Jamila Woods Chance the Rapper LSD

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.


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.

Action Bronson – Mr 2 Face (Feat. Jah Tiger & Meyhem Lauren)

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.


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.



So this week, my hayfever finally decided to rear its ugly head, after lurking ominously in the shadows for the past month or so. It’s really cool and super fun to wake up in the morning, struggling to see because my eyes have effectively dried out over night. Luckily, Aldi hayfever tablets are less than a quid per box, so I’ve been popping those bad boys like they were Smarties. Anyway, if you’re suffering from allergies and need something to take your mind off them, I’ve got some more new music to kick start your weekend.

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


The Arcs – Stay In My Corner

Stay in My Corner is the first single from The Arcs, the new side project from Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach. For those of you who love a good fact, because I know I do, this single was apparently written about the recent Mayweather/Pacquiao fight. Anyway, The Arcs will be releasing their debut album, Yours, Dreamily, on 4th September.

The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face

The Weeknd dropped a new track this week, performing it as part of the Apple Music announcement which took place in San Francisco. The Weeknd is one of a growing number of big names supporting the new Apple Music service, along with Zane Lowe and Drake. Can’t Feel My Face is definitely more upbeat and funky than some of the previous records we’ve heard from The Weeknd, moving away from the chilled out after party vibes to more of an actual party track.

Method Man – The Meth Lab (Feat. Hanz On & Streetlife)

Hip-hop is constantly changing and getting more experimental, with incredible albums like Kendrick Lamar‘s To Pimp A Butterfly pushing boundaries. Just because artists are willing to try new things, however, doesn’t mean they have to. The Meth Lab, the latest single from Method Man, doesn’t feature obscure jazz fusion or anything too unusual, instead just letting Method Man go in, and go in hard. Also, after listening to this track and watching the video, who wouldn’t want to see Method Man star in a Breaking Bad remake?

The Internet – Special Affair

Special Affair is the latest single from Odd Future affiliated group, The Internet. For those of you unfamiliar with The Internet, they couldn’t sound more different to Tyler, The Creator, Earl Sweatshirt and other big names from Odd Future – Special Affair is a sultry RnB jam with a ridiculously funky bassline. The Internet have their third studio album, Ego Death, coming out at the end of this month, with guest appearances from Kaytranada, Janelle Monae, Vic Mensa, Tyler, the Creator and more.

Statik Selektah – Beautiful Life (Feat. Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$)

Veteran producer Statik Selektah is currently gearing up for the release of his 7th studio album, Lucky 7, and recently shared Beautiful Life, one of the tracks from the upcoming record. Beautiful Life features two of New York’s finest rappers, Action Bronson & Joey Bada$$, and the rest of the album will feature equally impressive guest appearances from the likes of Talib Kweli, Ab-Soul and Big K.R.I.T.



As you’re reading this, I’m currently sunning myself in Madrid with Roxy. And by “sunning myself”, I of course mean slathering myself in factor 30 and hiding in the shade. My pale skin isn’t used to intense sunlight. Anyway, you may not be sunning yourself right now, but you can still listen to some great new music and imagine you are. Look at a picture of the sun on the internet or something, it’ll be pretty much the same.

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


Disclosure – Bang That

After some teasing on Instagram last week, Disclosure released a brand new single, Bang That. The track sticks to the house influenced vibe that made Disclosure the mega stars they are, and bodes well for their long awaited second album.

Nao – Inhale Exhale

London based Nao released a new EP this week, called February 15, as well as brand new single Inhale Exhale. I can’t get enough of Nao right now, her soulful, synth-infused RnB sounds are definitely going to be soundtracking my summer.

Feki – Remember

19 year old Feki has been blowing up on SoundCloud recently, thanks to an array of impressive remixes. Remember is an original track, classed by Feki as “future chill”, which seems perfectly fitting to me.

Tuxedo – The Right Time (Kaytranada Remix)

Tuxedo, aka Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One, released their self-titled debut EP recently, and now Kaytranada has put his stamp on The Right Time. As usual, Kaytranada takes an already good track and cranks things up a notch.

Maths Time Joy – Cerulean

We’re bringing things back to the UK for my final track of the week, with some Maths Time Joy. Cerulean is low-key, chilled out gold – perfect for winding down after a long week in work.