56th Annual Grammy Nominations



Such a pleasure to see all these amazing Giant Step clients, partners, and fam getting recognized on this year’s list of Grammy nominees. Hats off to all!

The 56th Grammys will air on January 26. Visit the Grammy website for a full list of nominees.

Record of the Year
Get Lucky – Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Album of the Year
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk

Best Pop Duo/Group Performance
Get Lucky – Daft Punk & Pharrell Williams

Best Pop Vocal Album
Paradise – Lana Del Rey

Best R&B Performance
Nakamarra – Hiatus Kaiyote Featuring Q-Tip
Best Of Me – Anthony Hamilton

Best R&B Song
Best Of Me – Anthony Hamilton

Best R&B Album
Love In The Future – John Legend

Best Traditional R&B Performance
Hey Laura – Gregory Porter

Best Dance/Electronica Album
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk
Settle – Disclosure
A Color Map Of The Sun – Pretty Lights

Best Jazz Vocal Album
Liquid Spirit – Gregory Porter

Best Urban Contemporary Album
One: In The Chamber – Salaam Remi

Best Dance Recording
Atmopshere – Kaskade

Best Song Written for Visual Media
Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey

Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical
Summertime Sadness (Cedric Gervais Remix) – Lana Del Rey

Best Regional Roots Music Album
The Life & Times Of…The Hot 8 Brass Band – Hot 8 Brass Band

Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical
Random Access Memories – Daft Punk

New Release: Pretty Lights – ‘A Color Map of the Sun’ + Album Release Show Tonight in Brooklyn


Colorado-based electronic-music producer, Derek Vincent Smith, better known as Pretty Lights, just released a new album titled A Color Map of the Sun. Spanning genres from modern classical and jazz, to ’60s soul and beyond, all with his signature EDM touch, the LP is Pretty Lights’ first album to be offered for commercial sale, as opposed to just free download.

The work showcases 13 tracks comprised of sounds recorded on period instruments (rather than traditional sampling) featuring collaborations with artists such as drummer Adam Deitch, Soulive guitarist Eric Krasno, and Talib Kweli. Smith pressed every recorded minute of over 20 hours of live sessions from Brooklyn’s Studio G and New Orleans’ Piety Street Recording onto 50 full-length vinyl LPs, which he later, “sampled, reconstructed, flipped, and chopped” into A Color Map of the Sun.

Giant Step is presenting the official album release show at Brooklyn’s Output tonight, alongside label-mate Eliot Lipp. Advance tickets are sold out, but limited tickets are available at the door.

Check out a clip from the official making-of documentary on the album below.

NYC: Pretty Lights Album Release Show @ Output Club – July 2


Next week on July 2 we’ll be presenting Pretty Lights’ official album release show for A Color Map Of The Sun. The highly hailed electronic artist composed the entire record himself and brought his vision to life with session musicians in Brooklyn, New Orleans, and Denver. Watch ‘the making of’ video below to get a taste of the project and the process behind it.

Just as his music, Pretty Lights shows are carefully crafted with stunning lighting, stage design, and imagery that leaves audiences in a mesmerized murmur. So this little album release show thang? Kinda don’t want to miss it.

Event Details
Pretty Lights Album Release Show
Tuesday, July 2
10:00 PM

Tickets: $30
Purchase tickets

Output Club
74 Wythe Ave
Brooklyn, NY

New Release: Bob Marley – ‘Legend Remixed’


1984′s iconic Legend album by Bob Marley and The Wailers is the world’s best-selling reggae album with a reach surpassing 40 million copies sold. The Diamond-certified album now for the first time gets an official remix treatment on Legend Remixed and it’s something special indeed.

The work showcases the 16-tracks brought to new realms by the crème de la crème of remixing talent, including Stephen Marley, Ziggy Marley, Pretty Lights, Thievery Corporation, Z-Trip, Photek, Roni Size, and Nickodemus, amongst others.

Listen to the album preview below and after the jump catch the album trailer!

Watch the album trailer after the jump

Video: RE:GENERATION Music Project Trailer + Tracks ft. DJ Premier, Nas, & Pretty Lights


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Yes and yes. the RE:GENERATION Music Project has partnered up with The Grammy’s to present a very creative documentary concept. Follow DJ Premier, Pretty Lights, The Crystal Method, Mark Ronson, and Skrillex as they each “remix, recreate and re-imagine” one of five traditional styles of music along with influential musicians from the given genre.

Above, find the trailer for the documentary, which is due to premiere on YouTube in February 2012. After the jump, catch the DJ Premier track with Nas as well as the Pretty Lights track featuring LeAnn Rimes, which is quite incredible to say the least.

DJ Premier & Pretty Lights tracks after the jump