Next Step September Winner: Tall Black Guy Productions


We are thrilled to announce our September Next Step Artist Spotlight contest winner! In previous months, we highlighted vocalists Tara Priya and Iman Williams, and this month we have an incredibly talented producer on deck. Congratulations to the Detroit based Tall Black Guy Productions!

Raised on Motown, jazz, and classic hip-hop, the Detroit bred artist eventually made his way to Chicago where he basically owned at a number of beat battles, including Red Bull’s famed Big Tune. Of late, he’s been piling on the accolades with loads of love from Gilles Peterson (including a slot on the most recent Brownswood Bubblers project) to creating the soundtrack for the prestigious Roy Ayers Project trailers.

Below, we have a couple exclusive free downloads – “Sweet Europe,” which dropped a week and a half ago and “The Special,” which we are proud to premiere for you. After that, you’ll find purchase links for two of Tall Black Guy’s most recent projects, one of which is an adaptation of a popular Fela Kuti tune! This guy is outputting greatness like fire – can’t wait for more.

Tall Black Guy Productions – “Sweet Europe” [MP3]

Tall Black Guy Productions – “The Special” [MP3]

Purchase Tall Black Guy & The Primeridian – Darling Lure on iTunes | Amazon

Purchase Tall Black Guy – Water No Enemy 7″ on Crosstalk

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New Release: Paul White – ‘Rapping With Paul White’ + Contest to Win 2xLP Vinyl & T-Shirt


London producer Paul White hops from dense and gritty to moody and cinematic, all while keeping the constant thread of a highly textured sound. The beats are hip-hop, electronic, funk, psych rock, and world music all wrapped up into one very charmingly eccentric package.

This week, he released his highly anticipated debut, Rapping With Paul White, which boasts an impressive guest roster: Guilty Simpson, Marv Won, Danny Brown, Tranqill, Homeboy Sandman, Jehnst, Moe Pope, and Nancy Elizabeth.

Stream the whole album below and download several of the tracks for free, including “Trust,” “The Doldrums,” “African New Wave,” and “Evasive Action.”

Also, we’re giving away a 2xLP vinyl of the album along with a very limited edition T-Shirt that is not for sale!

Enter our contest to win the album and T-Shirt!

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Next Step August Winner: Iman Williams


Congratulations to Iman Williams for being this month’s Next Step winner!

The Alabama bred and Atlanta based neo-soul songstress Iman Williams is in fact known to many as a visual artist. That said, she’s managed to keep a healthy balance between her two passions and develop both.

Her vocal style/mood might be reminiscent of Seattle based Choklate to some. But Iman’s music is spacier and more experimental than Choklate’s, which then reminds us of Erykah Badu’s approach to her music – a quirky playtime in the musical sandbox. And yet still, Iman remains a brand of her own and we are so excited to get to share this gem of an artist with you.

Late last year, Iman release an album entitled Stupid Human Trick on Bandcamp. Within the last several months, she’s also released a handful of remixes for free download (check out her Soundcloud). There’s sure plenty of material to keep us busy for a while, but we won’t lie – we are super excited to see how Iman evolves next. And no fear, she tells us another project called Cotton will soon be underway and release sometime in 2012!

Below, we have two exclusive free downloads for the Giant Step community: “Float Away” and “Before.” After that, find a full stream of Iman’s most recent album, Stupid Human Trick, and be sure you don’t miss our favorite tracks – “All This Time (Down and Out)” and “Ordinary Love.”

Iman Williams – “Float Away” (Neo Soul Lumberjack Remix) [MP3]

Iman Williams – “Before” ft. Bobby Blunt [MP3]

Purchase Stupid Human Trick on Bandcamp

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Video: DJ Nu-Mark for Flud’s BPM Watch + Contest


FLuD Presents: Beats Per Minute with with DJ Nu Mark from FLuD Watches on Vimeo.

In celebration of their new MPC-inspired BPM watch, Flud has been releasing a series of videos showcasing various hip-hop producers discussing their craft. Each week, a new video will be showcased, featuring artists such as Exile, Showbiz, Lord Finesse, AraabMuzik, Evidence and DJ Spinna, to name some.

Today, we are premiering a piece with DJ Nu-Mark, who shares his thoughts on rock drums versus hip-hop drums, digging culture, formulating ideas, and working in the studio.

Having amassed a record collection of 35,000 since the age of thirteen, DJ Nu-Mark is certainly seasoned in the game. Most notably, many may know Nu-Mark from his production and DJ sets with Jurrassic 5. Considered a key figure in DJ culture, he’s made appearances in various documentaries and talk shows. Since Jurassic 5′s disbandment in 2006, Nu-Mark has kept busy refining his skill, experimenting with children’s music toys and world music. Look out for his debut solo album, Broken Sunlight, dropping this fall.

Want the watch? We got you. Enter our contest to win the watch!

View previously released videos with Showbiz and Lord Finesse after the jump.

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Showbiz and Lord Finesse videos after the jump

Next Step Artist Spotlight Contest: Accepting August Entries!


Last month, we premiered our monthly Next Step contest, which is aimed to highlight up and coming musical talent. The winner will receive an “Artist Spotlight” feature post on the Giant Step website, and up to $1,000 in Giant Step Marketing services! Last month’s winner was LA-based retro songstress, Tara Priya.

This month, we will begin accepting submissions on the 1st and close submissions on the 15th. That said, we are now open for August entries!

Submit your music for consideration!