New Release: ‘Label Love Vol. 4′


But of course you remember Label Love Vol. 3 from last year. Now the fourth installment is here just in time for summer! Label Love Vol. 4. includes contributions from some of our favorite record labels, including Tru Thoughts, BBE Music, Brownswood Recordings, Daptone Records, Record Breakin’, Tokyo Dawn Records, and Ubiquity Records.

Each label brings its unique flavor in putting together this yummy soundscape of soul, funk, folk, disco, house, and electronic music. Find classics, unreleased joints, and exclusives on this unique compilation. Makes being trapped inside during this heatwave that much more bearable.

And hella high fives to our boo Roland LeFox for hooking up the awesome album artwork!


New Track: Lord Shorty – “Vibrations Groove”


Sofrito (Hugo Mendez & Frankie Francis) have rejoined forces to create a brilliant compilation of rare African and Caribbean music called International Soundclash.

Calypso artist Lord Shorty puts it down and brings us back to the basics of soca on “Vibrations Groove.” The song is a playful piece by piece demonstration of all the layers of sound included in this classic style of Caribbean music – pretty freakin’ cool.

Look out for International Soundclash on July 24.

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Now Accepting June Next Step Entries!


Summer is here – already?! Yep. We know folks have been working hard and are ready drop those gems for the sunshine months. So, share the love with us via our Next Step contest so we can pass it on! Calling all June entries!

So many awesome artists have been showcased through this series. Tara Priya in July, Iman Williams in August, Tall Black Guy Productions in September, Cole Williams for October, Tensei for November, Awalé for December 2011, Annabel (lee) & Richard E for January 2012, Krystale for February, Derek Dumont for March, and Dezaray Dawn for April!

Stay tuned for the announcement on our May Next Step winner soon soon soon!

The winner will receive an “Artist Spotlight” feature post on the Giant Step website, and up to $1,000 in Giant Step Marketing services!

Please note that we are accepting submissions from anyone that makes music – producers, singers, instrumentalists, rappers, and bands alike are all welcome.

This month, we are accepting submissions from today through Saturday, June 30. That said, we are now open for June 2012 entries!

Submit your music for consideration!

NYC: Brasil Summerfest – July 21-28


Brasil Summerfest will be presenting its second year after a smashing debut last summer. July 21-28 will serve as a platform for some of Brazil’s most moving talent, spanning the breadth of the country’s gorgeous musical landscape.

Truly, be prepared for a healthy range that will traverse “traditional styles of samba, forro, bossanova, MPB as well as new emerging ones such as manguebeat, hip hop, indie rock, baile-funk, among others.” Yep!

Grammy-nominated Bebel Gilberto and two fast rising hip-hop artists, Criolo and Flávio Renegado, will together kick off the festival. And Os Mutantes will be closing everything out!

The festival will take place across several popular NYC venues, including Central Park Summerstage, City Winery, MoMA, Joe’s Pub, Nublu, Drom, SOBs, Dekalb Market, and The Standard East Village.

Stay tuned to the Brasil Summerfest website for more details!

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New Release: Ravi Coltrane – ‘Spirit Fiction’


Saxophonist Ravi Coltrane today releases his newest project, Spirit Fiction, produced by the luminous Joe Lovano. Expect to hear music that is rich, layered, and expressive. Ravi brings versatility and a fresh flavor to each track by utilizing two different bands throughout the album. In the end you have some great summertime jazz – nothing like it.

Head over to NPR for a full stream of the album!

Ravi’s tour is also now in full swing – be sure to take a look below for dates in your city.

Enter our contest to win Spirit Fiction.

Tour Dates
May 29-June 2 — Birdland — New York, NY
June 22-23 — Bohemian Caverns — Washington, DC
June 29 — Fort of Wolfisheim — Wolfiseim, France
June 30 — Festival Jazz de La Defense — Paris, France *
July 2 — Jazz a Vienne — Vienne, France *
July 4 — Centro Cultural de Belem — Lisbon, Portugal *
July 6 — North Sea Jazz Festival — Rotterdam, Holland *
July 7 — Comblain Jazz Festival — Comblain-la-Tour, Belguim *
July 21 — Black Sea Jazz Festival — Batumi/Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia
July 25-26 — New Mexico Jazz Festival — Albuquerque, NM
July 27-28 — Dazzle — Denver, CO
July 31-August 1 — Jazz Alley — Seattle, WA
August 2-5 — Catalina Jazz Club — Los Angeles, CA
August 6-7 — Yoshi’s — Oakland CA
August 11 — Richmond Jazz Festival — Richmond, VA
September 27-30 — Jazz Showcase — Chicago, IL
October 2-7 — Village Vanguard — New York, NY

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