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This week, the Pantone Color Institute announced a brand new shade of purple – called Love Symbol #2 – created to honour the memory of Prince. Apparently, it was inspired by his custom-made Yamaha purple piano, and it’s a pretty nice shade, to be fair.

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There was also a bunch of new music released, which is always good. Here are five things you should be listening to this weekend.

LCD Soundsystem – Tonite

Tonite is the third track to be released from LCD Soundsystem’s upcoming LP, following Call the Police and American Dream. It’s a toe-tapping return to the group’s classic sound, full of dancey synths and vocoders. Lovely stuff.

KMD – True Lightyears (Feat. DOOM & Jay Electronica)

DOOM and Jay Electronica, two of hip-hop’s most elusive characters, came out of hiding this week to grace us with True Lightyears, the first KMD track in almost 25 years. As well as being the first track from the upcoming KMD album, Crack in Time, it’s also the first track in a new 15-song DOOM project, The Missing Notebook Rhymes, from DOOM and Adult Swim’s Singles Program. The plan is to release a song each week for the next 13 weeks – so lots to look forward to.

Jamila Woods – LSD (Feat. Chance the Rapper)

Jamila Woods released the video this week for LSD, one of the stand out tracks from her album HEAVN. The video, which features everyone’s favourite, Chance the Rapper, aims to counter the often negative images of Chicago that flood the media. And what’s more positive than a bright backyard BBQ, with Chance manning the grill?

Chet Faker – (Lover) You Don’t Treat Me No Good

Like a Version is Aussie radio station Triple J’s answer to the Radio One Live Lounge – just with a much better name. You know the score, artists come in and cover other people’s tracks, everyone has a great time. Well, this week Triple J announced plans to release a 21 track collection of some of those covers for the first time – so I’ve been listening back to some of my favourites. Here’s Chet Faker (or Nick Murphy, as he’s now known) covering Sonia Dada’s (Lover) You Don’t Treat Me So Good.

Gorillaz – Strobelite (Feat. Peven Everett) – Kaytranada Remix


Rounding things off this week we’ve got Kaytranada, who just released a funky remix of Gorillaz and Peven Everett’s Strobelite. Apparently there’s also a dancehall remix of the Popcaan featuring Saturnz Barz ready to go, with new verses from Mad Cobra, Assassin, Kila P and Teddy Bruckshot. It’s being released next weekend, to coincide with Notting Hill Carnival, so keep an eye out for that one.

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This week, the BBC released the details of their top earners, leaving people asking a number of big questions. Questions like why is there still such a big pay gap between men and women? And how can Chris Evans earn over £2.2 million a year and still dress like a dad who got lost in the Matalan summer sale?

There was also a lot of excellent new music released, which is what you’re here for. Here are 5 things you should be listening to this weekend.

Mura Masa – NOTHING ELSE! (Feat. Jamie Lidell)

Last week saw Mura Masa finally release his self-titled debut album. After making a name for himself working with everyone from Nao and Charlie XCX to A$AP Rocky and Desiigner, I had high hopes for this album, and it didn’t disappoint. This is a record you’ll find yourself listening to over and over again. NOTHING ELSE! brings in Jamie Lidell on vocals and is an instant hit for me.

Mr Jukes – Grant Green (Feat. Charles Bradley)

Former Bombay Bicycle Club frontman Jack Steadman has clearly been keeping busy since the group disbanded last year. He’s reinvented himself as Mr Jukes and just released his debut album, God First. The album, which features guest spots from BJ The Chicago Kid, Lianne La Havas, De La Soul and more, is a big leap from his old sound, but a welcome one. Grant Green is an early favourite track for me, thanks in part to a fantastic feature from Charles Bradley.

Chance the Rapper & Young Thug – Big B’s

Nothing to see here, just two of the most popular and innovative rappers of recent years on a single-handed mission to save SoundCloud. As rumours surrounding the supposedly imminent collapse of the music platform flooded the internet, Chance the Rapper and Young Thug decided to drop a new track, Big B’s, exclusively on SoundCloud. Really, they’re too good to us.

Arcade Fire – Electric Blue

More new Arcade Fire goodness next. Electric Blue is the latest release from their upcoming new album, Everything Now. The band described the song as “either a gorgeous celebration of longing or a swirling aural hangover cure. If you, the journalist, need something specific to say about it, try something like, “It’s the sound of Arcade Fire at the dawn of something new, gorgeously unsure if they’re ready for morning to come.” So, that’s that then.

GoldLink – Roses (Feat. Hare Squead & Masego)

Earlier this week, GoldLink stopped by Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1 show to take part in “Piano Sessions”. While he was there he performed a cover of OutKast classic, Roses, with a little help from Masego and Hare Squead. Showcasing his talent and versatility, GoldLink jumps from rapping to singing with complete ease, giving us his best André 3000 impression.

 

Finally, for some reason Sisqo has decided to remake Thong Song after 18 years. It’s completely unnecessary and sounds exactly how you’d imagine a 2017 version of Thong Song would count, but for some reason I can’t stop listening to it. Enjoy.

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This Sunday sees some of the biggest names in music get together for the 59th annual Grammy Awards. Which means my Monday will be spent catching up on the highlights, seeing if Chance the Rapper managed to make history again. Anyway, you didn’t come here for Grammy talk, you came here for some new music. Here are my five things you should be listening to this weekend.

 

Sampha – (No One Knows Me) Like the Piano

Finally, after years of waiting, Sampha released his debut album this week. Process is a fantastic, complex piece of work, with Sampha working through a range of emotions. Like The Piano, a heartfelt tribute to his late mother, is a stand out track.

Syd – All About Me

Another debut album this week came from Syd, of The Internet and Odd Future fame. Fin sees Syd break out on her own, moving away from the neo-soul feel of The Internet’s Ego Death. There are plenty of late 90s r’n’b influences that can be felt throughout the album, but Syd puts her unique stamp on each and every track.

Stormzy – Big For Your Boots

This week saw Stormzy announce his long-awaited debut album, Gang Signs and Prayer, set to be released on 24th February. As if this wasn’t enough, he also released the video for Big for Your Boots, the album’s lead single. The track bangs and shows Stormzy is still on the top of his game. The video was directed by Daps, who’s recently worked on Migos’s Bad and Boujee and T Shirt videos, and sees Stormzy chilling in Morley’s with Maya Jama.

Thundercat – Show You The Way (Feat. Michael McDonald and Kenny Loggins)

Show You The Way came out at the end of January, along with the announcement for Thundercat‘s third album, Drunk. Drunk’s tracklist includes feature spots for Kendrick Lamar, Wiz Khalifa and Pharrell, but Show You The Way tops it all by bringing in Kenny Loggins. Danger Zone.

Loyle Carner – The Isle of Arran

The Isle of Arran is the opening track from Loyle Carner’s debut album, Yesterday’s Gone, and sets the tone for the rest of the record. The album showcases Carner’s unique style of music, with old school soul and jazz-infused beats providing the perfect accompaniment to his mellow, laid back lyrical style.

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Technically it’s still summer, but you wouldn’t know from looking outside today. It may only be the middle of August, but that hasn’t stopped us being hit with some absolutely biblical rainstorms. But who cares, eh? It’s basically the weekend anyway. So, shut the blinds, pour yourself a drink, crank up the volume and pretend you’re somewhere warm and sunny. Here are my five things you should be listening to this weekend.

 

Medasin – Coffee (Feat. Masego)

I don’t know about you, but I find it nearly impossible to function as a grown-up human before I’ve had my first coffee of the day (milk, no sugar, if you’re offering). Coffee has a unique ability of making you feel completely chilled and wide awake at the same time, ready to take on the world. This track from Medasin and Masego has the same effect, flawlessly blending jazz, soul and hip hop vibes into the perfect track to kick start your weekend with.


Stormzy – You’re Like

Stormzy has already made a name for himself in the grime world, but his latest release shows us a completely different site to him. You’re Like samples Alex Isley’s 2013 single, “About Him” and kicks off with Stormzy singing acapella – it’s a change from the norm, but no less impressive.


Chance The Rapper – Israel (Sparring) (Feat. Noname Gypsy)

While there is no doubting that Chance The Rapper is an incredible, multi-talented artist in his own right, he’s never been one to hog the spotlight. Just look at his most recent project, Surf, where he took on just one role as part of the wider group, The Social Experiment. Israel, which he released earlier this week, shows him highlighting new talent yet again, this time in the form of Noname Gypsy.


Hermitude – Ukiyo (Feat. Pell)

Our next track comes from Australian duo, Hermitude, who have been enlisting the help of a couple of US rappers to feature on bonus tracks on the American release of their latest album, Dark Night Sweet Light. Hermitude features New Orleans native Pell, who I featured on here back in February. Pell’s laid back flow works perfectly with Hermitude’s chilled, understated production.


Klepto DJ & Murkage Dave – Stay Ready

Stay Ready is the latest mix from Manchester legends, Klepto DJ and Murkage Dave, and is packed full of noughties bangers. But my words couldn’t do it justice, so I’ll let them provide a more fitting intro… “This one’s for the main chicks, the side chicks, to all the hustlers out there getting money. For the students going HAM in the house parties, not giving a shit. All the independent women, with their own car, own crib. From the streets, to the jeeps, to the sheets, stay ready.” 

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This week, the complete lineup for Glastonbury was finally released, which of course made me ridiculously excited. Now, if only the weather would comply and keep nice and sunny for a few weeks, I think we’ll be onto a winner. Before that though, I’ve got my brother’s stag this weekend, which is set to be quite the event. Expect to see a broken, empty shell of a man when I resurface next week.

Until then, how about some new music? Here are my five things you should be listening to this weekend.

 

Skepta – Shutdown (Idris Elba Remix)

Idris Elba has made no secret of the fact that he’s a big fan of Skepta, even tweeting Skepta a video of him listening to Shutdown with the caption “Put me on the remix!” Well, his dream finally came true this week. Not much you need to say about this, apart from the fact that Idris goes in hard, dropping references to Luther, The Wire and even Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.


Jay Rock – Money Trees Deuce

Some people people may only know Jay Rock from his verse on Kendrick Lamar‘s Money Trees, and that’s fine. Even if that’s the only thing you’ve heard from Jay, it should be enough to show he’s got talent. Fans of his, on the other hand, have been eagerly awaiting his next release like a pack of ravenous wolves, and haven’t gotten too much information so far. However, Money Trees Deuce was dropped this week, which fills us with hope that something is in the works, and also shows that Jay definitely hasn’t lost his touch.


Saje – About You

French duo Saje released their latest track this week, and it’s just the thing you need to get you through your final few hours in work and prepare you for the weekend. About You is laid back enough to chill to, but that funky synth and guitar line will definitely have you tapping your foot and nodding your head.


Ryan Hemsworth – Snow In Newark (Sad VIP)

Ryan Hemsworth released Snow In Newark last year, as part of his 2014 record, Alone For The First Time. This week saw him drop this new, more melancholy version as part of the second in his RYANPACK series, where he remixes tracks from a whole host of different artists.


Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment have, in the past, served as Chance the Rapper‘s touring bad. However, if you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll have seen that they’re massively talented in their own right as well. Surf had been spoken about for quite some time, but nothing ever really came of it. Until this week, that is, when the entire album was released for free on iTunes, which apparently is a first. Anyway, listen to the whole thing because it’s got some impressive guest artists and is just generally amazing.

 

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