Occam to Release ‘My Rorschach’ + Exclusive Free MP3


Hungarian electro-jazz musician Occam will be releasing his debut album, My Rorschach, on October 10th and it’s seriously not something you should sleep on. Known for his work as Tibor Lazar in the popular eastern European band Zagar, he adopts a new persona as Occam to create music that is absolutely refreshing. We caught up with Occam for a quick interview where he shared some thoughts:

“Occam is my doppelgänger. He differs from me – as Tibor Lazar – in his audacity touching new instruments: he doesn’t want to spend ages to finally make an instrument sound good but rather prefers to make a record with them just as they are. He doesn’t care to orchestrate a song in a classic way, rather he chooses a way where no one has walked. I could say Occam is a rebellion against myself, a rebellion against socialization, conventions, against our overridden age. I can be my own therapist this way.

The most important inspiration is beauty, but not the cheesy beauty. Beauty can be sad, it can be old, worn out. A wrinkled face can be beautiful as well. In Eastern Europe a happy end is a very rare thing. Our past is everything. That is why people learn here to appreciate the little joyful moments that life brings and to set their eyes on the hidden beauties. Hungary is a very special place if you look at things through these glasses: anything can be inspiring if you manage to tune-up yourself to the surroundings, if you gave time and chance to these to take their effect on you.”

The man is eloquent. And so is his music. Grab our exclusive free download of the brilliantly smooth downtempo track, “Passage.” It’ll only be available for a month!

After the jump, also take a look at a great video collage for “White Flag.”

Occam – “Passage” [MP3]

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Video for “White Flag” after the jump

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]

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Exclusive Album Stream: In The Light by Soulstice + Pre-order an Autographed Copy

Soulstice is back from hiatus with a new album, In The Light. We got a special preview a couple weeks ago, including three teaser tracks and a free Ayers-inspired remix. Now we get another big exclusive: the full album stream before next week’s release, courtesy Om Records. It will be available in retail shops next week, but you can pre-order it here to get an autographed copy.

There’s only a few days left of the remix contest, but take a late pass and get yourself into a remix of “Realistic” if you want to win some cash and producer-oriented prizes.

Soulstice ‘In The Light’ Album Preview by OmRecords

Exclusive Nostalgic 77 Video – “Simmerdown” Acoustic Version

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Last month we got a beautiful acoustic version of “Cherry” by Nostalgia 77 with singer Josa Peit from their recent album, The Sleep Walking Society. This video shows another cut from the same session, “Simmerdown.”

Dirty Vegas – Electric Love Out Next Week, Brooklyn Show 4/29 + Exclusive Remix MP3

Dirty Vegas will release their album Electric Love this Tuesday, 4/26. Visit their site for more streaming music and look out for the new album on iTunes and Amazon next week. Here’s an unreleased ‘Juke Mix’ of “Changes” by Body Language for free download, courtesy of Om Records. Dirty Vegas is also having a release-day celebration in Brooklyn at Public Assembly on 4/29 – get those tickets here.

Dirty Vegas – Changes (Body Language Juke Mix-Unreleased) by OMrecords