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

Valentine’s Day Gifts of Love from Hudson Mohawke and Sam Tiba

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V-day like Halloween tends to inspire a flurry of themed mixtapes and other goodies. Of particular interest today are Hudmo‘s Slow Jams Chapter VI for LuckyMe and Sam Tiba‘s Valentine’s mix for Pelican Fly.

The sixth edition of the gunshot-fire scorched mix series from Glasgow’s Hudson Mohawke (who signed to Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music as a producer a month ago) is as glorious and emotion-drenched as his previous installments. No tracklist is provided, but we doubt that’s what’s on your mind while you’re knockin boots to this.

Club Cheval member Sam Tiba’s Valentine’s present is a collage of endless and effortless blends, twisting up old favorites with some newer tracks from BenZel, Jeremih, and Kendrick Lamar. Needless to say it has us swooning and wishing we could hold onto this feeling forever.