GPWW 1/5/11: Another Best of 2010

More of Gilles Peterson‘s annual winners this week – as many songs as could possibly fit into two hours. As Gilles said, it was a fantastic year for music. You won’t want to skip any of this mix, featuring Janelle Monáe, Bonobo & Andreya Triana, Joy Orbison, Ramadanman, Tokimonsta, Flying Lotus, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Kanye West, Aloe Blacc and a whole lot more.

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Giant Step 2010 Event Highlights: Photo & Video Recap

We had some unforgettable events this year, thanks to some incredible artists. Here’s a few of our favorites from the year with video and photo recaps. What was your favorite show this year? (Much more after the jump…)

+ Gilles Peterson and Questlove double bill 10 hour DJ set at The Florida Room during WMC
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+ Erykah Badu‘s secret show at Good Units at Hudson


+ Janelle Monáe‘s The ArchAndroid album release show at Highline Ballroom


+ Raphael Saadiq at Central Park Summerstage


+ Robyn‘s performance at Skybar at Mondrian in Los Angeles
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+ Aloe Blacc at Art Basel

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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

Top Rated Projects by the Giant Step Community

Every year, we measure the projects we worked on throughout the past 12 months using a meticulous ratings system based on funk levels, dancing reactivity, clicks per engagement, dollars forked over, random tallies, and the rest is sealed in confidential documents protected by the US government.

This year Sade, Erykah and John Legend with The Roots are just a few of the artists rated as one of our top ten 2010 releases. Congrats to them! And us!

11. Four Tet - There Is Love In You


10. N.E.R.D. –
Nothing



9. Eliza Doolittle - s/t


8. Mark Ronson & The Business IntlRecord Collection


7. Sia
We Are Born


6. RobynBody Talk Part 1


5. Various Artists - 16 F#cking Years of G-Stone Recordings


4. John Legend & The RootsWake Up!


3. Erykah BaduNew Amerykah Part Two: Return of the Ankh


2. Sade -
Soldier of Love

1. Janelle MonáeThe ArchAndroid

Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid: Number One of 2010

We’ve truly enjoyed watching the rise of Janelle Monáe this year, whose album ArchAndroid places in just about every single ‘Best of 2010′ music list. Her success may be due to her unclassifiable space funk music, or her stage presence, or her concept of the Android in the Cybertronic Purgatory, or the genuine groundswell of support around her throughout the past two years; either way we’re glad to see her with the critical acclaim she deserves:

“a heavenly, spectacular debut” - ABC News (#1 Album)

“Janelle Monáe’s The ArchAndroid proves she’s the whole package.” -Popmatters (#1 Album)

“No other album this year seems so alive with possibility. Monáe is young and fearless enough to try anything, gifted enough to pull almost all of it off, and large-hearted enough to make it feel like a communal experience: Us rather than Me. She may yet surpass it – let’s hope so – but for now, this is one hell of a show.”- Guardian UK (#1 Album)

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