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DJ PROMO: St Germain – St Germain

October 12th, 2015

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St Germain (aka Ludovic Navarre), whose albums Boulevard (1995) & Tourist (2000) originated a genre of French electronic music that later included artists like Daft Punk, has returned to the studio to create his first album in 15 years. The self-titled record marries percussive grooves, which have always been central to St Germain’s sound, with a new element: traditional Malian music.

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The album features various musicians and singers from the African diaspora including Malian kora players Mamadou Cherif Soumano and Cheikh Lo Ouza Diallo, Malian violinist Zoumana Tereta, and Senegalese bass player Alioune Wade (Ismael Lô) amongst others. Notably, St Germain also includes contributions from revered Malian guitarist and n’goni player Guimba Kouyata.

Following the release of St Germain, Navarre will return to the road, beginning a European tour in November. A spring U.S. tour will be announced at a later date.

PROMO TRACKLIST:

Real Blues
Sittin’ Here
Hanky-Panky
Voila
Family Tree
How Dare You
Mary L.
Forget Me Not

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DJ PROMO: Grace – “You Don’t Own Me” Remixes

September 18th, 2015

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Australian vocal powerhouse Grace recently released her debut EP, Memo (stream), via Regime Music Societe/RCA Records and Giant Step is pleased to offer up remixes of the lead single, “You Don’t Own Me.” Adding their personal touch to the track are Shaun Frank, Watashi, Chachi, Thrill and Candyland.

This cover of Lesley Gore’s 1963 anthem features new verses rapped by G-Eazy. It was produced by its original producer, the legendary Quincy Jones and Parker Ighile (Nicki Minaj). It reached #1 in Australia and introduced the 18-year-old pop-soul wunderkind to the world.

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You Don’t Own Me (Shaun Frank Remix)
You Don’t Own Me (Chachi Remix)
You Don’t Own Me (Watashi Remix)
You Don’t Own Me (Thrill Remix)
You Don’t Own Me (Candyland Remix)

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DJ PROMO: Lawson Rollins – Infinite Chill (The Remix Sessions)

August 31st, 2015

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World Music guitarist and composer Lawson Rollins is set to release his newest album Infinite Chill (The Remix Sessions) on September 18th, and Giant Step is pleased to offer you a full advance download. The album features ten chill-out remix versions of his biggest hits, including a reimagination of his Billboard #1 hit, “Moonlight Samba.”

Co-produced by renowned Persian- American musician/producer Shahin Shahida, Infinite Chill (The Remix Sessions) is a musical East-meets-West, continuing Rollins’ exploration into a multi-cultural array of global influences and styles, from bossa nova, samba, and gypsy swing to the modern pulse of electronica, chill-out, and down-tempo grooves.

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PROMO TRACKLIST:

Infinita (Chill Remix)
Cafe La Martinique (Chill Remix)
Espirito (Chill Remix)
Cafe Jobim (Chill Remix)
Parisian Rhapsody (Chill Remix)
Cafe Paris (Chill Remix)
Santa Barbara Song (Chill Remix)
Return to Rio (Chill Remix)
Flight (Chill Remix)
Moonlight Samba (Chill Remix)

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DJ PROMO: David Morin – Every Colour

August 19th, 2015

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Giant Step is excited to introduce you to Vancouver-based artist David Morin. This DJ promo includes his debut album, Every Colour, out September 4th on Bombay Records. Morin’s unique, feel-good fusion of soul, hip-hop and jazz has earned early acclaim from industry heavyweights like Russell Simmons’ All Def Digital. His riffs bring to mind the licks of blues and funk masters. Playful hints of disco and pop add retro flavor to a contemporary aesthetic that’s as accessible as it is seductive. And his voice… melodic; smooth as honey; reminiscent in sound and vibe to the likes of John Legend and D’Angelo. Yet, his lyrics address protest: politics, justice, and inspiring social change.

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The humble soul singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist busks regularly on street corners in his hometown and beyond. The guitar and loop-pedal virtuoso makes a solo performance sound like an entire band with beatboxing and vocal harmonies. Self-taught and passionately committed, Morin’s blessed with the ability to turn strangers into fans. As he travels the world, from the Santa Monica Promenade to SXSW in Austin to Barcelona & London, he pulls in a crowd wowed by his skills. Just watch his Music For The People video series and see for yourself.

Growing up in the rough area of Surrey, Vancouver, Morin found escape in his guitar and the hip-hop youth group he joined. He spent his high school years skipping class to sneak into the music room and take advantage of the KORG keyboard, which was a revelation to him, encouraging an interest in drums, synth, and keyboard sounds that he has continued to develop ever since. His lyrics tell of a life lived with highs and lows within his career and hometown. He sings of real issues we all deal with, be it on a personal or political level.

PROMO TRACKLIST:

Fair To Breathe
Go The Distance
Heaven
Life Goes On
You And Me
Come Home
MJ
Grow
Love Again
Satellite
Miss You
Same Old Game

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DJ PROMO: St Germain – Real Blues Remixes

August 6th, 2015

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St Germain (aka Ludovic Navarre), whose albums Boulevard (1995) and Tourist (2000) originated a genre of French
electronic music that later included artists like Daft Punk, has returned to the studio to create his first album in 15 years.
The self-titled record marries percussive grooves, which have always been central to St Germain’s sound, with a new
element: traditional Malian music. The album drops October 9th on Nonesuch Records, and Giant Step is pleased to offer you a download of the first single, “Real Blues”, along with 6 remixes from Atjazz & Terry Laird.

The record marries percussive grooves, which have always been central to St Germain’s sound, with a new element: traditional Malian music. Composed, produced, recorded and mixed by Navarre at his Paris studio, the Magic House, and mastered by Alex Wharton at Abbey Road, “Real Blues” features a vocal sample from Lightnin’ Hopkins’ “You Caused My Heart to Weep” and instrumental contributions from Brazilian percussionist Jorge Bezerra, Malian kora player Mamadou Cherif Soumano, Malian guitarist and n’goni player Guimba Kouyate, and keyboardist and longtime St Germain collaborator Didier Davidas, from Martinique.

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PROMO TRACKLIST:
Real Blues
Real Blues (Atjazz Stay Tuned Remix)
Real Blues (Atjazz Astro Remix)
Real Blues (Atjazz Galaxy Aart Dub)
Real Blues (Terry Laird Come Back Home Mix)
Real Blues (Terry Laird Good For Me Mix)
Real Blues (Terry Laird & The Run Island Mix Band Jazz Mix)

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DJ PROMO: Kayla – #ThisIsKaylaMusic + Remixes

June 16th, 2015

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The latest female artist set to conquer airwaves and earbuds from across the pond is Kayla. Rewind to a time when the Southeast London native was a teen raised on Prince, Sade, and Kate Bush. She would write songs and poetry in her room, crafting makeshift demos of loose vocals she’d record. Kayla joined London’s famed BRIT School, sharing classrooms with the likes of Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Jessie J, as the influx of BRIT School talent was just beginning. That experience ultimately prepared her for what was to come.

#ThisIsKaylaMusic, out June 23rd on Metro 3 Entertainment, is a five track intro to whom Kayla is. This DJ Promo also includes three remixes of “Mojito,” a dark, powerful track observing the reckless behavior of a friend. Giving you dancefloor versions are Lukis, Heatcliff, and Frank ‘N Griff.

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PROMO TRACKLIST:
Mojito
Mannequin
No Smoke Without Fire
How An End Starts
The Angel Within
Mojito (Lukis Remix)
Mojito (Heatcliff Remix)
Mojito (Frank ‘N Griff Remix)

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DJ PROMO: Mystery Skulls – Forever + Remixes

November 18th, 2014

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Master producer, singer and tattooed wunderkind, Mystery Skulls AKA Luis Dubac has dropped his debut album, Forever, via Warner Bros. Records. The album is a collection of songs that provide a fresh take on disco by blending electro, soul, 70s and 80s pop with futuristic elements ushering in a new era of pop music.This DJ servicing contains the complete album including two blissful dance tracks “Magic” and “Number 1″ featuring Nile Rodgers and Brandy. The package also includes remix EPs for the singles “Ghost” and “Paralyzed.”

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PROMO TRACKLIST:
Forever (Album)
Forever
The Future
Paralyzed
Hellbent (feat. Snowblood)
Fantasy
Ghost
Magic (feat. Nile Rodgers & Brandy)
Number 1 (feat. Nile Rodgers & Brandy)
When I’m With You
Body High
Every Note

Ghost Remixes (EP)
Ghost (Solidisco Remix)
Ghost (Fred Falke Remix)
Ghost (Claude VonStroke Remix)
Ghost (Thomas Newson Remix)
Ghost (Viceroy Remix)

Paralyzed Remixes (EP)
Paralyzed (Jimmy Edgar Remix)
Paralyzed (Aeroplane Remix)
Paralyzed (Magna Remix)
Paralyzed (Etnik Remix)
Paralyzed (Mark E Remix)
Paralyzed (Ghosts Of Venice Remix)
Paralyzed (L&M Remix)
Paralyzed feat. Ghetts (Heavytrackerz Remix)

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DJ PROMO: Wild Beasts – Present Tense (Special Edition)

October 13th, 2014

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Wild Beasts are set to release a special edition of their fourth album, Present Tense, tomorrow (10/14) in North America on Domino. To accompany the original, critically acclaimed album is a bonus disc of remix material from artists including Factory Floor, Juan Atkins, Lone, East India Youth, and Sohn, as well as a brand new remix of “Palace” from Foals. This DJ servicing includes four original album cuts and their remixes.

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PROMO TRACKLIST:
Wanderlust
Wanderlust (Factory Floor Remix)
Wanderlust (The Field Remix)
A Simple Beautiful Truth
A Simple Beautiful Truth (Lone Remix)
A Simple Beautiful Truth (Dirum Remix)
A Simple Beautiful Truth (East India Youth Remix)
Mecca
Mecca (Juan Atkins Remix)
Mecca (Sohn Remix)
Palace
Palace (Steve Moore Remix)
Palace (Foals Remix)

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DJ PROMO: Jhene Aiko – Selections from Souled Out

September 9th, 2014

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Jhené Aiko’s much-anticipated debut album, Souled Out, is now available on iTunes and this DJ download features the two singles, “The Pressure” and “To Love & Die” (feat. Cocaine 80s). The Los Angeles Times has crowned her hip-hop’s “new ‘it girl’,” while SPIN simply declares, “It’s Aiko’s moment.” And CNN echoes the sentiment: “the singer is serious about her craft and lays bare her soul with her lyrics. Her willingness to ‘go there’ is part of what is drawing in new fans.” Rolling Stone like-wise predicted great things for Souled Out: “Aiko’s full-length debut will set the spotlight squarely on her powerhouse voice.”

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PROMO TRACKLIST:
1. To Love & Die (feat. Cocaine 80s)
2. The Pressure

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DJ PROMO: Austra – Habitat EP

August 11th, 2014

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Toronto-based Austra’s Habitat, a brand-new four-track EP, is out now on iTunes and available on vinyl via Domino (Rest of the World) / Paper Bag (Canada).

“’Habitat’ is an old song that we’ve waited almost three years to release,” says the band’s Katie Stelmanis. “It didn’t seem to fit with the sounds of Feel it Break or Olympia, so we decided to finally put it out as a single along with 3 new instrumental tracks. There’s a lot of live versions of the song online but people have always pressed us to make a proper recording, so we are especially excited to announce these limited-edition physical copies of the EP. It’s a euro-style computer music experiment produced with love from me, Maya, and Dorian.”

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PROMO TRACKLIST:
1. Habitat
2. Doepfer
3. Bass Drum Dance
4. Hulluu

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