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

New Release: Selah Sue – ‘Selah Sue’

 

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Already multi-platinum in Europe, the vivacious miss Selah Sue today releases her debut self-titled album, Selah Sue to the US. The American release includes three exclusive tracks: “On the Run,” “Break,” and “Fade Away,” which you can stream below. Watch “Break” live above, too. Collaborations with J.Cole, Meshell Ndegeocello, and Cee-Lo Green also add depth the Selah’s already bubbling blend of reggae, pop, soul, and funk.

On September 17, Selah sets off on a massive North American tour with dates alongside Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sandé, and Allen Stone.

Enter our contest to win Selah Sue.

Selah Sue – “Ragamuffin” [Free MP3 on iTunes]

Purchase Selah Sue on iTunes

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Album artwork and tour dates after the jump

NYC: Selah Sue Live on May 30 & 31 + Additional Tour Dates

We are very excited to be presenting two NYC shows featuring the marvelous miss Selah Sue. You may have heard us raving about her after sharing her most recent tune featuring J. Cole.

In just a few days, Selah will be embarking on a mini US tour, which will include show dates with her full band, as well as acoustic performances opening for Emeli Sande. Below are details on the NYC shows and more tour info is after the jump.

Enter our contest to win tickets to her NYC shows!

Event Details
Selah Sue Live on Wednesday, May 30th

Doors 6.30PM / Show 7PM
Tickets: $10

Bowery Electric
327 Bowery (@ 2nd St)
New York, NY

Selah Sue Live on Thursday, May 31

Doors 9PM / Show 9.45PM
Tickets: $10

Rockwood Music Hall
196 Allen Street
New York, NY

Tour dates after the jump

New Track: Selah Sue – “Ragamuffin” ft. J.Cole + Debut Album & US Tour

Blending pop, soul, funk and reggae, Selah Sue’s music is never dull. The reggae vibes are strong and absolutely groove worthy on the new “Raggamuffin” track featuring J.Cole and a little treatment by Supa Dups – it premiered today on Hot 97, and we’ve got it for streaming below!

Selah’s self-titled debut album is already multi-platinum in parts of Europe, having earned its place in top 10 charts in Belgium, France and the Netherlands. The US version of the album will include three exclusive tracks: “On the Run,” “Break,” and “Fade Away.” On the album people can expect collaborations with J.Cole, Cee-Lo Green, Jerry Wonda, and Meshell Ndegeocello.

And after watching that video for “This World” in April, we’re basically in total adoration of the Belgian singer – act like you don’t want to hug her right now.

Look out for Selah’s album to drop in the US on August 21. In the meantime, catch the rising star on tour, which will include The Roots Picnic on June 3!

Tour Dates
05/18/12 WASHINGTON DC – U STREET (Supporting BETH ORTON)
05/27/12 LOS ANGELES, CA – UCLA JAZZ REGGAE FESTIVAL
5/30/12 NEW YORK, NY – BOWERY ELECTRIC
5/31/12 NEW YORK, NY – ROCKWOOD MUSIC HALL
06/03/12 PHILADELPHIA, PA – ROOTS PICNIC

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New Release: Elle Varner – ‘Conversational Lush’ Mixtape

By now, you’re sure to have heard Elle Varner’s smash single with J. Cole, “Only Wanna Give It To You.” And don’t act like you can’t stop humming that ish.

We got some more finger snappables, hip twitchers, and hum inducers for you a la the Conversational Lush mixtape, which you can stream in full below. Ten sassy tracks with Elle’s tantalizing smoky vocals. Calm down, guys – just be cool.

Look out for Elle’s full length debut, Perfectly Imperfect, out soon on RCA!

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