Tag Archives: Big band

Lazy Habits – “Starting Fires” [VIDEO]

I thought I’d mix it up a little today. Combining jazz and hip-hop, Lazy Habits brings a unique sound to the mix. “Starting Fires” is their latest video and will be released for sale at the end of July (check out their website for details of the release). Back to the music, piano keys usher “Starting Fires” in as the brass section brings a classic big band sound to the refrain until the hip-hop flow drops, vacillating between vocalists MC Lazy and Skin Horse in the verses. Lazy Habits describes their music as “beats, rhymes and brass of the highest caliber.”

The Sun, a British tabloid newspaper, said of a performance, it’s “the best house party your parents never wanted you to have.”

Lazy Habits, composed of eight band members and currently based in London, England, was born in the London borough of Hackney in 2005. Rocking stages at festivals throughout the United Kingdom, the band is set to preform outside the UK in various European countries this year, including Latvia, Croatia, and Taiwan. Previously, the band has toured with the likes of Mos Def, Bonobo, and Chali 2na of Jurassic 5 fame.

This morning the guys over at Radar Music Videos put me on to another of Lazy Habits’ videos called “Even Out,” which was directed by Phil Good. The video is so simplistic, yet clever. This song also puts the group’s big band, jazzy style of full display while adding catchy vocals, rewriting the story of Jack and Jill. When you’re finished replaying these videos over and over, make sure you skip over to their facebook fan page to show the group some love and to check out their tour schedule. For starters they’ll be performing at the Glastonbury Festival, which begins today in the UK.

Kyle C. Stilley | Marketing Strategist | @stillz | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC | kyle@musicwithoutlabels.com

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Gavin Minter “Case of You” performing with Campbell’s Big Band Jazz Monday at Trinity Tonight [EVENT] [VIDEO]

Gavin Minter

Tonight Gavin Minter sings the American Songbook – he’ll be performing music from his Big Band album “Ill be seeing you,” a collaboration with the legendry Stockholm Jazz Orchestra.  This features the arrangements by one of Europe’s finest composers Goran Strandberg, which will be performed with Campbell’s 18 piece Big Band – made up of Cape Town’s finest Jazz musicians.  Campbell’s band plays every Monday night at Trinity and will takes you through exciting themed nights that honor some of South Africa’s top jazz artists as well as playing tribute to the world’s greatest composers, band leaders and arrangers. It was nominated for Best Jazz Album – SAMA’s 2009.  Minter will also debut his new Septet with arrangements by Goran Strandberg and featured guest saxophonist – Buddy Wells.

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

THE SUPERPOWERS – “32 BIT” [VIDEO]

Afro-beat / Trance / Reggaeton

Internationally recognized afrobeat group THE SUPERPOWERS have been hailed by critics as a “poly-rhythmic juggernaut.”

Originally formed as the Boston Afrobeat Society, having won the 2007 Phoenix Best Music Poll and 2006 Boston Music Award for Best World Music Act, this 21st-Century Dance Band represents the finest of the “Afrobeat Revival.” They have played packed houses throughout the Eastern U.S. and shared the stage with internationally renowned artists including Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars, John Browns Body, Aphrodesia, and NOMO.

THE SUPERPOWERS have been unemployed since July 2009……

I highly recommend going to their myspace to listen to their recorded music. They’re awesome..

http://www.myspace.com/thesuperpowers#ixzz10yYt0aBK