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This week, the BBC released the details of their top earners, leaving people asking a number of big questions. Questions like why is there still such a big pay gap between men and women? And how can Chris Evans earn over £2.2 million a year and still dress like a dad who got lost in the Matalan summer sale?

There was also a lot of excellent new music released, which is what you’re here for. Here are 5 things you should be listening to this weekend.

Mura Masa – NOTHING ELSE! (Feat. Jamie Lidell)

Last week saw Mura Masa finally release his self-titled debut album. After making a name for himself working with everyone from Nao and Charlie XCX to A$AP Rocky and Desiigner, I had high hopes for this album, and it didn’t disappoint. This is a record you’ll find yourself listening to over and over again. NOTHING ELSE! brings in Jamie Lidell on vocals and is an instant hit for me.

Mr Jukes – Grant Green (Feat. Charles Bradley)

Former Bombay Bicycle Club frontman Jack Steadman has clearly been keeping busy since the group disbanded last year. He’s reinvented himself as Mr Jukes and just released his debut album, God First. The album, which features guest spots from BJ The Chicago Kid, Lianne La Havas, De La Soul and more, is a big leap from his old sound, but a welcome one. Grant Green is an early favourite track for me, thanks in part to a fantastic feature from Charles Bradley.

Chance the Rapper & Young Thug – Big B’s

Nothing to see here, just two of the most popular and innovative rappers of recent years on a single-handed mission to save SoundCloud. As rumours surrounding the supposedly imminent collapse of the music platform flooded the internet, Chance the Rapper and Young Thug decided to drop a new track, Big B’s, exclusively on SoundCloud. Really, they’re too good to us.

Arcade Fire – Electric Blue

More new Arcade Fire goodness next. Electric Blue is the latest release from their upcoming new album, Everything Now. The band described the song as “either a gorgeous celebration of longing or a swirling aural hangover cure. If you, the journalist, need something specific to say about it, try something like, “It’s the sound of Arcade Fire at the dawn of something new, gorgeously unsure if they’re ready for morning to come.” So, that’s that then.

GoldLink – Roses (Feat. Hare Squead & Masego)

Earlier this week, GoldLink stopped by Huw Stephens’ BBC Radio 1 show to take part in “Piano Sessions”. While he was there he performed a cover of OutKast classic, Roses, with a little help from Masego and Hare Squead. Showcasing his talent and versatility, GoldLink jumps from rapping to singing with complete ease, giving us his best André 3000 impression.

 

Finally, for some reason Sisqo has decided to remake Thong Song after 18 years. It’s completely unnecessary and sounds exactly how you’d imagine a 2017 version of Thong Song would count, but for some reason I can’t stop listening to it. Enjoy.

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The Glastonbury lineup was announced this week, so that has been pretty much all I’ve been able to think about since. While there’s obviously a lot more to Glastonbury than just the music, the lineup is looking pretty damn good so far this year – and before you ask, yes, I will be going to see Kanye West headline the Pyramid Stage.

But alas, there are still a couple of months to go until I’m back on Worthy Farm. Until then, I’ll just keep on as usual, sharing some great new music with you all. Here are my five things you should be listening to this weekend.

 

Chronixx – Here Comes Trouble

OK, so I know I said I was going to carry on as usual, but I just couldn’t help myself. I was pretty hyped to see Chronixx featured on the Glastonbury line-up, so thought I’d share one of his better known tracks, Here Comes Trouble. Summer vibes.


Mura Masa – Firefly (Feat. Nao)

I’ve covered both Mura Masa and Nao in previous editions of post, so was pretty excited to see them collaborating. Firefly is easily my favourite track from Mura Masa’s EP, Someday Somewhere – although the entire EP is worth a listen and features a range of up and coming British artists.


Ratatat – Cream on Chrome

Ratatat’s last album was five years ago now, but they haven’t lost their touch. They released Cream on Chrome shortly before their Coachella set, and we can assume/hope this will be featured on their next album, which will no doubt be majorly chill.


Vic Mensa – U Mad (Feat. Kanye West)

Vic Mensa featured on one of Kanye West’s recent tracks, Wolves, and it seems Kanye has now returned the favour. U Mad shows Vic Mensa absolutely dripping with confidence, which is understandable when he’s dropping tracks like this. An absolute banger.


Tyler, The Creator – Fucking Young / Perfect

Fucking Young / Perfect is a track from Tyler, The Creator’s fourth album, Cherry Bomb, and shows a different side to what we usually expect from the rapper. It also features some guest vocals from Charlie Wilson, which is never a bad thing.

 

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This week I’m feeling pretty good about myself. We put up and decorated the Christmas tree in our flat, I managed to get all of my Christmas shopping bought and wrapped in one day, I’ve been to the Christmas markets and I’ve watched Home Alone. It really is beginning to feel a lot like Christmas.

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One of the many things to love about Christmas is the number of parties going on, and what party is complete without a great soundtrack? None. A party is nothing without good music. But don’t worry, that’s what I’m here for. Just think of me as your musical Santa.

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