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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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.

 

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Today is the last Friday before Christmas, and while I could make this a festive themed post, I already posted my ultimate Christmas playlist. So if you want festive tunes, go and check that out. Nothing festive here, but great tunes nonetheless.

D’Angelo – Sugah Daddy

The internet lost its mind this week, when out of the blue D’Angelo dropped not just a new single, but a whole new album, Black Messiah. It’s been 14 long years since D’Angelo’s Voodoo, which was an absolute masterpiece, but after listening to Black Messiah on repeat for 5 days I can safely say it was worth the wait. Sugah Daddy is a definite contender for my favourite song of the year.

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