New Release: The Impellers – ‘This Is Not A Drill’ + Contest

 

UK band The Impellers self describe themselves to make music that is a deeply funky super-heavy soul with afro breaks. Well, damn. Take a look at the video above for “Knock Knock” and become compelled shake it all the way through and past the weekend.

Today also marks the release of these party peoples’ new album, This Is Not A Drill. *Shimmy!* More grooving opportunities? We have the preview stream below on loop and we won’t stop ’til we get enough.

Enter our contest to win This Is Not A Drill.

Purchase This Is Not A Drill on Amazon

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Next Step March Winner: Derek Dumont

 

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Congratulations to Pittsburgh bred, LA based producer Derek Dumont for being our March winner! His music is an earthy electronic with sounds inspired by “landscapes and weather patterns, sunsets and city lights dotted in the distance.” Derek shares:

“As much as I want to make music that is fresh and stimulating, I want to make music that communicates on a therapeutic level, without being boxed into any specific genre. A level that allows people to escape to their concentrations.”

The young producer is featured on two tracks for Wiz Khalifa’s new mixtape Taylor Allderdice, and as such, be sure to dig into “Number 16″ and “Mia Wallace.” But that’s not introduction enough for this self-made beat maker who’s just getting started. Derek has also composed the soundtrack to a feature-length documentary entitled Only God Could Hear Me. Watch the trailer for the documentary after the jump.

And we are so very excited to premier the video for the gorgeous cinematic tune, “Yesterday,” above – don’t you see yourself on an epic rode trip in the middle of nowhere?! Below, we have been graced with the opportunity to share an unreleased track, “Colored Coma,” yet another brilliant cinematic tune – we’d pair it with the breakdown the protagonist has after finding out the love of his life is gone forever. After that is a free download for the previously released “One Night In Charlotte” – put this over a scene of all-night teenage shenanigans on a coming of age indie flick. Yep – we could make up stories to his songs all day.

Derek Dumont – “Colored Coma”
 

Derek Dumont – “One Night In Charlotte” [MP3]
 

Watch out for this dude – he’s not playing games.

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Watch the trailer for Only God Could Hear Me after the jump

NYC: Johnny Colon & His Orchestra Live @ LPR – April 25

 

Next week join Latin music legend Johnny Colon as he revisits his boogaloo, salsa and Latin soul roots with his orchestra over two sets of classics at Le Poisson Rouge! Time for your tush to put in some work! To boot, the concert will benefit the East Harlem Music School Fund – score!

Enter our contest to win a pair of tickets to the show.

Event Details
Johnny Colon & His Orchestra Live
w/ Spanglish Fly, DJ Turmix

Wednesday, April 25th

Le Poisson Rouge
158 Bleecker Street
New York City, NY

Doors: 7 PM
18+ w/ ID

Tickets: $20 (Advance)
Purchase tickets

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Video: Rebecca Ferguson – “Backtrack” (Lyric Video) + LA & NYC Ticket Giveaway

 

Just about a couple weeks ago, we highlighted a phenomenal UK vocalist who will soon be releasing her debut album in the US. And it appears as though yesterday Rebecca Ferguson leaked a new track along with a video, too!

Called “Backtrack,” the pop-friendly song is about a lover who lies and lies only to cycle back and try to cover it up and “backtrack” on what was said. And Rebecca ain’t having it. Click on the image above to view the video on Glamour.com, where it was exclusively released. On the same page, you’ll also find an interview with the quickly blossoming star!

A few very lucky folks will have the chance to see Rebecca live at one of two private industry shows! The Los Angeles show will be on Tuesday, April 24 and the New York City show will be on Tuesday, May 1.

Enter our contest to win tickets to the LA & NYC shows!

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Now Accepting April Next Step Entries!

 

Spring is in full swing and music is in the air. Sharing is caring for the April Next Step contest!

So many awesome artists have been showcased through this series. 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, and Krystale for February!

Stay tuned for the announcement on our March Next Step winner later this week!

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 Monday, April 30th. That said, we are now open for April 2012 entries!

Submit your music for consideration!