Staff Picks of 2013



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: Kon – ‘Kon & The Gang’ (via Legitmix)


Not too long ago, re-edit/rework “king” Kon and Legitmix partnered up to host a remix contest with us, which employed the innovative company’s new sample-friendly technology and business model. In sum, the technology “allows remixers to release music without sample clearances by empowering fans to recreate remixes using their own copies of the tracks remixers sample. If fans are missing the sampled sources, Legitmix provides them with an easy way to buy them from iTunes.”

The product of the contest is a 6-track compilation called Kong & The Gang, and includes two unreleased remixes by Kon as well as 4 edits and remixes chosen from a slew of entries from the aforementioned contest. Stream it all below! Also, in the above video Kon schools us on the history of the edit.

Purchase the Kon & The Gang EP via Legitmix here.

Legitmix on Facebook | Twitter | Official Site

Boston: The Whiskey Barons Kick Off Mondo At The Emerald Lounge 7/11

Boston! Join us for the first Mondo, a brand new weekly party we are launching with Emerald LoungeRevere Hotel‘s new nightlife space.

Every Wednesday, we’ll have rotating resident Boston DJs The Whiskey Barons and Kon. Mondo will also feature a  monthly special guest DJ from New York.

The Whiskey Barons will kick off the Mondo Parties spinning an eclectic selection from their heavy weight arsenal of remixes and edits.

Arrive early, as space is limited. More info and RSVP here.






Contest: ‘Kon & The Gang’ Remix via Legitmix


Crate digger extraordinaire Kon (of Kon & Amir) aka the “re-edit/rework king of 2012″ (per Gilles Peterson), is putting together a 6-track compilation, Kon & The Gang featuring two of his edits. The remaining remixes/re-edits will be pulled from Kon’s favorite submissions to this contest, which will be hosted by our friends at Legitmix.

The Kon & The Gang compilation featuring the winning entries will be sold on Legitmix, a new revolutionary platform where remixers can sell and promote their work without sample-clearances. You can learn more about how Legitmix works by viewing the video below.

Get the scoop firsthand from Kon above and visit our contest page for more details.

Also, be sure to read the contest rules, and then submit your track(s) to

Legitmix on Facebook | Twitter | Official Site

GPWW 10/4/10: Kon & Amir Mix

This week on the World Wide show, Gilles Peterson kicks off with an Illa J In Space Remix, then slips into a 70s rare groove by Ish, and moves on to hear some very special tracks by British singer Linda Lewis. After you sink deeper into the world wide sounds with many more rare and beautiful tracks, Gilles brings on this week’s guests Kon & Amir as they mix down to master tapes, throwing us back to some old school disco and R&B.

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