Five things you should be listening to this weekend (Vol. 47)

Charles Bradley - The World

This week, Twitter announced that they would be increasing their character limit from 140 to 280 – testing it out with select accounts before rolling it out to everyone. Which means double the characters for top Twitter bants, but also double the characters for Trump to spout his usual 3AM nonsense, driving us ever closer to a full-blown nuclear apocalypse. Which is a fun thought.

But until that happens, we power through as usual. So, here are five things you should be listening to this weekend.

Chance the Rapper – First World Problems (Feat. Daniel Caesar)

Earlier this week, Chance the Rapper was a guest on The Late Show With Stephen Colbert, and debuted a brand-new song while he was there. The track, which was untitled at the time, had apparently been written over the course of the previous weekend, which is pretty impressive. It showcases Chance’s more laid-back, thoughtful side, and sees Daniel Caesar providing backing vocals.

Charles Bradley – The World (Is Going Up In Flames)

Last weekend, Charles Bradley passed away at the age of 68. He was an immensely talented singer, and I’ve always found the story of how he came to fame a fascinating one – proper rags to riches tale. Definitely worth reading up on, if you haven’t already. Also, go back and listen to his albums, they’re all fantastic. I struggled to decide which of his songs to include on here, but eventually settled on this classic. Enjoy.

Jordan Rakei – Nerve

Last week saw the release of Jordan Rakei‘s latest album, Wallflower. Nerve was the first single to be released from this record, and sets the tone nicely. Jordan has an absolutely fantastic voice, backed up by equally impressive arrangements throughout the album.

Moses Sumney – Lonely World

Last week, Moses Sumney released his debut album, Aromanticism – a soulful, melancholic record. The complex, multi-layered album takes you on a journey, with new elements uncovered with each listen – definitely the sort of thing you’ll want to listen back to again and again. The chilling, atmospheric Lonely World is a good example of what to expect. And depending on where you work, and your own sensibilities, the video may or may not be safe for work.

Kamasi Washington – Desire

We’re rounding things off this week with Desire from Kamasi Washington, who just released his latest EP. Harmony of Difference follows on from Kamasi’s huge 2015 triple-LP The Epic, and is just as intriguing. Desire, the opening track, is a smooth, laid-back piece, which eases you in gently to the rest of the record.