January 20 2012: In late 2007, Estelle sat in the freezing cold on the balcony of her Brentford home and screamed at God. Why, she wanted to know, was she in limbo? In 2004 she had been talked of as the British MC 'most likely to challenge the mainstream' and had a top 20 hit with the brilliantly energetic R&B track '1980'. And then she was dropped by her record label. 'No one wanted to take a risk on me. They were more used to a woman rapping on the sidelines, not being in control and at the centre of it all,' she shrugs. Ahead of her time in her desire to bring urban music to the mainstream, she found herself between record deals, her future uncertain.