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

Laura Izibor Debuts Let The Truth Be Told Today, Tours With Maxwell Tomorrow

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“The foundation begins with soul,” explains 21-year-old singer/songwriter/producer Laura Izibor of her passionate, piano-guided songs on Let The Truth Be Told. On her debut album out today, Izibor continues the lineage set out by artists like Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott; artists who combine a reverence for the traditions of early R&B with a thoroughly modern sensibility.

Born to a working class family in Dublin, Ireland, Izibor, who is affectionately referred to as “The Soul of Ireland” says of her debut, “the title felt like a strong, almost biblical statement,” continuing, “I’ve written this album because it’s my truth. It’s a sincere record and it has a feel of survival in it as well.”

The songs are ripe with authenticity, from the sassy, soulful album opener, “Shine,” to the magnificent and deeply personal “If Tonight Is My Last,” to the anthemic and inspirational “Mmm,” which colored the soundtrack of Step Up 2: The Streets. After one listen to the powerful, honey-tinged vocals on Let The Truth Be Told, one thing is for sure. For Laura Izibor, it’s got to be real.

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Laura’s North American tour commences tomorrow with Maxwell.

Tour Dates

Laura Izibor Gets Leaked on VH1

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Check out Laura Izibor on VH1′s The Leak and preview her new album Let The Truth Be Told. If you’re feeling the new CD, don’t miss her live show when she comes through your town!

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
Jun 10  8:00P Pontiac Garage @ House of Blues Dallas, Texas
Jun 12  8:00P Vinyl Atlanta, Georgia
Jun 15  8:00P World Cafe Live Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Jun 16  8:00 PKennedy Center Millenium Stage Washington, Washington DC
Jun 17  8:00P S.O.B.’s New York, New York
Jun 20  8:00P CBS Saturday Morning Show New York, New York
Jun 20  11:30P Joe’s Pub Late Show New York, New York
Jun 22  8:00P House Of Blues Chicago, Illinois
Jun 23  8:00P Palm Beach Improv West Palm, Florida
Aug 26  6:00P Billboard Live Osaka Early Show Oaska
Aug 26  9:00P Billboard Live Osaka late Show Japan
Aug 28  7:00P Billboard Live Tokyo Early Show Japan
Aug 28  9:00P Billboard Live Tokyo Late Show Tokyo
Aug 29  7:00P Billboard Live Tokyo Early Show Tokyo
Aug 29  8:00P Billboard Live Tokyo Late Show Tokyo
Sep  5  8:00P Electric Picnic TBC Portlaoise, Louth
Sep 13  8:00P Bestival Isle of Wight Isle Of White, Channel Islands

Laura Izibor’s “From My Heart To Yours” Video

Let the Truth Be Told will be released June 16th, 2009 on Atlantic Records.

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“The foundation begins with soul,” explains 21-year-old singer/songwriter/producer Laura Izibor of her passionate, piano-guided songs. On her forthcoming debut album, Izibor continues the lineage set out by artists like Lauryn Hill and Jill Scott; artists who combine a reverence for the traditions of early R&B with a thoroughly modern sensibility. After one listen to the powerful, honey-tinged vocals on Let The Truth Be Told, one thing is for sure. For Laura Izibor, it’s got to be real.

Tour Dates