Video: Michael Kiwanuka – “Whole Lotta Love” (Led Zeppelin Cover)


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If this guy’s voice were a person, we would hold its hand and potentially never let go.

On the heels of his Home Again EP, Michael Kiwanuka just released a video of a live session at BBC’s Maida Vale Studios. The song? A cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Whole Lotta Love” complete with some super sick sitar action. Man, is this guy dreamy. Killing it.

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Video: Alice Smith – “Fool For You” (Cee-Lo Cover)


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The magnificent Alice Smith seems to be back at it. After hearing rumors of comebacks for a minute, we’ve been holding on to hope for a while now. Everyone can now breathe easy with this new cover of Cee-Lo’s “Fool For You.” Damn, this little lady got some pipes, man.

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Video: Quadron – “Ex-Factor” (Lauryn Hill Cover)


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Coco of Quadron convenes with her bandmates to do a beautiful rendition of Lauryn Hill’s “Ex-Factor.” Pretty incredible for an impromptu performance that’s basically a cappella. Gotta love the charming courtyard in Vienna and the elegant Coco is doing nothing less than killing it in that fit.

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Video: James Blake – “A Case of You” + ‘Love What Happened Here’ EP


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Been a minute since we’ve written about our boy James Blake. Last time was news that he’d released his Enough Thunder EP. Since then, he’s released a video for his Joni Mitchell cover of “A Case of You” off the aformentioned EP and a new 3-track EP called Love What Happened Here, which you can grab at the end of this post.

Accompanied by Blake’s beautiful sing-song, the video starts off warm and cozy, placing you inside the characters’ home as would a good book or film. And even as the story descends into cool and withdrawn, the video maintains a peculiar power of familiarity and intimacy. Very nicely done.

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Next Step Artist Spotlight Entries For October & November


NOTE: Due to a technical mishap, contest entries for October were lost. The contest has been extended through November, and we’re encouraging everyone who submitted for October to do so again. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Next Step is a monthly contest to aimed at giving back to our thriving community of artists who keep us going! Our goal is to highlight some the freshest new musical talent, which also happens to abundant in this same community. We accept submissions from anyone that makes music – producers, singers, instrumentalists, rappers, and bands alike are all welcome.

The winner will receive an “Artist Spotlight” feature post on the Giant Step website, and up to $1,000 in Giant Step Marketing services!

We featured Tara Priya in July, Iman Williams in August, and Tall Black Guy Productions in September. Give them all a listen in case you haven’t already.

We will be accepting submissions from today until Monday, November 28th. We are now open and ready to consider entries for both October and November!

Submit your music for consideration!