Throwback Thursday: ‘Giant Steps, Vol. 1′ Record Release Party @ Supper Club – December 9, 1993

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein takes us back to our record release party for Giant Steps, Volume One at Supper Club in December 1993.

By 1993, the acid jazz scene was garnering much more awareness in the US and labels here were beginning to take notice with the success of Jamiroquai and Brand New Heavies. Most of the larger UK acts on majors were coming out of imprints on Polygram such as Talking Loud and FFRR. A subsidiary of Polygram US was London Records, which also had Payday Records. Payday Records was run by Patrick Moxie, who at the time also managed Gangstarr – he’s now the owner of Ultra Records.

Given that acid jazz was one of our primary areas of specialty, Patrick approached us about putting together a compilation for him. Naturally, we wanted to the name to be in line with our brand, so we called the compilation “Giant Steps,” adding the “s” on the end to differentiate a bit from “Giant Step.”

Read the rest and hear select tracks after the jump

Throwback Thursday: Jamiroquai US Debut Show @ Supper Club – Nov 4, 1993

 

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For this week’s Throwback Thursday, Giant Step President/CEO Maurice Bernstein takes it back to Jamiroquai’s US debut! We know you’ve got some Jamiroquai memories – serve ‘em up!

This was Jamiroquai’s US debut. We first became familiar with them in the very early 90s when they released the “Too Young To Die” single on Acid Jazz. Very quickly, they were signed to a major deal on Sony in the UK. This was first artist we worked with from the “acid jazz” scene that really garnered major label interest. You had the Brand New Heavies before that, but this was huge – it was a massive, massive deal.

The album came out in the UK; it was a double album called Emergency On Planet Earth and it went straight to number one – #1 in Europe, #1 in Japan – massive. Keep in mind that before this all happened, the type of music we were all promoting was underground and not mainstream at all – but this was total mainstream.

With that said, it was then time for Jamiroquai to come to the US. Leading up to the show, the band came out to the states a few times to do bits of promo, and each time they’d come to the club and hang out with us; we got to get to know the guys pretty well.

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New Release: Omar – ‘The Man’

Omar, also known as “the godfather of UK soul,” today releases his first album in seven years! Titled The Man, the project features Omar’s signature blend of jazz, soul, and funk along with appearances from Stuart Zender of Jamiroquai and bass virtuoso Pino Palladino.

Watch the video for the addictive title track and good luck trying to get this music out of your head. Nothing like a good Omar tune!

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Omar – “The Man” [MP3]
 

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Video: Mara Hruby – “Alright”

 

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Bay Area songbird Mara Hruby today released a new video to accompany another From Her Eyes track. In “Alright,” Mara covers the popular Jamiroquai tune with signature class. The video is bright and glimmery, all while still down to earth – in it Mara is joined by Bay Area band The Park as they jam out at Different Fur Studios in San Francisco.

Catch Mara at Yoshi’s Oakland tonight and at the Blue Note next Saturday, July 28.

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New Release: Jamiroquai – ‘Rock Dust Light Star’

 

It was almost a year ago now when we collectively lost our mind at news of a new Jamiroquai single, “Smile.” Yesterday, the US finally got the official release for Rock Dust Light Star, their first album since 2005′s Dynamite!

Below, you can view the video for one of the album tracks “White Knuckle Ride” – more of that classic carefree tuneage that we love these guys for!

 

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