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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.


After a four year wait and multiple false alarms, Frank Ocean finally released Blonde in August last year. The stars aligned and the internet rejoiced!

Considering how long of a gap he’d left between his previous projects, we’ve seen a surprising amount of activity from Frank in recent months, from his feature on Calvin Harris’ Slide to his own tracks like Chanel, Biking and Lens. It never rains but it pours, eh.

Well, the good times just keep on coming! Earlier this week, DJ Booth uncovered what can only be described as a hidden gem. Simply titled Piano Tribute to Frank Ocean, the 50 minute record is a stripped back rendition of the album, performed entirely on piano.

The end result is something truly special. It’s basically the musical equivalent of a bubble bath after a long, hard day. So sit back, relax and let all your troubles melt away.

According to DJ Booth, the album has been available on Spotify and Apple Music since 19th March, but has somehow managed to fly under the radar until now. Nobody seems to know who the mysterious Blond Piano is, but with all the attention this is suddenly getting, it wouldn’t surprise me if we found out pretty soon.

Until then, we can only wonder.


The clocks went forward last weekend, which means the countdown to summer is officially on – bring on the beer gardens and BBQs! Also, the Glastonbury lineup was finally announced, which means the best weekend of the year is just around the corner (81 days to go!). In the meantime, it’s been a great couple of weeks for new music. Here are five things you should be listening to this weekend.

Kendrick Lamar – Humble

Kendrick Lamar is back and as per usual, he’s not messing around. Last week he returned to the scene with The Heart Part 4, sending the internet into a frenzy with one simple line – “Y’all got til April the 7th to get your shit together” – new album alert? He followed that up this week with the amazing Humble, which comes with a fantastic video, directed by Dave Meyers and the Little Homies.

Calvin Harris – Heatstroke (Feat. Young Thug, Pharrell Williams & Ariana Grande)

Calvin Harris is clearly gunning for the ‘song of the summer’ title, even though it’s only March. Following on from the success of the Frank Ocean and Migos assisted Slide comes Heatstroke. The combination of Young Thug, Pharrell and Ariana Grande works on so many levels.

WizKid – Come Closer (Feat. Drake)

Calvin Harris isn’t going to get the title without a fight though – not if WizKid and Drake have anything to do with it. After working together on Drake’s One Dance, Come Closer sees the pair team up again for a track that’s guaranteed to get people dancing.

Tom Misch – Feeling (Feat. Novelist)

Last week Tom Misch set himself a challenge – to create 5 songs, in 5 days, with 5 different artists. The end result, 5 Day Mischon, was released today and does not disappoint.

Gorillaz – Saturnz Barz (Feat. Popcaan)

Last Week Gorillaz announced their first new record since 2011, and followed this up by dropping 4 new tracks in one go, as well as announcing plans for their own festival. Unsurprisingly, the tracklisting for the new album features a ridiculous roster of guest artists, including Vince Staples, De La Soul, Danny Brown, D.R.A.M., Pusha T, RAY BLK, Carly Simon and more. Saturnz Barz features Popcaan and comes with a trippy, 360 degree video. Enjoy.


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.


So it seems as though summer has finally arrived in the UK, which is nice. Although obviously, because we’re British, people have been complaining about it being too hot – oh how we love having something to complain about. There are always some things you can be sure will happen as soon as the temperature starts to rise. Whatever you’re doing to enjoy the sunshine this weekend – probably BBQing and boozing, let’s be honest – you’ll need some good tunes to listen to.

Here are my five things you should be listening to this weekend.


Thundercat – Them Changes

This week saw Thundercat release a new, six track record, The Beyond /Where the Giants Roam, and the entire thing is absolutely amazing – although Them Changes is an early favourite for me. While Thundercat has been making music for quite some time, recently he’s been thrust into the public eye more, thanks in part to collaborations with big names like Kendrick Lamar, Flying Lotus and Kamasi Washington. In fact, Flying Lotus even brought Thundercat out for part of his Glastonbury set, along with George Clinton – definitely one of my festival highlights.

The Internet – Girl (Feat. Kaytranada)

Another new album dropped this week, this time from The Internet. Ego Death features an impressive array of guests, with Janelle Monae, Vic Mensa, Tyler, The Creator and Kaytranada all lending their unique talents to the record. Girl may have been first heard back in January, but hasn’t lost its appeal since then. The combination of The Internet’s signature sound and Kaytranada’s production is a match made in heaven.

Ginuwine – Leave It In

When it comes to music, some artists like to keep their sex references fairly subtle, but not Ginuwine. Leave It In is the first new track from Ginuwine for quite a while, and there’s a 99% chance that you’ll become pregnant just by listening to it.

Sevdaliza – Marilyn Monroe

Netherlands-based singer/producer Sevdaliza released her debut EP, The Suspended Kid, earlier this year, and has since been signed to Warp Records, the home of Hudson Mohawke, Flying Lotus and Aphex Twins. Sevdaliza is a gorgeous track, and is apparently “part of a series that represent some kind of womanhood.” When asked about the track, Sevdaliza was quoted saying “Marilyn channels her fragility because it makes her powerful. A portrait in shimmering polyrhythms of a single tear floating down the cheek of a disappointed woman.”

Swim Good x Merival – Since U Asked

We’re rounding things off today with Since U Asked, a new track by Swim Good and Merival. Since U Asked was created as part of Ryan Hemsworth’s Secret Songs series, which pairs various musicians together for unique, one off collaborations. I haven’t been able to stop listening to this, especially now the sun has come out – it’s a perfect track for chilling in the sunshine with an ice cold beer.