Stormzy - 4pm in London

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.

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Frank Ocean Provider

It’s 1st September, which means it’s 6 days until my birthday, which is just great news for everyone. A bunch of other stuff has happened this week, but I’m not going to talk about that. So, let’s just get straight down to it. Here are five things you should be listening to this weekend.

Frank Ocean – Provider

You know how people say you wait ages for a bus, and then 10 turn up at once? I think the same theory can be applied to Frank Ocean. After hiding in the shadows for what seemed like an eternity, making us wonder if his latest album was ever going to happen, he now seems to be gracing us with new music all the time. Provider is his latest track, which he premiered on his Apple Music show, blonded RADIO. Keep ’em coming Frank.

Four Tet – SW9 9SL

Over the recent weeks, Four Tet has been sharing all sorts of music, both new and old. SW9 9SL is his latest offering, following on from his superb single, Planets. I’m hoping this busy spell means something big is in the pipeline, but who knows eh?

Miguel – Sky Walker (Feat. Travis Scott)

Sky Walker is the latest single to come from Miguel, released as he gears up to drop the follow up to 2015’s Wildheart. The video, which was directed by Director X, shows Miguel doing what he does best, wearing jazzy outfits and partying with beautiful women. It’s a hard life, eh.

Mac Demarco – This Old Dog

Mac Demarco, everyone’s favourite loveable weirdo, released a second video for This Old Dog, one of the stand out tracks from his recent album of the same name. The first video was odd enough, but this new one takes it to a whole new level. Designed for VR glasses (although you can watch it without), it looks how I imagine it would look if you fell inside a Sega Megadrive that was on the fritz.

Jorja Smith X Preditah – On My Mind

On My Mind is a little different from some of the stuff we’ve already heard from Jorja Smith, thanks in part to her teaming up with Preditah. The combination of Jorja’s soulful vocals and Preditah’s production make this a match made in heaven. And to make things better, she’s teamed up with the Kurupt FM crew from People Just Do Nothing for the video. What more could you ask for?

 

But wait, there’s more! Because it’s nearly my birthday and I’m feeling nice, here’s a little something extra. At last week’s VMAs, Kendrick Lamar came through to perform DNA and Humble, and it was just as fantastic as you’d expect.

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