Staff Picks of 2013

 

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As 2013 nears its end, we continue our tradition of yearly staff picks summing up our favorite music from the 12 months past. This year is very special as we’ve extended our list makers to include Giant Step fam outside of the staff itself; many thanks to Maiya Norton, Nai Palm (Hiatus Kaiyote), Natasha Diggs, Rich Medina, and DJ Spinna for contributing their takes!

Amongst the most popular favorites were Disclosure‘s Settle, Rhye‘s Woman, James Blake‘s Overgrown, and Hiatus Kaiyote‘s Tawk Tomahawk. Dig into the complete lists and let us know your faves as well!

Giant Step Staff Picks of 2013

New Release: Teeko & B. Bravo Present ‘Tempo Dreams Vol. 2′

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Following the critically-acclaimed 2012 release of their beat-centric compilation Tempo Dreams Vol. 1(assembled by Detroit/UK producer-at-large Tall Black Guy), Brooklyn wax purveyors Bastard Jazz Recordings have returned with Volume 2 of the enlightening, genre-bending series. This time around, the label has enlisted Bay Area mainstay DJ/producers Teeko & B. Bravo, driving forces behind the transformative “modern funk” sound emerging out of the West Coast. Sticking with the series’ theme of showcasing new styles and emerging artists, curated by their own musical peers, Teeko and Bravo have conjured up an LP of mind-blowing tracks that push the limits of soulful electronic funk, outernational boogie, and cosmic hip-hop.

Tempo Dreams Volume 2 picks up where the first edition left off, bridging the gaps between various geographic locations and local scenes, while also reaching for new heights with soaring vocal features and dance-floor primed beats. Featured artists include Rojai, E.Live, K-Maxx, Bayonics, Mugpush, Black Spade, Teeko & B. Bravo’s own Starship Connection, Belgium’s Pomrad, Atjazz, Amalia, and Insomniax.

Buy Tempo Dreams Vol. 2 (Digital, LP and/or CD)

New Release: Teeko & B. Bravo – ‘A Taste Of Tempo Dreams Vol. 2′ (7-inch)

 

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For the upcoming Tempo Dreams Vol. 2 compilation put together by Teeko and B. Bravo, Bastard Jazz has released a groovy 2-track sampler. The first track is a free download and features Bay Area duo Starship Connection consisting of Teeko and B. Bravo; “We Can Go All Night” glides easy with soft vocals and slinky boogie embellishments. Next is the slightly more upbeat and funky “Dreamin’ of You” with Bay Area producer and vocalist K-Maxx and its incredibly addictive swing.

For those that slept on Tempo Dreams, Vol. 1 compiled by Tall Black Guy, be sure to give that a spin, too!

Brownswood Electr*c Vol 2 – Teaser

If you missed the first Electric comp from Brownswood Recordings, there’s still time to catch up in time for Volume Two, which will be available this Summer on June 27/28th.  [Volume 1 on iTunes]. We should have known they weren’t done. Volume 1, a selection of the finest new electronic music, including artists like 16 Bit, Rockwell, Mount Kimbie, B. Bravo, Mosca, Schlomo, opened a obvious opportunity for an ongoing series. So Volume 2 is on the way, thanks to the Gilles Peterson/Brownswood team, and of course the growing movement of so-far unclassifiable producers.

Here’s a teaser mix for Volume 2, plus the tracklist after the jump.

Brownswood electr*c 2 // Album Teaser by Brownswood

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