New Music To Look Forward To in 2011

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 GraeCake 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 FionaThe 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

Free Mixtape released by Estelle

#Almost time for a new album from Estelle, tentatively titled All of Me. And as a promotional treat, she’s released a free mixtape ironically entitled #IAlmostMadeAMixtape. It’s available for download for a limited time, so check it out before it’s too late. Thanks to Mark Nero for the heads up. See the full tracklist after the jump.

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Talib Kweli & Hi Tek are Reflection Eternal – Revolutions Per Minute In Stores Now

Ten years since their classic contribution Train of Thought sealed their fates in hip hop lore, Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek release their follow-up venture, Revolutions Per Minute. With their first collaboration praised for its uplifting messages and nostalgic soundscape, Kweli’s command of the mic and Hi-Tek’s versatile production skills have made this album one of the most anticipated hip hop albums of 2010.

Exclusive produced by Hi-Tek, features on the album include appearances by Estelle, Bilal, Bun B, Mos Def, Jay Electronica, J. Cole, Res and Chester French. The album covers an array of topics that discuss the shortcomings of America (“Strangers”), society’s obsession with fame (“Got Work”), an honest discussion of drug use (“Lift’in Off”), the pining for a lover returning home (“Midnight Hour”), a music history lesson (“In the Red”), and even a track about Nigeria’s corruption-riddled oil business (“Black Gold”). This kind of entertainment with real world application manifests itself on the album’s first single “In This World.” Accompanied by Hi-Tek’s pulsating bass and a gripping soul sample, Kweli contemplates success and the infinite obstacles that prove burdensome to its maturation with a resounding co-sign from Jay-Z.

Reflection Eternal – “In This World”
 

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Reflection Eternal featuring Estelle: “Midnight Hour” Video

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Check out the video for “Midnight Hour ft. Estelle” the latest from Reflection Eternal‘s album Revolutions Per Minute, due out May 18th.

Highlights from Sunset Soiree 2010

In case you were not able to flock south to Miami in March for the annual Winter Music Conference (where precious little conferencing actually happens), there was a great deal of amazing music showcased non-stop throughout the week. Watch some highlights from Giant Step’s 14th Annual Sunset Soiree, co-presented by Levi’s and Windows 7, featuring Estelle, Rye Rye, Questlove, Gilles Peterson and many more.