Another week gone, another week closer to Christmas. I’ve already started working on my ultimate Christmas playlist, so keep your eyes peeled for that. Today is Black Friday too, which means people will be fighting to the death for the best deals. What good is a shopping battle royale without some good tunes though?
Mary J. Blige & Disclosure – Follow
This week saw Mary J. Blige released her latest album, The London Sessions, and she’s called in help from some big name artists, including Disclosure, Sam Smith, Emeli Sandé, Jimmy Napes, Naughty Boy, and Sam Romans. She’s worked with Disclosure before, providing the vocals for their track, F For You, and now it’s their turn to return the favour. Follow is everything we could hope for from a Mary J. Blige/Disclosure collaboration, pure dancefloor gold.
Made In Heights – Panther
LA Duo, Made In Heights, released Panther this week, further building the anticipation for their upcoming album. Panther is an old school slow jam, with Kelsey Bulkin’s sexy vocals mixing perfectly with producer Sabzi’s stripped back beats.
Hudson Mohawke – Chimes (Remix Feat. Pusha T, Future, Travi$ Scott, French Montana)
You might recognise this track, which was featured on a recent Apple Macbook Air advert. But that wasn’t enough for the Scottish producer, as he’s now released a remix featuring quite the impressive lineup. And to make things even better, he’s even released a trippy, interactive video to go along with the remix. You can check it out on his website, and I’ll highly recommend it.
Elderbrook – How Many Times
British, self taught, multi-instrumentalist, Elderbrook released his debut EP, Simmer Down, this week. How Many Times is a chilled, downtempo track that gives just enough to get you nodding your head. Nothing fancy, just a simple, yet great tune.
Jack Garratt – The Love You’re Given
Another downtempo track to finish today’s list off, this time from Jack Garratt. The Love You’re Given has an almost James Blake feel to it, complete with minimalist, repetitive rhythms and haunting vocals, all working towards a heavier climax.
As I said at the start of this post, I’m currently working on my Christmas playlist, which I’ll be posting on here soon. So if you have any requests or recommendations, let me know!