London Grammar – Rooting For You

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Guess who’s back?

London Grammar (Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman) unveiled their new single ‘Rooting For You’, to kick off the New Year in style.

The new material marks the long awaited return for the London trio, whose 2013 debut album If You Wait brought us the mesmerising ‘Wasting My Young Years’, ‘Strong‘, ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ and ‘Sights‘.

Rooting For You‘ certainly lives up to expectations, with its delicate instrumentation, heartfelt lyrics and Reid’s thoroughly captivating and haunting vocals throughout. Their latest offering further reminds us just how much they’ve been missed. Welcome back London Grammar, and here’s to many more beautiful creations.

Upcoming dates include Flow Festival (Aug 11-13 Helsinki, Finland.) In the meantime, check out their live performance below on Youtube and the radio edit on Spotify. Also available available to buy from iTunes and Google Play

 

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Year In Review: Top 30 Remixes & Re-edits of 2015

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The second part of my Year in Review continues with the Top 30 Remixes and Re-edits of 2015. With so many talented producers putting their creative stamp on much loved tracks, these unique remixes will no doubt have you second guessing the original. Check out the full list below, complete with yet another handy Spotify playlist.

Top 30 Remixes and Re-edits

  1. Eric Prydz – Opus (Four Tet Remix)
  2. Eats Everything ft Tiga vs Audion – Dancing (Again!)
  3. Monkey Safari – Cranes (Kölsch Remix)
  4. KDA – Rumble (Shadow Child Re-edit)
  5. Tame Impala – Let It Happen (Sloulwax Remix)
  6. Eric Prydz Vs Chvrches – Tether
  7. Gregory Porter – Liquid Spirit (Claptone Remix)
  8. Disclosure – Magnets Ft Lorde (Jon Hopkins Remix)
  9. Drake – Hotline Bling (Erykah Badu Remix/Cell U Lar Device)
  10. Tazer x Tink – Wet Dollars (Redlight Remix)
  11. Chvrches – Leave A Trace (Four Tet Remix)
  12. The Chemical Brothers – Sometimes I Feel So Deserted (Skream Remix)
  13. Josef Salvat – Hustler (Solomun Remix)
  14. Sigma – Higher Ft Labrinth (Sigma VIP Remix)
  15. The Fog vs Chus & Ceballos – Been A Long Time (Mark Knight Remix)
  16. Tame Impala – ‘Cause I’m A Man (HAIM Remix)
  17. Florence + The Machine – Queen Of Peace (Hot Chip Remix)
  18. Major Lazer – Light It Up ft NYLA & Fuse ODG (Major Lazer Remix)
  19. Miike Snow – Heart Is Full ft Run The Jewels (Remix)
  20. Dr Kucho & Gregor Salto ft Ane Brun – Can’t Stop (Oliver Heldens Mix)
  21. Alessia Cara – Here (Lucian Remix)
  22. Lianne La Havas – What You Don’t Do (Grades Remix)
  23. Kill Them With Colour – Get High (VIP Remix)
  24. Denney – Low Frequency (Shiba San Remix)
  25. Fono – Real Joy (Duke Dumont Re-edit)
  26. Calvin Harris & Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love (Calvin Harris & R3hab Remix)
  27. Adele – Hello (High Contrast Bootleg Remix)
  28. Michael Calfan – Treasured Soul (Chocolate Puma Remix)
  29. Jamie xx – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) Ft Skepta, Frisco & Popcaan (Skepta Remix)
  30. 99 Souls – This Girl Is Mine (Crookers Remix) ft Destiny’s Child & Brandy

Year In Review: Top 100 Tracks of 2015

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It’s that time of year again when I count down my favourites tracks of 2015. With so many incredible artists from Eric Prydz to Disclosure, Skepta to JME, Frances to Jack Garratt and Duke Dumont to Méle, it’s safe to say the future of music is in good hands. Check out my Top 100 tracks below, which I’ve combined into a handy Spotify Playlist.

Here’s to a bright 2016 and another exciting year in music!

Top 100 Tracks

  1. Eric Prydz – Opus
  2. Disclosure – Bang That
  3. Fono – Real Joy
  4. Melé – Ambience
  5. Jamie xx – I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) Ft Young Thug & Popcaan
  6. The Chemical Brothers – Sometimes I Feel So Deserted
  7. Skepta – Shutdown
  8. Major Lazer – Lean On Ft MØ & DJ Snake
  9. Ápres – Chicago
  10. Disclosure – Holding On ft Gregory Porter
  11. Jack Ü – Where Are Ü Now ft Justin Bieber
  12. Enzo Siffredi – Sometimes
  13. Jamie XX – Loud Places ft Romy
  14. Julio Bashmore – Holding On ft Sam Dew
  15. The Chemical Brothers – Go Ft Q-Tip
  16. Format:B – Chunky
  17. Duke Dumont – The Giver (Reprise)
  18. Kendrick Lamar – The Blacker The Berry
  19. The Prodigy – The Day Is My Enemy
  20. Riton – Rinse and Repeat ft Kah-lo
  21. Missy Elliot – WTF (Where They From) Ft Pharrell
  22. Tame Impala – Cause I’m A Man
  23. Riva Starr – The Loft Ft Dajae
  24. Grum – Sunday Blue Sky
  25. Drake – Hotline Bling
  26. Netsky – Rio ft Digital Farm Animals
  27. The Weeknd – Can’t Feel My Face
  28. Kanye West ft Alan Kingdom, Theopilus London, Paul McCartney – All Day
  29. Boston Bun – Paris Groove
  30. Duke Dumont – Ocean Drive
  31. LA Priest – Oino
  32. Jimmy Napes – Give It Up
  33. Disciples – They Don’t Know
  34. Justin Bieber – Sorry
  35. Oh Wonder – Technicolour Beat
  36. Redlight – Lion Jungle Ft Prodigy of Mobb Deep
  37. Black Coffee – We Dance Again ft Nakhane Touré
  38. The Maccabees – Something Like Happiness
  39. Claude Von Stroke & Jessie Rose – Bare Mountain
  40. Loyle Carner – Ain’t Nothing Changed
  41. Florence + The Machine – What Kind Of Man
  42. Pep and Rash – Rumours
  43. Swindle – Mad Ting Ft JME
  44. Chase & Status – More Ratatin ft Giggs
  45. Mumbai Science – Black Hole
  46. Foals – What Went Down
  47. MJ Cole – Alcatraz
  48. Everything Everything – Distant Past
  49. Rudimental – I Will For Love ft Will Heard
  50. Shura – 2Shy
  51. Chase & Status – Bigger Man Sound ft Novelist
  52. Kolsch – Talbot ft Gregory Schwellenbach
  53. Lion Babe – Wonder Woman
  54. Hudson Mohawke – Very First Breath ft Irfane
  55. Shamir – Call It Off
  56. Lianne La Havas – Unstoppable
  57. Years and Years – King
  58. Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend
  59. Ápres – This Ain’t Love Ft Andrea Martin
  60. Honne – Loves The Jobs You Hate
  61. Icarus – Ride This Train ft Aniff Akinola
  62. Para One & The South African Choir – Elevation
  63. The Prodigy – Wild Frontier
  64. Martin Solveig & GTA – Intoxicated
  65. Lana Del Rey – High By The Beach
  66. Kendrick Lamar – Alright
  67. Florence + The Machine – Delilah
  68. Formation – All The Rest Is Noise
  69. Petite Meller – Baby Love
  70. Digitaria – Little Girl
  71. Special Request – Amnesia
  72. Romare – Love Song
  73. Luke Sital-Singh – Still
  74. Lay Z – That’s What I’m On ft JME & Frisco
  75. Goldlink – Spectrum
  76. Jack Garratt – Breath Life
  77. The Maccabees – Spit It Out
  78. DJ Fresh & High Contrast – How Love Begins ft Dizzee Rascal
  79. Flux Pavilion – What You Gonna Do About It
  80. Raury – Friends ft Tom Morello
  81. Rationale – Fuel To The Fire
  82. George Fitzgerald – Full Circle Ft Boxed In
  83. AD – Get Out My Way ft OT Genasis
  84. Lady Leshurr – Queen’s Speech 4
  85. Slaves – The Hunter
  86. MNEK & Zara Larsson – Never Forget You
  87. Mura Masa – Love For That ft Shura
  88. NAO – Bad Blood
  89. Wilkinson & TC – Hit The Floor
  90. Redlight – Metronome ft Roses Gabor
  91. Bonzai – Doses
  92. Frances – Let It Out
  93. Gorgon City – Saving My Life ft Romans
  94. Sam Gellaitry – Long Distance
  95. ZHU x AlunaGeorge – Automatic
  96. Alex Metric – Drum Machine ft The New Sins
  97. Drones Club – Cold Hand
  98. Kevin Garrett – Refuse
  99. Frank Gamble – Myths
  100. Kiiara – Gold

November Selections

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We finally made it to the last month of 2015!!! But before we start the celebrations and review the top tracks & albums of the year, let’s take a look back at all the exciting music news & releases from the last 30 days.

Kicking off November, we had new music from Chase and Status with their epic London Bars Series ft Novelist, Giggs, Frisco and Bonkaz, while DJ Fresh and High Contrast teamed up with Dizzee for How Love Begins. Coldplay joined forces with Queen B for Hymn For The Weekend, and Missy Elliot made her triumphant return with the help of Pharrell with WTF.

Throughout the month, a number of exciting albums were announced such as The 1975’s I Like It It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It (Feb 26) – surely a shoo-in for longest album title right? Santigold announced her forthcoming album 99 Cents (Jan 22) while Coldplay unveiled A Head Full Of Dreams (Dec 4). Underworld confirmed their first new album in six years titled Barbara Barbara, we face a shining future. This will be album’s seventh album and is set for release March 18th. In light of the recent terror attacks in Paris, Foo Fighters released a free 5-track EP titled Saint Cecilia, which they dedicated to the victims who lost their lives. One Direction’s Made In The AM went head-to-head with Justin Bieber’s Purpose (an album which I refuse to like, yet find myself singing along to ‘Sorry’.. it’s ok to like one of his songs right?… right??) The head-to-head battle saw 1D come out on top (that’s what she said) with Bieber narrowly missing out by 3000 sales. While 1D may have claimed the number 1 album, Bieber managed to knock Adele off the singles top spot with ‘Sorry’, while simultaneously having 8 of his other tracks in the top 40; an achievement no other artist has accomplished. Speaking of record breaking achievements, Adele’s album 25, has become the fastest selling album EVER, selling one million copies in 10 days, breaking previous record holder Oasis, whose album Be Here Now reached 1 million in 17 days. Beat that Bieber!! Not only that, but the album topped 110 out of 119 iTunes charts. However users on Spotify and Apple Music are in for some bad news as Adele’s album is not available on streaming platforms. Elsewhere in the charts, Elvis Presley kept Little Mix’s Get Weird from the no 1 spot with his album If I can Dream, which saw the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra rework some of his classic hits. The Fight for the Official Chart’s Christmas no 1 is just a few weeks away? Could it be the X Factor winner’s single, The Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir or even John Williams’ Star Wars Theme? Tune in to Greg James on BBC Radio 1 (Dec 25) to find out. 

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With plenty of new tours announced next year, there’s something for everyone. The 1975 will tour their album in March, which includes four nights at Brixton Academy, London (June 5,7-9), while Lethal Bizzle is kicking off his headline tour in Koko (April 29) and closing in Birmingham’s O2 Institute (May 7). Underworld will support their new album with a series of live shows including London’s Roundhouse (Mar 24-25). American band The Neighbourhood, confirmed news of their tour (March 18-21), while Rihanna finally hits the road again with Big Sean and The Weeknd for her Anti World Tour. Last but not least, Coldplay kick off their highly anticipated tour March 31st, with 6 UK dates including 3 at London’s Wembley (June 16,18-19).

It’s that time of the year again, where Capital’s Jingle Bell Ball invades London’s O2 arena (Dec 6) with an all-star pop lineup including performances from Coldplay, Little Mix, Jason Derulo, Bieber, Calvin Harris, Ellie Goulding, David Guetta, Nick Jonas, Sigma and Charlie Puth. Keeping with this festive theme, Kylie is set to perform a one off special ‘A Kylie Christmas’ at London’s Royal Albert Hall (Dec 7).  If that’s not your scene, there’s plenty more gigs around the corner. Noel Gallagher is set to perform on BBC Radio 2’s In Concert Series (Dec 7), while BBC Radio 1 Presents Coldplay (Dec 3) with a special Live Lounge performance with Clara Amfo, followed by a special live Lounge with Annie Mac later that day. The intimate show took place in St John’s Church, Hackney and was streamed live online. Check out the full show here. As we head into new year, The NME Awards Tour kicks off in Cardiff (January 29) with headliners Bloc Party, Drenge, Rat Boy and Bugzy Malone completing the lineup. The first wave of acts to be announced for Live At Leeds include Jess Glynne, We Are Scientists, Circa Waves and Band Of Skulls. The event will take place April 30th to mark it’s 10 year anniversary. Who says you need sun to enjoy a festival? How about some snow instead? Snowbombing Festival hits the Austrian Alps (April 4-9), with performances from Craig David, Bastille, Mark Ronson and Jamie Jones. Is it too early to talk about Summer Festivals? Queen & Adam Lambert have already been confirmed for the Isle Of Wight Festival (June 9-12), while Florence + The Machinen, Mumford & Sons and Take that are set to headline 2016’s British Summer Time (July 8) at Hyde Park, with support from Wolf Alice and Alabama Shakes.

What do you ‘Somewhere Only We Know’, The Power Of Love’ and ‘Real Love’ have in common? The John Lewis Christmas ad of course! You know it’s really Christmas when the highly anticipated ad airs on TV and melts your heart with their touching story and unique cover song. This year was no exception, featuring rising Norwegian singer Aurora covering the 1998 Oasis classic ‘Half The World Away’, in aid of Age UK. As X-Factor draws to a close in the next few weeks, rumour has it Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’ will be this year winners single. Speaking of Simon Cowell, his ‘Ultimate DJ’ show has been cancelled before it even started, while Mel B is set to host the UK version of Lip Sync Battle on Channel 5, made famous by Jimmy Fallon and the spin off version with LL Cool J.  Elsewhere in TV, Adele sat down with Graham Norton for a BBC special, featuring a hilarious skit of Adele and multiple Adele impersonators. With Christmas just around the corner, it can only mean the return of Top Of The Pops. Yes the classic show will return for a special this Christmas and New Year with hosts Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yates, along with performances from Little Mix, Ellie Goulding, Rita Ora, Jess Glynn, James Bay and Sigma. 

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November paved the way for some exciting collaborations. First up, Coldplay and Beyonce joined forces for their new single ‘Hymn For The Weekend’, while Noel Gallagher joined U2 on stage for ‘I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For’ and a Beatles cover of  ‘All You Need Is Love’. Dizzee Rascal teamed up with DJ Fresh and High contrast for their new single ‘How Love Begins’, while Kylie Minogue and Late Late Show host James Corden, kicked off the festive period with their Christmas duet ‘Only You’. Corden also dueted with Alanis Morissette for a reworked version of her 1995 hit ‘Ironic’, which they updated with more culturally relevant lyrics.

In tech news this month, Ministry of Sound unveiled their latest music streaming service via their app Ministry of Sound LIVE. The app offers 24/7 stream across 8 channels: Chilled, Anthems, Running Trax, Anthem Hip-Hop, I Love House, Throwback, Throwback RnB and I am Raver. The app will also featured on demand remixes from Hardwell, Judge Jules, Mark Knight and Steve Aoki as well as a Live from the Club (Ministry Of Sound). Apple Music finally unveiled their app for Android users, however android users won’t be able to sign up for family membership or access Apple Connect’s music videos. (Short straw much?).  Facebook is set to introduce a new feature of sharing songs on their social network platform called The Music Stories, aimed at “enabling better music discovery and sharing”. This new feature will allow users to share 30-second snippets of their chosen song, with links to stream and buy the track from Spotify and Apple Music. (only on IOS, Android to follow). Also on Facebook, the first 360 degree music video was posted by Nescafe, who teamed up with Google Cardboard for the exciting project.

Who doesn’t love a bit of celebrity beef? This month’s contenders include Skrillex vs Deadmau5, where Skrillex branded Deadmau5 a bully and a terrible leader. “I dont care bout ur personal career but the fact that u own ur own record label is sad.I feel sorry the artists you’ve signed..youre great at finding talented people but ur leadership skills are atrocious.’. However Deadmau5 was quick to hit back at Skrillex’s recent collaboration with Bieber, yet also labelling himself as an EDM sellout in the process:  “Lemme borrow the lil popstar for a week, mash together a radio hit in 23 minutes.” Skrillex later added:

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Up next is Noel Gallagher vs One Direction, Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Alex Turner, Royal Blood…. well pretty much everyone. Speaking with Esquire magazine, the former Oasis star laid into his fellow music artists in a series of rants branding One Direction as “Cocksuckers, all of them in rehab by the time they’re 30”, Even Adele couldn’t escape his wrath: “Adele, what? Blows my f**king mind. It blows my f**king mind. Nobody cares!”. He also took a shot at his fellow “so called rock stars”: “This new generation of rock stars, they look great: Alex Turner, Miles Kane, the guys from Royal Blood. They’ve got the f**king skinny jeans and the boots, and all that eyeliner.  “I’ve got a cat that’s more rock’n’roll than all of them put together. Pigeons? Rips their f**king heads off.” Oooh the gloves are off!!

Who doesn’t love a good awards show? The MOBO awards took place at the First Forect Arena in Leeds (Nov 4), with Grime star Stormzy and hip-hop duo Krept and Konan taking home two prizes each. Other winners on the night included Wiley who received the Paving The Way Award, while Cee Lo Green, took home the Outstanding Achievement Award. Check out the full list of winners here.  One Direction and Ed Sheeran were big winners at the The BBC Radio 1 Teen Awards (Nov 8) while Taylor Swift, One Direction, The Weeknd, and Nicki Minaj dominated the AMA Awards (Nov 22). One of the most coveted awards in the UK is the Mercury Prize for best album. This year, Benjamin Clementine beat off competition from Jamie xx, Florence and Wolf Alice with his album At Least For Now.  Elsewhere, Jack Garratt, Frances and Izzy Bizu were nominated for the BRIT’s Critics Choice Awards, with Garratt taking home the top prize (Nov 20). He follows in the footsteps of previous winners such as Adele, James Bay and Sam Smith – not bad company! Still to be announced is BBC’s shortlist for the Sound of 2016. This years’ longlist include artists such as Alessia Cara, Loyle Carner, Francis, Jack Garratt and Mura Masa. Tune into the Radio 1 Breakfast show in January for the top 5 shortlist, with the winner being announced January 8th.

Any guesses who’s topped Forbes magazine’s Highest Earning Woman in Music? Taylor Swift? Lady Gaga? Beyonce? Nope! Katy Perry topped the list, thanks to her Prismatic World Tour, which raked in $135million. Don’t worry though, I’m sure Taylor Swift can sleep easy with her $80 million in earnings. Anyone have a spare $2.4 million lying around? You could have been the lucky owner of John Lennon’s guitar which recently sold at an auction in California. While the buyer has chosen to remain anonymous, half the proceeds will go to the Spirit Foundation, originally set up by Lennon and Yoko Ono.  Ok, another question for you. Any guesses on the longest reign in the charts by a British artist? Ed Sheeran of course. His album X spends its 73rd week in the top 10 and his since gone on to sell 10 million copies and gone platinum a record breaking 59 times. However, in terms of streaming, Bieber currently holds the records for most-streamed first-week release with his album Purpose raking up 205 million streams on Spotify in a week.

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So that’s it for another year. Stay tuned for my yearly round up in December which will include my Top Albums, Top Tracks, Top remixes and Ones to watch for 2016. Now, onto the music. Check out November’s selections below:

1) Disclosure – Magnets Ft Lorde (Disclosure VIP and Jon Hopkins Remix)

First up this month, are Disclosure with their very own VIP remix of Magnets. Guy and Howard infuse the already infectious single with bags of energy, giving it that classic club vibe. While the single has since been remixed by the likes of Tiga, A-Trak, SG Lewis and Loco Dice, one that stands above the rest, is the unique reworking from Jon Hopkins, whose remix prompted Disclosure to call him a ‘legend’. Hopkins’ reworking of Magnets adds such depth and creativity, creating a truly textural and transcendent experience. Sit back and enjoy the 6.15 experience, as Hopkins elevates Magnets to a whole new level.  Upcoming for dates for Disclosure include The Sydney Opera House (Jan 5)  while Jon Hopkins is also in Australia for Let Them Eat Cake on New Years Day

 

 

2) Major Lazer – Powerful (D.R.A.M Remix)

Having released their album Peace Is The Mission back in June, featuring the record breaking single Lean On ft MØ, Major Lazer have followed up with Powerful ft Ellie Goulding and Tarrus Riley. While the single has since been remixed by various artists, Virginia rapper D.R.A.M puts his own spin on it, even adding his own vocals throughout. With more defined beats and a bouncy new energy throughout, dare I say D.R.A.M’s remix eclipses the original! Download your free copy here!  Check out D.R.A.M’s latest EP Gahdamn, which was released end of October. 

 

3) Aprés – This Ain’t Love ft Andrea Martin

22 year old Producer/DJ Aprés, unveiled his latest single This Aint’ Love ft Andrea Martin.  The single serves as the follow up to the highly-received single ‘Chicago’, with great support across Radio 1’s Dance Dj’s. Aprés serves up some stylish synths, mixed with driving basslines and Andrea Martin’s captivating vocals at the helm.  The remix package features Sick Elektrik, Pete Graham, Worthy, Sinprint and a 4AM remix from Aprés himself, due December 11th. having recently performed at Warehouse Project with Annie Mac, upcoming dates for Aprés include Snowboxx Festival in April. 

 

4)  MJ Cole – Alcatraz

This is one track sure to get you going on a Friday night – Oooof! MJ Cole premiered his new single Alcatraz with Annie Mac on Radio 1. With its infectious rolling tribal beats throughout, Alcatraz serves up some infectious beats and rhythms. The single is set for release via Redlight’s Lobser Boy Records (Date TBC). Upcoming dates for MJ Cole include Ministry of Sound (Dec 19) and The Warehouse Project on New Year’s Eve. 

 

5) Frances – Borrowed Time

Frances featured in my September Selections with ‘Let It Out’ and now she’s back with her latest offering ‘Borrowed Time’. There’s something different about her latest single and it might have something to do with a certain Disclosure brother. Frances veers away from her trusty piano, delivering a more electronic vibe courtesy of none other than Howard Lawrence. Howard’s glossy electronic influences are so distinct throughout, with Francis’ effortless vocals effectively accentuated throughout. Upcoming dates for Frances include Notting Hill Arts Club (Dec 6) and Union Chapel (Feb 18)

 

6) Timbaland ft Migos – Them Jeans

Timbaland unveiled his new single ‘Them Jean’s’ ft Migos and serves as the follow up to Timbalands collaboration with Tink and Future on ‘UFO’. ‘Them Jeans’ serves up some serious beats, with hip hop trio Migos (Quavo, Takeoff and Offset) delivering slick flows throughout. Them Jeans’ is taken from TImbaland’s forthcoming album Textbook Timbo, due later this year via Interscope Records, and features collaborations from Justin Timberlake, Drake and Missy Elliot.

 

7) Kill Them With Colour – Get High (VIP)

Canadian producer Wesley Marsh (AKA Kill Them With Colour) , unveiled a VIP remix of his single ‘Get High’. With it’s wobbling synth-drenched effects, glitchy vocal loops and all around chill-hop vibes, Get High packs a serious punch, bringing Flume’s remix of Disclosure’s ‘You and Me‘ to mind. Get High and remixes are available now via Chase & Status’ MTA label. Upcoming dates for the producer include Pier 36 in New York (Dec 27).

 

8) Honne – Gone Are The Days

London based duo Andy Clutterbuck and James Hatch, aka Honne, featured in my monthly selections twice before with ‘Loves The Jobs You Hate’ and a reworking of SG Lewis’ single ‘Shiver’. Their latest single ‘Gone Are The Days’, premiered as Annie Macs Hottest Record, and delivers their trademark ambience and groove with their chilled synths, mellow piano lines and Andy’s gritty vocals throughout. Gone Are The Days is taken from their forthcoming EP of the same name, due Jan 22. Upcoming dates for Home include a headline show at London’s Electric Brixton (Mar 3)


Check out November’s playlist below with over 50 minutes for your listening pleasure!

 

Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend

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Coldplay unveiled their new single Hymn For The Weekend, featuring none other than Beyonce. Originally meant to be a party song, until Beyonce came on board and ‘transformed the song’ (Guy).

The single premiered with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record, where Guy Berryman commented on the exciting collaboration.

It started off being quite a different vibe. Chris wanted a party song with the lyrics ‘drinks on me’…. She came in, did her thing. She was unbelievably professional. She was in and out in about 5 minutes. We’re just so blessed to have her sing on one of our songs. She really transformed it and made it into something we’re all incredibly proud of.” 

Beyonce’s vocals are beautifully understated, becoming more of a seamless texture throughout Coldplay’s trademark piano melodies, Chris Martin’s soothing vocals, sassy brass and eclectic percussion.

Coldplay kick off their World Tour March 31st and are set to play 3 London dates at Wembley Stadium (June 16, 18,19). Until then, you can catch them on Radio 1’s Live Lounge this Thursday with Clara Amfo, as well as a Radio 1 special with Annie Mac at  St John’s Church in Hackney later that day.  Those lucky enough to have a ticket will be treated to new material from their forthcoming album Head Full Of Dreams (Dec 4) as well as some of their classic back catalogue.

Their new album Head Full Of Stars is set to feature Tove Lo, Beyonce and Jay Z’s daughter Blue Ivy Carter, his ex wife Gwyneth Paltrow and even Barack Obama!

Listen to the track and interview here! Stream on spotify here!

Chase & Status – London Bars EP

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While Chase and Status are gearing up for their fourth studio album, they’ve released a 4-track EP titled ‘London Bars’. Having previously worked with the cream of UK talent from Dizzee Rascal, Tempa T and Plan B, the producer duo enlisted the skills of MC’s Frisco, Giggs, Bonkaz and Novelist for their latest project.

BBK’s Frisco kicked off the EP with ‘Funny’, showcasing his slick flows over some hard-hitting grime beats, while Volume II featured Giggs go in on ‘More Ratatatin’; an absolute banger which sees Giggs take complete control over the infectious beats. Volume III featured South London rapper Bonkaz with ‘Wha Gwarn’, while Novelist closed Volume IV with ‘Bigger Man Sound‘, which premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record.  Speaking with Annie Mac, Will commented commented:

“The four artists we worked for this series, were just amazing – complete pleasure. To be working with the hottest new MC’s and established MC’s is exciting for us.”

Known for their unique ‘UK sound’, rooted in various genres from Dub to Reggae and Garage to Grime, The London Bars EP represents the freshest Grime talent on the scene today. Currently working on their fourth album due early next quarter, expect plenty of live shows next summer.

London Bars is available now via MTA Records. Stream on Spotify here.

Missy Elliot – WTF (Where They From) ft Pharrell Williams

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She’s back!!!! After teasing us with a performance during Katy Perry’s Super Bowl Halftime performance, Missy Elliot is finally back with brand new material.  

After almost seven years away from the charts, Missy Elliott has teamed up with producer Pharrell Williams for her new single ‘WTF’ (Where They From). Not only that, Missy unveiled a three minute video, sending fans into a frenzy with her fierce dance moves. WTF highlights vintage Missy with its dynamic beats and sassy flows, while addressing the culture of today and destroying any sort of competition:

“I don’t care non of you are blah-blah-blah-blah, You best to go rewrite your bars.”

Check out the incredible video below, which sees her team up with previous ‘Work It’ and ‘Lose Control’ collaborator Dave Meyers. WTF will be taken from her forthcoming 7th album (date TBC), which has been in the making for the last decade.

Here’s to a bright 2016 for Missy Elliot.