The world was shaken to its very core this week, as it was announced that not only has Jeremy Clarkson been let go from the BBC, but that Zayn Malik has also decided to leave One Direction. Families around the world have not known what to do with themselves. Dads have sobbing into their pints, while teenage girls have been hysterically screaming and wondering what point life could possibly hold for them anymore. Personally, I think there should be some weird, wife-swap type situation, where Jezza joins One Direction and Zayn joins Top Gear. Just imagine. Jezza on stage, front and centre, dad jeans pulled up extra high, one too many buttons undone on his shirt, rocking a sweet air guitar solo while the 1D boys sing. Meanwhile, Zayn is struggling to keep up with the dad bants that Top Gear fans know and love. I think I’m onto a winner here.
Anyway, it’s Friday, which means it’s new music time. Here are my five things you should be listening to this weekend.
Action Bronson – Baby Blue (Feat. Chance the Rapper)
It’s been another good week for hip hop fans, as Action Bronson finally dropped his debut album, Mr Wonderful. The entire album is great, showcasing Action Bronson’s impressive flow, while still managing to show off his sense of humour. He also dropped the video for Baby Blue, which I know I have featured before, but it’s one of my favourite tracks from the album and the video is great.
Seasick Steve – Summertime Boy
Seasick Steve released his 7th studio album, Sonic Soul Surfer, this week, and proves he is still as incredibly talented as ever. I remember when I first saw Seasick Steve play live, years ago at Leeds Festival. From the first time I saw him perform on stage I’ve been hooked ever since.
GRiZ – For The Love (Feat. Talib Kweli)
Detroit based producer GRiZ released another single from his upcoming album this week, calling in hip-hop legend Talib Kweli to help out. I feel like For The Love would be a great summertime tune, with the contrast of Talib’s rapping and the female chorus vocals, along with the keys and horns throughout. All we need now is some nice weather!
Bearcubs – Paper Walls
We venture back across the pond for our next track, Paper Walls from London based Bearcubs. Bearcubs reminds me of James Blake or Honne, and Paper Walls is an absolute dream. Sit back, close your eyes and fade away.
Years and Years – Worship
2015 is going to be a great year for Years and Years, as the band keep going from strength to strength. Worship is their latest single, and speaks for itself really. More of the upbeat, feel good music we’ve come to expect.