Staff Picks of 2013



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

Interview: King Britt Talks New Projects + NYC Le Bain Party on 10/15


Our upcoming Monday night with the legendary King Britt is just around the corner. As King prepares for what sure to be an all night booty rocking affair, we catch up with the man himself about what’s been moving him of late.

More details on the party after the jump.

Giant Step: What’s your typical day been looking like of late? we know you’re always doing interesting things.

King Britt: Well, I try my best to be pretty organized. I’m lucky to be home through the week Mon-Thurs to work in the studio. I just recently did a remix for Cat Power, Arc in Round and Manuel Tur. Then weekends I fly out to do gigs or check my daughter on campus.

GS: When we checked in with you earlier, you mentioned that you’ve been working “on a number of very interesting projects at the moment.” We’d love to hear more about them!

KB: Yes, as I mentioned, just did some remixes. Recently, completed a few commissions, one an album for the DataGarden label, which is part sound design part experimental music, out now on their label. Two, I just completed a ‘sound art’ commission for Bowerbird as part of Design Philadelphia, which is a sonic interpretation of Jim Sanborn’s Ars Menendi sculpture.

Read the rest of the interview & get party details after the jump

New Track: THEESatisfaction – “Enchantruss” ft. Shabazz Palaces + MP3


This track is nasty. In a very, very good way. Listen to the eccentric soul girl duo THEESatisfaction on this twitchy new tune featuring Palaceer Lazaro of the much sought after Shabazz Palaces. These ladies are working it from their vocals to raps, ready to school somebody. Watch out for their upcoming debut album, Awe Naturale – most certainly not to be missed.

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Video: Shabazz Palaces on Noisey


Having released their debut album, Black Up, last month, Shabazz Palaces is well on their on their way to creating a new space for their quirky sounds. has chosen to feature the duo for one of their awesome multi-part videos. Watch a candid interview as well as live footage from a performance at Neumo’s in Seattle.

In case you aren’t familiar with the duo already, definitely take a listen and see how Butterfly of Digable Planets has totally flipped his persona for this project.

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