New Release: Lord Echo – ‘Curiosities’ [Full Album Stream]

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Today, the elusive Kiwi producer-extraordinaire Lord Echo (aka Mike Fabs) releases his long-awaited sophomore solo album Curiosities via Brooklyn’s own Bastard Jazz Recordings. The painstakingly-crafted LP of original material tastefully transcends a landscape of disco, dub, funk, afrobeat and soul, showcasing Fab’s “dual-mastery of 60′s production techniques and modern dancefloor aesthetics”.

The album also underscores New Zealand’s hard-won rep for cultivating a new generation of groundbreaking artists and masterful musicians (not to mention chart-topping pop stars of similar “royal” appellation). Curiosities features a wealth of Echo’s soulful compatriots including heralded vocalists like Toby Laing (of Fat Freddy’s Drop), Mara TK (from Electric Wire Hustle), Leila Adu and Lisa Tomlins, who graces the album’s soaring cover version of the Pharoah Sanders & Leon Thomas classic “The Creator Has a Master Plan.”

Enjoy the full album stream below and more info here.

New Music: Lord Echo – “Molten Lava” feat. Leila Adu + “Digital Haircut”

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New Zealand multi-instrumentalist and producer Lord Echo (aka Mike Fabs) gears up for his highly-anticipated sophomore album Curiosities, by dropping a two-track single this week. The chunky, dubby-disco tune “Molten Lava” features vocals from his long-time muse Leila Adu, while the funky afro-house vibes of “Digital Haircut” give us a slice of the dancefloor-piquing flavors that the full album has in store. Pre-order Curiosities for an instant download of these single tracks.

NYC: Giant Step presents Onra (DJ Set) at Le Bain – 5/20

Spring is finally back, and so are our legendary monthly Monday parties at Le Bain. We are excited to be kicking off the season with a very special appearance by Parisian beatmaker and globetrotter producer Onra aka Arnaud Bernard. Come party from 8pm and enjoy Le Bain’s breathtaking rooftop.

Onra’s electrifying live MPC performances around the world – everywhere from the Red Bull Music Academy in Bucharest and Gilles Peterson’s Worldwide Festival to LA’s down-and-dirty bass sanctuary the Low End Theory – add new dimensions to the cosmic grooves he puts on tape. So, get ready to dance on a high-energy soul, hip hop, electronic, jazz, RnB, dub, and world set!

Free with RSVP

Le Bain at The Standard, 444 W. 13th St.

Listen to Onra’s hot track “Hold Tight” below:


NYC: Giant Step Presents Alice Russell At Le Poisson Rouge – 5/12

It’s been almost five years since British singer Alice Russell did her last show in New York and we could not be happier to have her back for a very special performance. Giant Step has been collaborating with her for a long time and we are excited to celebrate and discover her fifth solo album To Dust (4.30, Tru Thoughts) live.

Universally acknowledged as one of the best soul voices of our time, Alice’s vocals are one of a kind and is sure to  captivate all the vintage soul and gospel fans.

Giant Step Presents Alice Russell
Sunday, May 12
Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker St – 10012 New York, NY
Doors: 10:00 PM
$15 Advance Tickets More Info 

Catch a live version of her first single Heartbreaker:

Video: ‘The Existential Adventures of Tim Maia’

 

Earlier this year we shared with you the long-time-coming release of Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia as well as a mini-documentary on the curious life of the Brazilian musical legend Tim Maia.

Today we’ve got a charming animated short film narrated by Devendra Banhart to further give you a peek into this brilliant man’s world. As per IFC.com, the film is a product of stories collected from “old band members and friends, label personnel and various journalists in Brazil and America.” You’ll also get a peek into Maia’s trailblazing musical fusions, which introduced soul, funk, and disco to Brazilian music such as samba, baião, and xaxado.

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