One of the defining and most popular acts in live electronic music, Lotus has crafted a unique musical style outside of simple genre limitations. On a given weekend the band could be the only group with guitars at an all electronic music festival an...[Read More]


From his collaborations with and influences from such creative and versatile producers and DJ’s, to his live performances with the Bad Jazz Troupe, to his spinning vinyl records, these experiences have all combined to generate the unique sound foun...[Read More]

José James

Born and raised in Minneapolis, José James came of age with the sounds of Prince, hip-hop and Modern jazz. Discovering an early passion for both music and creative writing, José combined these through performance - singing jazz standard...[Read More]

Thievery Corporation

Our deepest source of inspiration comes from our record collections," says Rob Garza; an apt reference to their collective nom de plume. Always great admirers and curators of dusty grooves and all but forgotten music styles, Thievery Corporation borr...[Read More]

Sonic Boom

Sonic Boom is an exclusive new compilation series from Giant Step present by music contributor Maiya Norton. It contains music from soul, jazz, electronica, hip hop and instrumentals/beats, with a majority of the material being either unreleased or r...[Read More]

Shuggie Otis

For more than four decades, Shuggie Otis has earned respect as a musician’s musician. His composition “Strawberry Letter 23,” a #5 Pop hit for the Brothers Johnson in 1977, is just the tip of Shuggie’s musical iceberg. He has won praise as a...[Read More]

Robert Glasper Experiment

Growing up in Houston, Texas, Robert Glasper had a strong musical influence in his mother, who played piano and sang gospel music in church as well as in jazz and blues clubs in Houston. By the age of twelve, he was playing piano in church and often ...[Read More]

Anoushka Shankar

Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar is one of the leading figures in World Music today. She is deeply rooted in the Indian classical music she studied exclusively from the age of nine under her father and guru, the legendary Ravi Shankar. In h...[Read More]

The Brand New Heavies

The Brand New Heavies were born out of the rare groove scene and formed in the late eighties by drummer/keyboard player Jan Kincaid, bassist Andrew Love Levy and guitarist Simon Bartholomew. As pioneers of the London acid jazz scene, their groundbrea...[Read More]

Tortured Soul

With a decade of experience, the Brooklyn-­?based dance trio Tortured Soul has already made their mark on the world of dance music and has had tremendous success as an international touring act, appearing at major music festivals on virtually every ...[Read More]

Derrick Hodge

Derrick Hodge is perhaps best known as the anchor of the genre-bending, GRAMMY award-winning band Robert Glasper Experiment, but he has also spent time in the cutting-edge jazz trumpeter Terence Blanchard’s group, and is currently the music directo...[Read More]

Gregory Porter

Raised in California, Porter’s mother was a minister, and he cites the Bakersfield Southern Gospel sound, as well as his mother’s Nat King Cole record collection, as fundamental influences on his own sound. Porter began singing in small jazz club...[Read More]

Kendrick Scott Oracle

In the relatively short span of ten years, drummer and composer Kendrick Scott has established himself as an artist of great versatility and depth. Having toured and recorded with such luminaries as Terence Blanchard, Herbie Hancock, the Crusaders an...[Read More]

Serena Ryder

Serena Ryder has earned grass-roots acclaim as a guitar-wielding singer-songwriter, an approach at the core of the five dozen songs she had on hand. Starting fresh allowed her the freedom to see that she’d only been showing one side of her talents ...[Read More]

Charli XCX

The proper thing on the mind of 20-year-old shooting star Charli XCX is an album long in the making, one which finally sees the light of day in 2013. The wait has been as agonizing for Charli as it has been for her fanbase - rapidly swelling on both ...[Read More]

Sophia Bastian

NY emerging artist, Sophia Bastian has a vintage sound with a young beat to it. Sophia finds her musical background in Classic Blues and Soul. She went to school for Jazz but has a great love for HipHop. "I've always been more drawn to the classic.G...[Read More]

Adrian Marcel

Marcel knew he wanted to sing at a young age. He studied music incessantly, learning as much as he could while receiving formal training as a child. His career started to take off as he started to perform locally. With his impressive vocal range and ...[Read More]

Laura Mvula

Described as “The voice of 2013” by The Evening Standard, the classically trained, singer-songwriter’s music fuses orchestral soul with velvety harmonies and emotional vocals giving nods to Nina Simone, George Gershwin and Björk amongst others...[Read More]


Already recognized worldwide, 2012 served as the internationally praised Malaysian-born songstress's breakout year in North America. With Yuna's self-titled debut album, Rolling Stone championed her as having, “certified indie cred and massive pop...[Read More]

The Child of Lov

The Child of Lov's music possesses a nostalgic reverence for early trailblazers like Little Richard, Otis Redding and James Brown as well as a penchant for the later neo soul of Dilla and D'Angelo. On his self-titled debut, The Child of Lov certifie...[Read More]

Jon Hopkins

"His textures and sounds are so fantastically done, and so intriguing and deep. There are little worlds he creates of sound." -- NPR Music

Jon Hopkins is an expert producer, Ivor Novello-nominated composer of film scores, long-...[Read More]


Omar’s unique mix of R&B, jazz, funk and Latin music has been hugely influential, leading some to dub him “the godfather of UK soul” and others to cite him as one of the key progenitors of the neo-soul movement. He has never truly broken throug...[Read More]


In her latest songs, it shows more than ever that Katie Stelmanis is both romantic and pragmatic. From early childhood on, her interest was in classical music: without any pressure from her parents she threw herself into learning instruments, and eve...[Read More]

John Legend

Ohio-born John Legend is a critically acclaimed, multi-award winning, platinum-selling singer-songwriter.  He’s sold an impressive seven million albums worldwide. His work has garnered him nine Grammy Awards, three Soul Train Awards, the BET Award...[Read More]

Bob Marley

Bob Marley remains one of the 20th century’s most important and influential entertainment icons. Marley continues to inspire new generations as his legacy lives on through his music and lifestyle.

Since 1992, Marley’s music catalog has s...[Read More]


Woodkid, aka Yoann Lemoine, the critically renowned French musician, director and producer behind acclaimed videos for Lana Del Rey’s "Blue Jeans" and "Born To Die," Drake & Rihanna’s "Take Care" and Katy Perry‘s "Teenage Dream," steps out from...[Read More]

Hiatus Kaiyote

Hiatus Kaiyote is the sound of serendipity. Every so often a band comes along that captures the collective imagination, a band that has all the essential elements in place to become a musical movement. The music of Hiatus Kaiyote strikes the perfect...[Read More]


In April of 2011, Karmin’s Amy Heidemann and Nick Noonan ignited the blogosphere when they posted a cover of Chris Brown’s “Look At Me Now” on YouTube. The clip instantly went viral, racking up millions of views after being Tweeted by such hi...[Read More]

Valerie June

"It's been a long night if that's what happened," Valerie June laughs when asked about her seemingly overnight breakout in the UK. By the time she released her debut album, Pushin' Against A Stone, the Tennessee native had already performed on...[Read More]

Franz Ferdinand

The exuberant, unencumbered record Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action is Franz Ferdinand's fourth studio album and first from the Glasgow band since 2009's Tonight. They seem to have rediscovered the imagination, vitality and fun...[Read More]

Sandra St. Victor

A trained opera singer, the Dallas born, Holland based singer/songwriter Sandra St. Victor is very much an artist's artist. Through the years she has earned the respect and admiration of her peers and has the accolades to show it. The down to earth a...[Read More]

Mat Zo

The LA-living British producer, Mat Zo is impossible to categorize. He has wowed the dance world with his 70-track Essential Mix for Radio 1, topped the Beatport chart with "Easy" (w/ Porter Robinson) and laid down edit-heavy, genre-blurring sets eve...[Read More]


In 1988, with the double-platinum album Straight Outta Compton, N.W.A brought gangsta rap into the mainstream. The group reflected the rising anger of the urban youth in South Central Los Angeles and endured a lot of controversy due to their e...[Read More]

Ice Cube

Born O'Shea Jackson, Ice Cube has become one of the most successful entertainers of all time. Using his astute business sense and charisma, Cube made the transition from gangsta rapper to record producer, actor, screenwriter, film producer, director,...[Read More]


The duo of Erik Sermon and Parrish Smith (Erik and Parish Making Dollars) began their rap career in Long Island, New York. The group has been active for 25+ years and is still one of the most prominent East Coast hip-hop groups of all time. EPMD's in...[Read More]


Eric Wright, AKA Eazy-E was the front man for the seminal rap group NWA. Using a portion of the money he made from drug dealing, Eazy formed the rap label Ruthless Records. On Nov. 6, 1987 the compilation album N.W.A. and the Posse was release...[Read More]

The Internet

The Internet is a soul band created by producer Matt Martians and lead vocalist Syd "The Kyd" of Odd Future. The two met via Myspace in 2008, and later became good friends when Matt moved from Atlanta to Los Angeles in February of 2011. They began th...[Read More]

Elvis Costello And The Roots

About Elvis Costello
Elvis Costello began working as a professional musician 35 years ago, shortly after the release of his first album, "My Aim Is True". He has made more than 27 studio records, three live albums an...[Read More]

Sunny Daze

An electrifying fusion of original style and diverse personalities, it is the natural chemistry of Sunny Daze that defines its very essence. The octet, which has been captivating fans for nearly a decade, blends the spirituality of John Coltrane, the...[Read More]

Salaam Remi

As the Executive VP of A&R and Production at Sony Music, Remi works with the entire Sony Music family in addition to running his new imprint Louder Than Life, which includes the sub-imprints RemiFa and Flying Buddha. Grammy nominated for Producer of ...[Read More]


Kneebody's sound is... explosive rock energy paralleled with high-level nuanced chamber ensemble playing, with highly wrought compositions that are balanced with adventurous no-holds-barred improvising. All "sounds-like" references can be set aside; ...[Read More]


2013 has been an incredible year for Bastille. The band's debut album 'Bad Blood' was released in the UK in March and went straight to the top of the album charts. To date the album has clocked up nearly a quarter of a million sales in the UK alone, ...[Read More]


Foxes burst onto the scene with her Warrior EP (Neon Gold) which captured the ears of audiences around the world, featuring singles "Warrior" and "White Coats." After delivering performances across the globe from SXSW to Glastonbury and back a...[Read More]

Rainy Milo

Hailing from South East London, Rainy Milo is the kind of artist that seems to slow time itself. From putting up her first track "Bout You" at the age of 15, which was snapped up almost immediately by Gilles Peterson for his 'Brownswood...[Read More]

Erik Hassle

Having lived in both Stockholm and London for the past few years, Erik found himself far more at ease in the studio, writing and recording darker melodies and lyrics that echoed recent life experiences; living in the city, falling in and out of love,...[Read More]

Lord Echo

Eccentric and reclusive musician/producer based in Wellington, New Zealand....[Read More]

Tori Kelly

When she was 14, Tori Kelly started writing songs in the bedroom of her Southern California home. Within years she began sharing those songs online, and quickly won over Internet audiences with her sweetly soaring vocals, graceful guitar-playi...[Read More]


Showtek are Wouter and Sjoerd Janssen, two brothers who live for electronic dance music. Showtek have passion they turn into creation, producing music that shattered all expectations in just under a decade of hitting the scene. S...[Read More]

Jaimeo Brown

Jaimeo Brown is emerging as one of the preeminent drummers on the new creative music scene. Jaimeo began his drum career at age 16 with his father bassist Dartanyan Brown and mother pianist and woodwind specialist, Marcia Miget, and drum teach...[Read More]

The Soul Rebels

The Soul Rebels started with an idea shared between founding members Derrick Moss and Lumar LeBlanc - to play the music they loved on the radio in the New Orleans Brass Band tradition that they grew up on. They were drawn to influences from outside t...[Read More]

Kris Bowers

Pianist Kris Bowers is one of the newest and brightest lights on the jazz landscape. Schooled in jazz and classical music, raised amid the rap and hip-hop of the 1990s, inspired by the cinematic power of the great film composers of recent deca...[Read More]

Sidewalk Chalk

With the release of its sophomore album, Leaves, Sidewalk Chalk continues to lead the contemporary evolution of hip-hop, soul, and jazz. The band’s roots are firmly planted in Chicago where all eight members bring their respective tal...[Read More]

Pretty Lights

A sold-out show playing to thousands of people is typically a reason to celebrate. But for Derek Vincent Smith – better known under his moniker as the innovative electronic-music producer Pretty Lights – it led to a creative crisis ...[Read More]


OBaH turned a family legacy into a profession, becoming a rising industry music producer and highly sought after NYC DJ. OBaH stands for Oldskool Beats and Harmonies for a very good reason: he is the son of veteran NYC DJ, musician, professor and act...[Read More]

Neneh Cherry

Neneh's early years are astonishing. She spent her childhood living 50/50 between a loft in New York and in the South of Sweden with her mother and stepfather, the legendary jazz musician Don Cherry. She's been lifted onto Miles Davis' lap, Allen Gin...[Read More]

Zara McFarlane

Zara McFarlane is the London based singer, who, in 2011 released Until Tomorrow, a debut album that had many critics in a spin. Sure, praise came thick and fast. They spoke of a caressing voice of sparkling clarity, a voice that was warm and p...[Read More]

Company Freak

Company Freak is a new dance music superband featuring a revolving multi-generational cast of vocalists and session players—a surprise return of actual dance music legends from the 1970s and 1980s performing alongside up-and-coming 21st century sta...[Read More]

Iggy Azalea

Iggy Azalea would be the first to admit that she's something of an outsider in the world of rap. As a white girl from rural Australia how could she not be? It's appropriate that she's risen to the status of one of the most promising new MCs in an era...[Read More]

Get Open

This hip-hop collective has been in existence since 1994 and was founded by SibaGiba (Producer/MC) when he attended SUNY Purchase College for Music. The other five members, Kiambu (MC), VonMeista (MC/Producer), Zook (MC), ...[Read More]

Route 94

Since emerging with a clutch of much-played tracks a couple of years ago, Route 94 has quietly yet forcefully established himself as a distinctive young figure in the house music scene. He caught the attention of his contemporaries after an initial c...[Read More]