New Release: Stephanie Nicole – ‘Voices’ EP


Southern California singer/songwriter Stephanie Nicole recently dropped her Voices EP featuring some syrupy soul. Our favorite track is the opening tune, “Soulutionary One,” sounding something like a classic Zero 7 joint.

Look out for her debut album, Soulutionary One, out later this year.

New Release: Pretty Lights – ‘A Color Map of the Sun’ + Album Release Show Tonight in Brooklyn


Colorado-based electronic-music producer, Derek Vincent Smith, better known as Pretty Lights, just released a new album titled A Color Map of the Sun. Spanning genres from modern classical and jazz, to ’60s soul and beyond, all with his signature EDM touch, the LP is Pretty Lights’ first album to be offered for commercial sale, as opposed to just free download.

The work showcases 13 tracks comprised of sounds recorded on period instruments (rather than traditional sampling) featuring collaborations with artists such as drummer Adam Deitch, Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, and Talib Kweli. Smith pressed every recorded minute of over 20 hours of live sessions from Brooklyn’s Studio G and New Orleans’ Piety Street Recording onto 50 full-length vinyl LPs, which he later, “sampled, reconstructed, flipped, and chopped” into A Color Map of the Sun.

Giant Step is presenting the official album release show at Brooklyn’s Output tonight, alongside label-mate Eliot Lipp. Advance tickets are sold out, but limited tickets are available at the door.

Check out a clip from the official making-of documentary on the album below.

Maurice Talks the Birth of the Iconic Giant Step Brand


The Standard Culture recently conducted a wonderfully thoughtful interview with Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein about the start of Giant Step.

Maurice discusses his early affections for soul and jazz music growing up as a Manchester native, his entry into the NYC music scene and the first Giant Step show as Groove Academy, the launch of Giant Step records and how it relates to the company’s venture into marketing, as well as a couple funny tidbits about a call to Bootsy Collins and a miscalculated road trip.

Read the entire interview on The Standard Culture.