Happy 85th Birthday, John Coltrane

 

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If John Coltrane was alive today, he would be celebrating his 85th birthday. The jazz great’s influence on us and the whole music world is nothing short of massive – we’re not called Giant Step for nothing.

We salute you and think of you fondly on this special day!

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Video Premiere: Hindi Zahra – “The Man I Love” (Unplugged) + Tour Dates

 

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For a little while now, we’ve been teasing you with the bar-setting music of miss Hindi Zahra. Her U.S. release for Handmade is now only days away and we are amped. To hold you over, we are pleased to premiere the video for the gorgeous unplugged version of “The Man I Love.” The melodic folk track dances between East and West with overwhelming warmth, crafted with delicate care and truly handmade.

We hope you enjoy this perfect Friday unwind with us.

Hindi will be kicking off her U.S. tour at the Ooh LA L.A. Festival in Los Angeles, which will also feature the much buzzed about act Tinariwen.

Tour Dates
9/30 Los Angeles, CA @ Ooh la L.A! Festival @ El Rey
10/1 San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
10/3 Portland, OR @ Holocene
10/4 Seattle, WA @ Triple Door
10/5 Vancouver, BC @ The Media Club
10/6 Calgary, ALB @ Ironwood Stage & Grill
10/9 Winnipeg, MAN @ West End Cultural Center
10/10 Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
10/11 Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
10/17 Toronto, ONT @ Drake Hotel
10/18 Montreal, PQ @ Corona Theater
10/19 New York, NY @ France Rocks at CMJ – Hiro Ballroom

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Film: ‘Limelight’ + ‘Thunder Soul’ Out Now

 

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Two great films just hit theaters.

Limelight goes back to 1980′s NYC nightlife. The film is about an NYC nightclub called Limelight, its owner Peter Gatien, and all the headlines that ensued from the club’s legendary and now infamous parties. Fun fact: Giant Step co-founder Maurice Bernstein was actually one of the original promoters for Michael Alig’s Disco 2000 party at Limelight in 1990, which was what helped raise enough capital to start Giant Step! Catch the trailer above.

For those that recall, we mentioned the Thunder Soul release with Jamie Foxx a couple weeks ago. To refresh, the film documents alumni from Houston’s famed Kashmere High School Stage Band and the 35-year reunion concert they play for their band leader. The beloved band leader, “Prof,” was responsible for breaking down color barriers and turning the school’s jazz band into a “funk powerhouse” to be reckoned with.

Limelight on Official Site

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New Track: SonnyBoy – “Special Friend” (DJ Spinna Remix)

 

Special friends are lovely, no? SonnyBoy wants more, though, and he’s not too shabby at the convincing. Catch the video for the original track above and you’ll get what we’re saying.

And recently, the sexy time has been compounded on a remix by DJ Spinna. Stream below!

SonnyBoy – “Special Friend” (DJ Spinna Remix)
 

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Video: Havana – “Daylight”

 

In June, we shared an exclusive free download of Havana’s “Daylight” single from her most recent album, Entervention.

The flowery track is now accompanied by a gorgeous video on a nostalgic beach day. Take a look and see if you can stop from floating. Props to the videographers, Marqus Tannihill and Andre Power.

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