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.

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Well, it’s time for another of everyone’s favourite type of weekend, a Bank Holiday weekend. Three days off work to lie in, get boozy, and generally do whatever you want. Unless you don’t work in a standard Monday to Friday role and have to work this weekend. In which case, sucks to be you – I’ll have an extra drink in your honour.

Here are my five things you should be listening to this weekend.

 

Honne – Top To Toe

I’ve been looking forward to Honne‘s new EP ever since I first came across the duo, and was not disappointed when they released it earlier this month. Coastal Love is four tracks worth of smooth, sultry hits, filled with crooning vocals, trippy synths and soulful influences throughout.


Jordan Rakei x Kiran Kai – Maya

Keeping with the soulful vibe, up next we’ve got Maya, the latest release from Jordan Rakei, who teamed up with South London’s Kiran Kai for this record. Maya is effortlessly smooth, with Jordan Rakei showing off his gorgeous falsetto over some insanely funky chords and bouncing drums.


Atlas Bound – Landed On Mars

Landed on Mars is the latest song from Australian duo, Atlas Bound, which keeps in line with the mellow, chill vibe they’re known for. According to the duo’s Facebook page, we can expect an EP from them in the near future, so keep your eyes peeled.


XO – Flames of a Phoenix

19 year old producer/songwriter/singer XO made quite the impression in 2014, and it looks as though his success is set to continue throughout this year, with his next EP, The Ethereal Experience, set to drop on 20th July. Flames of a Phoenix is a funky, summer-ready hit, just waiting to get you dancing.


Wayne Snow – Rosie

We’ll round things off this week with Rosie, the latest release from Nigerian born vocalist Wayne Snow. Rosie has elements of jazz/funk/soul and all sorts of other wonderful influences running through, and is pretty much musical seduction. So, call up someone special, dim the lights, light some candles, crack open that fancy bottle of wine you’ve been saving, lay down by the fire, put this track on and let the good times roll.

 

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