Next Step June Winner: The Broken Orchestra

 

Our June Next Step winners are quite marvelous, we must say. We actually featured their video for “Closer” with Anna Stott a while back, and totally fell in love with their laid back soulful groove.

The Broken Orchestra is centered around producers Pat Dooner and Carl Conway-Davis, who work in tandem with selected artists and musicians to cultivate their soothing sounds.

After two years in the making, the group just signed to Phonosaurus Records and will be releasing their debut album, Shibui, on October 23rd. The vocal appearances are going to be a real treat with contributions from Moby’s lead singer Inyang Bassey, Natalie Gardiner, Lauren Jade, and Lady Paradox.

Oh, and yeah – we got the exclusive premiere for the first official single from Shibui called “Take Back The Day,” which also happens to be the track featuring Inyang Bassey. Yeah, no big deal. It’s also a free download – holler at the widget below. Beautiful, beautiful music!

Folks can also look forward to tour dates in the pipeline, acoustic version videos, remixes, and instrumentals. Wee!

The Broken Orchestra – “Take Back The Day” ft. Inyang Bassey
 

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Next Step May Winner: Jaidene Veda

 

Finally! Proud to announce our May Next Step winner to be the charming miss Jaidene Veda!

After co-writing and self-produceding three independent albums and two Billboard club singles, this young Canadian lady has already garnered recognition in the underground house community and the international top 40 club scene. Interestingly, Veda got her start in 2000 as an event producer and party promoter, inevitably helping her develop an audience prior to presenting herself as a singer.

Over the years, she has worked with an impressive who’s who, including Joe Claussell, Josh Milan, Glenn Underground, Jimpster, the Ananda Project, and Reelsoul.

This past fall saw the released of Jaidene’s debut full length album, Pisces Pendulum, which is an enchanting blend of loungy, jazzy, and soulful deep house sounds, and has been lauded by the likes of DJ Spinna, Danny Krivit, and Kenny Dope.

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Now Accepting July Next Step Entries!

 

We know, we know. The suspense for the May and July winners probably has y’all tied up into knots by now. We’ve notified the winners and you’ll be hearing some pretty rad tunes very very soon. In the meantime, submission season for the July Next Step contest is now in full effect! Show us whatcha workin with.

You’ll be joining ranks with some amazing Next Step alumni: 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!

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 Tuesday, July 31. That said, we are now open for July 2012 entries!

Submit your music for consideration!

New Release: Bibi Tanga & The Selenites – ’40° of Sunshine’

 

Parisian groovers Bibi Tanga & The Selenites today release 40° of Sunshine, a warm and jovial album sure to have you jumping. Rooted in Afro-Parisian sounds, the music takes you back while also moving forward.

Join the crew at a live performance at NYC’s Summerstage on July 22, a live show in LA on July 28, along with a listening event in Los Angeles on July 26. More details on tour dates can be found on Bibi Tanga’s website. Further details on the LA listening party on our event page.

Bibi Tanga & The Selenites – “My Heart Is Jumping” [MP3]
 

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Interview: Ali Shaheed Muhammad Presents ‘That’s My Ish’ @ The Dumbo Loft, NYC – July 13

 

Ali Shaheed Muhammad took a minute to talk his new That’s My iSh jam jumping off this Friday as well as new projects and travels! Lots of awesomeness in store. Get more information about the party after the jump.

Giant Step: We are super excited to hear you at That’s My iSh this Friday!  What can we expect to hear?  What’s the vibe going to be like at the party?

Ali Shaheed Muhammad: I’m excited too. For too long, Manhattan has been the go to place for nightlife. I’m looking to shake things up with my That’s My iSh party and turn the focus towards Brooklyn. Expect to hear anything between Elton John and Lil John. We touching all genres, but with an emphasis on the good good, not radio good.

GS: What personal projects are you working on these days?  When will the world get to hear them? 

Ali Shaheed: My main personal projects right now are my second solo LP and my Artist, Ja Poet. I’m not done with the album, but I’m looking to release singles by the end of August. Ja Poet’s mixtape is one song from finished. We’re gonna release his mixtape in a month and then start recording his album.

GS: How about your production work?  Who have you been working with and how is that all coming along? 

Ali Shaheed: Doc Martin and I produced two songs for John Legend’s upcoming album. One of the songs is the title track. We had a good time putting that together. John, what can I say, he is an amazing singer and a wizard in the studio. I have great respect for his approach. I only wish more artist were as focused. Doc & I also worked on Alice Smith’s album. She’s flawless! I hate/love the way that she makes singing look so effortless (kids don’t try that at home unless you rehearse all day). In additions to Alice, we worked with The Weeknd. He’s a phenomenal singer, his voice and persona is it’s own atmosphere. He has made a huge impact already, and he’s just getting started. I’m looking forward to his next release. I  also co-produced a song for a new artist signed to Boardwalk; her name is ZZ Ward. ZZ has a great voice and is an incredible singer/songwriter and performer. Her music is deeply rooted in blues. I had fun working with her and her team. I look forward to seeing her artistry come to life. 

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Read the rest of the interview & get details on the party after the jump