This week started off pretty exciting, as Kendrick Lamar announced a European tour which would see him return to the UK for the first time since 2013. But, because the world isn’t fair, touts somehow managed to get every single ticket, with the main page sold out by 9.01am, and the tickets up on resale sites for double the price by 9.03am.
This confirms my longheld belief that ticket touts are just the worst kind of people, the lowest of the low. But that’s another rant for another time. You came here for some new music, so that’s what you’re going to get. Here are five things you should be listening to this weekend.
Stormzy – 4pm in London
Saying Stormzy has had a busy 2017 would be a bit of an understatement. Back in February he dropped his debut album, Gang Signs & Prayer, which is up there with my favourite records of the year so far. Since then, he’s been on tour, hit up a whole host of festivals, won awards, created a short film to go with his album, and provided cracking feature verses for a handful of songs. So, pretty busy. But he’s not done yet. This week he released 4PM in London, which sees him freestyling over Drake’s 4PM In Calabasas beat, and further cements his place as one of the UK’s most talented artists. And he’s confirmed he’s working on a second album too – no rest for the wicked, eh.
Little Dragon – Peace of Mind (Feat. Faith Evans)
Little Dragon released a new track this week, which sees them veer saway from their usual bouncy electro-pop sound. Peace of Mind sees the group team up with 90s RnB legend Faith Evans, with Raphael Saadiq helping out on production.
Whitney – You and Me
Whitney fans were given a treat this week, as it was announced that the Chicago band would be releasing a compilation of every demo for their debut album Light Upon the Lake this November. You and Me is the first track to be shared from this collection and makes you feel like you’re being transported back to the summer of love.
Jorja Smith – On My Mind (Acoustic)
It’s only been a few weeks since Jorja Smith released On My Mind, her garage inspired collaboration with Preditah – which is still in my daily Spotify rotation. Well, this week she released a stripped-back acoustic version of the track, which is much more reminiscent of some of her previous records and takes the song in a completely new direction.
Daphni – Carry On
Finally, we’ve got new music from Daphni, aka Caribou‘s Dan Snaith. Today he released Joli Mai, his latest album which features extended versions of songs from his recent fabriclive 93 mix as well as some brand new music.