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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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.

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I know I’ve been a bit quiet on here over the past few weeks – my brother recently got married, so I’d been spending a lot of my free time preparing my best man speech. Well, the speech went down a treat and the wedding was amazing, and now I’m back and better than ever. Here are my five things you should be listening to this weekend.

 

Jamie XX – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) (Remix)

As soon as Jamie XX released Good Times, it was instantly crowned one of the songs of the summer – I know I’ve been listening to it on repeat for most of my summer so far. Just when you thought Jamie XX had peaked, however, he dropped this outstanding 8 minute long remix of the track. Enjoy.


Drake – Back To Back Freestyle

For those of you who don’t follow hip-hop news, Drake and Meek Mill have been having some beef recently. Meek Mill had been shouting his mouth of about how Drake uses ghostwriters for some of his songs, while Drake just stayed fairly quiet on the whole matter. He couldn’t stay quiet forever though, and earlier this week dropped Back To Back Freestyle, which absolutely tears Meek Mill apart. Brutal.


CVIRO & GXNXVS – Sober

Sober is the latest collaboration between CVIRO & GXNXVS, following on from their smash hit, Benjamins, late last year. A collaborative EP from CVIRO & GXNXVS is said to be coming out soon, so keep your eyes peeled for that one.


Chet Faker – 1998 (Feat. Banks)

Chet Faker is without a doubt one of my favourite artists of the past few years, and 1998 was definitely one of the strongest tracks from his 2014 album, Built On Glass. This week, Chet released a reworked version of the track, featuring Banks, and it’s a match made in heaven.


Lianne La Havas – What You Don’t Do (Tom Misch Remix)

We’re rounding things off this week with the latest offering from the incredibly talented Tom Misch. This latest outing sees him remix Lianne La Havas’ What You Don’t Do, putting his signature funky, summery spin on it.

 

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This time next week I’ll be back in Glastonbury, one of the most wonderful places on earth, and I couldn’t be more hyped. However, that means I won’t be posting on here next week, as I’ll obviously be busy getting up to all sorts of shenanigans off the grid. Anyway, not to worry, I’ve got some great new music lined up for you today to make up for it.

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

 

Chet Faker – Bend

I’ve been a fan of Chet Faker for a while now – in fact, I featured him on my very first five things you should be listening to. He’s also playing at Glastonbury, so it only felt right to kick things off with him. Bend isn’t technically a new track, it was actually meant to feature on Built On Glass, but didn’t make the final cut. I’ve no idea why, because it’s bloody great. But it’s released now, and I’ll hopefully be seeing him live next week, and that’s all that matters.


Miguel – …goingtohell

Miguel‘s second album, Wildheart, is set to drop on 29th June, and earlier this week he released a handful of tracks from the upcoming record – …goingtohell, FLESH, and face the sun (which features none other than Lenny Kravitz). You just know once this album comes out, it’ll be forming the soundtrack to thousands of steamy nights all around the world.


Mac Demarco – Another One

This week also saw Mac Demarco release the official video for Another One, the title track from his upcoming mini-album, Another One. The video is low-fi and weird and everything we love about Mac, featuring him giving us his best Micheal Jackson impression and playing his keyboard in the ocean.


Tom Misch – Sunshine

Another week, another new track from Tom Misch – this guy definitely keeps himself busy! Sunshine is a fitting name for this track, which is guaranteed to brighten up even the gloomiest of days.


Toro Y Moi – room for 1zone

It’s only been a matter of weeks since What For?, the latest album from Toro Y Moi was released, and he’s already creating new music. room for 1zone is a big step away from previous tracks, but only goes to show Chaz Bundick’s talent and versatility.

 

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It’s the 29th May, summer is just around the corner, and it’s pouring down with rain. Because that’s just the way we do things in this wonderful country of ours. But don’t let the rain get you down too much, because it’s Friday and I’ve got some great new music to help you kick start your weekend. So take off your damp socks, put the kettle on and turn the volume up to 11.

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

 

Disclosure – Holding On (Feat. Gregory Porter)

Earlier this month, Disclosure released Bang That, their first new track in a couple of years, and the internet went wild. Well, this week we lost our collective minds yet again as they released the first official single from their eagerly awaited new album. Holding On features jazz legend Gregory Porter on vocals, and shows that Guy and Howard haven’t lost their touch for picking out the perfect collaborators for their records. On Annie Mac’s radio show, the guys revealed that they actually wrote Holding On as a ballad, before remixing their own track to produce this two-step/garage/house anthem.


Hira King – Ending With U

Hira King has only been around on SoundCloud for a few months, and nobody seems to know much about him. One thing we do know, however, is that he keeps releasing different, but equally amazing tracks. Ending With U is his latest offering, and another absolute hit – floating, ethereal, uplifting, synthy goodness.


A$AP Rocky – Everyday (Feat. Rod Stewart, Miguel & Mark Ronson)

This week, A$AP Rocky surprised us by dropping his second album, AT.LONG.LAST.A$AP, a week earlier than planned. Some people say this is due to the album leaking over the weekend, some people have other reasons. I, for one, don’t care why he did it, but am pleased he did. The album features all sorts of guest appearances, with Rod Stewart, Miguel, Kanye West, Schoolboy Q, Lil Wayne, Juicy J and UGK, to name but a few.


Bluey Robinson – Paris

I came across Bluey Robinson’s profile on SoundCloud this week, after seeing him in the “Who to Follow” recommendations bit. I don’t know much about him, but he’s done some work with Tom Misch, who is one of my favourite singer/songwriter/producers of late, which is a seal of approval in my book. Paris sees Bluey soulfully crooning over the top of Tom’s signature jazz-infused guitar backing, and still has me bobbing my head and tapping my foot.


Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

I’m rounding things off this week with Multi-Love, the latest album from Unknown Mortal Orchestra. If you follow my blog, you’ll know I’ve been looking forward to this album for quite some time, and I was never going to be able to choose just one song to share. Enjoy.

 

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