Chris Read – “Classic Material” Hip Hop Mix Series

Classic Material is a movement. Boasting seventeen contributors with some of the UK’s finest DJ talent, Classic Material celebrates “30+ years of recorded rap music through a series of events, exhibitions, mixtape releases and more.” Each month focuses on paying tribute to a defining era or year in hip hop’s history via “music, design, photography and film.”

Record collector, former BBC 1Xtra resident DJ, and hip hop historian of sorts, Chris Read functions as the curator of the Classic Material mix series. All the mixes are streamable online and free for download. June saw the 8th edition of the series, focusing on the hip hop of 1994. Stream and download below.

Download Classic Material, Edition #8: 1994 [MP3]

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The Hudson Series Returns with Danny Krivit – September 27

Danny Krivit at Good Units on 9/27/10

It’s back! That’s right folks, the Giant Step Hudson Series is back in action and we are doing it bigger and badder than ever. We have relocated to a bigger space, downstairs at the brand new Good Units at Hudson. We are doing this once a month now so you know it will be legendary in style. Kicking off the series this year is none other than our friend Danny Krivit, on Monday, September 27th. Doors open at 8pm and as always entrance is free but strictly RSVP only.

Listen to the New York legend talk about the art of the edit below. His latest release Edits By Mr. K Vol. 2 is out on Strut Records today, so make sure you snag yourself a copy.

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New Artists Added to our Annual SummerStage Bill – July 17

Annual SummerStage Show 7/17/10

Giant Step Presents Raphael Saadiq, Aloe Blacc, TK Wonder and special guest DJ Vikter Duplaix at Central Park SummerStage on Saturday, July 17th, at 2pm. As if having Raphael Saadiq and Aloe Blacc weren’t enough, we have added newcomer TK Wonder whose aggressive slamming style seamlessly merges the lines between poetry and hiphop. TK will be performing with Moodswing Orchestra. You can grab her mixtape, Mars, to get to know this glam-rock poet. DJ Vikter Duplaix will be joining us from LA, and in case you missed him at our past shows over the years this is your chance to catch him behind the wonder wheels. Make sure you also check out his latest release Electric Love.

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Photos from Steve Madden and Giant Step Present Nikki & Rich – June 29

Please enjoy these highlights from our latest Steve Madden Music Series event with Nikki & Rich plus special guest DJ Moni, held at the beautiful Ramscale Penthouse on June 29th. Thank you to all those who came out and helped make this event such a wonderful success.