If you are among the lucky ones heading south to Austin for the annual SXSW festival then you need to make note of the following showcase (trust me, you will kick yourself if you miss this one): On Friday, March 18th, Giant Step teams up with Tru Thoughts, ESL Music and Bastard Jazz to bring you a night of music you will not forget. Showcasing Nickodemus, Belleruche (Tru Thoughts), Ancient Astronauts (ESL Music), DJ Obah (Dubspot), Rob Luis (Tru Thoughts), DJ DRM (Bastard Jazz), Barry Cole and Giant Step’s own Erik The Red. The usually quiet Kenichi will be conquered by the beat, and turned into a haven of music starting at 7:00pm. Entrance is free, but strictly RSVP, so come ready to get sexy and get down.
While we plan to keep our ears open for the exciting new projects of 2011, there’s some acts we’ve already declared winners. Here’s a short list gathered from various staff members:
+ Anything Janelle Monáe related
+ the sophomore album from Adele, 21, including “Rolling in the Deep” and studio footage
+ Plan B US debut of live show and The Defamation of Strickland Banks
+ New Nneka
+ Jessie J - Who You Are and everything she does on YouTube
+ Nikki & Rich to finally release Everything
+ Estelle to release All of Me
+ Jean Grae – Cake or Death from Blacksmith Records
+ Jack Splash – to show us the Future Of The Funk
+ Wilder Zoby‘s solo EP (snippet)
+ Little Shalimar album
+ Melanie Fiona – The MF Life
+ more Kinky Notti videos like this, plus a full-length album
+ Cubik Zirconia album
+ whatever Georgia Anne Muldrow does with Some Otha Ship Connect
+ Alice Russell & Quantic on Tru-Thoughts
+ wild new dance moves from Rye Rye and her album Go! Pop! Bang!
+ The Avalanches’ 2nd album (plus all the promo mixtapes they’re going to (re)release)
+ Induce full-length & remixes
+ Ellie Goulding to finally release Lights and more remixes
+ the solo return of Marsha Ambrosious, Late Nights & Early Mornings
+ the self-titled debut of Hope
+ Jamiroquai to return to the US, possibly by helicopter
+ Laura Izibor
+ more solo work from Q-Tip and definitely more on the film
+ the next installment from Esperanza Spalding: Radio Music Society
+ Lykki Li
+ Talib Kweli
+ Lupe Fiasco obviously
+ for Shawn Lee to open the gates to his World of Funk
+ another heater from Eric Roberson as a follow-up his Grammy-nomination
+ for Mocean Worker to keep us in motion with his next album
+ the debut LP from Dego, the acclaimed Silhouette Brown producer
+ for Ancient Astronauts to embark on a journey Into Bass and Time
+ more from Coco / I Blame Coco with The Constant
+ new album from Toro y Moi
+ and Crookers new album
Listen and download the latest radioshow from Switchstance Records, brought to you by Tom Strauch and Protassov. Their official 25th show features music by Vieux Farka Toure, Ancient Astronauts, RJD2, Blockhead, Breakestra, The Beatstalkers and more. (To download: click the down-arrow on the right side of the Soundcloud player.)
For more mixes and videos, visit the Switchstance blog.
Tom Strauch and one half of the Ancient Astronauts, Kabanjak, present Switchstance Radio’s latest installment, filled with new remixes and productions from their debut album, We Are To Answer (out June 9 on ESL Music).
A melting pot of funk, dub reggae, and pure unadulterated hip-hop, We Are To Answer features vocal collaborations with Bootie Brown and Imani of legendary hip hop group the Pharcyde, Azeem, Tippa Irie, Bajka, Phat Old Mamas, Ulf Stricker, Raashan Ahmad and Entropik
With the release of We Are To Answer (out June 9th on ESL Music), Ancient Astronauts have prepared a mixtape for your summer activities in the sun.
From old school hip hop classics, to new school beats, the mix skips in and out of genres, lacing hints of reggae with thick slabs of funk.
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