2009 Staff Picks

January 19th, 2010


Per annual Giant Step tradition, the staff chose their favorite things from the last year and put them in list form: albums, parties, movies, and anything else we feel like listing. Here are the Giant Step Staff Picks of 2009.

Alsarah Abunama-Elgadi
Cameron Maher
Elias Kassatly
Jay Yee
Jessica Sagert
Marlon Cole
Maurice Bernstein

Staff Picks of 2008
Staff Picks of 2007


Alsarah Abunama-Elgadi:

Cheb Khaled- Liberte
Baaba Maal- Television
Fela Kuti- Best of the Black President
K’naan- Troubadour
Fat Freddy’s Drop- Dr Boondigga and the Big BW

Grace Jones at Hammerstein Ballroom
Nneka at Joe’s Pub

Cameron Maher:

Basement Jaxx – Scars / Zephyraaliyahrevisited_front
Fat Freddy’s Drop – Dr Boondigga & the Big BW
Bird & the Bee - Ray Guns Are Not Just the Future
MSTRKRFT- Fist of God
Tommy T – The Prester John Sessions

Mixtapes / Free Downloads
Various Artists – Aaliyah Revisited via SoulCulture.co.uk
Shalonda- Just Go… a mixtape
Fresh DailyTomorrow Comes Today
Idle WarshipParty Robot
Blu(e)- Her Favorite Colo(u)r

Elias Kassatly:machinedreams

Joy Jones – Godchild
Shafiq Husayn - Shafiq En A-Free-Ka
Little DragonMachine Dreams
Electric Wire HustleEvery Waking Hour
Julien DynePins & Digits

Freedom Party – Cosi, Herbert, Marc Smooth
Libation – Ian Friday, Manchild Black, Afro Mosaic Soul
I Love Vinyl – OP!, Scribe, The Twilite Tone, Ge-ology, Amir, Jon Oliver
Journey (RIP) – DJ Spinna, Giant Step
Hudson Series – Legendary Guest DJ’s, Giant Step

Trees For Breakfast
Put Me On It
Fresh Selects
Suite 903
The Mint Collective

Jay Yee:

Nights Out
Gonzales w/Jamie Lidell & Andrew W.K. @ Joe’s Pub 9/25
Kingdom @ Double Digitz Bouquat 2/28
Harvey @ Love 5/9 & 7/24
ESG w/JG Wilkes (Optimo) & Sal P @ Le Poisson Rouge 1/24

I-F – Mixed Up @ Misja’s
Kingdom Fader Magazine Mix / 3 hr USTREAM
Kon @ Dancing On The Charles 7/4
The-Dream – “Fancy”
Filthy Luka – Jan ’09
Hatcham Social – You Dig The Tunnel, I’ll Hide The Soil

Jessica Sagert:2305

Joy Jones – Godchild (Future Soul Records)
Tommy T – The Prester John Sessions (Easy Star Records)
Colin MonroeColin Munroe is the Unsung Hero Mixtape
The XXXX (Young Turks)
Yeah Yeah YeahsIt’s Blitz! (Interscope)

Most excited for in 2010
Sade (Epic)
Jessie J (Universal Republic)
Distant Relatives (Universal Republic)
Janelle Monae (Atlantic)
Nikki + Rich (WBR)
Alice Smith (Epic)
Nneka (Decon)
OutKast (Jive)

Marlon Cole:

Mixtapes/Albums of 2009
J. ColeThe Warm Upj-cole-the-warm-up
SkyzooThe Salvation
Nneka & J Period – The Madness
Dustin BrixtonDustin Brixton

Lyrical Souls
Mos Def
Jay Electronica
Chen Lo

“Dear Whoever” – Skyzoo
“All The Kings” – TiRon feat. Blu
“Whiplash” – Pac Div
“Exhibit C” – Jay Electronica
“Roses” – Georgia Anne Muldrow
“History” – Mos Def feat. Talib Kweli

Quote of 2009: “It’s dangerous dreaming without sleeping”

The BK Circus
Mpressive Concepts

Maurice Bernstein:

Chester French – Love the Future
Little DragonMachine Dreams
Jay Z - Blueprint 3
Georgia Anne MuldrowUmsindo
Q-Tip – Kamaal the Abstract

The Hurt Locker
Funny People
Up In the Air
Public Enemies

Best Giant Step Moments of 2009 (in no order)
Benji B DJ set in The Florida Room at WMC
Janelle Monae jumping in the pool at Mondrian, LA
Corinne Bailey Rae concert at Hiro Ballroom
Matisayahu and K’naan performing together at WMC
Q-Tip’s performance at Summerstage