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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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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Technically it’s still summer, but you wouldn’t know from looking outside today. It may only be the middle of August, but that hasn’t stopped us being hit with some absolutely biblical rainstorms. But who cares, eh? It’s basically the weekend anyway. So, shut the blinds, pour yourself a drink, crank up the volume and pretend you’re somewhere warm and sunny. Here are my five things you should be listening to this weekend.

 

Medasin – Coffee (Feat. Masego)

I don’t know about you, but I find it nearly impossible to function as a grown-up human before I’ve had my first coffee of the day (milk, no sugar, if you’re offering). Coffee has a unique ability of making you feel completely chilled and wide awake at the same time, ready to take on the world. This track from Medasin and Masego has the same effect, flawlessly blending jazz, soul and hip hop vibes into the perfect track to kick start your weekend with.


Stormzy – You’re Like

Stormzy has already made a name for himself in the grime world, but his latest release shows us a completely different site to him. You’re Like samples Alex Isley’s 2013 single, “About Him” and kicks off with Stormzy singing acapella – it’s a change from the norm, but no less impressive.


Chance The Rapper – Israel (Sparring) (Feat. Noname Gypsy)

While there is no doubting that Chance The Rapper is an incredible, multi-talented artist in his own right, he’s never been one to hog the spotlight. Just look at his most recent project, Surf, where he took on just one role as part of the wider group, The Social Experiment. Israel, which he released earlier this week, shows him highlighting new talent yet again, this time in the form of Noname Gypsy.


Hermitude – Ukiyo (Feat. Pell)

Our next track comes from Australian duo, Hermitude, who have been enlisting the help of a couple of US rappers to feature on bonus tracks on the American release of their latest album, Dark Night Sweet Light. Hermitude features New Orleans native Pell, who I featured on here back in February. Pell’s laid back flow works perfectly with Hermitude’s chilled, understated production.


Klepto DJ & Murkage Dave – Stay Ready

Stay Ready is the latest mix from Manchester legends, Klepto DJ and Murkage Dave, and is packed full of noughties bangers. But my words couldn’t do it justice, so I’ll let them provide a more fitting intro… “This one’s for the main chicks, the side chicks, to all the hustlers out there getting money. For the students going HAM in the house parties, not giving a shit. All the independent women, with their own car, own crib. From the streets, to the jeeps, to the sheets, stay ready.” 

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