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.


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.” 


This week, the complete lineup for Glastonbury was finally released, which of course made me ridiculously excited. Now, if only the weather would comply and keep nice and sunny for a few weeks, I think we’ll be onto a winner. Before that though, I’ve got my brother’s stag this weekend, which is set to be quite the event. Expect to see a broken, empty shell of a man when I resurface next week.

Until then, how about some new music? Here are my five things you should be listening to this weekend.


Skepta – Shutdown (Idris Elba Remix)

Idris Elba has made no secret of the fact that he’s a big fan of Skepta, even tweeting Skepta a video of him listening to Shutdown with the caption “Put me on the remix!” Well, his dream finally came true this week. Not much you need to say about this, apart from the fact that Idris goes in hard, dropping references to Luther, The Wire and even Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom.

Jay Rock – Money Trees Deuce

Some people people may only know Jay Rock from his verse on Kendrick Lamar‘s Money Trees, and that’s fine. Even if that’s the only thing you’ve heard from Jay, it should be enough to show he’s got talent. Fans of his, on the other hand, have been eagerly awaiting his next release like a pack of ravenous wolves, and haven’t gotten too much information so far. However, Money Trees Deuce was dropped this week, which fills us with hope that something is in the works, and also shows that Jay definitely hasn’t lost his touch.

Saje – About You

French duo Saje released their latest track this week, and it’s just the thing you need to get you through your final few hours in work and prepare you for the weekend. About You is laid back enough to chill to, but that funky synth and guitar line will definitely have you tapping your foot and nodding your head.

Ryan Hemsworth – Snow In Newark (Sad VIP)

Ryan Hemsworth released Snow In Newark last year, as part of his 2014 record, Alone For The First Time. This week saw him drop this new, more melancholy version as part of the second in his RYANPACK series, where he remixes tracks from a whole host of different artists.

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment – Surf

Donnie Trumpet & The Social Experiment have, in the past, served as Chance the Rapper‘s touring bad. However, if you’re a regular reader of my blog, you’ll have seen that they’re massively talented in their own right as well. Surf had been spoken about for quite some time, but nothing ever really came of it. Until this week, that is, when the entire album was released for free on iTunes, which apparently is a first. Anyway, listen to the whole thing because it’s got some impressive guest artists and is just generally amazing.



So I’m back in lovely Manchester now, after four days in sunny Spain. The weather rarely dropped below 30 degrees and I didn’t get burnt – this is a pretty big deal for me, guys. Anyway, now I’m back it’s business as usual. Here are my five things you should be listening to this weekend.

Mac Demarco – The Way You’d Love Her

Everyone’s favourite slacker, Mac Demarco, has a new, eight song “mini EP” coming out on 7th August, called Another One, featuring this track. The Way You’d Love Her is a typical Mac Demarco tune, which is a huge compliment in my book. Just check out the awesome guitar solo midway through.

Jamie xx – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (Feat. Young Thug & Popcaan)

Jamie xx dropped another new track from his upcoming album, In Colour, this week, featuring Young Thug and Popcaan. I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) is an unusual collaboration, but I’m already a big fan of the song. It’s still got that signature Jamie xx sound, but the addition of Young Thug and Popcaan brings a new level to the track, and the soulful sample which runs throughout is just bloody lovely.

Kehlani – The Way (Feat. Chance the Rapper)

The Way isn’t the first time Kehlani has collaborated with Chance the Rapper, she provided vocals for Lady Friend, a track from Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment‘s Surf last year. The pair seem to be a match made in heaven, so hopefully we’ll see some more collaborations in the future from them.

Tame Impala – Eventually

I know I’ve been posting a fair bit of Tame Impala recently, but they keep releasing amazing songs from their upcoming album, and I just can’t resist sharing them. Eventually is, according to a post on Instagram, the “last one before the album”, so now all we have to do is sit back and wait for what is set to be an incredible collection of music.

Lóbo – Day Off

I don’t know much about Lóbo, apart from that he’s from London and his name is Jacob. Also, apparently Lóbo means wolf in Spanish and Portuguese, which is a little throwback to his Portuguese ancestry. Anyway, Day Off seemed like the perfect track to end this post with, so I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.



This Friday is one of the best kinds of Fridays. We’ve just been paid and have a three day weekend just waiting to be filled with all sorts of shenanigans. If the weather bucks its ideas up, then beer gardens across the nation will be fit to burst. If not, people will no doubt just drink inside instead. And don’t you worry, it’s been a great week for new music as well.

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


Tame Impala – Disciples

Tame Impala are really ramping things up in the run up to their next album, presenting us with another beautiful new track this week. During a Reddit Ask Me Anything, Tame Impala frontman, Kevin Parker, surprised fans by dropping a brand new song, out of the blue. Disciples is pretty short compared to other tracks, but no less sweet.

Jeremih – Planes (Lido, Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment Remix)

Jermih’s hit, Planes, gets the remix treatment next, courtesy Chance the Rapper & The Social Experiment and Lido. With trademark jazzy horns throughout, and Chance the Rapper’s Willy Wonka inspired verse towards the end, this is exactly the kind of remix I can’t help but get on board with.

Alessia – Here

On first listen, Alessia’s Here may sound like your standard house party track, but on closer inspection it’s quite the opposite. Rather than singing about going out and getting turned up (that’s what the kids are doing these days, right?) she’s actually putting out an anthem for all the wallflowers out there, everyone who’s ever felt out of place and frustrated at one of these parties and would much rather avoid them.

Brayton Bowman – Baby One More Time (Refix)

Anyone who tries to say that Hit Me Baby One More Time was anything other than a straight up banger is just lying to themselves. Just admit it, you know it was a major tune. Well, Philadelphia native Brayton Bowman has brought the track into the modern day, putting his own unique spin on it – with a little encouragement from none other than MNEK.

Oscar Wildstyle & Wiggie Smalls – Thongs of Praise (Vol. 3)

Oscar Wildstyle & Wiggie Smalls have made a name for themselves in Manchester, thanks partly to the club night Juicy they DJ at, but also thanks to their array of epic mixes. Every time they release a new mix it instantly makes my week. This is the third volume in their Thongs of Praise series, and is full of non-stop RnB anthems. Oh, and it’s available to download for free as well.