Let's get started with this year's roundup:

Christian John Wikane, NYC, music journalist

Brothertunes: "Starship" (Nation Music) produced by Van Hunt; awesome
Gnarls Barkley: "Going On" (Downtown) I'm going with 'em
Richie Havens: "Lives in the Balance" (Verve) truth embodied
Angela Johnson/Rahsaan Patterson: "Dream Flight" (Purpose) fierece combination
Labelle: "Candlelight" (Verve) those harmonies!
Little Jackie: "28 Butts" (S-Curve) capital "A" attitude
Maiysha: "Wanna Be" (Eusonia) BEST NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR!
Janelle Monae: "Many Moons" (Wondaland/Bad Boy) a re-release from '07 but still outshines the competition
Santogold: "I'm a Lady" (Downtown) gets better the louder it's played
SugaRush Beat Company: "L-O-V-E" (RCA) a s-u-p-e-r-b track; destined to break in the U.S.
Donna Summer: "Science of Love" (Burgundy) she can still rock out!
George Tisdale: "Dream Snatchers" (Murry Media) keep your eyes open for this guy
TV on the Radio: "Golden Age" (Interscope) they know how to layer sound; great pre-chorus on this one

Stone, DC, blogger and sonic aficionado, thecouchsessions.com

Future – "Sons of Man" (dope hip/hop/rock/reggae band out of Virginia/DC)
Bullets over Romance – "Last Call for Love" (another great DC band)
Santogold – Santogold
TV On The Radio – Dear Science
Bloc Party – "Biko"
Kanye West – "Coldest Winter"
Gnarls Barkley – The Odd Couple

Honorable Mention – The Noisettes – What's the Time Mr. Wolf? – This
album was released in 2007 but I just got it over the summer and it's
one of the best Black Rock releases in the past few years.

Fiona Bloom, Brooklyn, NY-  International Tastemaker/Publicist/Blogger–The Bloom Effect

   1. Kameron Corvet-   ‘Korporate Rockstar’
   2. Maya Azucena ‘ Get It Together’ – single- download-  (Purpose Records)
   3. MadCon- ‘So Dark The Con of Man’-  Bonnier/Sony(Norway)
   4. Heston ‘ Storyteller’-  World Soul
   5. Kissey Asplund-  ‘Plethora’- R2 Records (Sweden)
   6. Kuku-  ‘Absence of Cool’-  CD
   7. Proton-  Red and Purple Vol 1 Mixtape
   8. Kery James-  ‘A L’ombre Du Showbusiness- France
   9. George Duke  ‘ Dukey Treats’-  BPM
  10. Sy Smith-  ‘Conflict’.

Brian Michel Bacchus, NYC – producer/remixer–Soulfeast Music

Richie Havens  Nobody Left To Crown
Ilana Lorraine   Demos
Okou  EP
Ayo   Joy
Chico Hamilton   Alternate Dimensions
Somi   African Lady (SoulFeast Mixes)
Nina Simone Box :: To Be Free
Joaquin Claussell   Unchained Rhythms Pts. 1&2
Lucky Peterson   The NYC Soul Sessions (3CDS)
Overproof   3 Guys Walk Into A Bar
VIva   ELectric Cabaret vols. 1 & 2

Cecil Henry, Brooklyn, NY – Urban Product Group


Nena Bleu

Thembisa Mshaka, NYC, Author of "Handle Your (Entertainment) Biz" (2009)

Sez Thembisa: "Definitely TV on the Radio, One Day As A Lion, and my fave this year: Santogold!"

Raymond Gayle, Houston, TX–Director/Producer, "Electric Purgatory"

Sez Ray: "'Electric Purgatory: The Fate of the Black Rocker' is now out of DVD!"

Alexis Peskine
, Brooklyn, NY, artist and Fulbright scholar


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