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: Boardwalk Empire Presents ‘Sounds of The Onyx’ + MP3

 

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HBO TV drama Boardwalk Empire presents Sounds of The Onyx, celebrating the launch of the popular show’s 4th season via remixes of “rare jazz recordings from the Prohibition Era.”

Remixers on the promo project include hip-hop elite Pete Rock, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Om’Mas Keith, Shafiq Husayn, JayCeeOh & B-Sides and Tall Black Guy.

The original recordings that set the foundation for this project come from legends like Eva Taylor & Clarence Williams’ Blue Five, Ethel Waters, Lloyd Scott & His Orchestra, Jim Jackson and Charlie Johnson’s Paradise Ten Orchestra.

The one exception is Pete Rock’s remix of a new recording from the official soundtrack: a cover version of “Sugarfoot Stomp” by Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks, also known as the Boardwalk Empire house band.

The Emmy Award winning series began its fourth season on September 8.

“Sugarfoot Stomp” by Vince Giordano & The Nighthawks (Pete Rock Remix) [MP3 via Facebook]

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Video: Full Crate & Mar – “Summer Tour 2012 Recap”

 

Just off of their summer tour, Full Crate & Mar have continued to set the music streets abuzz with their disarming music. The above video features highlights from what seems to have been a crazy awesome tour. Cameos from Teresajenee, Om’Mas Keith, Robin Hannibal, Andre Power, and others show the guys in good company, foreshadowing only more good to come!

Look forward to an album coming soon enough from the duo as well – looks like they’re back in the studio putting in work!

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Mar on Facebook | Twitter | Official Site