There’s something about a Bank Holiday weekend that just feels that little bit more special than an ordinary one. And the August Bank Holiday feels even more special than the rest. It’s almost like a sign for the end of the summer, which makes everyone want to go out and make the most of it – hopefully you all have some suitably debauched shenanigans on the horizon.

And as we all know, no good weekend is complete without some great music. Here are five things you should be listening to this weekend.

Syd – Bad Dream/No Looking Back

It’s been just over 6 months since Syd dropped Fin, her fantastic debut album, and she’s already back with more. Bad Dream/No Looking Back is another hazy, sultry slow-jam – a style Syd has down to a tee. It’s the first track from the follow-up to Fin, which is called Always Never Home and set to be released on 8th September. Other than that, we don’t know too much about it – maybe it’s an album, maybe it’s a mixtape, who knows. Either way, it’s sure to be good.

Taylor Bennett, Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment – Gimmie a Call

Gimmie a Call sees Taylor Bennett team up with his brother Chance the Rapper, as well The Social Experiment. The track is part of Throw Aways: UNMIXED, a collection of 13 unreleased tracks that were only available on Taylor’s SoundCloud for 7 days! They seem to have disappeared now, but thankfully someone has uploaded a rip to YouTube (albeit attributed to Chance rather than Taylor and with a misspelt title, but who cares). Further proof that we need more Chance, Taylor and The Social Experiment collaborations.

King Krule – Czech One

Czech One is the first new release from King Krule since 2013, and comes with a suitably lo-fi video and a tour announcement – kicking off in October. The woozy track has a certain “wandering home from a house party through empty streets as the sun rises” sort of feel to it, and I’m into it.

Tom Misch – South of the River

Last month, Tom Misch released South of the River, and I’ve been listening to it fairly consistently ever since. His ode to South London is funky, joyful and ridiculously catchy, so it was only right that he released a video that matched this feeling. He put out a request across social media asking fans to submit their own homemade videos, which came together to create something suitably feel-good.

Purple Disco Machine – Body Funk

We’re finishing things off with Body Funk, which isn’t a new track, but I don’t care. Scott requested this one, after we heard Midland playing it at this year’s Dekmantel festival – and any excuse to pretend I’m back in Amsterdam is fine by me.

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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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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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