Here it is, the first half of my 10 picks for the Bloggerhouse “Next 30″. Enjoy:
1. Quelle “Blue Mondays” & Crown Nation (Denmark Vessey & Quelle) “Slut Bag Edition”
So..maybe some of you aren’t on Twitter but if you are and you happen to follow DJ Houseshoes or subscribe to his podcasts then you’re already aware of who Quelle is. His tracks on the compilation “The Shimmy” really stood out to listeners. Recently, Shoes announced that he was leaking the entire Quelle project “Blue Mondays” track by track via Twitter. Once you finally hear the entire album it will all make sense as to why it’s on this list. But that’s not all…
Quelle and Detroit producer Denmark Vessey have also formed a group called Crown Nation. Their upcoming album “Slut Bag Edition” should be dropping soon (sometime this week) and trust me, it’s crazy. You can follow them over @ Facebook as Crown Nayshun or Quelle on Twitter @QuelleChris. In any event, be sure to be on the lookout for both projects in the near future.
2. Danny! “Where Is Danny?”
This album is the talk of Twitter along with “Felt 3: A Tribute To Rosie Perez” and the “BlackRoc” project that I can’t get excited about because Jim Jones is involved (I regard him as “human pork”, anything he’s involved in I automatically regard as off limits). Danny Swain’s Def Jux project has been long awaited and it doesn’t disappoint in the least. Danny doesn’t take himself too seriously but after the 26 tracks are done you’ll find yourself wishing it wasn’t over yet. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve played it already. Look for “Where Is Danny?” to drop this December…or I’ll hurt someone @ Def Jux.
3. Saigon “Greatest Story Never Told”
Saigon & Just Blaze have been playing and leaking tracks from “Greatest Story Never Told” in the past month. Saigon even decided to preview the album for a limited amount of time. The story is that Fort Knocks in association with Amalgam Digital will be releasing the project either late this December or early 2010. Considering how long I’ve been waiting for this project to drop and the buzz surrounding Just Blaze’s upcoming work with Jay Electronica and Eminem on his “Relapse 2″ release this should be an event that should give the Hip Hop world another much needed shot in the arm.
4. Donwill presents Don Cusack in High Fidelity/Lessondary Crew
Donwill of Tanya Morgan and the Lessondary Crew was involved a gang of great releases this year (“Brooklynati”, “Everything’s Good Ugly”, etc.) but his track & video for “Laura’s Song” produced by Astronote had everyone anticipating the concept album “Don Cusack in High Fidelity” based on the popular John Cusack film “High Fidelity”. At first it was supposed to drop in February but it interfered with the “Brooklynati” release so it got pushed back. It’s all finished but it’s not scheduled to drop until Spring 2010. What’s a year long wait for music that’s timeless? Also be on the lookout for another wave of Lessondary releases as 2009 was the Year Of The Lessondary Crew (Von Pea, Donwill, Ilyas, Che Grand, Spec Boogie, Elucid, Jermiside, Aeon, Brickbeats, Suhburb, etc.)
With the emergence of female producers like Georgia Anne Muldrow, Muhsinah, Tokimonsta and Suzi Analogue the profile of other female performers has been raised and it will hopefully usher a new wave female producers as well. Whether they appear on the Brainfeeder/beat circuit or produce for upcoming releases it’s all good. Also, new artists like Eglo Records’ Shuanise will be dropping their debut LP’s to go along with her 2009 “Voice Of Reason” EP. Georgia Anne Muldrow, Suzi Analogue and Muhsinah already provide their own vocals for their projects while Shuanise sings over production from labelmates like Floating Points. Tokimonsta will be providing production and remixes in the near future as well.
Next up: Bloggerhouse’s Next 30, Dart’s Picks 6-10