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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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.

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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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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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