Drake has a habit of making surprise announcements or releases – whether it’s three tracks from his hotly anticipated upcoming album “Views from the 6”, or the short film “Jungle” he dropped on us out of the blue yesterday. Well, it seems that old Drizzy isn’t done yet, as he has just released a brand new 17 track mix titled “If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late”.
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.
The clocks went forward last weekend, which means the countdown to summer is officially on – bring on the beer gardens and BBQs! Also, the Glastonbury lineup was finally announced, which means the best weekend of the year is just around the corner (81 days to go!). In the meantime, it’s been a great couple of weeks for new music. Here are five things you should be listening to this weekend.
Kendrick Lamar – Humble
Kendrick Lamar is back and as per usual, he’s not messing around. Last week he returned to the scene with The Heart Part 4, sending the internet into a frenzy with one simple line – “Y’all got til April the 7th to get your shit together” – new album alert? He followed that up this week with the amazing Humble, which comes with a fantastic video, directed by Dave Meyers and the Little Homies.
Calvin Harris – Heatstroke (Feat. Young Thug, Pharrell Williams & Ariana Grande)
Calvin Harris is clearly gunning for the ‘song of the summer’ title, even though it’s only March. Following on from the success of the Frank Ocean and Migos assisted Slide comes Heatstroke. The combination of Young Thug, Pharrell and Ariana Grande works on so many levels.
WizKid – Come Closer (Feat. Drake)
Calvin Harris isn’t going to get the title without a fight though – not if WizKid and Drake have anything to do with it. After working together on Drake’s One Dance, Come Closer sees the pair team up again for a track that’s guaranteed to get people dancing.
Tom Misch – Feeling (Feat. Novelist)
Last week Tom Misch set himself a challenge – to create 5 songs, in 5 days, with 5 different artists. The end result, 5 Day Mischon, was released today and does not disappoint.
Gorillaz – Saturnz Barz (Feat. Popcaan)
Last Week Gorillaz announced their first new record since 2011, and followed this up by dropping 4 new tracks in one go, as well as announcing plans for their own festival. Unsurprisingly, the tracklisting for the new album features a ridiculous roster of guest artists, including Vince Staples, De La Soul, Danny Brown, D.R.A.M., Pusha T, RAY BLK, Carly Simon and more. Saturnz Barz features Popcaan and comes with a trippy, 360 degree video. Enjoy.
It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these posts, but I’m not going to bore you with excuses. It’s Friday, the week is almost over, and you need some new music to soundtrack your weekend. Simple. Here are my five things you should be listening to this weekend.
Kaytranada – Glowed Up (Feat. Anderson .Paak)
I’ve been developing a bit of an obsession with Anderson .Paak recently – safe to say he’s one of my favourite new artists of the past few years. So when I heard he was featuring on Kaytranada‘s upcoming album, 99.9%, I knew it was going to be good. Glowed Up definitely doesn’t disappoint.
Popcaan – Never Sober
Popcaan just sounds like summer, it’s as simple as that. Last year he helped soundtrack endless festivals, parties and BBQs with Jamie xx on Good Times. And this year he’s already been mingling with Drake on Controlla. Never Sober was actually released last year, but the video just dropped this week, and I can’t stop listening to it.
Little Simz – Heard Em Say (Freestyle)
2016 is set to be the year of Little Simz. She’s already been named on Forbes’ 30 under 30 list and is lined up to play Glastonbury in the summer. This week she released a new freestyle on her SoundCloud, which sees her flexing her vocals over an instrumental of Kanye’s Heard Em Say.
Earlier this week, Action Bronson was on Late Night With Seth Meyers, cooking octopus and plugging his new mixtape, Blue Chips 7000. Don’t ask why he’s jumped from Blue Chips 2 to Blue Chips 7000. Anyway, while he was on the show he shared Mr. 2 Face. The track features Meyhem Lauren and Jah Tiger and has cranked up my excitement for Blue Chips 7000.
Skepta – Man
Finally, after months of waiting, Skepta has treated us to a taste of what to expect from his upcoming album, Konnichiwa. He also revealed the album cover, release date (6th May) and announced that Pharrell will make an appearance on the album, which can only be good news. Anyway, Man is guaranteed to get festival crowds across the country going wild this summer, watch this space.
I know I’ve been a bit quiet on here over the past few weeks – my brother recently got married, so I’d been spending a lot of my free time preparing my best man speech. Well, the speech went down a treat and the wedding was amazing, and now I’m back and better than ever. Here are my five things you should be listening to this weekend.
Jamie XX – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (Remix)
As soon as Jamie XX released Good Times, it was instantly crowned one of the songs of the summer – I know I’ve been listening to it on repeat for most of my summer so far. Just when you thought Jamie XX had peaked, however, he dropped this outstanding 8 minute long remix of the track. Enjoy.
Drake – Back To Back Freestyle
For those of you who don’t follow hip-hop news, Drake and Meek Mill have been having some beef recently. Meek Mill had been shouting his mouth of about how Drake uses ghostwriters for some of his songs, while Drake just stayed fairly quiet on the whole matter. He couldn’t stay quiet forever though, and earlier this week dropped Back To Back Freestyle, which absolutely tears Meek Mill apart. Brutal.
CVIRO & GXNXVS – Sober
Sober is the latest collaboration between CVIRO & GXNXVS, following on from their smash hit, Benjamins, late last year. A collaborative EP from CVIRO & GXNXVS is said to be coming out soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that one.
Chet Faker – 1998 (Feat. Banks)
Chet Faker is without a doubt one of my favourite artists of the past few years, and 1998 was definitely one of the strongest tracks from his 2014 album, Built On Glass. This week, Chet released a reworked version of the track, featuring Banks, and it’s a match made in heaven.
Lianne La Havas – What You Don’t Do (Tom Misch Remix)
We’re rounding things off this week with the latest offering from the incredibly talented Tom Misch. This latest outing sees him remix Lianne La Havas’ What You Don’t Do, putting his signature funky, summery spin on it.