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: Valerie June – ‘Pushin’ Against A Stone’

 

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The stunning and much buzzed about singer/songwriter Valerie June today drops her debut album Pushin’ Against A Stone. Co-writing 10 of the 11 tracks, June recorded the album with the help of some incredible producers, including Dan Auerbach, Kevin Augunas, and Peter Sabak. The sound created is a unique blend of roots, country, rock, and blues.

Watch the album teaser below to get a taste for the music and exactly how the lovely lady gets down.

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Video: Valerie June – ‘Pushin’ Against A Stone’ Teaser

 

The ever so charming New York and Tennessee based singer/songwriter Valerie June shares with us some of the journey that’s led her up to her upcoming album, Pushin’ Against A Stone. The sound can be described as blues, folk, country, and thanks to our man Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys who is helping with songwriting and production, some good old soulful rock-n-roll, too.

Gotta love a good hearty musical stew. The album drops May 6 in the UK.

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New Track: Meshell Ndegeocello – “Be My Husband” + MP3 & New Nina Simone Tribute Album

 

The marvelous Meshell Ndegeocello will be making her 10th studio album a dedication to the timeless Nina Simone. Called Pour une âme souveraine (“For a sovereign soul”), Meshell and her band rework several of Nina’s classics. The guest lineup is quite drool-worthy as well, which you can find in the tracklist below. As Meshell describes it, the album is “a dedication to Nina Simone and her incredible influence but it is also a dedication to the single, interior life we all experience.”

Also below, enjoy “Be My Husband” featuring Valerie June as a free download.

Pour une âme souveraine Track List
1. Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood
2. Suzanne
3. Real Real feat. Toshi Reagon
4. House of the Rising Sun feat. Toshi Reagon
5. Turn Me On
6. Feelin’ good
7. Don’t Take All Night feat. Sinead O’Connor
8. Nobody’s Fault But Mine feat. Lizz Wright
9. Be My Husband feat. Valerie June
10. Black is the Color of My True Loves Hair feat. Valerie June
11. See Line Woman feat. Tracy Wannomae
12. Either Way I Lose
13. To Be Young, Gifted and Black feat. Cody ChesnuTT
14. Four Women

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