Giant Step Takeover Weekend Kicks Off Tonight – Fri, 6/24 – Mon, 6/27

Summer is finally here and we are ready to rumble! With 6 events over 3 days, Giant Step is taking over New York City this weekend. Featuring performances by Thievery Corporation, Raphael Saadiq, Katy B, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Fitz & The Tantrums, KING, Louie Vega, Pucho Brown & His Latin Soul Brothers, and so many more, whatever you are in the mood for, we got it for you.

Tonight, at Williamsburg Waterfront, Thievery Corporation takes the stage with special guests Raphael Saadiq, Dam-Funk & Master Blazter. Doors open at 5:30pm and show starts at 6:15 come rain or shine.

Tomorrow, Saturday June 25th, Giant Step’s annual party at SummerStage, Central Park marks the official start of summer for us featuring Lee Fields & The Expressions, Fitz & The Tantrums, KING, and DJ Rich Medina. Doors open at 3pm, and show starts at 4pm. This is pure fun in the sun, so come out and bring the kids too!

After recouping from all the sun and fun at SummerStage, make your way over to FOUR at YOTEL New York for the SummerStage after-party, and the first event in our YOTEL New York Weekender series (yes more of this goodness to come every month until the end of November). Music will be provided by Louie Vega, and live performances by Anané and Josh Milan, this party kicks off at 10pm and will keep bumping as long as you do. We are keeping the list open until the last possible minute for this event so tell all your friends, and tell them to bring all their friends too!

Sunday Brunch in New York is practically an official institution at this point in the game. As part of our YOTEL Weekender we invite you to make reservations for this all you can eat brunch at Dohyo at YOTEL New York that will feature music by DJ Bobbito Garcia, and live performances by Pucho and His Latin Soul Brothers. After the brunch is over (4pm) head on upstairs to the Terrace at YOTEL to get down to the sounds of Libation with DJ Ian Friday, Manchildblack, and Afro Mosaic Soul.

Just because its Monday doesn’t mean the weekend is over. Giant Step and Steve Madden Music want to introduce you to a fresh new face from across the big pond, and we promise it will be worth the outing on a school night. Get ready to meet London’s latest dubstep sensation, Katy B, in an intimate stripped down performance with special guest DJ Dhundee behind the DJ booth. Since the event will be at Le Bain, The Standard New York, don’t forget to bring your bathing suite.

GPWW 6/23/11: Vinyl Record Special

We’re in for a treat this week, as Gilles Peterson brings us his Vinyl Record Special. For this installment of his Worldwide Radio show, he goes diggin’ in the crates, playing tunes exclusively from his vinyl collection. As he mentions at the start, “think about going into the most amazing record shop that you’ve ever seen…it’s all goodness, and we’ve pulled out the very best ones.” One such gem is “Song of the Wind” from Santana, a masterful cut from their 1972 album Caravanserai. Other artists included in the Vinyl Record Special are Nina Simone, Gil Scott-Heron, and Lou Bond, among many more. Sit back and enjoy.

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Ocote Soul Sounds – ‘Taurus’ + MP3


Octote Soul Sounds has returned with their funk-infused afrobeat sounds on their fourth studio album, Taurus (May 31st). Consisting of Adrian Quesada of Grupo Fantasma and Martin Perna of Antibalas, each man bears an impressive resume, with Grupo Fantasma’s 2011 Grammy and Antibalas backing the Tony Award winning Broadway show, “Fela!”

Produced by Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation and released on ESL Music, Taurus features guest spots from Natalia Clavier, Sitali, Verny Varela and Chico Mann. Looking for something to shake to? This is it. Download the opening track from the album, “Primavera,” for free below!

Ocote Soul Sounds – Primavera

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TOKiMONSTA – ‘Creature Dreams’


It’s not every day you see female producers out there, and it’s certainly not often that we hear of one with chops enough to be welcomed into the boys club that is music production. Over the last couple of years, TOKiMONSTA has quietly crept up to the ranks of being a must watch artist. As the only woman on Flying Lotus’ label, Brainfeeder, Toki holds her own and then some with her recent Creature Dreams EP. The project is inspired by the woozy dreamy state she found herself while crafting during the wee hours of the night. As with any of her other work, Creature Dreams is moving; melodic, trippy, and dense yet still sexy, it’s the perfect ambient music for a rainy daydream or a late night work session.

Bright Shadows by TOKiMONSTA

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Nikko Gray – Live at the Breath + MP3


Earlier this month, Nikko Gray was invited for a very special live performance at the breath, a boutique label, gallery, and workshop owned by artist Ken Barrientos in LA. Stripped down with a stool as her stage, the low-key and intimate performance allowed people to get close to the whimsical artist through the bare bones of her music itself. Says Nikko, “I was happy to be doing a slower set because I don’t usually perform many of the songs (infact, twas my first time doing ‘Water on the moon’)!”

Nikko Gray – Live at the Breath Set on June 11 [MP3]

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