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

Video: Jamie Lidell – “why_ya_why”

 

Been a while since we’ve heard from Jamie Lidell. In prep for his upcoming self-titled album, he’s released a couple tracks. The first track was “What A Shame,” a dense industrial sounding track you can find below. We, however, are partial to this new track he’s just dropped called “why_ya_why,” complete with quirky glowy animated visuals. While still somewhat dense and gritty with the production, this tune has got a more swingy soul vibe and reminds us a bit of Omar Lyefook at times – all good by us! Loving the attitude Jamie is bringing here.

Jamie Lidell will drop on February 19.

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