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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Everything is Recorded - Mountains of Gold

It’s that time of the year again, guys. That wonderful, special time when cities around the country are flooded with excitable teens, ready to start their new lives armed with nothing but an IKEA dinner set, a Pulp Fiction poster and a pocket full of dreams. That’s right, it’s freshers week!

So, whether you’re a fresher trying to impress your new mates, or someone who graduated years ago and is trying to relive those wild, hedonistic days, a good soundtrack is essential. Here are five things you should be listening to this weekend.

Mahalia – Sober

We’re kicking things off with Mahalia, who popped into the COLORS Berlin studio recently for a rendition of Sober. I’m sure a lot of freshers will be able to relate to this track over the coming weeks, as they wake up and get that morning-after, ‘Did I really say that’ moment of dread. Enjoy!

The Mouse Outfit – I Wonder (Feat. IAMDDB & Fox)

This weekend sees Manchester’s The Mouse Outfit set out on a tour of the UK, which runs until December and will take them all over the country. I Wonder feels like a classic summer jam to me, but that doesn’t mean I won’t be playing it through autumn and into winter. Also, I don’t know about you but I’m a big fan of IAMDDB’s Union Jack outfit. Remixing Geri Halliwell’s infamous dress for the streetwear generation. Bold.

Nao – Nostalgia

Nao is currently hiding away, working on the follow-up to her superb debut album, For All We Know. Not to leave fans completely out in the cold, last week she announced on Twitter that she’d be treating us to some new music while we wait. Nostalgia is the first of these (hopefully regular) releases, and is bouncy, funky and all sorts of fun.

Jerome Thomas – The Stone

This week, Jerome Thomas released the video for The Stone, lead single from his debut EP, Conversations. The visuals match the chilled-out vibe of the track perfectly, with Jerome wandering around some woods and playing with big sticks. Fun way to spend an afternoon, I guess.

Everything Is Recorded – Mountains of Gold (Feat. Sampha, Ibeyi, Wiki & Kamasi Washington)

Mountains of Gold is the newest track to come from Everything Is Recorded, the latest project from producer and head of XL Recordings, Richard Russell. Back in May, he released Close But Not Quite, a cracking five-track EP featuring big names like Sampha and Giggs. Mountains of Gold follows on in this same vein, bringing together Sampha, Ibeyi, Wiki and Kamasi Washington to create a unique, standout song.

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So it seems as though summer has finally arrived in the UK, which is nice. Although obviously, because we’re British, people have been complaining about it being too hot – oh how we love having something to complain about. There are always some things you can be sure will happen as soon as the temperature starts to rise. Whatever you’re doing to enjoy the sunshine this weekend – probably BBQing and boozing, let’s be honest – you’ll need some good tunes to listen to.

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

 

Thundercat – Them Changes

This week saw Thundercat release a new, six track record, The Beyond /Where the Giants Roam, and the entire thing is absolutely amazing – although Them Changes is an early favourite for me. While Thundercat has been making music for quite some time, recently he’s been thrust into the public eye more, thanks in part to collaborations with big names like Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus and Kamasi Washington. In fact, Flying Lotus even brought Thundercat out for part of his Glastonbury set, along with George Clinton – definitely one of my festival highlights.


The Internet – Girl (Feat. Kaytranada)

Another new album dropped this week, this time from The Internet. Ego Death features an impressive array of guests, with Janelle Monae, Vic Mensa, Tyler, The Creator and Kaytranada all lending their unique talents to the record. Girl may have been first heard back in January, but hasn’t lost its appeal since then. The combination of The Internet’s signature sound and Kaytranada’s production is a match made in heaven.


Ginuwine – Leave It In

When it comes to music, some artists like to keep their sex references fairly subtle, but not Ginuwine. Leave It In is the first new track from Ginuwine for quite a while, and there’s a 99% chance that you’ll become pregnant just by listening to it.


Sevdaliza – Marilyn Monroe

Netherlands-based singer/producer Sevdaliza released her debut EP, The Suspended Kid, earlier this year, and has since been signed to Warp Records, the home of Hudson Mohawke, Flying Lotus and Aphex Twins. Sevdaliza is a gorgeous track, and is apparently “part of a series that represent some kind of womanhood.” When asked about the track, Sevdaliza was quoted saying “Marilyn channels her fragility because it makes her powerful. A portrait in shimmering polyrhythms of a single tear floating down the cheek of a disappointed woman.”


Swim Good x Merival – Since U Asked

We’re rounding things off today with Since U Asked, a new track by Swim Good and Merival. Since U Asked was created as part of Ryan Hemsworth’s Secret Songs series, which pairs various musicians together for unique, one off collaborations. I haven’t been able to stop listening to this, especially now the sun has come out – it’s a perfect track for chilling in the sunshine with an ice cold beer.

 

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