Five things you should be listening to this weekend

After another arduous week, Friday is almost here. Huzzahs all round. To celebrate our collective survival and to get ready for the weekend, I thought I would share five of my favourite songs of the moment.

So sit back, relax, and crank up the volume.

Kendrick Lamar – i

By far the musical highlight of the week for me was the long awaited return of Kendrick Lamar, with the release of the first single from his upcoming album. Ever since I first listened to good kid, m.A.A.d city I’ve been a massive fan of Kendrick Lamar, and couldn’t be more excited about his next album. While we’ve been blessed with a number of guest spots from Kendrick on other tracks (check him out on Control and Holy Ghost), it’s been over two years since his last album.

Some people have been a bit negative about i, as it is noticeably different to his previous work, but this should be seen as a good thing in my opinion. (His flow on this is almost reminiscent of Andre 3000 or Chance the Rapper, another two favourites of mine.) This new release shows progress and growth, which should be encouraged. If this track is an indicator of how his new album is going to sound, then I’m excited.

 SBTRKT – New Dorp. New York (Feat. Ezra Koenig)

Another album I’ve been eagerly awaiting was finally released this week – Wonder Where We Land, by SBTRKT. While the entire album is good, New Dorp. New York is an early favourite – just try and tell me you don’t absolutely love that bassline, just try it. I was lucky enough to get tickets for his tour as well, so I’ll be seeing this live in Manchester Albert Hall next week – I just hope he brings along some of the featured artists from the album too.

 FKA Twigs – Two Weeks

Last week saw the return of Later… with Jools Holland, and what a lineup for the first episode – Ryan Adams, The O’Jays, Jungle, Alt J, Vance Joy and FKA Twigs. I’d already been listening to FKA Twigs’ album, LP1, quite a bit, so it was interesting to see how she performed live. Needless to say, she didn’t disappoint. She’s up for the Mercury Music Prize this year, but competition is pretty stiff, so I wouldn’t want to try and call the outcome. One thing we can all agree on though, is that she has a cracking voice.

 Chet Faker – No Diggity

Now this isn’t exactly new music, but you can’t knock a classic. I came across Chet Faker while listening to a random Deezer playlist, and fell in love with his downtempo cover of the Blackstreet classic, No Diggity. If you think he’s just a cover artist though, you’d be wrong. Both Thinking in Textures and Built on Glass are great records, and I’d also recommend watching/listening to his Boiler Room set from Melbourne earlier this year.

Also, just check out that beard. Don’t act like you’re not impressed.

Elli Ingram – Poetic Justice

So we’ve had Kendrick Lamar, and we’ve had a cover, so how about a Kendrick Lamar cover to finish things off? Elli Ingram takes this Kendrick Lamar classic and completely flips it on its head, giving it an almost jazzy feel, which is always good news in my books. And if you like this, then check out Sober and The Doghouse.

So, I hope you’ve enjoyed these tracks – feel free to let me know your favourite, or if you have any suggestions for what I should be listening to next.

Happy Friday.