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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.

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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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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.

 

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