Blaqstarr Divine EP & NYC Showcases – January 27th & 29th

Blaqstarr is gearing up for his Divine EP to drop on January 25th, and we trust our friends at Spin, who say this about the record: “imagine Prince remaking Sign O’ The Times as a banging, Baltimore club record.” That’s all we need to hear. Sold. Blaqstarr is part of N.E.E.T. Recordings, M.I.A.‘s label, along with a favorite young firecracker Rye Rye. In 2007 their song “Shake It To the Ground” grew from an underground Baltimore club thing to a widespread dance hit. Now Blaqstarr’s doing his solo thing on the Divine EP, showcasing his fearless and relentlessly experimental brand of electronic hip-hop.

He’s coming to New York City next week with performances at Santos Party House & Good Units. Music, event info, and photos from our  SVEDKA event with Blaqstarr after the jump.

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Giant Step 2010 Event Highlights: Photo & Video Recap

We had some unforgettable events this year, thanks to some incredible artists. Here’s a few of our favorites from the year with video and photo recaps. What was your favorite show this year? (Much more after the jump…)

+ Gilles Peterson and Questlove double bill 10 hour DJ set at The Florida Room during WMC
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+ Erykah Badu‘s secret show at Good Units at Hudson


+ Janelle Monáe‘s The ArchAndroid album release show at Highline Ballroom


+ Raphael Saadiq at Central Park Summerstage


+ Robyn‘s performance at Skybar at Mondrian in Los Angeles
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+ Aloe Blacc at Art Basel

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Rye Rye’s “Sunshine” Featuring M.I.A. Remixes

The praise is already rolling in for Rye Rye‘s “Sunshine” featuring M.I.A. Rolling Stone raves, “Sunshine is a sweet, percolating electro-pop cut that sounds like Judy Jetson’s fave double-dutch jam.”  Now, there are four brand new remixes from JFK of MSTRKFT, Cataracs, LA Riots, and 12th Planet.

JFK of MSTRKFT Remix

 

More tracks streaming.

Rye Rye is currently on tour with Die Antwoord, tour dates after the jump.

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Rye Rye Featuring M.I.A.: “Sunshine” Video

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It’s hard for us to decide whether we like Rye Rye‘s rhymes or dancing better.  You decide in the video for “Sunshine”, featuring M.I.A..  Rye Rye’s debut album, Go! Pop! Bang! drops early 2011.

New Single from Rye Rye ft. M.I.A. “Sunshine”

Baltimore’s Rye Rye follows her single “Bang” with “Sunshine – featuring M.I.A.,” standing as a testament to limitless vistas opening up for Rye Rye, a place where boasting is unnecessary, the music alone the sound of her triumph. Look for the video and remixes coming soon!

Rye Rye ft. M.I.A. – “Sunshine”
 

Check Current Tour Dates (with M.I.A.)