Bands x Brands: FKA twigs & FaltyDL

This week, we are going to highlight artists who reside on the left of centre side of the electronic music spectrum.

FKA twigs
British singer, songwriter, and producer Tahliah Barnett aka FKA twigs just released her debut album called LP1 yesterday. This comes after releasing a series on EPs named EP1 and EP2, in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Her style and delivery is minimal, but her voice and emotion shines through on this excellent debut. Boston Globe describes it perfectly as having “the grace and mystery of a smoke ring, just out of reach but so beguiling to behold.” Watch out for this artist in the US.

FaltyDL
From the US, Brooklyn based producer/DJ Falty DL just released his new album called In The Wild. We’ve been a fan of his production and DJ sets for a while now, and hopefully this release will bring him a wider audience. His clever use of samples and jazzy tones keeps this release moving nicely with stand out tracks being “New Haven” and “In The Sh*t.”

- Maurice Bernstein

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