New Release: SBTRKT – ‘Live’ + “Hold On” & “Migration” Live Videos

 

Just last week the much loved SBTRKT released his first live album simply called Live. The material comes from a 2012 performance in London featuring tracks from SBTRKT’s self-titled debut album. Massive sounds!

Below, we’ve got a live video from a couple tracks on the live album, “Hold On” and “Migration.” Fans can also look forward to a live DVD as the show was apparently recorded by 12 cameras! Weak in the knees over here.

To get your hands on the limited run of 500 LP/DVD packs, holler at Young Turks.

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Exclusive Interview: See Sza Blossom

 

by Andrea K. Castillo

Her voice is sweet and her lyrics are filled with emotion. Her music digs deeper than the surface, and is crafted with precision. Her name is Sza and she is here to share her music and herself to the world. Take a glimpse inside her mind in this interview with Giant Step contributor, Andrea K. Castillo.

I first became familiar with your EP through Giant Step and I immediately downloaded, and I listened, and listened, and thought, “Wow, this is really great! Let me learn more about this girl.” So I read all your press stuff and decided to do an interview, so here it is. We’re in the time of Sza. Your EP, See Sza Run, has been out for a few weeks now, tell me a little bit about the process, I know you worked with a bunch of different producers, how was that experience?

Sza: Super. A lot of these happened by chance. You’d be surprised at how any people don’t give you beats or don’t give you permission for anything, so I pretty much stole three-quarters of my project. Once they [the producers] heard it, they weren’t as angry with me. It was definitely interesting, I was like “That sounds good, MINE!”, and just ran with it.

So it’s seven tracks, and when listening it is very atmospheric and I can see what you are talking about. It’s a little dark, but I like that, and your lyrics are very refined. How long have you been writing?

Sza: That’s a really good question. I’ve been a writer, prior to singing or anything, for a very long time. That was my strong suit. Even in high school I was in AP English…writing is my thing. I’m a serious reader and heavily into poetry, so before I even opened my mouth and thought “Maybe I should try to translate this into something, it’s crowded in here”, I had to find a way to get these thoughts out of my brain.

You paint a picture with your words, and in regards to your visuals, I noticed across the board there are a lot of flowers; the album artwork, the music videos. Can you tell us more about your choice to use floral imagery in your work?

Sza: My mom was somewhat of a botanist, so gardening, plant life, that’s all her sh*t, and my dad was super into science. I went to school for science, so I love plant life and wild life. Knowing a lot about flowers and what they represent and the energy they bring…I use a lot of tiger lilies in my work because they used to grow in my backyard all the time; those are my favorite, they’re so pretty.

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Contest: Win Tickets to October Red Bull Music Academy Events in NYC (with Grace Jones, SBTRKT, Jamie XX, Four Tet, Taylor McFerrin, The Gaslamp Killer, & more)

 

We have the privilege of giving away tickets to four amazing Red Bull Music Academy (RBMA) events coming up in NYC this October.

Starting next week, the first event on October 10 will celebrate The Gaslamp Killer’s debut album Breakthrough, and will feature a slew of other Brainfeeder artists and friends, including Dorian Concept, Martyn, Jeremiah Jae, and Taylor McFerrin.

On October 11, electronic producer extraordinaire SBTRKT will be holding it down with staple vocalist Sampha. This bill will also feature Kilo Kish, Dr. Nick Hook, and Koreless as supporting acts.

October 26 is going to be another smashing night with Four Tet, B2B, Jamie XX, and Floating Points holding it down. Definitely going to be a nice little collision of sounds.

And finally, on October 27, the glamourous miss Grace Jones herself will be blessing the city with a sure to be inspirational show.

Details for the other shows can be found after the jump.

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Video: Kwes. – “Bashful”

 

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London electro-pop artist Kwes. releases the video for “Bashful” as he prepares to release his upcoming Meantime EP. Kind of reminds us of the UK vocalist Sampha, who you might know via his affiliations of SBTRKT. Filmed in an elevator, the video celebrates the joys of “understated awkwardness” – an important part of life indeed.

Look out for the Meantime EP to drop on April 30.

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Video: Tupac Hologram Live + More Videos from Coachella

 

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The first weekend of Coachella 2012 has hit its conclusion and man, what a bar it has set. Above, catch a crazy video of a Tupac hologram performing “Hail Mary” and “Gangsta Party” on a mind-blowing onstage collaboration with Snoop Dogg. Live performance effects just got that much more serious, y’all.

Below is the video from an incredible performance by SBTRKT, which follows with our other favorite Coachella 2012 performances so far after the jump – Tune-Yards, Florence & The Machine, Frank Ocean, and The Black Keys.

Other performers this weekend included A$AP Rocky, AraabMUZIK, Azealia Banks, Beats Antique, Bon Iver, Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg, Feist, Fitz and the Tantrums, Flying Lotus, Gary Clark Jr., Justice, Kaskade, Kendrick Lamar, M83, Metronomy, Nero, Radiohead, Santigold, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, The Shins, The Weekend, Thundercat, and Wallpaper, to name just a little handful.

 

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