GPWW 8/10/11: Words & Music with The Stepkids + Marlow Worldwide Family Mixtape

The Stepkids are the real deal. The psychedelic funk/soul band that has fans and critics raving is the featured guest on this installment of Worldwide. Gilles brings them in to the studio to present some of their finer cuts put out by indie super-label Stones Throw. During the Stepkids’ chat with Gilles, we learn that some of the band’s members have recorded and toured extensively with respected artists such as Alicia Keys, Lauryn Hill, and Jaheim, to name a few – all prior to the formation of the band. To close out the show, Gilles puts on a mix from dj/producer Marlow, a product of Leipzig, Germany.

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GPWW 4/27/11: The First ‘All Winners’ of 2011

This is a massive 60-track collection of the best Gilles Peterson approved music released so far in 2011 – from heavy modal jazz, to indie hip-hop, to the new wave of electronic production, on which we don’t want to slap a label yet. Only the best in this edition, as every ‘Worldwide Winners’ show goes. The first hour includes an Jamie XX Remix of Adele, FaltyDL, Addison Groove, Thom Yorke with Burial & Four Tet, Dimlite. Gilles gives the Best Album of the Year title to James Blake. Later he pulls out some more GPWW staples: Jamie Woon, The Stepkids, Prommer & Barck, Cubic Zirconia, and somehow he moves from Radiohead into Chris Brown. It’s another not-to-be-missed episode of the worldwide show, All Winners 2011 special.

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


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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

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GPWW 3/16/11: The Stepkids, Raoul K & Music from Japan, for Japan

This week, Gilles Peterson has words and music from The Stepkids (Stones Throw) and Raoul K, but he made time in between sets to play music from Japan, for Japan. The Japanese joints are simply beautiful, including artists like the Hideo Shiraki Quintet, UFO and Hozan Yamamoto. He also got a quick interview with The Stepkids, self-professed ‘MP3 nerds,’ and a sampling from their new album. A post-genre band, these guys have played as session musicians in different ways – from hard jazz, to R&B, to indie rock and everything in between. The combination they created for their upcoming album is like nothing you’ve heard before. The show ends with a mix from Raoul K, German-based DJ via West Africa, with tracks from King Sunny Ade, Carl Craig, Raoul K himself and more.

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