Finally, after teasing us for quite some time, the sun finally decided to grace us with a proper appearance this week. OK, so most of us may have been stuck in work, unable to truly make the most of it, but that just makes the post work beer garden pints all the sweeter. And if the sudden improvement in weather isn’t enough to put a smile on your face, we also finally have some solid information on when we can expect the new Frank Ocean album – July this year, in case you were wondering. This may not seem like big news to anyone who isn’t a Frank Ocean fan, but for the rest of us, it’s a pretty big deal.
Anyway, back to the new music. Here are my five things you should be listening to this weekend.
Kano – New Banger
Kano has been away for a minute now, but don’t think this means he hasn’t been busy. While the UK grime scene has been getting thrust into the limelight more and more of late, Kano has been biding his time, working on his comeback. New Banger could not be a more apt name for this track, and the video along with it. Instead of filming a fancy, extravagant video, Kano instead decided to spend all of his budget on booze and food and “throw a shoobs for the fam”. And in case you’re not down with the lingo, Kano kindly provided an official definition of shoobs on his Twitter account:
“SHOOBS —noun 1. a party at one’s home where liquor is consumed and music is being played for the entertainment of guests. #NewBanger”
Tame Imapala – Cause I’m A Man
I’ve always felt as though the psychedelic sounds of Tame Impala are the perfect soundtrack for summer. As soon as you hear Cause I’m A Man you won’t be able to think of anything else but spending a sun-drenched afternoon lying on some grass, sipping an ice cold beer and forgetting all your troubles.
Towkio – Heaven Only Knows (Ft. Chance The Rapper, Lido & Eryn Allen Kane)
Heaven Only Knows comes from Chicago rapper Towkio’s upcoming mixtape, .Wav Theory and is another summer time anthem. Chance the Rapper provides some guest vocals on this, bringing his usual high energy flow to the track.
Honne – Didn’t I (Darondo Cover)
Recording a cover is always a risky move for up and coming bands, in my opinion. It’s so easy to butcher a classic tune, annoying fans of the original and failing to showcase your true potential. Luckily, there’s none of that with the latest offering from Honne, as they smash their cover of Darondo’s 2005 classic, Didn’t I.
Club cheval – From The Basement To The Roof
We’ll round things off today with some upbeat house goodness from Club cheval. From The Basement To The Roof is just begging to become the soundtrack to so many club nights and house parties this summer, and I for one am completely OK with that.