Estelle-All of Me: The Reminder Mixtape


Despite the title of the tape suggesting acknowledgment that the collective conscious of the R&B fanbase has forgotten about her, this actually looks like an interesting project.

It’s absolutely heaving with material, boasting a huge 37 tracks, with a mixture of original new material, old material and a few remixes/freestyles. A good portion of the tracks will be familiar with many, but I’m sure most will appreciate having them all in the same place. With a tracklist that deep there are a plethora of features, including such notable names as Raekwon, Gym Class Heroes, John Legend, Ghostface Killah and many more. Jump in for the free grab below.

Estelle-All of Me: The Reminder

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R&B Fridays: Episode 139


A very slow week for R&B/pop music this week (those new Chris Brown/Rihanna collaborations don’t count as music), and as a result it’s a pretty short, and stream-heavy, episode this week.

I’ve made this statement before, but R&B really is in a bad spot at the minute, with a serious lack of both quantity and quality as many of its stars are either inactive or pursuing pop careers. It’s a sad state of affairs, but I retain hope that the likes of The-Dream will be back soon to restore the natural order.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 137


A few more tracks than usual this week, and from an enjoyably-eclectic range of acts, including Raheem DeVaughn, Lloyd, and many more.

Just the two noteworthy posts to recap on, with a free 4-track EP from The Internet, who solidified their place as one of my current favourites in the wider R&B scene (given that R&B doesn’t categorise their music with any great accuracy), and of course the second instalment of our popular 5-track Winter EP.

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R&B Fridays: Episode 122


Whilst the hip-hop world has been extremely busy this week, it’s been a slower week in the R&B world. Hence, there’s only the one post to catch up on from the week gone by, with a smooth, very enjoyable effort from one of the better entities to emerge from Odd Future, The Internet, though I expect many R&BF fans will also be interested in the latest single from Drake’s upcoming album.

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Estelle ft. Freeway-Break My Heart (Remix)


Not normally my lane, and I’m probably stepping on a few R&B Friday toes with this one (Ajay click here). I’m actually only all over this because of the beat they decided to use for the remix. It is (of course!) Black Moon’s How Many MC’s. Unusual but seems to work out OK here. What else. The beard makes an appearance with a couple of nicely timed verses. Can’t be any worse than Rozay though surely? Original here. That’s about it on this really. Yeah, think I did this review justice. Good work Murray.

Tune in on Friday for a professional’s opinion on this.

Estelle ft. Freeway-Break My Heart (Remix)

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R&B Fridays: Episode 97


Lots of slow jams and collaborations in this week’s episode, some of which are certainly noteworthy not only for their lineup, but also as they’re potentially quite prominent singles from upcoming albums.

Recap from this week’s postings: a new Jagged Edge mixtape, Ryan Leslie’s latest video/single, visuals for J*Davey’s fantastic Raincheck, and finally a very unexpected UK-US collab between David Banner, Estelle and Daley.

Click below for the 97th instalment of R&B’s most revered institution.

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David Banner, Estelle and Daley-Benz

Quite the unexpected collab here, as Banner hooks up with two UK talents for his latest effort. In a similar manner to Gorillaz’s Doncamatic, this track ends up being a bit of a showcase for Daley rather than for the actual ‘title’ artist.

I assume Banner helmed the production, and he serves up a vintage soul-inspired production that certainly suggests he’s much more than the ‘southern’ hip-hop beats he’s been previously known for. Very bouncy, upbeat vibe to this one that compliments both Estelle and Daley well, with Daley making the most of his fairly extensive vocal exposure with a catchy, rousing performance. One that could easily crack the mainstream, but may get repetitive for the rest of us.

Video is very lively and colourful, and has a nice freedom about it that captures the vibe of the song well. Does the job well enough without ever really excelling, and fits the song in that sense by being decent, if unspectacular.

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Game Changers Part 3-Lupe Fiasco, Estelle, B.o.B & Janelle Monae

These Game Changer videos are seriously becoming music highlights of my week. The last two episodes were extremely captivating, and both offered insights into different aspects of each artist’s personalities.

This week’s delves into self-esteem, misconceptions of success/confidence, and even more. It ends on a very inspirational note too, and surely offers a lot of hope to artists who are coming up right now through many of the same struggles these shining lights have faced.

Sadly, this seems to be the last ‘episode’ of this particular series, but hopefully we’ll get another roundtable with some different artists soon, as this was a genuinely enlightening mini-series that probably got more good PR for Atlantic than anything else they’ve ever done!

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Game Changers Part 2-Lupe Fiasco, Estelle, B.o.B & Janelle Monae

I really enjoyed part 1 of the Game Changers series, offering us an insight into the minds and motivations of four globally successful, and critically-acclaimed artists. Definitely worth a watch.

Part 2 continues in the same vein, offering a further look into the ways in which they feel they’ve changed the ‘game’, with each artist giving very different accounts: from Estelle’s more descriptive process to B.o.B philosophical musings, this roundtable discussion is a very refreshing watch that really fleshes out the ‘characters’ we see on TV or hear on iTunes. Another good video, and hopefully there are more of these to come!

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Game Changers Part 1-Lupe Fiasco, Estelle, B.o.B & Janelle Monae

Atlantic Records present a very interesting roundtable discussion series, kicking with four of their most prominent artists. I’ve definitely got appreciation for all of them too (albeit to varying degrees), and it’s a fantastic insight into the motivations, artistic directions and individuality of each of the artists.

It’s so rare to find such detailed, honest discussion, and it certainly results in an eye-opening look at the power of the industry, the drive it takes to follow your own directions and a whole lot more. In particular, Janelle Monae comes across incredibly well, articulating her studied and measured approach superbly and really embellishing her artistic integrity.

Normally I don’t have the patience for these long videos, but I can’t recommend this one enough. You’ll definitely be left wanting part 2!

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Estelle and John Legend-Sing and Flow: The Duets EP


Wow, well that came out of nowhere. Should be a great listen and with the recent spate of love for John Legend, on the back of his collaborative album with The Roots and superb feature(s) on Kanye’s album, I’m looking forward to more vocals from John.

These two have a good chemistry too, both with the recent Fall In Love and You Are from Estelle’s last album. Grab it below, link courtesy of Estelle’s Twitter!

Estelle and John Legend-Sing and Flow: The Duets EP

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Quick Blast: Swizz Beatz and Estelle-DJ Play The Beat


Swizz has hopped on the ‘pick a day of the week and release some music’ bandwagon, as he introduces Monster Mondays. Based on the usual nature of Swizzy’s music, the title of the track and the feature, I’m expecting a club anthem equipped with a solid production. Click below and head to Swizzy’s place to grab the audio.

Swizz Beatz-DJ Play The Beat ft. Estelle

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Quick Blast: Gucci Mane and Estelle


Is imitation REALLY the sincerest form of flattery? This beat sounds identical to T.I.’s Whatever You Like from start to finish, whilst Estelle comes across as a Mary J. Blige impressionist. I normally don’t mind Estelle’s work, but this doesn’t suit her. The less said about Gucci, the better.

Gucci Mane-Grown Man ft. Estelle

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Estelle-Fall In Love Videos: 1 featuring Nas, 1 featuring John Legend

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Estelle Brings Us A New Mixtape: #ialmostmadeamixtape


The very talented (and British!) Estelle has collaborated with DJ Trauma to bring us this mixtape, which features the likes of John Legend, Nas, Maino & Kardinall Offishall. Haven’t had a chance to properly check this out myself yet, but as it’s a preview of what’s come from her next album, All Of Me, I expect this to be very good. Go download it below.

Estelle & DJ Trauma – #ialmostmadeamixtape

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R&B Fridays: Episode 50


Many of your Fridays have been centered around this OTU institution, and I’m glad to deliver this 50th episode of the hugely popular series. I’ve enjoyed writing it as much as you have reading it.

Before you see what’s in store this week, I’ve actually sprinkled a lot of R&B in other posts this week to build up some R&B love prior to this episode that you should check for. First off, go here for Ne-Yo’s new single. After that, check out the final version of Alicia Keys’ Rapture, Estelle’s latest single, a superb track from The-Dream, amongst other R&B-influenced tracks that have been posted.

Done all that? Good on you. Time to get the rest!

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New Estelle Single


Here is the second leak from Estelle’s upcoming album, All Of Me. I’m really feeling this track, will be one that will be heavily featured in my playlist over the next few weeks, and undoubtedly yours too, if you choose to download this.

Estelle – Fall In Love

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Reflection Eternal and Estelle


Quick one from me as I’m in the midst of writing a massive R&B Friday. Unexpected collabo, but it could end up working pretty well. From the upcoming RE album, due May 8th.

Reflection Eternal-Midnight Hour ft. Estelle

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Robin Thicke and Estelle-Rollacoasta Video

I’m writing this at 4am (although you aren’t seeing it until 10am), so forgive me for being a bit blunt.

New video etc.

Haven’t watched it yet etc.

And so forth.

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Single Artworkings

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R&B Fridays: Episode 38 Leftovers


As I alluded to on Friday, here are the tracks that I had to cut from that episode. I didn’t want to cut them as a lot of them could have made any other episode, but it was simply a time constraint and the fact that having a 30-40 track episode would have been impossible for you to read.

Click on for 14 more tracks to see you through until Friday.

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Estelle and Kardinal Offishall-Freak Video

Visuals are released for Estelle’s David Guetta-produced club track/latest single from her upcoming album. Audio can be swiped from here if you didn’t grab it first time out last week.

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Estelle and Kardinal Offishall Collab


Bit of a change in direction for Estelle. Pretty dancey track, with some dub elements in the production too. Produced by David Guetta, so there’s no secret that this one is aimed at the clubs.

It might grow on me eventually, but I was a fan of her more soulful stuff so I’m not completely sold on this yet. However, I completely expect this to be a pretty massive track as it’s exactly the sound the mainstream is looking for right now, so it’s one worth grabbing if you’re that way inclined.

Estelle-Freak ft. Kardinal Offishall

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David Guetta/Estelle Video

One of the few David Guetta tracks I actually like gets video treatment. Grab the audio from here for those of you who missed it first time around.

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The Noisettes Get Remixed…Again!

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Two posts in a matter of days on a band I’d barely listened to before: what the hell?!

Thankfully, most of you will know the original. Wale and Estelle have hopped on what I believe is the official remix to The Noisettes Don’t Upset The Rhythm. It’s a good remix, and I do enjoy hearing Wale jump on these types of productions. He brings a bouncy flow which suits this production superbly, and his lyrics fit well too. Estelle is a good addition too, and brings some nice lines to the track.

The Noisettes-Don’t Upset The Rhythm (Go Baby Go) Remix Ft. Wale and Estelle

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R&B Fridays: Episode 11

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Music from the UK and the US after the click, from artists such as Alexandra Burke, Leona Lewis, Lloyd and Ryan Leslie.

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Estelle, John Legend and Ludacris

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3 big stars on this track. I’m not totally convinced by it, but click below and decide for yourself.
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Mainstream Stuff

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A few tracks after the click from/featuring some well-known names, including Snoop Dogg, Lloyd, Lil’ Wayne and David Guetta.

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Drake, Estelle and more…

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Two tracks after the click: The first is from Drake, and the second is the debut single from Kanye West’s lead backing vocalist Joi Starr. The track features Estelle and Kid Sister.
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