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

Steve Madden Music and Giant Step Present Nikki & Rich at Ramscale Penthouse – June 29

Nikki & Rich at Ramscale Penthouse 6/29

We’re back with another Steve Madden music event on Tuesday, June 29th from 7pm to 10pm. We will be holding the festivities at the beautiful Ramscale Penthouse, with a very special performance by Nikki & Rich showcasing songs from their upcoming debut album. Guest DJ will be, our friend, the illustrious DJ Moni. Complimentary cocktails will be provided by SVEDKA Vodka, and because we love you, entrance is free, but strictly RSVP only. So come early to avoid the lines and enjoy the music.

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Nikki & Rich San Francisco Debut – June 25

Nikki & Rich on 6/25 from 6-8pm at Harlot

On Friday June 25th, Giant Step presents a very special Nikki & Rich showcase at Harlot as they make their San Francisco debut. If you don’t know who this duo is yet, this is your chance to find out live and in person. Specialty cocktails will be provided by SVEDKA Vodka, and San Francisco’s own DJs Phleck and Gordo Cabeza will be on the 1 and 2s so come early and bring a friend.

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Nikki & Rich Chicago Debut – June 14

Nikki & Rich in Chicago


On Monday, June 14th, Giant Step presents Nikki & Rich as they make their Chicago debut, with special guest DJ Ron Trent at The Silver Room from 7:00pm – 9:00pm. It will be an evening filled with amazing music along with specialty cocktails provided by SVEDKA Vodka. So come down, bring a friend, and find out what everyone is already talking about.

Entrance is free but strictly RSVP only.

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