So it seems as though summer has finally arrived in the UK, which is nice. Although obviously, because we’re British, people have been complaining about it being too hot – oh how we love having something to complain about. There are always some things you can be sure will happen as soon as the temperature starts to rise. Whatever you’re doing to enjoy the sunshine this weekend – probably BBQing and boozing, let’s be honest – you’ll need some good tunes to listen to.
Here are my five things you should be listening to this weekend.
Thundercat – Them Changes
This week saw Thundercat release a new, six track record, The Beyond /Where the Giants Roam, and the entire thing is absolutely amazing – although Them Changes is an early favourite for me. While Thundercat has been making music for quite some time, recently he’s been thrust into the public eye more, thanks in part to collaborations with big names like Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus and Kamasi Washington. In fact, Flying Lotus even brought Thundercat out for part of his Glastonbury set, along with George Clinton – definitely one of my festival highlights.
The Internet – Girl (Feat. Kaytranada)
Another new album dropped this week, this time from The Internet. Ego Death features an impressive array of guests, with Janelle Monae, Vic Mensa, Tyler, The Creator and Kaytranada all lending their unique talents to the record. Girl may have been first heard back in January, but hasn’t lost its appeal since then. The combination of The Internet’s signature sound and Kaytranada’s production is a match made in heaven.
Ginuwine – Leave It In
When it comes to music, some artists like to keep their sex references fairly subtle, but not Ginuwine. Leave It In is the first new track from Ginuwine for quite a while, and there’s a 99% chance that you’ll become pregnant just by listening to it.
Sevdaliza – Marilyn Monroe
Netherlands-based singer/producer Sevdaliza released her debut EP, The Suspended Kid, earlier this year, and has since been signed to Warp Records, the home of Hudson Mohawke, Flying Lotus and Aphex Twins. Sevdaliza is a gorgeous track, and is apparently “part of a series that represent some kind of womanhood.” When asked about the track, Sevdaliza was quoted saying “Marilyn channels her fragility because it makes her powerful. A portrait in shimmering polyrhythms of a single tear floating down the cheek of a disappointed woman.”
Swim Good x Merival – Since U Asked
We’re rounding things off today with Since U Asked, a new track by Swim Good and Merival. Since U Asked was created as part of Ryan Hemsworth’s Secret Songs series, which pairs various musicians together for unique, one off collaborations. I haven’t been able to stop listening to this, especially now the sun has come out – it’s a perfect track for chilling in the sunshine with an ice cold beer.