Video: Amalia – “Bodysnatcher”

 

Per usual, Amalia entrances with her gripping hold as she weaves together an eerie alternate reality for her new video. “Bodysnatcher” features a woozy tied up man in an all white room while Amalia sings out her manifesto in a blacked out room. Creepily tantalizing.

Amalia’s upcoming album, Makings Of, will be dropping in January.

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Giant Step Staff Picks of 2012

Here it is! We’ve compiled our favorite music and more from 2012. This year some of the artists we’ve been passionate about include Kendrick Lamar, Jessie Ware, Lianne La Havas, Grimes, Alt-J, Flying Lotus, Tame Impala, Disclosure, Robert Glasper Experiment, and Bobby Womack, to name but a few. Ah yes, and there’s also that gem of an album, Channel Orange, by Frank Ocean that topped quite a few of our lists.

So take a quick peek back at 2012 with our rose-tinted shades on here.

We hope you enjoy(ed) these as much as we did!

NYC: Offline with Q-Tip, Giant Step’s Last Party of 2012 – Tonight

Is today the end of the world? We, at Giant Step, make no guarantees. But even if it is, we’re pretty sure there is no better way to celebrate than dancing at  Offline with music legend Q-Tip

Now in its seventh installment, Q-Tip’s party has been packing Irving Plaza every month, bringing out the very best in what New York nightlife has to offer. The dance floor heats up with a diverse crowd of real New Yorkers and music lovers.  This is the last Offline party of 2012. So tuck your phones out of sight and get ready to celebrate the best parts of 2012 with Q-Tip’s “old skool” throwback of supreme funk, jazz, hip hop, salsa, and Latin records.

Tickets are still available here.

Offline with Q-Tip Powered by Giant Step
Friday, December 21st
Irving Plaza, 17 Irving Plaza
Doors: 11:00 PM / More Info

New Track: Nina Rae – “Falling In Love”

 

Chicago songstress Nina Rae teamed up with Tall Black Guy Productions for this dreamy new tune, “Falling In Love.” Her stretched out smooth vocals over the slightly sped up, overlapping track certainly make for an attention catching juxtaposition. Digging her pipes!

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New Track: Maya Azucena – “Come With Me” + Exclusive Interview

 

Miss Maya Azucena recently released a fresh new tune called “Come With Me.” While catching up about the song, we also managed to get a handful of other great bits into Maya’s world these days. Check out the exclusive interview.

Giant Step: Can you tell us more about the concept of this song and its inspiration? Any background?

Maya Azucena: I wrote “Come With Me” as a flirtatious challenge to someone I had feelings for. There is this intense chemistry between us, yet a huge amount of hesitance to explore it because of the fear of being hurt. My point was to stay in the moment and enjoy each other. I wanted him to just allow me to make him feel good, and this is a feel-good kinda song.

“Come With Me” is produced by music veterans Loslito (multi-instrumentalist and founder of The Rebirth) and Caleb Speir (bassist and co-writer of “American Boy” by Estelle) under the name of their new production team: TRIGO FARE. Their unique brand of organic soundscaping and deeply infectious beats is evident in this first offering as a team.

GS: We heard you went to Russia recently! What was that all about?

Maya: I was recently invited by the U.S. Embassy in Moscow to do a tour of Russia with my band, as Cultural Ambassadors for the U.S.. We did a phenomenal tour of 5 cities in two weeks. Performing about 11 shows in that time, we did two jazz festivals, went to Siberia, sang at a hospital for young people with spinal injuries, walked through Moscow’s Red Square, and received incredible press coverage during our trip

There was a feature on the cover of the World section in The Washington Post and there is this profile piece by MTV Russia, too.

Read the rest of the interview after the jump