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

Video: Foreign Exchange “Laughing at Your Plans” + “All the Kisses” ft. Paris & Amber Strother of KING [MP3]

 

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In February of this year, The Foreign Exchange invited 40 friends and supporters for a private acoustic show in Durham. Capturing the evening on both audio and video, the duo is releasing the material as a CD/DVD digipak on June 28th entitled Dear Friends: An Evening With The Foreign Exchange. Above, you’ll find a video of the jazzy “Laughing at Your Plans” laced with nothing but the finest from Phonte’s clever songwriting. And there’s more. A few months back on Twitter, Phonte was exclaiming his adoration for KING, the soulful female trio now under the wing of Prince (yes, that Prince). Now, The Foreign Exchange has a track out with them! Below you can stream and download “All the Kisses” featuring Paris and Amber of KING on supporting vocals. Win.

The Foreign Exchange – “All the Kisses” ft. Paris and Amber Strother of KING [MP3]
 

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Carlitta Durand Video – “iCarli”

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Carlitta Durand is a vocalist from North Carolina, in with Foreign Exchange and Little Brother, but she’s always been just a feature. She’s dropped a few EPs including The Doug & Patty EP [free download from BlindIfortheKids] and Nostalgic Nights [free download from 2DopeBoyz], which includes the track for this video, “iCarli.” While we wait for a full-length Carlitta Durand album, watch the video, download those EPs and check out her covers and things on Youtube.

New Foreign Exchange Video: “Maybe She’ll Dream of Me”

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The video for the Foreign Exchange single, “Maybe She’ll Dream of Me.” Opens with a quote from Carl Jung – we like that.

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