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.


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.


Snowmaggedon is coming! Batten down the hatches and get ready for some Day After Tomorrow style mayhem! Well, not really. It’s a bit chilly and the weather is grim, but that’s not really any different to how it usually is. However, if the worst does happen and you get stranded in your home, at least you’ll have some good music to keep your spirits up!

Emile Haynie – A Kiss Goodbye (Reprise) (Feat. Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dev Hynes and Sampha)

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