Fresh to Death

Wait a minute, whoa — we’re totally feeling Estelle’s style.

What is it about the current crop of British musical imports? They’re all female, sassy, fresh, and irreverent, and so far, the most prominent two — Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen — seem to be squandering their talents on tawdry tabloid antics. And then there’s Estelle, who stands out from the pack. Dark, chic, and lovely, Estelle is a double threat in the same vein as Lauryn Hill and Missy Elliott — she’s a singer who can rap. Or is she a rapper who can sing? Either way, the chick is fly, her tunes are catchy and memorable, and after years of popularity across the pond, she’s making waves stateside with a little help from two famous friends.

Recently signed to John Legend’s label, Estelle gives us her latest album, Shine (which drops April 29), which fairly glows with star power. Cameos by Kanye West and production by the likes of Mark Ronson, Will.i.am, Swizz Beats, and Cee-Lo should guarantee her some Billboard chart time. Tonight she’s meeting and impressing the locals at the Bailey’s Get Together, starring Estelle and hosted by her homey John Legend. It begins at 8 at Culture Room. Call 954-564-1074. For more about Estelle, visit www.estellemusic.com.
Tue., April 22, 8 p.m., 2008

 
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