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

The World According to Jonesy Soft Rock Special

Jonesy has a knack for digging up classic tracks that you’ve either never heard before, or at least haven’t heard in a long long time. His extensive knowledge of music and the history behind the music is only overshadowed by his ability to pick the precise moment at which to deploy the perfect track. Both of these skill sets are exemplified his latest installment of his radio show The World According to Jonsey.

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The World According To Jonesy – Radio Show #36

 

Back from a recent stint at space camp in mother Russia, cosmonaut and sonic voyager, Jonesy smooths out this set with an array of cuts from the golden era of jazz, funk, and soul. With well positioned tracks like “Caught Up In The Rapture” by Anita Baker, “High Society” by Norma Jean, and “You’re My Last Chance” by 52nd Street, Jonesy transcends the need for a jukebox as his record collection never gathers dust. Here’s to you dear friend. Welcome back!

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The World According To Jonesy – Radio Show #35

Jonesy continues the saga with a supremely rare selection of funk and soul tracks from the 60′s and 70′s. Kicking off the show with several mellow cuts from Black Ivory, Lawrence Hilton Jacobs, and Linda Lewis, Jonesy lights the set on fire with grooves from the Bionic Boogie and Coatimundi. It’s always an enlightening experience when you let Jonesy take you on a sonic journey deep into the forgotten sonic realms of our funk and soul forefathers.

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The World According To Jonesy – Radio Show Valentine’s Special

With so much love in the air we decided to pull this enchanting Valentine’s Day mix from the depths of our vault. Alluring and seductive, Jonesy is a straight up love magician; he knows exactly which record to pull when the moment is right – so don’t bother wasting time digging through your itunes library in an effort to make that special someone a sensual mixtape this Valentine’s Day, just turn the lights down low and turn up the dial on this very special edition of the World According to Jonesy.

 

 

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Track list and more info here.