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: The Soul Rebels – ‘Power = Power’ Mixtape

 

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New Orleans brass ensemble The Soul Rebels have just released their Power = Power mixtape featuring high-powered original material and covers, live and in studio.

Some covers include Daft Punk‘s “Get Lucky,” Drake‘s “Headlines,” and a medley of Jay-Z hits called “Thank You,” which you can watch after the jump!

Watch “Thank You” after the jump

New Track – The Soul Rebels cover Drake’s “Headlines”

 

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New Orleans’ The Soul Rebels announced the release date of the Power = Power mixtape today with Okayplayer. On December 3rd, the 8-piece group will offer it up as a free download featuring studio tracks, live versions and remixes of original material as well as covers of modern day hits. Today, they premiered a cover of Drake’s “Headlines” featuring a nice Nina Simone intro. Check it out below.

They previously leaked two other tracks from the project including an exclusive remix to their cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” featuring Big Freedia and a medley of Jay-Z classic hits entitled “Thank You.”


Rest In Peace, Don Blackman

 

Soul great Don Blackman has passed. In addition to releasing his self-titled solo album, the Queens born jazz-funk pianist, singer/songwriter, and producer played with Parliament/Funkadelic, Earth, Wind and Fire, and Roy Ayers.

He also had a hand in the works of many influential pop icons of our age, including Janet Jackson, Sting, 2Pac, and Jay-Z.

New Release: NEXT Collective – ‘Cover Art’

NEXT Collective today releases an incredible collection of covers with their CoverArt album. This collective of brilliant young jazz musicians came together with an aim to remake some popular music favorites, including the work of Little Dragon, Jay Z and Kanye West, D’Angelo, N.E.R.D, Stereolab, Drake, Meshell Ndegeocello, and on. It’s a real treat. Hear their cover of Jay-Z and Kanye’s “No Church In The Wild” below.

For those in the NYC area, do not miss the opportunity to watch these guys at work tonight during their album release show! More details are below. Others can watch the live stream of the release show after the jump or on the live stream site.

Enter our contest to win Cover Art

Event Details
NEXT Collective Album Release Show
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Doors 10pm / show 10:30pm

Featuring
Logan Richardson: saxophone
Walter Smith III: saxophone
Matthew Stevens: guitar
Gerald Clayton: keyboards
Ben Williams: bass
Jamire Williams: drums
and special guest Christian Scott: trumpet

DJ Set from Rich Medina

Tickets: $15 advance / $18 doors
Purchase tickets

Le Poisson Rouge
New York, NY

Purchase Cover Art on iTunes | Amazon

Live stream of release show tonight after the jump