Exclusive Release: ‘Sonic Boom Vol. 1′ (Compiled by Maiya Norton) + Download


Giant Step contributor Maiya Norton today kicks off a marvelous treat for our readers and listeners. A new music compilation series called Sonic Boom will bring together some of the tastiest new tunes around, including several tracks that will be Giant Step exclusives!

Sonic Boom Vol. 1 features some of our favorite noisemakers of late: Tall Black Guy, Szjerdene, Teresa Jenee, Tensei, and Hiatus Kaiyote are just some of the amazing artists that you’ll get to hear. Stream the entire thing and download for free below!

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Now Accepting September Next Step Entries


It’s on for September Next Step contest submissions! Get to work, folks.

Next Step winners in 2012 have included: Annabel (lee) & Richard E for January, Krystale for February, Derek Dumont for March, Dezaray Dawn for April, Jaidene Veda for May, and The Broken Orchestra for June!

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 Sunday, September 30. That said, we are now open for September 2012 entries!

Submit your music for consideration!

Video: Idris Elba – “How Clubbing Changed the World” (Full Documentary)


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“DJ, actor, and life long raver” Idris Elba narrates a documentary he executive produced and recently released called How Clubbing Changed the World. The documentary tracks the story of how British youth utilized American music of the 80s and 90s to pioneer what we know as nightclub culture today.

The project uses clips, interviews, and Idris’ narration to convey not only the formation of nightlife culture but also how it revolutionized mass culture on various fronts:

“This is an international story, going beyond the music to look at clubbing’s influence on everything from real estate to drug use, fashion, politics and the drinks industry.”

Pretty interesting stuff! And not mad at the eye candy, either. Watch the entire documentary above.

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Videos: Frank Ocean – “Pyramids” + Live on SNL


Yes! Another Frank Ocean video has just hit – we’ve been waiting for this, too. One of our favorite jams off of Channel Orange, “Pyramids,” now has a characteristically somber and moody NSFW visual to go with it. Our boy Frank puts on a nice performance here – great energy and emotion in this story.

Below, also catch the live version of “Pyramids” as performed on SNL this weekend!

Frank Ocean – Pyramids – SNL 9-15-12 by IdolxMuzic

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Video: Icky Blossoms – “Cycle”


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Well. Anyone up for a super NSFW Friday rile up session? We sure couldn’t stop looking. Electro alt-pop group Icky Blossoms take it back to some retro sexytime in this video for “Cycle.” The song’s sleepy quality further contributes to the mesmerization process, while the lead singer’s low toned voice tantalizingly encircles you.

Tour Dates
Sep 14 – Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO *^
Sep 15 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT *^
Sep 17 – Neurolux Lounge – Boise, ID *^
Sep 19 – Neumos – Seattle, WA *^
Sep 20 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR *^
Sep 21 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA *
Nov 27 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX #
Nov 28 – Emo’s East – Austin, TX #
Nov 30 – Cannery Ballroom – Nashville, TN #
Dec 1 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA #
Dec 2 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC #
Dec 5 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC #
Dec 6 – Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA #
Dec 7 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY #
Dec 8 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA #
Dec 9 – Club Soda – Montreal QC, Canada #
Dec 11 – Sound Academy – Ontario, Canada #
Dec 12 – Metro – Chicago, IL #
Dec 13 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN #
Dec 14 – Sokol Auditorium – Omaha, NE #

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