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: Robert Glasper Experiment – ‘Black Radio 2′

 

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Today, Robert Glasper Experiment drops the much awaited Black Radio 2! The project follows up the 2013 Grammy Award winning Black Radio, named Best R&B Album.

Making up the Experiment and the core of the sonic vision are Robert Glasper on keyboards, Derrick Hodge on bass, Mark Colenburg on drums, and Casey Benjamin on vocoder and saxophone. And as expected, the guest vocalists are impressive: Common, Patrick Stump, Brandy, Jill Scott, Dwele, Marsha Ambrosius, Anthony Hamilton, Faith Evans, Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Luke James, Emeli Sandé, Lalah Hathaway, and Malcolm-Jamal Warner. Get a taste of the sounds with the video for “Calls” featuring Jill Scott below!

The tour kicks off today in NYC at Best Buy Theatre with special guests Common and Marsha Ambrosius! Find additional tour dates after the jump.

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Robert Glasper Experiment ‘Black Radio 2′ Tour Dates

 

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As the Robert Glasper Experiment gears up to release their highly anticipated Black Radio 2 on October 29, they’re setting out on a special string of US tour dates featuring Common and Marsha Ambrosius!

Tour Dates
10/18 – SFJAZZ – San Francisco, CA
10/26 – Masonic Temple – Detroit, MI*
10/29 – Best Buy Theater – New York, NY*
11/3 – Birchmere – Alexandria, VA
11/9 – H Town Arena – Houston, TX*
11/14 – Club Nokia – Los Angeles, CA*

*Show date w/ Common and Marsha Ambrosius

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Interview: Hiatus Kaiyote Check In Before SummerStage

 

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Before they rip it at our upcoming SummerStage showcase on this Sunday, August 11, the guys of Hiatus Kaiyote check in with us on their latest.

Giant Step: Hiatus Kaiyote’s fanbase has grown incredibly in a very short time. How does the rush of success feel?

Pez: It’s a bit overwhelming sometimes. The more I think about that stuff, I get goosebumps. It’s definitely overwhelming.

GS: What’s been your most humbling/unreal moment to date?

Bender: Being backstage at the Dour Festival in Belgium with Robert Glasper Experiment, Guilty Simpson and Flying Lotus, while I’m simultaneously hanging out with my parents and trying to be cool.

GS: We’re proud to have supported Hiatus from early on, along with countless other acts we’ve had the honor of introducing to larger audiences; How does it feel to be invited to perform at SummerStage ?

Bender: It’s an honor to be on the same bill as Jose James and Shuggie Otis and awesome to be playing in Central Park. To be included amongst all the amazing artists who have played Summerstage over the years is mind boggling.

GS: When people hear your music for the first time, it’s immediately unlike anything they’ve ever heard; what are your plans for future recordings? Are we going to get a divergence in sound or are you going to dig deeper into the sound you’ve already built?

Simon: It’s important for us to keep exploring new sounds and new ideas. Keep it moving and not keep it stuck in one form of expression.

The fact we’ve just built a new recording studio is exciting because we can extend on our sounds and ideas more so than the possibility we had at our last studio. Playing this much live and touring I think will change the way we’ll approach recording; there will definitely be a lot of live material included on the next record.

GS: A Hiatus show is definitely one of energy; what would you say has been the most profound reaction you’ve received from the crowd while performing?

Pez: XOYO in London, but it’s up there with a couple of other ones. They pretty much sang the words to every song (including songs only on YouTube), singing along to even guitar riffs. They were showing they were true fans.

Simon: I was almost on my knees holding my ears because of the screaming.

GS: Along with the new Sony reissue, are there any plans for new music or projects soon? Anything you can share?

Pez: We want something to come out as soon as possible

Simon: When we finish this tour, we’re going straight into the studio; looking at new release in 2014.

Robert Glasper Experiment to Release ‘Black Radio 2′ on October 29

 

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After receiving much fanfare on their Black Radio album, the Robert Glasper Experiment is now poised to release what promises to be yet another remarkable project. Black Radio 2 drops on October 29 and we couldn’t be more excited!

Download The Official Robert Glasper Experiment App from iTunes to get the latest scoop on the album, watch exclusive videos, and more. Also peep the track listing below, which boasts another stellar lineup of guests, including Common, Dwele, Anthony Hamilton, Faith Evans, Norah Jones, Snoop Dogg, Lupe Fiasco, Emeli Sandé, and Lalah Hathaway, amongst several others.

Tracklisting

1. Baby Tonight (Black Radio Intro)
2. I Stand Alone ft. Common and Patrick Stump
3. What Are We Doing ft. Brandy
4. Calls featuring Jill Scott
5. No Worries ft. Dwele
6. Trust ft. Marsha Ambrosius
7. Yet To Find ft. Anthony Hamilton
8. You Own Me ft. Faith Evans
9. Let It Ride ft. Norah Jones
10. Persevere ft. Snoop Dogg and Lupe Fiasco
11. Somebody Else ft. Emeli Sandé
12. Jesus Children of America ft. Lalah Hathaway and Malcolm-Jamal Warner

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