the Camp Lo project titled 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s. Working on a DJ Premier vs. Pete Rock project that will come out in late 2013. Also collaborating with Roy Ayers and working with Robert Glasper.