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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There’s something about a Bank Holiday weekend that just feels that little bit more special than an ordinary one. And the August Bank Holiday feels even more special than the rest. It’s almost like a sign for the end of the summer, which makes everyone want to go out and make the most of it – hopefully you all have some suitably debauched shenanigans on the horizon.

And as we all know, no good weekend is complete without some great music. Here are five things you should be listening to this weekend.

Syd – Bad Dream/No Looking Back

It’s been just over 6 months since Syd dropped Fin, her fantastic debut album, and she’s already back with more. Bad Dream/No Looking Back is another hazy, sultry slow-jam – a style Syd has down to a tee. It’s the first track from the follow-up to Fin, which is called Always Never Home and set to be released on 8th September. Other than that, we don’t know too much about it – maybe it’s an album, maybe it’s a mixtape, who knows. Either way, it’s sure to be good.

Taylor Bennett, Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment – Gimmie a Call

Gimmie a Call sees Taylor Bennett team up with his brother Chance the Rapper, as well The Social Experiment. The track is part of Throw Aways: UNMIXED, a collection of 13 unreleased tracks that were only available on Taylor’s SoundCloud for 7 days! They seem to have disappeared now, but thankfully someone has uploaded a rip to YouTube (albeit attributed to Chance rather than Taylor and with a misspelt title, but who cares). Further proof that we need more Chance, Taylor and The Social Experiment collaborations.

King Krule – Czech One

Czech One is the first new release from King Krule since 2013, and comes with a suitably lo-fi video and a tour announcement – kicking off in October. The woozy track has a certain “wandering home from a house party through empty streets as the sun rises” sort of feel to it, and I’m into it.

Tom Misch – South of the River

Last month, Tom Misch released South of the River, and I’ve been listening to it fairly consistently ever since. His ode to South London is funky, joyful and ridiculously catchy, so it was only right that he released a video that matched this feeling. He put out a request across social media asking fans to submit their own homemade videos, which came together to create something suitably feel-good.

Purple Disco Machine – Body Funk

We’re finishing things off with Body Funk, which isn’t a new track, but I don’t care. Scott requested this one, after we heard Midland playing it at this year’s Dekmantel festival – and any excuse to pretend I’m back in Amsterdam is fine by me.

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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.

Panatone Prince Purple

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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