London Grammar – Hell To The Liars (Kölsch Remix)

Ok I’m gonna say it … this is a serious contender for best remix of the year!

Danish DJ and producer Kölsch unveiled his latest remix of London Grammar’sHell To The Liars’.

While the original track is taken from London Grammar’s number 1 sophomore album, Truth Is A Beautiful Thing‘, Kölsch extends upon the original to deliver 12.30 minutes of pure escapism. Keeping Hannah’s haunting vocals intact and intertwining sweeping strings, defined beats, distorted synths and eerie electronic flourishes, Kölsch showcases his talent for producing emotion-induced romantic techno, all the while producing luscious, sonic soundscapes that completely captivate throughout.

With the success of his critically acclaimed album 1977 followed by 1983, Kölsch consistently delivers with tracks such as ‘Grey’, ‘DerDieDas’, ‘Cassiopeia’, ‘Der Alte and the recent Speicher 97’ EP. Currently signed to iconic German electronic label, Kompakt, Kölsch has an impressive back catalogue of unique remixes, including gems such as Eric Prydz’s ‘Generate’ and Monkey Safari’s ‘Cranes’.

No word yet on an official release date, but having recently been named as Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune (his 3rd this year alone) and dropping the remix into various sets the past few months, expect to hear a lot more of this epic remix. In the meantime, you can catch Kölsch during his Hï Ibiza residency this summer, Radio 1 in Ibiza (Aug 4) and Tomorrowland this weekend.  

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Lovebox ’17 – Saturday Picks

With Day 1 of Lovebox complete and day 2 just hours away, Chase & Status are set to headline the main stage tonight along with MC Rage, for what will no doubt be an epic live act. Known for their unique ‘UK sound’, rooted in various genres from Dub to Reggae and Garage to Grime, the production duo (Saul Milton & Will Kennard), continue to showcase their never ending versatility. Praised for their unique collaborations such as 2015’s London Bars EP (ft Novelist, Frisco, Giggs), followed by collaborations with the likes of Slaves on ‘Control’ and Blossoms with ‘This Moment’,  might we see some special guests joining them tonight? Maybe Emeli Sande for their new single ‘Love Me More’ taken from their forthcoming third album, Tribe. Either way, get ready to belt out some of their most loved anthems. With a whole host of acts set to close out Day 2 of Lovebox, here are some of my top picks for Saturday.

1) Kano (Main Stage: 6.20pm -7.20pm)

Grime MC Kano, is set to tear up the Main stage this evening after the success of his thrilling Glastonbury set, brought to the next level with the accompaniment of a live band. Having started out as an original member of Nasty crew back in 2000, Kano’s career has catapulted and 5 studio albums later, along with multiple EP’s and mixtapes, he’s still representing the fearless direction and determination of the UK Grime scene. Top that off with a string of impressive singles including ‘3 Wheel-ups’, featuring Grime heavyweights Wiley and Giggs, ‘Hail’, ‘New Banger’ and ‘Garage Skank Freestyle‘. With the release of his 2016 album Made In The Manor, produced by the likes of Fraser T Smith, Rustie and Mele, expect a set filled with raw energy, slick flows, infectious beats and some brass, strings and piano thrown in for good measure!

2) Anne-Marie (Main Stage: 2.30pm – 3.00pm)

Time for the first of my 3 A’s. (see below) Having kick-started her career touring the world with Rudimental as a backing singer, as well as contributing vocals for the likes of Magnetic Man & Gorgon City,  25-year-old singer/songwriter Anne Marie made her official solo debut in 2015 with the infectious Karate EP – an ode to her real life status as three-time world Shotokan-style karate champion.  This was later followed this up with hit singles ‘Do It Right’, ‘Alarm’, her most recent single ‘Ciao Adios‘ and lead vocalist on Clean Bandit’s Number One single ‘Rockabye’. To top things off, Anne Marie kicked off the year shortlisted for the coveted Brit Critics Choice Award, alongside Dua Lipa and overall winner Rag’n’Bone Man. Having worked with the likes of Two Inch Punch, Fraser T Smith and Rudimental, expect exciting things from this rising pop stars’ debut album, which will no doubt be filled with ballsy, dynamic vocals and infectious, synth-happy, pop gems.

3) Andy C (Noisey Stage: 7.45pm – 9.15pm)

Having headlined major festivals all over the world, there are few bigger names than that of dnb legend (and my second A pick) Andy C. As a leading figure in the world of electronic music, specifically the dnb evolution, Andy C has an impressive back catalogue to match, including infectious crossover anthems such as  ‘Heartbeat Loud’, ‘New Era’ and ‘Workout’, as well as his incredible remixes for the likes of Sigala, London Grammar and the smash hit 2012 remix of Major Lazer’s ‘Get Free’ – still sounding as epic today as it ever did. As co-founder of Ram Records and sister imprints, Program & Frequency, Andy has nurtured and developed some of the biggest dnb headline acts including Wilkinson, Sub Focus and tonight’s headliner, Chase & Status. With his own specialist drum & bass show on Beats 1, Andy C there’s no better person to deliver the freshest new music and hottest dnb classics. Don’t miss out on what will no doubt be a stellar set.

4) Annie Mac (Main Stage: 7.50pm – 8.50pm)

My final A pick (see above) has to be the Queen of dance, Annie Mac. While Annie has had the pleasure of kick-starting the weekend off for many years now, tonight she has task of performing right before tonight’s headline act, Chase & Status. With the success of he headline Glastonbury performance on the John Peel Stage, complete with a live Gospel house choir,  Annie is sure to get the entire main stage crowd #raving with her infectious selection of tunes. With the success of her recent club culture documentary ‘Who Killed The Night’, her personally curated AMP Lost & Found Festival in Malta,  and her ever popular primetime weekday evening show on Radio 1, Annie is seen as the premiere tastemaker when it comes to the latest club bangers. Throw in a live gospel house choir and expect plenty of goosebumps, lots of dancing and all around feel-good vibes.

5) Kölsch (DJ Set) (Transistor Stage: 8pm – 9.30pm)

Danish tech-house DJ and producer, Kölsch (Rune Reilly Kölsch) is set to close out the Transistor Stage tonight with his stunning form of romantic techno.  The Transistor stage resembles a giant radio, complete with explosive flaming pyrotechnics throughout – so quite the spectacle and one not to be missed. Known for this ability to produce emotion-induced music, Kölsch perfectly combines both mainstream and underground styles, all the while producing luscious, sonic soundscapes. With the success of his critically acclaimed album 1977 followed by 1983, Kölsch consistently delivers with tracks such as ‘Grey’, ‘DerDieDas’, ‘Cassiopeia’, ‘Der Alte’ and recent single ’Speicher 97’ EP – not to mention producing some excellent remixes such as Eric Prydz ‘Generate’, Monkey Safari’s ‘Cranes’ and recent remix of London Grammar’s ‘Hell To The Liars – which is 12 and half minutes of pure bliss and definite contender for best remix of the year.  Currently signed to iconic German electronic label, Kompakt and set to take up residency in Hï Ibiza this Summer, expect an epic set from the Danish Don with his melodic and intimate form of electronica.

6) Raye (Main Stage: 1.40pm – 2.10pm)

19-year-old South London singer/songwriter Rachel Keen, AKA Raye, takes to the mainstage this afternoon for the final day of Lovebox 2017. Raye stormed into the spotlight when her self released 2014 EP, Welcome To Winter, racked up millions of Soundcloud streams, securing her a coveted deal with Polydor. Since then, the dynamic pop star has released two EP’s, a string of infectious singles such as ‘The Line’, Bet You Wish’, ‘I U Us’, co-writing credits on Charlie XCX’s ‘After The Afterparty’, and some quality collaborations with the likes of Stormzy, Stefflon Don, Jonas Blue, Jax jones and Nas. All this at just 19 years of age? Having recently placed third in the BBC’s Sound of 2017 poll, Raye is consistently raising the bar for pop music today, pushing down boundaries along the way and delivering a unique sound full of character and style.  

Like yesterday, with so many incredible acts closing Day 2 of Lovebox, it’s impossible to narrow down my top picks. Notable mentions have to go to AJ Tracey, Kurupt FM, Jamie Jones, Solardo, DJ EZ and Zdot.

Check out my final Lovebox Playlist below and enjoy the final day of the festival.

Lovebox ’17 – Friday Picks

Celebrating its 15th anniversary, Lovebox Festival returns to East London’s Victoria Park tomorrow (14-15th July) with an eclectic line-up spanning across the two days. Friday’s headline act is the one and only Frank Ocean, performing one of his only two UK festivals this year. With the success of his debut album Channel Orange, followed by 2016’s Blonde featuring collaborations from the likes of Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean has wildly become one the most celebrated and critically acclaimed acts of this decade. With a whole host of amazing acts set to kick off Day 1 of Lovebox, celebrating the best of British and international musical talent, here are some of my top picks for Friday:

1) Jamie XX (Main Stage: 7.25pm – 8.40pm)

Jamie xx has the task this year of playing right before main stage headliner, Frank Ocean. However, when you have tracks such as ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be Good Times’, it pretty much speaks for itself. With the massive success of his 2015 debut album In Colour giving us transcendent singles such as ‘Loud Places’, ‘See Saw’ and ‘Gosh’, Jamie xx consistently delivers a wide range of textures & styles, firmly positioning himself as a unique & imaginative contributor to the British dance scene. Jamie xx pushes boundaries and offers up a new realm of possibility from that of his main project, The xx. Whatever you do, make sure you reserve your spot for Jamie’s main stage set.

2) Solange (Noisey Stage: 8pm – 9pm)

Over the past few years, Solange couldn’t be mentioned in an article without being referred to as as ‘Beyonce’s Sister’. However, after years of hard work proving herself as an established, forward-thinking and grammy-winning artist, Solange can finally lose the ‘Beyonce’ tag. Her most recent album,  A Seat at the Table, confidently dealt with the complexities of black womanhood. With stunning singles such as ‘Cranes in the Sky’, ‘Mad’ ft Lil Wayne and ‘Don’t Touch My Hair’ ft Sampha, Solange has made a fearless stance with her empowering body of work.  Having recently performed on Glastonbury’s West Holt Stage to rave reviews (one of the few performances that wasn’t allowed to be filmed for the BBC coverage) make sure you don’t miss her Lovebox set.

3) Rex Orange County (Noisey Stage: 2.20pm – 2.50pm)

Rex Orange County (aka Alex O’Conner) first came to my attention last year with his single ‘UNO’, serving up a refreshing slice of charming lo-fi mixed with witty conversational style vocals. When your talents have been recognised by Tyler the Creator, you know you’re onto something pretty special and unique. With the release of his self-produced debut album  ‘bcos u will never b free’, featuring on Tyler’s recent track ‘Boredom’, to his most recent debut album proper, Apricot Princess, ROC’s material offers up a personable outlook on life, effortlessly blending various styles from pop and indie to jazz and hip-hop. Showcasing  a talent far beyond his years, O’Conner’s melodic hooks are infectious and unassuming as heard in tracks such as ‘Best Friend’, ‘Sunflower’ and ‘Sycamore Girls’.

4) Sälen (Main Stage: 2.45pm- 3.15pm)

Self described as ‘Straight-talking, slightly to the left pop music’’, Sälen is made up of Ellie Kamio, Paul Taylor Wade and Simon Milner. The London trio, whose name is inspired by a small Swedish village with 652 inhabitants, serve up some effortlessly cool vibes with a unique edge. From their infectious synth-pop vibes of ‘Diseasey’ and ‘Heartbreak Diet’ to the saccharine-induced tones of ‘So Rude’ and ‘Copper Kiss’, Sälen’s eclectic influences set them apart from their contemporaries serving up a delectable form of ‘explicit pop’. With their glossy productions, breezy melodies and sweet sugary vocals akin to the likes of AlunaGeorge, this is one act that certainly won’t disappoint.

5) Ray BLK (Noisey Stage:4.00pm – 4.30pm)

23-year-old Ray BLK kicked off the year as BBC’s Sound of 2017 winner and has since gone from strength to strength with her straight-talking, down to earth attitude.  With the success of previous tracks ‘My Hood’, ‘Chill Out, ‘2am’ and her most recent offering ‘Doing Me’, Ray perfectly balances her free style vocals and soulful R&B melodies, delivering a refreshing slice of UK R&B. Having recently featured on Gorillaz’s latest album Humanz alongside Zebra Katz and Rag‘n’Bone Man, as well as previous collaborations with Stormzy and Wretch 32,  Ray is currently working on her debut album, which will no doubt represent her core values from her stage name, BLK (Building, Living Knowing)

6) Joe Goddard  (Corona Sunsets Stage: 4.00pm – 5.30pm)

As one half of house-duo 2 Bears, member of electro band Hot Chip and co founder of the Greco-Roman imprint, Producer/DJ Joe Goddard has released over a decade worth of albums and remixes – even earning him a Grammy nomination for his edit of the Chemical Brothers’ ‘Wide Open’. While his many side projects keep him busy, Goddard finally unveiled his highly anticipated first official solo album, Electric Lines. The album skilfully pays homage to the history of dance music and retro electro. His infectious form of house, disco, techno, creativity and left-wing pop music, has given us gems such as ‘Gabriel’, ‘Taking Over’ and more recently ‘Home‘ and ‘Truth Is The Answer’.

With so many incredible acts kicking of Day 1 of Lovebox, it’s impossible to narrow down my top picks. Notable mentions have to go to Sampha, Eats Everything, Bicep, Seth Troxler, Kaytranada & DJ Jazzy Jeff – all of which I’ll definitely be checking out throughout the day. So to get you in the mood for some sun and music this weekend, check out my Lovebox Playlist below. Check back soon for Saturday’s picks!

Bonzai – I Feel Alright

I last posted about Bonzai in my September 2015 selections with the release of her debut single ‘KBG (Knicker Bocker Glory)’ via Mura Masa’s label, Anchor Point. Since then, the 20-year-old Indiana-born, Dublin-raised producer/vocalist has gone from strength to strength having toured and collaborated with Mura Masa, joined Flume on tour across Europe and released 3 EP’s. (Sleepy Hungry, Lunacy and Royal)

Her latest single ‘I Feel Alright’ serves up a playful melody, with quirky electro production and an eclectic fusion of styles throughout. The track premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest record where Bonzai spoke about the inspiration and tone for her new track:

“Start of the year I went to Cuba. I came back and wasn’t really feeling as dark. So thought we’d put some happy chords in and feel a bit better about life…It’s all a bit happier now. Let’s get some happiness in here.“

Bonzai teamed with up with good friend and producer Mura Masa to write the single after a successful ‘writing camp’ in the countryside, with Bonzai later repaying the favour and featuring on Mura Masa’s recent single ‘Nuggets‘. Upcoming dates for Bonzai include Secret Garden Party (July 20-23)

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Toddla T – Magnet Ft Andrea Martin

Fresh off the success of ‘Beast’ ft Andrea Martin (as featured in my April Selections), producer/DJ and 1Xtra host Toddla T unveiled his new single ‘Magnet’. Serving as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record, the Sheffield-born producer has once again teamed up with the smooth stylings of Andrea Martin, delivering the perfect blend of soul, R&B and dance, topped off with hypnotic, skittering beats and slick production throughout. 

Speaking with Annie Mac on Radio 1,  Toddla T commented on how the collaboration with Andrea Martin came about:

“I was looking for a vocalist and I called my friend Switch who put me in touch with Andrea Martin. I went in the studio with her, and within a minute I was like ‘this is the lady I want to work with on the  album’… She’s going to voice the record and I’m going to finish it so it was kinda her that inspired me to do the record.”

When it came to producing ‘Magnet’, Toddla was worried he wouldn’t do Andrea’s vocals justice, stating they were ‘too good’. He later followed up with friend and co-producer Chilly Gonzales, who infused some magic while taking ‘Magnet’ to new heights with his vibrant instrumentals:

“I sent him the beat with no music on, and he came back with the most emotive, lush music. I was in the studio having a weep. I put the bass around it, and finally I felt like I did the vocals some justice.

Magnet’ is taken from Toddla’s forthcoming third album Foreign Light and follow up to 2012’s Watch Me Dance. Available via his own label imprint Steeze, upcoming dates for Toddla include fabric (Aug 11), House Of Common (Aug 28th) and Bestival (Sept 7). With the success of his Glastonbury Carnival last month, all roads lead to Notting Hill Carnival at the end of August.  

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June Selections

1) Denney Vs Mekon – What’s Going On

Word of warning, this song will make you want to go out #raving! UK Producer/DJ Denney from Leeds, unveiled his new single ‘What’s Going On’. The single served as Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune, as well as Danny Howard’s Hottest Record while filling in for Annie Mac the past few months. As one of the leading figures in the house scene right now, ‘What’s Going On’ serves up some pulsing bass, thrilling drum patterns and an infectious vocal sample from Mekon’s ‘00 hit of the same name, featuring the vibrant vocals of Roxanne Shanté. With the breakout success of ‘Low Frequency’ two years ago, Denney has gone from strength to strength with a string of releases via Hot Creations and Crosstown Rebels. Speaking with Danny Howard, Denney spoke about hounding Mekon for the original vocals and working on the track the past four years: “I must have done four or five different versions but it wasn’t right. I finally revisited it last year, and here we are”. With a summer of touring, festivals, Ibiza gigs and further Summer releases ahead – watch this space for an official release.

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2) Lorde – Perfect Places

With the release of her sophomore album, Melodrama, Lorde unveiled her latest single, ‘Perfect Places’. Having previously shared ‘Green Light’, ‘Liability’, and ‘Sober’, ‘Perfect Places’ serves up Lorde’s trademark anthemic choruses, whirring synths and unique sense of synaesthesia (seeing sounds as colour). Produced and co-written alongside Jack Antonoff (Fun, Sia, Taylor Swift), Lorde captures emotion like no other and serves up some darker undertones, with its throbbing syncopated rhythm, infused with sleek R&B stylings. Throughout ‘Perfect Places‘, Lorde suggests partying as a mechanism for survival and the bold extents people go to, in order to feel more alive. “All the nights spent off our faces / Trying to find these perfect places / What the fuck are perfect places anyway?”. Fresh off the success of her Glastonbury debut performance on the Other Stage last weekend, with ‘Green Light’ featuring as the BBC TV coverage intro music each day, Lorde is set to go on tour this Autumn with 5 UK performances including O2 Apollo in Manchester (26 Sept), London’s Alexandra Palace (Sept 27) and Glasgow’s O2 Academy (2nd October) – unfortunately no Irish dates announced yet.

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3) Mr Jukes – Grant Green Ft Charles Bradley

Having last featured in my March Selections, Mr Jukes, aka the solo project of Bombay Bicycle Club frontman Jack Steadman, is back with new single ‘Grant Green’. His latest offering sees him team up with American singer Charles Bradley for a delightful dose of gospel infused soul. Mr Jukes pays homage to the late American jazz-guitar legend, Grant Green, sampling his work throughout and even naming the track after him. Taken from his forthcoming debut album, God First, set for release July 14th via Island Records, enjoy this sumptuous Summer sizzler, filled with plenty of soul and funk. Upcoming dates for Mr Jukes include the Village Underground in Shoreditch (July 10) and a Piano Session for Huw Stephens on Radio 1 (July 5).

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4) Grace Carter – Silence

Time to slow the pace down a bit with the stunning vocals of Grace Carter. Ok, so this track might have been released end of May, but I’m sneaking it into my June favourites (Shhh!) The 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Brighton, delivers a confident debut with a personal, yet defiant message. The track premiered as Zane Lowe’s ‘World Record’ on Beats Radio, where Grace commented: “I feel it’s quite relatable, and just excited for other people to find some strength in the song, like I did”. With over 1 millions streams on Spotify and co-written alongside George and Henry Flint, ‘Silence’ is available now. Currently working on her upcoming debut project, keep an eye on this rising star!

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5) Duke Dumont x Gorgon City – Real Life Ft Naations

I feel like you can always count on house music aficionado, Duke Dumont (Adam George Dyment) and North London production duo Gorgon City (Kye Gibbon & Matt Robson-Scott), to produce instant dance-floor bangers. With a string of hits between them including ‘Need U (100%) ft A*M*E’, ‘Won’t Look Back’, ‘Ready For Your Love’ ft MNEK and ‘Saving My Life’ ft RØMANS – ‘Real Life’ is no exception. Teaming up with rising Australian duo Naations (Nat Dunn & Nicky Routledge) for an infectious slice of 90’s house, ‘Real Life’ is filled with delectable, soulful vocals and infectious house-piano melodies. With Duke Dumont recently offering his production skills to Katy Perry’s ‘Swish Swish’ ft Nicki Minaj, Duke continues to highlight his crossover skills from underground club culture to more mainstream pop stylings. With Dumont and Gorgon City set to take up residency this summer at Amnesia in Ibiza, all three acts are set to perform at SW4 Festival in Clapham, London. (Aug 25-27).

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6) Jorja Smith – Teenage Fantasy

I last featured Jorja Smith in my January Selections with her impressive debut single ‘Blue Lights’. Now the 20-year-old singer is back with her latest offering, ‘Teenage Fantasy’, serving as the follow up to last year’s Project 11 EP along with singles ‘Beautiful Little Fools’ and her collaboration with Kali Uchis on ‘Tyrant’. With ‘Teenage Fantasy’, Jorja’s stunning neo-soul vocals float effortlessly above some laid-back jazz accompaniment, all the while delivering a mesmerising ballad and a mature sound far beyond her years (oh, and an ending that’s completely charming). Brimming with talent, Jorja recently featured on Drake’s More Life ‘playlist/project’ with tracks ‘Jorja Interlude’ and ‘Get It Together’, further emphasising her global reach. Upcoming dates for Jorja include Latitude (July 13-16), Longitude (July 14-16) and a headline show at Electric Brixton (July 20). In the meantime, check out her cinematic video for ‘Teenage Fantasy’.

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7) Tube & Berger – Dust Feel Ft. Richard Judge

Again, a bit of an end of May release, but sneaking this gem into my June picks. German Deep house production duo, Tube & Berger (Arndt Rörig and Marco Vidoviz), unveiled their latest single ‘Dust Feel’. Featuring the captivating vocals of long time collaborator Richard Judge (‘Disarray’, ‘Ruckus’, ‘Wide Awake’), ‘Dust Feel’ serves up an enchanting slice of progressive deep-house with its moody undertones and hypnotising, atmospheric synths. The single is taken from the dynamic duo’s sophomore album, We Are All Stars, and follows the success of previously released singles ‘Ruckus’ and ‘International Corporate Motherfuckers’. Upcoming dates for Tube & Berger include Tomorrowland in Belgium (July 23), Ushuaia, Ibiza (Aug 15) and London’s Ministry of Sound (Nov 25).

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8) Calvin Harris – Feels Ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean

Ok, I think we’ve found our song of the Summer and unsurprisingly, it comes from Calvin Harris with an assist from Pharrell, Katy Perry and & Big Sean. ‘Feels’ is an effortlessly cool, sun-drenched single, with its tropical vibes, funky bass-lines and breezy vocal hooks. This is the fourth single to be taken from Calvin’s forthcoming album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol 1, and follows previously released singles ‘Slide’ ft Frank Ocean & Migos, ‘Heatstroke’ ft Pharrell, Young Thug and Ariana Grande, and ‘Rolling’ ft Future and Khalid. With a never ending list of contributors, Calvin has recently come under fire from Canadian Producer, Deadmau5, who criticised the amount of high profile guest artists: “Anyone ever remember when calvin harris was just… calvin harris?”. The Scottish producer is also a multi-instrumentalist, playing all the instruments on the record – further promoting his never ending talents. Be sure to check out the hyper-stylised, psychedelic video.

Funk Wav Bounces Vol. 1:
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9) Run The Jewels – Down ft Isaiah Dreads (Z Dot UK Remix)

Fresh off the success of their Glastonbury Pyramid Stage performance, US hip-hop duo Run The Jewels shared a new remix of ‘Down’ from West London producer Z Dot. Known for his work with the likes of Stormzy, Lady Leshurr and Wiley, Z Dot’s remix also features a new verse from 19-year-old rapper Isaiah Dreads (‘Hot Spice’, ‘U See Me’). Z Dot’s UK remix featured as Mista Jams ‘Jam Hot’ on 1 Xtra and serves up some menacing undertones with its skittering 808’s, snarling brass swells and Isaiah completely holding his own on the new verse. Upcoming dates for Run the Jewels World Tour include two dates at London’s O2 Academy Brixton (Nov 11-12) with further performances in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.

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10) Lil Yachty – Better Ft Stefflon Don

With the release of his debut album, Teenage Emotions, US rapper/singer Lil Yachty unveiled his new new single ‘Better’. Featuring rising MC Stefflon Don, who recently featured on Toddla T’s ‘Beast’ ft Andrea Martin, ‘Better’ serves up a carefree, reggae-infused track, with its breezy, tropical vibes – the perfect summer chill track. ‘Better’ follows Lil Yachty’s 2016 mixtapes, Lil Boat and Summer Songs 2, as well as his most recent collaboration with Carly Rae Jepsen on ‘It Takes Two’. Teenage Emotions is available now and features a whole host of guest collaborations, including Diplo, Migos YG and Kamaiyah, Grace, Sonyae Elise, and Evander Griiim.

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11) Kideko – Dum Dum

I last posted about Kideko in April, when he teamed up with Liverpudlian producer, Friend Within, for their beast of a track ‘Burnin’ Up’. Now the Brighton producer has unveiled his latest solo single ‘Dum Dum‘. The single premiered with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record and serves up an infectious samba sizzler, with its vibrant house piano, bustling percussion and bouncy, Carnival vibes. With the massive success of his collaboration with Kwali on ‘Crank It’ and the re-edit with Nadia Rose & Sweetie Irie ranking up over 15 million streams on Spotify – Kiedko sure knows how to get the party started. Expect this to be heard everywhere throughout the summer season. ‘Dum Dum’ is available now on Ministry of Sounds. Upcoming dates for Kideko include, Lovebox (July 14-16), Tramlines (July 21), and Creamfields (Aug 24-27).

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12) Confidence Man – Boyfriend (Repeat- Edit)

Not much is know about this next group, other than they’ve just shared a ridiculously catchy Mark Ralph edit of their single ‘Boyfriend (Repeat)’. Confidence Man are an Australian four-piece group, a supergroup if you will, made up of former members of The Belligerents, the Jungle Giants and Moses Gunn Collective. They also have some of the best names around – Reggie Goodchild, Clarence McGuffie, Janet Planet and Sugar Bones. While Mark Ralph is a UK producer having worked with the likes of Hot Natured, Jamie Jones and Hot Chip. The preppy, electro-funk tune just oozes charm with its funky bass lines, swirling synths, quirky electronic flourishes and sassy vocals to match. With Huw Stephens recently commenting ‘I can’t emphasise how brilliant they are’ and just ‘so much fun live’, this is one track you’re going to have on repeat for quite some time – so ‘Get Down!’ Having just headlined The Moth Club in London, keep an eye out for future dates from the Brisbane supergroup, including a live session from Maida Vale Studios with Huw Stephens.

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13) Superorganism – Nobody Cares

From one relatively unknown band to another, meet Superorganism. The Main/London collective shared their third single ‘Nobody Cares’, highlighting their quirky yet captivating form of glitch-tronica. The 8-piece group, made up of Japanese vocalist Orono and a yet-to-be-announced line up of eclectic musicians, have delivered a unique mishmash of quirky electro samples, wobbling basslines and sweet vocal hooks. ‘Nobody Cares’ is the follow up to ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D’, which appears to have been taken down due to an uncleared sample, and ‘It’s All Good’. Upcoming dates for the supergroup include a debut performances at London’s Village Underground (Oct 5). Don’t miss out!

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14) Ray BLK – Doing Me

Time for a refreshing slice of UK R&B from Ray BLK (FYI, that stands for Building, Living, Knowing). Having kicked off the year as BBC’s Sound of 2017 winner, 23-year-old Ray BLK has gone from strength to strength with her straight-talking, down to earth attitude as heard in her latest offering ‘Doing Me’. The single promotes self-empowerment at its finest with Ray perfectly balancing her free style vocals with soulful R&B melodies, all the while highlighting the importance of being yourself no matter what. “My dressing is expression so don’t judge me by my clothes”. Having recently featured on Gorillaz’s latest album Humanz alongside Zebra Katz and Rag‘n’Bone Man, expect plenty of new material from Ray BLK this year. Produced by Jimmy Napes (Disclosure, Sam Smith, Jessie Ware), upcoming performances for Ray BLK include Lovebox (July 14-15), Wilderness (Aug 3-6), Reading & Leeds (Aug 25-27) and Bestival (Sept 7-10).

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15) Cristoph – Feel

Last, but by no means least, is Newcastle producer Cristoph with his new single ‘Feel’. Having just signed to Eric Prydz’s new imprint, Pryda Presents, Cristoph has the task of representing the label’s first ever release – and what a way to kick things off. ‘Feel’ serves up a mesmeric slice of progressive house, with its dynamic beats, swirling synths and Jem Cooke’s hypnotic vocals floating effortlessly above. With an impressive back catalogue of releases including ‘Alone’ and ‘Closer’ via Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound imprint,  his Eleven EP via Sasha’s Last Night on Earth imprint, and his collaborative Last Dance EP with Jeremy Olander on John Digweeed’s seminal Bedrock imprint – Cristoph is proving just why he’s a force to be reckoned with. Having previously joined Prydz on the North American leg of his tour earlier this year, as well as supporting him at EPIC 5.0 in London, upcoming performances for the Geordie producer include his debut at Tomorrowland on the Pryda Stage (July 30), Creamfields (Aug 24-27), SW4 (Aug 26-27) and further support slots for Prydz during his debut Ibiza residency at Hï Ibiza. (Tuesdays from June 20-Aug 22)


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ICYMI: Previous June Posts

Check out the full playlist below and here’s to another exciting month of music ahead!

 

 

Vince Staples – Yeah Right ft. Kučka & Kendrick Lamar

With the release of Vince Staples’ highly anticipated sophomore album, Big Fish Theory, one of the tracks that immediately caught my attention was ‘Yeah Right’ featuring Kučka & Kendrick Lamar.

Produced by Sophie (MØ, Charli XCX) and Australian DJ/Producer Flume, (producer of one of my all time favourite remixes) – ‘Yeah Right’ serves up some industrial, bass-heavy production with Staples’ slick flows and infectious hook looped throughout. Australian singer/producer, Kučka, offers up a stark contrast for the bridge with her sweet vocals, before Kendrick enters and completely dominates his verse.

Staples & Kučka previously collaborated with Flume on his album Skin, however this is the first time Staples and Kendrick have worked together, with Staples recently rating him as the best rapper alive

The 12-track record delves into a progressive form of electronica & dynamic hip-hop, serving as the follow-up to 2016’s Prima Donna EP, as well as Staples’ recent collaboration with Gorrilaz on ‘Ascension. Big Fish Theory is available now via Def Jam and boasts an impressive list of contributors from the likes of Juicy J, Ty Dolla $ign, A$AP Rocky, Rick Ross, Damon Albarn and Justin Vernon, as well as production from GTA,  Christian Rich (Earl Sweatshirt) and Zack Sekoff. 

Upcoming dates for Vince Staples include Reading & Leeds Festival (Aug 25-27) and O2 Forum London (Aug 30)

iTunes: Big Fish Theory 
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