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

Alice Russell Pot of Gold Remixes

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Our favo(u)rite UK songstress is back with her crew and a full set of new remixes. Alice Russell‘s Pot of Gold album sparked so many notable remixes, they just don’t fit on 1 disc. And so we have the double disc remix set, Pot of Gold Remixes, now available on Six Degrees Records Online. Remixers include Mr Scruff, DJ Vadim, Shawn Lee, Yellowtail, The Heavy, Clutchy Hopkins, Dusty, Ohmega Watts, Captain Planet, J Boogie, and more. Limited 7″ vinyl is available as well: DJ Vadim’s mix of “Got the Hunger” b/w Laura J Martin‘s remix of “Lights Went Out”.

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Jazz & Milk Breaks Compilation Series Vol 2

Munich’s Jazz & Milk Recordings has come up with another dancefloor smasher in Jazz & Milk Breaks Compilation Series Vol 2 of its compilation series. Brilliant international producers and musicians from Barcelona, London, Tokyo, New York, Warsaw, San Sebastian and Munich joined the project and left their individual and often exotic trademarks on this genre-breaking compilation. Taking in fusions of Jazz, Latin, Afro and Funk with eclectic productions, this is all designed for forward thinking dancefloors and minds.

Labelhead and Jazz & Milk Breaks compiler Dusty remixed the 13-piece afro-funk group, The Boogoos, creating an electrifying mixture of vintage live sounds and heavy beats. Panama-born percussion maestro César Granados and his latin-jazz combo come up with a breathtaking version of Dizzie Gillespie’s classic tune “Manteca.” Envee opens up the floor with his outstanding jazz dance version of Pinnawela’s tune “You Can Dance.” Additional artists on the compilation are The Snip, The Jivers, Greenwood Rhythm Coalition from New York’s “Names You Can Trust” imprint, Kan Sano, Saffrolla, Rube and Javi P3z.

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