The Stepkids – “La La” & “Shadows on Behalf” + MP3


Photo via Potholes in My Blog

The Stepkids are the latest signing to Stones Throw records, deviating from the label’s “indie hip-hop” reputation earned with artists like Madlib, Percee P, MED, Doom and Dilla. The Stepkids are made up of three meticulous session musicians who got tired of the back-up gigs (playing on stage for artists like Alicia Keys, 50 Cent and Lauryn Hill) and made this new music in their free time. We were lucky to have them open up for Aloe Blacc last year and they blew us away.  Aside from the main draw which is their fantastic new sound, they also enhance their live show with visuals by wearing all white clothing while standing in front of a white sheet with a projector in front of them. And lots of beautiful swirling colors.

Along with a free download of “Shadows on Behalf,” Stones Throw is offering this stream of “La La,” a track that Gilles Peterson had to rewind in his Worldwide radio show. Gilles had to make sure you heard the quiet lyrics early in the song because it’s such a lovely tune that it’s easy to lose the heavy meaning behind it. Both of these tracks are available on colored vinyl, made exclusively for Record Store Day. Looking like Spin Art, this is the best colored vinyl we’ve seen yet, making good use of those inevitable ink bleeds.

Their debut album will be released in September 2011.

“Shadows on Behalf” [MP3]
The Stepkids – Shadows On Behalf by stonesthrow

“La La”
The Stepkids – La La by stonesthrow

thestepkids.com

J Rocc – Some Cold Rock Stuf, “Stay Fresh” Video + “Play This Too” MP3

[kml_flashembed movie="http://www.youtube.com/v/qTc0r5L8DM4" width="550" height="445" allowfullscreen="true" fvars="fs=1" /]

J Rocc (of The Beat Junkies fame and Stones Throw family) is dropping hot mixes all over, which is nothing new, but now it’s all about his new album Some Cold Rock Stuf. Above is a great video for “Stay Fresh,” shot by Mayer Hawthorne on his iPhone and edited on the flight back to LA. (budget? what’s a budget?) Below, grab another track from the album for download, “Play This Too” and check out J Rocc’s special with Benji B on BBC’s Radio1.

And if you’re the kinda fan that loves rare merch, check here to get even more J Rocc goodies, including ‘mystery discs’ and posters of the artwork by Jeff Jank, the artist responsible for the indie hip-hop label’s distinctive look.

Buy Some Cold Rock Stuf on iTunes | Amazon | ST Store (Vinyl)

J Rocc – Play This Too by stonesthrow


Exploring Future Beats: J Rocc previews Some Cold Rock Stuf on BBC Radio 1 by stonesthrow

Aloe Blacc (Alternate) Video – “I Need A Dollar”

Aloe Blacc‘s “I Need A Dollar” was the theme song to last seasons’ big-deal TV show, How To Make It In America. It’s been fantastic exposure for the soul singer and his latest video with dancing genius Baby Boogaloo, “Loving You Is Killing Me” is a big hit. Now the hit from last year, “I Need A Dollar,” has a more appropriate video, more of a storytelling adventure than a commercial.

Good Things on iTunes | Amazon

New Releases This Week: Charles Bradley & Tony Cook

Charles Bradley has a new release out this week on Dunham Records, a sub-label of Daptone Records, the great Brooklyn-based home of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. Dunham is the perfect fit for the re-discovered soul singer, whose 45 singles were relatively unappreciated in their time. After years of traveling and odd jobs, he was picked up by Daptone’s Gabriel Roth, and now he’s touring around the country with The Budos Band & The Menahan Street Band. His new album, No Time For Dreaming, is available in stores today. Get a free download below, and check out the video for “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)” here.

 

 

Tony Cook is another comeback story with a new release out this week: Back To Reality. Tony was the drummer of the J.B.’s, and he produced the record “On The Floor (Rock It)” which later became known as “granddaddy of house records.” While funk gradually turned into disco, Cook began to produce on his own, merging genres that didn’t exist yet like garage and house (hence “the granddaddy of house records” title). Stones Throw Records is releasing some of these old recordings on Back to Reality, showing the music community’s cooperation between generations and genre labels. Download the single below, get the album on iTunes, and get more info about Tony Cook from Stones Throw.


Tony Cook – “On The Floor (Rock It)”

Tony Cook – On The Floor (Rock-It) by stonesthrow