Ten Walls- Walking with Elephants

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Lithuanian producer Marijus Adomaitis (Aka Ten Walls) has unveiled his new single ‘Walking With Elephants’. The single was released via new label Boso and serves the follow up to the ever popular ‘Requiem’ and ‘Gotham’.

The driving force of ‘Walking with Elephants’ is the horn style synths conjuring up that sense of urgency. This is perfectly balanced with a rousing string motif and hypnotic, percussive beats that you wish would never end. A real goosebump track!

Pete Tong recently showcased ‘Walking With Elephants’ as his Essential Tune further solidifying him as one if the most exciting electronic producers around. ‘Walking With Elephants’ is available May 5th and is available to pre order now.

March Picks

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March delivered another impressive month of music.  Ultra Music Festival invaded Miami as part of the Winter Music conference, with 100’s of acts playing over the 3 day event. There were some stand out sets from Eric PrydzDillon Francis and Steve Angello to name but a few, while Skrillex and Diplo premiered their latest collaboration project ‘Jack U’. Check out more Ultra highlights here. Skrillex unveiled his secret new album ‘Recess’, featuring a whole host of artists from  Fatman Scoop, Chance the Rapper and Diplo. On top of that, KlaxonsPaulo Nutini and Coldplay all announced exciting new album releases. Summer is edging closer and closer with further acts confirmed for GlastonburyV FestivalReading & LeedsLollapaloozaWireless and SW4 Last but not least, Radio 1 Residency added Tiesto and Martin Garrix as part of their already impressive ‘In new DJ’s We Trust’ lineup!

Now in April, we look forward to the second Coachella weekend, all of which can be streamed on their YouTube Channel and plenty more exciting new music releases.

1) Porter Robinson – Sea Of Voices

American DJ and producer Porter Robinson, who brought us previous singles such as ‘Easy’ and ‘Language’, has unveiled his new single ‘Sea Of Voices’. The single is the first new material from his highly anticipated debut album ‘Worlds’ and serves up an exciting new direction for the 21 year old. ‘Sea Of Voices’ delivers an earthly, etherial track with its soft synths and serene atmospheric vibes. With a noticeable lack of vocals  until at least the 3 minute mark, the instrumental heavy track builds to its euphoric crescendo, bringing M83′s Oblivion to mind with his recent cinematic scoring. ‘Sea Of Voices’ is available now.



2) Rene LaVice – Where My Ladies At

Canadian drum n bass producer Rene LaVice, dropped his new single ‘Where My Ladies At’ via Ram Records. The single serves as the follow up to LaVice’s debut album ‘Insidious’, which has seen LaVice take the dnb scene by storm. ‘Where My Ladies At’ fuses ragga and heavy basslines serving up one banger of a track. 2014 is set to be a big year for Lavice. Grab your copy here now, featuring the b side single ‘I Want More’.



3) Jack Beats – The Ill Shit

Plus One & Beni G, better known as Jack Beats, have released an infectious and lively B-side track ‘The Ill Shit’. The up-beat track is taken from their latest EP ‘Beatbox’ and is sure to get you up dancing within seconds with its bouncy electro-house vibes. The Beatbox EP was released through Skrillex’s OWSLA label and is available now. Upcoming dates for Jack Beats include Fabric in London on 18th April, before they embark on a tour of US, Canada and Mexico.



4) Eric Prydz – Liberate

From Pryda to Prydz and Cirez D, Eric Prydz has dominated the dance scene with his exceptional talent. The master of progressive house once again delivers with his latest offerings ‘Liberate’. The epic track received its premiere as Zane Lowes Hottest Record on BBC Radio1. Liberate presents an intricately layered track with its pulsating synths and looped vocals as it builds to a euphoric and liberating conclusion. ‘The world’s locked out/just close your eyes and we can push them all away’ couldnt ring more true when listening to this track. With Pryda recordings approaching its 10th anniversary, Prydz let slip a new album is being lined up to mark the occasion. Until then, be sure to catch Prydz at SW4 and Global Gathering. ‘Liberate’ is available now



5) Toddla T Sound – Acid

Sheffield’s finest and Radio 1 DJ/producer Toddla T, has unveiled his new single ‘Acid’, taken from his new 3 track EP ‘On Acid’. While the Toddla T is known for championing eclectic dance-hall inspired music, ‘Acid’ delivers an unintentionally house sounding record, but still packs a punch with it’s dark ominous vibes mixed with Jamaican rave influences and dance-hall style vocals; Think of it as house-on-acid! ‘Pandora’s Box and Phoney’ complete the 3 track EP and is available via Defected Records from May 5th.

Upcoming performances for Toddla T include the Toddla T Takeover in Cardiff, Bristol and Manchester as well as a set with his own label ‘Girls Music’ in Xoyo. You can be sure ‘Acid’ Live will be one visual and striking performance.



6) Yogi – Burial ft Pusha T

London producer trio Yogi have teamed up with US rapper Pusha T for their monstrous new single ‘Burial. The bass-heavy, trap track drops some filthy beats, with Pusha continuing to push the boundaries delivering his verses with such vigour. The track premiered with MistaJam on Radio 1 and serves us the follow up to the intense ‘Christian Bale’. ‘Burial’ is set for release May 5th via Skrillex’s OWSLA label.



7) Martin Garrix, Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – Tremor

Martin Garrix once again makes my monthly favourites selection! Following on from Helicopter, Garrix has teamed up with fellow Spinnin record signees Dimitri Vegas and Like Mike for their massive new single ‘Tremor’.  With its big bassline drops and  infectious synth lines, this big room house track previously premiered at the DJ Mag awards in Amsterdam late last year but is finally avaiable for release April 21st via Spinnin Records. 17 year old Garrix is fresh from his incredible Ultra set in Miami and is set to perform at Coachella again next weekend with further dates including Lollapalooza, Creamfields and Global Gathering.



8) Elliphant – Revolusion

Mad Decent signee Elliphant, aka Sweedish singer Ellinor Olovsdotter, has worked with the likes of Diplo and Skrillex and has since built up quite the fanbase. With previous tracks including ‘Down At Home’, Elliphant has released her debut ep proper titled ‘Look Like You Love it’, featuring lead single Revolusion. Revolusion is raw and edgy with gritty vocals and distorted trap instrumentals. Eliphant is set to support M.I.A in Canada May 3-4th. In the meantime, grab your copy of Revolusioin now.



9) David Guetta and Showtek ft Vassy- Bad

Having both had stellar sets at Miamis Ultra festival, David Guetta has teamed up with dutch house duo Showtek (Booyah) and Australian vocalist Vassey to deliver an infectious, unrelenting club anthem, highlighting Showteks big room drops and Guettas infectious melodies. Bad is available now and is set to feature on Guettas forthcoming 6th studio album. Upcoming performances from Guetta include Global gathering while Showtek are due to perform at Coachella again for the second weekend.



Check out the full playlist below with over 40 minutes for your listening pleasure.

 

February Picks

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While February is the shortest month of the year, it was jam-packed with exciting new music news and releases. All eyes were on London for the 34th Brit awards which saw Arctic Monkeys sweep the board, not to mention Alex Turner’s ‘interesting’ speech. The NME Awards Shows with Austin Texas took place and further headliners for summer festivals were announced including Dolly Parton and Blondie for Glastonbury, Arctic Monkeys for Reading&Leeds and T in the Park, Avicci and Calvin Harris for Creamfields and so much more… roll on summer! If that wasn’t enough, Oasis announced their 20th anniversary reissue of ‘Definitely Maybe’, ‘What’s The Story Morning Glory’ and ‘Be Here Now’, we heard new music from Todd Terje and Irish group Villagers provided an alternative song for Sochi. Prince continued his secret gigs around London and Tinie Tempah high-fived Prince William at the Baftas…. and breathe.

Now in March we look forward to the iconic SXSW festival in Austin Texas, the Winter Music Conference in Miami  and another exciting month of music. Check out my February picks below with over 60 minutes for your listening pleasure

1) Major Lazer – Aerosol Can

Major Lazer premiered their new single ‘Aerosol Can‘ featuring ‘man of the moment’ Pharell Williams. Pharrell, who recently debuted his second album ‘Girls showcases his rapid rap skills over a minimal percussive beat and delivers an infectious, uptempo and fun track!

The dance-hall crew recently unveiled their new five-track EP ‘Apocalypse Soon’  via Mad Decent, featuring a host of special guests from Pharrell Williams to Sean Paul, RDX & Moska. Be sure to catch Major Lazer at Bestival this year and Pharrell at Coachella and Wireless Festival.



2) Klaxons – There Is No Other Time (Prod Gorgon City)

British indie rockers Klaxons have unveiled their new single, ‘There Is No Other Time’. The highly anticipated single premiered on BBC Radio 1 with  Zane Lowe and serves as the first new material to surface since their 2010 album ‘Surfing The Void’. Produced by Gorgon City, who brought us ‘Ready for Your Love’  ft MNEK, ‘There Is No Other Time’ is the first single to be taken from their forthcoming third album ‘Love Frequency’ due this June.

 Be sure to catch Klaxons at Reading & Leeds festival this summer.



3) Hozier – from Eden

With the massive success of last years ‘Take Me To Church’, Irish singer/songwriter Hozier (Andrew Byrne) unveiled his new single ‘From Eden’. Once again, Hozier delivers a soulful and emotive track with sweeping vocals and plenty of rhythm and blues. A festival favourite this year, Hozier is set to perform at Reading and Leeds as well as SXSW in Austin Texas and Longitude in Dublin. ‘From Eden’ is taken from Hoziers four-track EP of the same name and is available from iTunes now.



4) Iggy Azalea ft Charlie XCX – Fancy

Feisty Aussie rapper Iggy Azalea, has unveiled her latest collaboration with British alt-pop singer Charlie XCX. ‘Fancy’ serves as the follow up to previous singles such as ‘Change Your Life’, ’Bounce’ and ‘Work’ and premiered with MistaJam on BBC Radio 1. With production from Invisible Men and the Arcade, ‘Fancy’ delivers an infectious driving beat with it’s looped synths, Charlie’s ‘hands in the air’ hook and Iggy’s swagger-filled rap flow.

‘Fancy’ is set for release April 6th and is set to be taken from Iggy’s forthcoming debut album ‘The New Classic’, due later this year. Be sure to check out their ‘Clueless’ inspired video as well as upcoming performances for Iggy at Wireless and Charlie XCX at SXSW.



5) Dillon Francis & DJ Snake – Get Low

Dillon Francis and DJ Snake have teamed up for ‘Get Low’; a monster of a track encompassing a hefty mix of Moombahton, electro, trap and even Arabian influences.  Having both achieved successful solo careers with singles such as DJ Snake’s ‘Bird Machine’, ‘Turn Down For What’ and Dillon’s epic ‘Masta Blasta’ and ‘Without You’ ft TEED. ‘Get Low’ serves up an explosion of Dillon’s trademark Moombahton roots while DJ Snake brings the big room bass.

‘Get Low’ is available from iTunes now. The duo are joining Skrillex on his ‘Mothership Tour’ kicking off in the US end of May.



6) Panteros666 – Baby F-16 (Original and Cause & Affect Remix)

French producer Panteros666 (AKA Victor Watel and one quarter of Club Cheval), is already in good company with fellow Bromance Records label mates, Gessaffelstein and Brodinski. With the success of the incredibly infectious ‘Baby F-16’, the single has now been reworked by house duo Cause & Affect and delivers a bass heavy beast with distorted and echoed vocals. Be sure to catch the duo at one of their many upcoming gigs.



7) Martin Garrix & Firebeatz – Helicopter

Having already released massive dance anthems from ‘Animals’ to ‘Wizard’,  17 year old Martin Garrix has done it again! Garrix unveiled his latest single ‘Helicopter’ with Dutch duo Firebeatz via Spinnin Records. Helicopter delivers an anticipating build, infectious synths and an incredible drop sure to cause a stir. With massive support from fellow DJ’s on the circuit, Garrix seems unstoppable! Upcoming performances include SXSW and Future Music Festival.



8) Royal Blood – Little Monsters

Royal Blood made up of Mike Kerr (bass, vocals) and Ben Thatcher (drums) from Brighton, are another act to emerge from the ever successful BBC Introducing. Having started off the year with a nomination for BBC’s Sound of 2014 poll, the rising rockers premiered their new single ‘Little Monsters’ with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1.

Little Monsters serves as the follow up to their debut single ‘Out of the Black’, which was released on the band’s own label Black Mammoth Records. Their riff-laden power rock has drawn comparisons to artists such as The Black Keys, The White Stripes and Queens of the Stone Age, so it’s no surprise the duo are gearing up to support Arctic Monkeys this May. Further dates include NME Awards Tour with Interpol, Temples and Circa Waves kicking off March 18th and Reading and Leeds festival.



9) Little Dragon – Klapp Klapp

Swedish pop group Little Dragon unveiled their new single ‘Klapp Klapp’, taken from their forthcoming fourth studio album ‘Nabuma Rubberband’. The synth-pop quartet deliver a groove laden vibe with quirky rhythms and deep synths, while Yukimi Nagano’s alluring and warm vocals soar above. Be sure to check out the two videos for ’Klapp Klapp’ which sees ‘Nabil’ take on creative duties, as he did for Kanye West and Frank Ocean.

Nabuma Rubberband, is set for release May 12th via Because Music.  Pre-order the album on iTunes and receive Klapp Klapp as a free download. Upcoming performances included supporting Foxes, and dates at Coachella and Secret Garden Party.



10) Sohn – Artifice

London, now Vienna based producer Sohn,  previously produced for artists such as Banks, Disclosure, Kwabs and Angel Haze. Now, Sohn is gearing up for his debut album ‘Tremors’, due April 7th with lead single ‘Artifice’. The single premiered with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 as his Hottest Record and serves up a fresh track filled with electronic textures, layered synths and Sohn’s captivating vocals delivering an infectious chorus.

Upcoming gigs include London’s Village Underground April 17th, before embarking upon  a 16 date tour of North America this May.



11) Jungle – Busy Earnin’

Mystery duo Jungle made up of T and J, have steadily built up their fanbase with their electro-tinged, tribal funk vibes. Their new single ‘Busy Earnin’ serves as the follow up to previous single ‘The Heat’ and ‘Platoon’ which received its premiere with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1. ‘Busy Earnin’ oozes swagger with it’s feel good vibes, sparkling synths and soulful falsetto vocals mixed with some brass instrumentation –  The perfect summer festival soundtrack.

With a debut album set for release in 2014 via XLRecordings, be sure to catch the duo at The Oval Space, London on May 23rd and Reading and Leeds festival this summer.



12) Grum – Tears

Leeds producer Grum premiered his new single ‘Tears’ with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 and serves as the follow up to ‘The Theme’. The shimmering synth heavy track gradually builds to a euphoric big room house smash, drawing comparisons to Eric Prydz with his progressive dance style. Mix that with a throwback to some 90’s rave and disco influences and you’re in for one gem of a track.

Grum’s highly anticipated second album ‘Human Touch’ is due April 14th while ‘Tears is set for release April 7th via Heartbeats.



13) Glass Animals – Gooey

Oxfordshire Indie-pop quartet Glass Animals unveiled their new single ‘Gooey’, produced by fellow band member Dave Bayley and award winning producer Paul Epworth (Foster The People & Florence And The Machine)

‘Gooey’ presents a dreamy and intricate track bursting with energy and a perfect blend of psych-pop. The shimmering falsetto vocals create a beautifully atmospheric and serene track.

Gooey is available to download now, while their debut album is expected later this year via Paul Epworth‘s new Wolf Tone label. Upcoming performance from Glass Animals include SXSW in Austin Texas and 3 dates in Australia.



14) Deep Dish – Quincy

Deep Dish are back! The legendary progressive house duo, made up of Sharam and Dubfire, unveiled their new single ‘Quincy‘, which premiered as Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune. With an impressive back catalogue of tracks such as ‘Say Hello’, ‘Thank You’, ‘Flashdance‘, and ‘Dreams‘, ‘Quincy‘ is the first new material to surface since their 2005 album ‘George Is On‘, before later disbanding in 2006 to persue solo careers.

Deep Dish delivers an exciting and deeply layered progressive single. With its pulsating bass lines, soft synths and dark house vibes, ‘Quincy’ lures you into a comforting trance-like state of mind that you never want to end.

Set for release March 31st, upcoming performance include headlining the Ice Palace as part of the Winter Music Conference in Miami



15) Henry Fong – Stand Up

Get ready for an absolute banger of a track! Henry Fong has unveiled his new single ‘Stand Up‘ which received its release through none other than Skrillex’s label OWSLA.

‘Stand Up’ delivers a monstrous electro anthem with some punchy brass elements, hefty bass and some insane drops. With his style encompassing big room progressive house, trap and hip hop, Fong is on course for an exciting 2014.

The ‘Stand Up’ EP features massive remixes from Milo & Otis, Destructo, and DallasK and is available now.



16 – A$AP Rocky Ft Gesaffelstein – In Distress

Forthcoming scifi film ‘Divergent’ has gathered an all star lineup for its official soundtrack including Ellie Goulding, Banks, Skrillex, Tame Impala, Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper and M83. The latest addition includes the exciting collaboration of US rapper A$AP Rocky with French Dj/producer Gesaffelstein (Aleph, Kanye- ‘Yeezus‘).

In Distress‘ perfectly captures the futuristic vibe of the film with Gesaffelstein’s intense and industrial sounding production. Though not a typical beat for A$AP, he nevertheless displays his effortless rap skills as he lets loose amidst Gesaffelsteins heavy electro based production.

Divergent hits cinemas April 4th while the official soundtrack is available now.

17) The Horrors – I See You

The Horrors announced their forthcoming fourth LP ‘Luminous’ which serves as the follow up to 2011′s ‘Skying’. ‘I See you’ premiered with Zane lowe on Radio 1 and delivers almost 8 minutes of psychedelic, ambient rock with its synth driven melody that gradually builds to an anthemic crescendo.

Luminous is set for release in the UK on May 5 and in the US on May 6 through XL Recordings. Pre-order your copy now and receive ‘I See You‘ instantly. Upcoming dates for the group include Field Day, Isle of Wight and LoveBox Festival. In the meantime, listen to the track here.

Todd Terje – Delorean Dynamite

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Norwegian house producer Todd Terje, who brought us the infectious ‘Inspector Norse’, ‘Strandbar’ and ‘Lanzarote‘ has unveiled his new single ‘Delorean Dynamite’. 

The 7-minute track delivers intricate production from Terje who serves up a disco infused, synth-driven melody and all-around feel-good vibes!

The single is taken from his forthcoming debut album ‘It’s Album Time‘ which is set for release April 7th via his own label Olsen Records. Pre-order now and receive ‘Delorean Dynamite’ as a free download.

Be sure to catch Todd Terje at one of his many upcoming performances including Bugged Out Weekender, Album Launch at Oval Space, Button Factory in Dublin, Love Saves The Day and further dates in Germany, Netherlands, Italy and France.

Villagers – Occupy Your Mind

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“To whom it may concern,
In the advent of the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, please find enclosed a song written for you, your Mother, your Father and your gay brothers and sisters in Russia.”

In light of Russian laws prohibiting gay ‘propaganda’, Villagers has dedicated their new single ‘Occupy Your Mind‘, offering a message of support to all those affected by the Government’s neglegance and ignorance.

‘Occupy Your Mind’ was produced by James Ford (Simian Mobile Disco).The single debuted as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1, where Connor O’Brien spoke about working with James, trying new things and absorbing input from others:

“I’m more open to working with others and it’s worked. All my fears about that are gone.”

‘Occupy Your Mind‘ is a departure from previous singles and serves up a synth driven bass line (bringing Muse ‘Uprising’ to mind). Connors vocals deliver a sense of immediacy to the song with its poignant lyrics and subject matter:

“Cos this place called home is no longer mine …. And there’s a Government warning, they don’t like our kind.”

With the success of their mercury nominated album ‘Awayland’, the Irish band are nominated for a Meteor Choice Music Prize for Irish album of the year.

‘Occupy Your Mind’ serves as the follow up to ‘Nothing Arrived and is available now.

January Picks

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While January was a long boring month for many, it did provide us with lots of new music to get excited about. Kicking of the year was the BBC Sound of 2014 poll winner Sam Smith.  There were plenty of new music releases such as Banks’ new single ‘Brain’ produced by Shlohmo to Foster The People’s comeback single ‘Coming Of Age‘  and Disclosure’s first full on hip-hop production of Bishop Nehru’s ‘You Stressin’. We also started the countdown to Summer festival season with big line ups revealed for Coachella, Reading and Leeds, Parklife, Bestival and Wireless.  The Grammy Awards took centre stage in January and celebrated artists such as Lorde, Daft Punk and even Pharrell’s hat!

Now in February, we look forward to the Brit Awards on February 19th , The NME awards shows with Austin Texas and lots more great new music. In the meantime, check out my top pics for January, with over 45 minutes of music for your listening pleasure.

1) Bombay Bicycle Club – Luna

Bombay Bicycle Club premiered their new single ‘Luna’ as Zane Lowe’s first ‘Hottest Record’ of 2014.  The single serves as the follow up to ‘Carry me’ and is set to be taken from their forthcoming 4th studio album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’, which is available now. While 2011’s ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ brought us top singles such as ‘Shuffle’, ‘Lights Out, Words Gone’ and ‘How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep’, ‘Luna’ certainly doesn’t disappoint. With its polished production, effortless vocals from Jack Steadman and featured vocalist Rae Morris, ‘Luna’ builds to a rhythmic and percussive crescendo, heralding their return for a bright 2014.

2) Tujamo and Plastik Funk ft Sneakbo

German duo Plastik Funk and producer Tujamo have had great success with their house track ‘Who’, receiving great support from Avicii, Steve Angello and even Tiesto in their sets. Now the original has been reworked to include vocals from UK rapper Sneakbo, who previously brought us tracks such as such as ‘Ring A Ling’, ‘Zim Zimma’ and ‘The Wave’. With great support from the likes of Mista Jam, Zane Lowe and Charlie Sloth, Sneakbo jumps on the ‘Dr Who’ riddim and delivers a funky dance-floor banger.

3) Ms. Dynamite and DJ Fresh – Dibby Dibby Sound (Sigma Remix)

The already infectious sounds of DJ Fresh’s ‘Dibby Dibby Sound’ ft Jay Fay and Ms Dynamite, has been remixed by none other than Drum and Bass duo Sigma (AKA Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie). Proud owners of their own label ‘Life Recordings‘, previous releases from Sigma include ‘Night & Day’, ‘Lassitude’ and the influential ‘All Blue’. With a host of official remixes under their belt for the likes of Eric Prydz, Rusko, Groove Armada and their most recent free download of Kanye West ‘Bound 2’, Sigma are currently working on their anticipated debut album.

4) Gotsome – ‘Bassline’ (Friend Within Remix)

Liverpool house producer ‘Friend Within’ has delivered an incredible remix of Gotsome’s ‘Bassline’, who gives the track an extra edge with his punchy bass lines and dark ominous synths. With 2013 proving to be an impressive year with releases such as ‘The Pull’ on Dirtybird’, ‘The Relate’ on Pet Recordings and the massive ‘The Renegade’ on Disclosure’s ‘Method Records’, Friend Within is gearing up for this forthcoming ‘The Undergound’ EP on Hypercolour.  Friend Within also featured as Annie Macs pick for ‘The Essential Mix Future Stars of 2014’ so expect to hear a lot more from Friend Within this year. GotSome’s ‘Bassline’ and remixes from Friend Within, Kenny Dope and Chocolate Puma is set for release March 30th.

5) Le Youth – Dance With Me ( Original & Jacob Plant Remix)

LA producer Le Youth (AKA Wes James) who brought us last year’s care-free single ‘C O O L’ is back with an equally infectious single ‘Dance With Me’, featuring the vocals of Dominique Young Unique (Duke Dumont - Need You (100%)‘ and ‘DJ Fresh & Diplo -Earthquake‘). ‘Dance With Me’ champions classic R&B elements sampling TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’ giving it that retro feel, but at the same time feeling fresh with its synth-pop vibes and Dominique Young’s feisty hooks. Le Youth’s Dance With Me is set for release February 9th. In the meantime, check out the new video here. On the other side of this, Jacob Plant has unveiled his new remix of ‘Dance With me’, which features a hefty dose of UK bass, creating one pulsating banger of a trap track.  Plant has sped up the track and delivers more intensity with his trademark bass heavy drops, as heard in previous singles such as ‘Fire’.

6) Route 94 – My Love (feat. Jess Glynne)

20-year-old dance producer Route 94 has unveiled his new single ‘My Love’ ft Jess Glynn. The track was especially commissioned for Annie Mac’s recent compilation album ‘Annie Mac Presents 2013‘ and features the velvety vocals of Jess Glynn, accompanied by some warm house piano riffs throughout. Glynn is currently sitting at no1 in the charts with  her Clean Bandit collaboration of ‘Rather Be‘ and has worked her infectious vocals once more on ‘My Love’ – a real hands in the air track. Route 94 has been gaining momentum since 2012 with his mysterious identity and string of material being released and supported by the likes of Skream and Benga. Having gone on to release his debut 4-track EP ’Fly 4 Life’ through his self-titled label, this young producer is one to watch. My Love is out on 2nd March via Virgin EMI. Upcoming performances included Bugged Out Weekender in Southport and Parklife Weekender in Manchester

7) Avicii – You Make Me (Diplo & Ookay remix)

Diplo has unveiled his latest remix collaboration with San Diego based producer Ookay. The duo have re-worked Avicii’s Summer smash single ‘You Make Me’, giving it the Trap treatment. While still staying true to its original form, Diplo and Ookay throw in some trap-style drops, distorted vocals and lazer synths, packing that extra punch.  Rising producer Ookay has made the quite impact with remixes of Congorock’s ‘Bless Di Nation Ft. Sean Paul’ and Steve Aoki, Chris Lake & Tujamo’s ‘Boneless’. You can catch Ookay in Manchester this February while Diplo continues his constant touring with the powerhouse that is Major Lazer.

8) Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up)

Paulo Nutini is back with his new single ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up)’ set to be taken from his upcoming third album ‘Caustic Love‘. Nutini premiered the new single as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record last week and is the first new material to surface since his 2009 album ‘Sunny Side Up’ , proving to be an exciting taste of what’s to come.  Having worked on the album in London, Glasgow and Valencia and US, Paulo co-produced the album with Dani Castelar and delivers a soulful funk-driven track with some sassy horn accompaniment and mighty vocals.   Caustic Love is available April 14th, while ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up)‘ is available to download from March 30th.

9) Disclosure and Mary J Blige – F for You

The formidable force that is Disclosure has unveiled a re-worked version of ‘F For You’, now featuring the soulful vocals of Mary J Blige. The Grammy nominated duo are known for their strong choice of collaborators from London Grammar to AlunaGeorge and Jessie Ware to Nile Rodgers and were recently joined on stage in New York by MaryJ Blige for their reworked studio version of ‘F For You’. Blige’s soulful vocals infuse new life into the already exceptional track. Disclosure have always been keen to venture into the realm of hip-hop, having recently announced plans to collaborate with Hip Hop legend Q-Tip and their most recent full on hip hop production with Bishop Nehru ‘You Stressin’. Currently on tour in the US, you can catch the Brit and Grammy nominated duo at Coachella as well as Parklife, Bestival and Reading & Leeds Festivals.

10) Kiesza – Hideaway

Meet Kiesza – a trained ballerina and skilled sailor,  who was almost recruited by the army as a sniper! If that hasn’t got your attention, then hopefully this track will. The Canadian singer/songwriter premiered her debut single ’Hideaway’ as a special delivery for Annie Mac last week.  The main force of the track is Keisza’s pure and commanding vocals over a down-tempo funky bass line that delivers a fresh dance pop vibe. Expect an exciting year from Keisza who’s currently working on her debut EP. Hideaway is available from March 24th.

11) Redlight ft Lotti – 36

Bristols finest, Redlight, has unveiled his new single ‘36’,  taken from his forthcoming EP of the same name. The producer DJ had enlisted the vocals of Lotti and serves up a retro deep-house track with plenty of disco groove. Hoping to follow in the footsteps of previous singles including, ‘Lost In Your Love’ and ‘Get Out My Head‘, ‘36’ is set for release March 10th.

Check out the full playlist below!

Banks – Brain (Produced by Shlohmo)

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The talented Banks  is back with her new single ‘Brain‘, which serves as the follow up to tracks such as ‘Waiting Game’, ‘This Is What It Feels Like‘ and ‘Warm Water‘.

The dynamic track opens with Banks’ trademark dark and mysterious vibes that slowly builds to an explosive and euphoric bridge, mixed with distorted and echoed vocals.  As always, Banks’ choice of producers are strong, having worked with the likes of Sohn, TEED, Lil Silva and Jamie Woon. For ‘Brain’, Banks enlists the expertise of LA producer Shlohmo, who’s production is both subtle and powerful; perfectly capturing Banks’ dynamic nature.

Having started the year off as no.3 in the BBC Sound of 2014 poll, Banks is currently putting the final touches on her debut record and describes it as a “Constant development of my sound“. Be sure to catch Banks at one of her many upcoming performances  including two dates in London’s Koko this March. Plenty of dates also lined up for Shlohmo.

Brain’ featured as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record on Tuesday and is now available to purchase from iTunes.