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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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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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.

 

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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, girls around the world were devastated to hear that Benedict Cumberbatch had officially taken himself off the market and gotten engaged. But then John Lewis released their Christmas advert, and Starbucks brought back their red, festive cups, so all of a sudden everyone was happy again. You know what they say, swings and roundabouts and all that. Anyway, enough about this week, I know why you’re here, you know why you’re here, so let’s get down to business.

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