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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After another week of glorious sunshine, the forecast looks pretty bleak for over the weekend. Pretty typical really, we’re teased with lovely weather all week while we’re stuck in work, only to have the weekend spoiled by rain. Ah well, that’s the UK for you I guess. I’m still remaining hopeful for some weekend sun – I want a BBQ!

If you are stuck in this weekend though, you’ll need some new music to help make sure you still have fun. Here are my five things you should be listening to this weekend.

 

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Can’t Keep Checking My Phone

Can’t Keep Checking My Phone is the second single from Unknown Mortal Orchestra’s upcoming record, Multi-Love. This latest track has a noticeably more funky feel than some of the band’s previous offerings, but still holds on to that signature UMO sound. Multi-Love is set to be released at the end of May, and I’m still holding out hope that they’ll be added to the Glastonbury line up for this year.


Mac Miller – Days

Mac Miller has been pretty quiet since he released his last mixtape, Faces, back in 2014. Monday saw Mac return to the scene however, when he dropped new track Days on his SoundCloud, which is featured on TreeJTV’s mixtape Baum Blvd. Days was written and produced by Mac, and is a spacey, trippy, chilled out tune, perfect to kick back and unwind to.


Illa J – Strippers

Illa J is the younger brother of none other than the late, great J Dilla, so has grown up in a pretty big shadow. Strippers shows that Illa J is a talent in his own right though, and having Kaytranada and Potato People on the production side of things only makes the track better.


Shakka – Say Nada

Shakka has been releasing a new track each Monday in the run up to his new EP, The Lost Boys. Say Nada is a bass heavy banger, with Shakka killing it on vocals, as usual. Turn it up nice and loud and get hyped for the weekend.


L Skins – The Brainstorming Project

Sometimes, an artist will release an album, mixtape or EP and I struggle to pick just one track to share with you all – this is one of those times. Monday saw North London native L Skins release The Brainstorming Project and I just had the share it in its entirety. The combination of L Skins’ laid back vocals and Flyo Beats’ downtempo production is a match made in heaven.

 

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Love is in the air, and I’ve got just the tunes to soundtrack your Valentine’s weekend. Dim the lights, pour some champagne, light some candles, crank up the volume and enjoy.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Multi-Love

Unknown Mortal Orchestra made their triumphant return this week with the first single from their upcoming third album, Multi-Love. The single, which shares the same name as the album, brings back that signature trippy, psych-rock sound Unknown Mortal Orchestra are renowned for.


Huon Kind – Feel Like This

Feel Like This is the latest track from up and coming Australian duo Huon Kind and while I could try and describe their sound, it would be easier to let them do it. I took this quote from Huon Kind’s Facebook page: “Let the bass slap you with a warm hand. Come closer. Listen and melt into it. Take deep warm shelter under the Huon. Pine for it.” – That sounds about right to me.


NxWorries – Anderson Paak & Knxwledge – Suede

Anderson Paak and Knxwledge have joined forced to make NxWorries and Suede is their first single as a newly formed duo. If the rest of their tracks are anything like this, I think I’ll be listening to a lot more of these guys.


Atlas Bound – Tell Me

We get a little soulful with our next track, courtesy of another Australian duo, this time in the form of Atlas Bound. Tell Me is slightly more upbeat than previous single, Talk, but no less smooth, just listen to those keys come in!


Like – Glory

German label, Jakarta, released another mixtape this week, Winter In Jakarta. If you like Glory, then check out the full mixtape on SoundCloud, where you can download it for free!

 

P.S. If you haven’t already heard, Drake released a surprise 17 track mixtape late last night/early this morning. Check it out here – If You’re Reading This It’s Too Late.

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Bae, vaping and indyref were all added to the Oxford Dictionary this week, and Myleene Klass had a go at Ed Miliband because she wants to keep all her hard earned Hear’Say cash to herself. And what have I been doing while all of that has been going on, I hear you ask? Well, I’ve been scouring the web, finding the best tunes to share with all of you of course.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Sittin’ On The Dock Of The Bay

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