It’s the 29th May, summer is just around the corner, and it’s pouring down with rain. Because that’s just the way we do things in this wonderful country of ours. But don’t let the rain get you down too much, because it’s Friday and I’ve got some great new music to help you kick start your weekend. So take off your damp socks, put the kettle on and turn the volume up to 11.
Here are my five things you should be listening to this weekend.
Disclosure – Holding On (Feat. Gregory Porter)
Earlier this month, Disclosure released Bang That, their first new track in a couple of years, and the internet went wild. Well, this week we lost our collective minds yet again as they released the first official single from their eagerly awaited new album. Holding On features jazz legend Gregory Porter on vocals, and shows that Guy and Howard haven’t lost their touch for picking out the perfect collaborators for their records. On Annie Mac’s radio show, the guys revealed that they actually wrote Holding On as a ballad, before remixing their own track to produce this two-step/garage/house anthem.
Hira King – Ending With U
Hira King has only been around on SoundCloud for a few months, and nobody seems to know much about him. One thing we do know, however, is that he keeps releasing different, but equally amazing tracks. Ending With U is his latest offering, and another absolute hit – floating, ethereal, uplifting, synthy goodness.
A$AP Rocky – Everyday (Feat. Rod Stewart, Miguel & Mark Ronson)
This week, A$AP Rocky surprised us by dropping his second album, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP, a week earlier than planned. Some people say this is due to the album leaking over the weekend, some people have other reasons. I, for one, don’t care why he did it, but am pleased he did. The album features all sorts of guest appearances, with Rod Stewart, Miguel, Kanye West, Schoolboy Q, Lil Wayne, Juicy J and UGK, to name but a few.
Bluey Robinson – Paris
I came across Bluey Robinson’s profile on SoundCloud this week, after seeing him in the “Who to Follow” recommendations bit. I don’t know much about him, but he’s done some work with Tom Misch, who is one of my favourite singer/songwriter/producers of late, which is a seal of approval in my book. Paris sees Bluey soulfully crooning over the top of Tom’s signature jazz-infused guitar backing, and still has me bobbing my head and tapping my foot.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love
I’m rounding things off this week with Multi-Love, the latest album from Unknown Mortal Orchestra. If you follow my blog, you’ll know I’ve been looking forward to this album for quite some time, and I was never going to be able to choose just one song to share. Enjoy.