Sub Focus x Rudimental – Trouble Ft Chronixx & Maverick Sabre

Producer & DJ Sub Focus has joined forces with drum ’n’ bass quartet Rudimental for their new single, ‘Trouble’. Joining them on vocals is Jamaican reggae artist Chronixx, fresh from the success of his Chronology album, and the soulful vocals of Maverick Sabre.

The single premiered with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record, where Sub Focus and Rudimental chatted about their fresh collaboration:

We did this studio session and it was really vibey. It was almost like a jam with the guys [Chronixx & Maverick] in the studio. It was an evening session and we went on till 2-3 in the morning. We got our instruments out and  jammed it. It turned into a proper club banger when we were putting the production down. 

With an eclectic mix of styles coming together, the end result of ‘Trouble‘ is a fresh mix of  DnB, dancehall, high energy, Rudimental’s trademark horns and killer vocals tying it together.

Rudimental are currently working on their 3rd studio album and follow up to 2015’s We The Generation. Be sure to catch them at V Festival (Aug 19-20), while Sub Focus is gearing up for the return of his live shows with upcoming performances at SW4, Creamfields and Reading & Leeds (Aug 24-27).

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July Selections

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1) Four Tet – Two Thousand and Seventeen

If ever there’s a track to completely unwind to, look no further than Four Tet’s mellow new single ‘Two Thousand and Seventeen’. The UK producer, AKA Kieran Hebden returns to a more relaxed vibe with a simple backbeat, while delicately plucked strings deliver a captivating and exotic style melody, perfectly capturing the elegiac beauty throughout. It’s quite a meditative piece of music to completely get lost in. The single serves as the follow up to a handful of remixes including the xx’s ‘A Violent Noise’ and Mura Masa & A$AP Rocky’s ‘Love$ick’. Having been busy working on new material the past year, hopefully we can expect a new album soon and follow up to 2015’s Morning/Evening. Upcoming dates for Four Tet include Analog Bkny in Brooklyn (Aug 18) and Love Rave 2017 in Spain (Sept 9)

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2) LOYAL – Reset In colour

UK Collective LOYAL, made up of Beth Molly Moore, Alex Cowan, Jimmy Day and Laurence Allen, unveiled their new single ‘Reset In Colour’. The quartet last featured in my January Selections with their single ‘Moving As One’ and now they’re back with their latest single ‘Reset In Colour’. The single serves up an anthemic response to events such as the Orlando shooting and closer to home with the effects of the Brexit vote, and serves as an uplifting reminder that “You won’t find us hiding, and you will find us rising”. With its tasteful mix of defined beats, soft vocals and big pop choruses, Loyal know how to deliver a rousing and full-bodied hook.

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3) Dizzee Rascal – Wot  U Gonna Do?

Dizzee Rascal is back with his new single ‘Wot U Gonna Do’. This is the second single to be taken from Dizzee’s sixth album Raskit and serves as the follow up to the previously released single ‘Space’. ‘Wot U Gonna Do’ serves up a self-reflection track of sorts, where Dizzee comments on his own state of being:  “Wot u gonna do when your name ain’t strong?” and ‘Sitting there trying to write the same old song, trying to work out where it all went wrong”. Produced by OWSLA signee Valentino Khan, ‘Wot U Gonna Do’ delivers a grimy beat, but with a hip-hop twist, building to some hefty bass and sinister synths. 14 years since his debut album Boy In Da Corner, Dizzee’s latest album Raskit is available now via Dirtee Stank/Island Records. Upcoming dates for Dizzee Rascal include V Festival (Aug 18-20) and O2 Academy Brixton (Oct 12).

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4) AlunaGeorge – Turn Up The Love

With the release of their sophomore album I Remember last year, electro-pop duo AlunaGeorge are back with their latest offering ‘Turn Up The Love’. Aluna Francis and George Reid deliver a playful track filled with springy synths and eclectic percussion. Mix that with Aluna’s unique, airy vocals and George’s slick production and you have a fresh summer track bursting with tropical vibes and serving as a and nice re-introduction for what will hopefully me more music from the duo later this year. Currently supporting Coldplay on their North American tour this August, hopefully we’ll get some UK and Ireland dates soon.

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5) Chronixx – I Can

Chronixx, (aka Jamar McNaughton) unveiled his new album Chronology, serving up a delightful mix of reggae, hip-hop and pop gems. One such gem is ‘I Can’, serving up an uplifting slice of tropical house from the new Golden Boy of Reeage. Produced by Picard Brothers, who previously worked with Diplo, ‘I Can’ offers up mellow track filled with rousing hand claps and all around carefree reggae vibes. The 24-year-old Rastafarian singer-songwriter recently completed his Chronology tour in the US, and is now set to join Nas and Ms. Lauryn Hill for their ‘If I Ruled The World’ tour.

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6) Gerd Janson & Shan – Surrender

With the success of his own imprint Running Back, highlighting artists such as Tornado Wallace, Fort Romeau and Leon Vynehall, Gerd Janson has been such an asset to house music over the years. His latest single ‘Surrender’ sees him team up with German producer Shan for a disco-fueled body of work, bursting with high energy, infectious vocal samples and vibrant disco textures. Released via ReGraded label, a label created when founder Midlands was so inspired after seeing Gerd Janson play at Panorama Bar, ‘Surrender’ is available now.  Upcoming dates for Gerd include Loveland Festival in Amsterdam (Aug 12)

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7) Tom Grennan  – Found What I’ve Been Looking For

Beford-born Tom Grennan unveiled his new single ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’, which premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on Radio 1. Grennan delivers a unique form of Gritty soul with his husky vocals and soulful melodies. With the release of his Something In The Water EP in 2016, as well as featuring as lead vocalist on the Chase & Status single ‘All Goes Wrong’, Grennan has gone from strength to strength, and even secured himself a place on the the BBC Sound Of 2017 Longlist. The singer/songwriter stormed into 2017 with his Release The Brakes EP and recently supported Kings Of Leon at BST. Upcoming dates for Grennan include Reading Festival (Aug 27) and a headline gig at London’s Koko (Sept 27). Be sure to check out the video too, which sees Grennan team up with Director Matt Walker, who previously worked with the liked of Skepta, Stormzy and JME.

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8) Friction – Mad In The Jungle ft Doctor

Brighton born drum ‘n’ bass producer Friction, AKA Ed Keeley, unveiled his new single ‘Mad In The Jungle’ featuring Doctor. ‘Mad In The Jungle’ serves as the follow up to ‘Galactic’ and delivers an explosive drum ’n ’bass banger, perfect for festival season this summer. Mix that with Doctor’s infectious vocal soaring above Friction’s slick production to create a fresh and modern jungle smash. Upcoming dates for the drum ‘n’ bass pioneer include Creamfields (Aug 25), SW4 (Aug 26) and Outlook Festival (Sept 6-7) as well as his weekly show on Radio 1.

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9) Rationale – Loving Life

There’s something completely captivating about Rationale’s voice, and his new single ‘Loving Life’ is no exception. The Zimbabwe-born British singer-songwriter has had an impressive career since relaunching as Rationale in 2015. Since then, he’s consistently delivered with tracks such as ‘Fuel To The Fire’, ‘Fastlane’, and most recently ‘Reciprocate’, ‘Tethered’, and ’Deliverance’. His latest single ‘Loving Life’ is taken from his forthcoming debut album (due October 6th) and serves up some soulful R&B with stylistic influences, slick self-production. Currently signed to Dan Smith of Bastille’s label, Best Laid Plans, upcoming dates for Rationale include The Haunt in Brighton (Oct 25) and London’s Electric Ballroom (Oct 26)

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10) Tourist – We Stayed Up All Night ft Ardyn

Ok, so this one came out at the very end of June, but I’m sneaking it into my July picks. Grammy award winning producer Tourist, aka William Phillips, has returned with a new single ‘We Stayed Up All Night’ ft Gloucestershire-based brother and sister duo, Ardyn. The single delivers a joyous, summery vibe with Ardyn’s delicate vocals shimmering over some twinkling synths and laidback melodies. ‘We Stayed Up All Night’ is the first material to surface since his 2016 debut album U, featuring the single ‘Run’. While Tourist has an impressive back catalogue, including various EP’s, remixes and co-writing the Grammy winning ‘Stay With Me’ alongside James Napier and Sam Smith, ‘We Stayed Up All Night’ is a progression for Tourist, who advances sonically with each exciting new release.  Upcoming dates for Tourist include Boardmaster Festival (Aug 9-13) and Corsica Studios in London (Nov 22-23).

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11) Icarus – Trouble ft Talay Riley

Ok, this tune has summer-time party vibes written all over it. Bristolian producer duo Icarus (aka Tom & Ian Griffiths) are back with yet another smash single. ‘Trouble’ serves as the follow up to the infectious ‘King Kong’, ‘Home’ and ‘Hiding’ and sees them enlist the vocals of Talay Riley for a flirty mix of smooth old school house and funky soul. Mix that with some sassy horns and some disco grooves, and you’ve got yet another floor-filler to add to their already impressive back catalogue. ‘Trouble’ is available now via FFTT Records (Pete Tong’s Label). Upcoming dates for the duo include Creamfields (Aug 24-27) and The Warehouse Project (Oct 14).

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12) Skott – Mermaid

Get ready for some ethereal vocals courtesy of Scandinavian singer-songwriter, Skott (Aka Pauline Skött) whose new single ‘Mermaid’ offers up an enchanting electro ballad. Skott’s magical vocals float effortlessly over delicate keys, dream-like synths, stirring strings and skittering beats. With a string of captivating tracks under her belt, including ‘Glitter & Gloss’, ‘Wolf’ and her debut single ‘Porcelain’, ‘Mermaid‘ was actually the first song she ever wrote under the moniker Skott. Be sure to check out the cinematic video too. Upcoming dates for Skott include Pickle Factory (Sept 13) and London’s O2 Academy Brixton (October 27)

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13) Dornik – God Knows

South London singer/songwriter and producer Dornik Leigh, unveiled his new single ‘God Knows’. Produced by the West London collective Jungle (‘Busy Earnin’’ and ‘Time’) ‘God Knows’ serves up some infectious melodies while Dornik’s smooth, future-soul vocals ooze effortlessly throughout. As a former member of Jessie Ware’s live band, Dornik took his rightful spot center stage with the release of his debut solo single ‘Something About You‘ followed by debut self-titled LP and collaborations with the likes of Syd and SG Lewis.  ‘God Knows’ is available now via PMR. Upcoming dates for Dornik include Scotch of St James in London (Oct 12) and Beacons Metro in Leeds (Nov 2)

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14) Luttrell – Generate

San Francisco-based producer Luttrell (aka Eric Luttrell), dropped his latest single ‘Generate’. Having being inspired to write the song after attending Burning man Festival, ‘Generate’ delivers a shimmering slice of progressive house & techno all the while conjuring up an image of the desert at night with his lush sonic soundscapes and airy synths. Luttrell has an impressive back catalogue under his belt including tracks such as ‘Like It Is’ and ‘Need You, as well as making up one half of the bass duo The M Machine. ‘Generate’ is taken from his 4-track EP of the same now, and is available via Anjunadeep. Upcoming dates for Luttrell include Lane 8: TNH – Summer Gatherings in New York (Sept 9).

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15) Purity Ring – Asido

How has it been five years since the release of Purity Ring’s debut album Shrines, bringing us tracks such as ‘Fineshrine’ and ‘Lofticries’? Well, to commemorate the release, Canadian synth-pop duo (Megan James and Corin Roddick) unveiled their new single ‘Asido’. With its moody, futuristic pop vibes, skittering 808-like beats, atmospheric production and Megan’s haunting vocals intertwined throughout, ‘Asido’ certainly bridges the gap as we patiently wait for new music. Upcoming dates for the duo include MainFest in the US (sept 9) and Bestival Bali (Sept 30)

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16) Nick Mulvey – Mountain To Move

Indie-folk singer Nick Mulvey last appeared in my May Selections with ‘Unconditional’. Now, the Cambridge-born artist returns with his latest single ‘Mountain To Move’, taken from his forthcoming album Wake Me Up. Produced by Rodaidh McDonald (Sampha, Kanye West, The xx), ‘Mountain To Move’ delivers a carefree acoustic vibe, with playful rhythmic strumming and rousing vocals gaining momentum throughout. With the success of his 2014 Mercury nominated debut album First Mind, Mulvey has had a string of impressive releases including singles ‘Cucurucu’, ‘Fever To The Form’ and ‘Meet Me There’. ‘Mountain To Move’ is available Sept 8 via Fiction Records.  Upcoming dates for Nick include Give A Home for Human Rights in association with Amnesty (Sept 20), The Button Factory in Dublin (Sept 28) and London’s Shepherds Bush Empire (Oct 17).

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17) Nina Nesbitt – The Moment’s I’m Missing ft Goody Grace

Nina Nesbitt dropped her new single ‘The Moment’s I’m Missing’ ft Goody Grace and it’s a far cry from from the Nina we’re used to hearing.  For a start, it’s probably Nina’s most personal song to date, as she recollects moments in her past. Nina has such a talent for songwriting and her storytelling ability is thoroughly captivating throughout. Having taught herself to produce music over the years, Nina showcases a more mature sound, highlighting her impressive vocal range and beautiful tone, with elements of trap and hip hop infused throughout. Nina has come a long way since her 2014 album Peroxide and various EP releases including Live Take, Stay Out and Life In Colour. Currently working on new material, expect a new album early next year – hopefully following the same path as this fresh, new sound.  In the meantime, be sure to catch Nina perform at the Camden Assembly (Aug 15)

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18) Skrillex & Poo Bear – Would You Ever

Well this is a nice surprise – Skrillex is back with his new single ‘Would You Ever’, after dropping his previous single ‘Chicken’ with Habstrakt back in May.  With a list of previous collaborators ranging from Justin Bieber to Diplo and Chance The Rapper to Incubus, the OWSLA boss has now teamed up with  producer & songwriter Jason Poo Bear‘ Boyd for his latest collaboration. Pooh Bear is known for co-writing some of Bieber’s biggest smash hits from Purpose including ‘Where Are Ü Now’ and ‘What Do You Mean’. Now it’s Poo Bear’s turn in the spotlight, specifically his vocals, as his soulful vocals are chopped up throughout an upbeat electro banger filled with infectious house beats. Hopefully we’ll get a new album soon from Skrillex. In the meantime, keep the tunes coming.

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19) Jessie Ware – Midnight

I think we can safely say – thank God Jessie Ware is back in our lives with new music.  Her latest single ‘Midnight’ premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record and serves as the first track to be taken from her forthcoming third album, due later this year.  While we briefly heard Jessie back in 2016 when she featured on the soundtrack for the 2016 film Me Without You, ‘Midnight’ is the first taste of what we can expect from her new album – and It was definitely worth the wait.  With an intro you wouldn’t find out of place from a Bond theme, Jessie Ware delivers a stunning vocal masterclass as she weaves effortlessly throughout defined drum pulses and whirring synths, showcasing her impressive vocal range. After taking some time away to start a family, expect an album later this year, featuring collaborations with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Ryan Tedder, Benny Blanco and Julia Michaels. Upcoming dates… handful

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20) The Killers – Run For Cover

After the success of their comeback single ‘The Man’, The Killers are back with yet another cut from their forthcoming album, Wonderful Wonderful. Having debuted ‘Run For Cover’ earlier this year while performing in Atlantic City, the single serves up Brandon’s trademark glam-rock vocals, upbeat grooves and infectious stadium ready hooks, bringing some of their vintage material to mind, such as 2006’s ‘Sam’s Town’ or 2008’s ‘Spaceman’. While ‘Run For Cover’ was originally written for the 2008 album Day & Age, the song was put aside until now. Perhaps the lyrics were more relevant to what’s going on in America today, especially with the lyrics: “He got a big smile, he’s fake news”. Wonderful Wonderful is set for release September 22nd. Upcoming dates for the group include London’s O2 Arena (November 27-28) and Dublin’s 3Arena (November 16)

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ICYMI: Previous July Posts

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

 

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.

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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 
Google Play: Big Fish Theory
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The Killers – The Man

The Killers are back!! After a lengthy break of almost 5 years, The Killers unveiled their highly anticipated new single ‘The Man‘.

Having enlisted the help of Irish producer Jacknife Lee (Editors, Taylor Swift) and regular collaborator Stuart Price (Madonna, Pet Shop Boys), ‘The Man‘ is taken from the bands forthcoming 5th studio album Wonderful Wonderful and follow up to 2012’s Battle Born. Sonically, it’s a much funkier vibe than we’re used to hearing from the indie band, with its prominent, punchy baseline, shimmering synths and Brandon’s effortless falsetto vocals taking command throughout. It’s creative, energetic and fresh, taking them out of their comfort zone and delivering an exciting new vibe.

Receiving its world premiere as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on BBC Radio 1, Brandon Flowers commented on the writing process:

“Writing together, you’re literally waiting for lightening to strike. You don’t want to duplicate something you’ve already done. This album is sonically moving forward and we’re growing in a lot of ways.”

With four consecutive chart-topping albums under the belt, The Killers have stayed ever present despite their hiatus, with chart-topping single Mr Brightside remaining in the Top 100 since 2004 (give or take a few weeks).

Wonderful Wonderful is set for release later this Summer. Currently on tour, upcoming festival dates include British Summer Time in Hyde Park (July 8) and Lollapalooza in Chicago (Aug 8).

iTunes: The Man
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Arcade Fire – Everything Now

What better way to kick off June than with some brand new music from Arcade Fire.

The Canadian six-piece band unveiled their new single ‘Everything Now‘, taken from their forthcoming fifth studio album of the same name.  Co-produced by Thomas Bangalter (Daft Punk), Pulp’s Steve Mackey and Markus Dravs (Coldplay, Mumford),  ‘Everything Now’ takes us on a sonic journey filled with swelling strings, infectious vocal chants, and even an ABBA-esque inspired piano melody. Speaking with Mista Jam, who premiered the song as his Hottest Record, Win Butler commented on the meaning behind the new single:

“There’s sort of an everything-nowness to life. Almost every event surrounds you on all sides. Some of it is fake, some of it is real, some of it is profound. Every moment refracts into a thousand different things. It’s trying to capture some of the experiences of being alive now in all it’s flaw and glory.”

Everything Now is set for release July 28th via Sony and serves as the follow-up to 2013’s stellar album Reflektor. Having just announced dates for their Infinite Content Tour, upcoming Festival performances include Primavera Sounds (June 3), Isle Of Wight (June 10) and Roskilde Festival (July 1), while upcoming London dates include two nights at York Hall (July 4 and 5).

iTunes: Everything Now
Google Play: Everything Now
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May Selections

1) Kasabian – Ill Ray King

Kasabian dropped their new single ‘Ill Ray King’, which serves as the follow up to the previously released ‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’. ‘Ill Ray’ King is taken from their forthcoming album For Crying Out Loud and serves up a feisty track, combining influences of 70’s rock, disco and funk – not to mention their trademark fast-paced riffs and catchy lyrics. The new single also serves up a more playful melody, much like we heard in ‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’. For Crying Out Loud is the band’s sixth studio album and follow up to 2014’s 48:13, featuring singles ‘Eez-eh’, ‘Bumble Bee’ and ‘Stevie’. The Leicester indie band are set to headline Reading & Leeds Festival as well as TRNSMT (July 7-9), Benicassim (July 13-16) and handful of intimate European tour dates. For Crying Out Loud is available now via Sony Music

iTunes: For Crying Out Loud 
Google Play: For Crying Out Loud
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2) Haim – I Want You Back

Having teased their comeback last month with new single ‘Right Now’, the HAIM girls unveiled yet another preview of their highly anticipated sophomore album Something To Tell You. Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, (Adele, Rae Morris, Beyonce) ‘I Want You Back’ plays up heavily to their Fleetwood Mac influences and delivers a heartfelt 70’s-tinged ballad, built around rousing hand-claps, lush harmonies and breezy acoustic guitar licks. The Californian sister act, made up of Danielle, Alana and Este, received critical acclaim with their 2013 debut album Days Are Gone along and singles ‘Falling’, ‘Forever’ and ‘The Wire. Their follow up album Something To Tell You, is available July 7th via Polydore. Upcoming dates for the Californian sister trio include Glastonbury (June 21-25) and Reading & Leeds (Aug 25-27).

iTunes: Something To Tell You
Google Play: Something To Tell You
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3) Everything Is Recorded – Close But Not Quite ft Sampha

XL Recordings boss, Richard Russell, unveiled his new collaborative EP ‘Close But Not Quite’ under the moniker Everything Is Recorded. The title track samples Curtis Mayfield’s 1970’s song ‘The Making Of You’, and bares noticeable similarities to Sampha’s’ captivating falsetto vocals. The ‘duet’ of sorts, showcases Sampha’s achingly beautiful vocals working in perfect harmony with Mayfield’s equally delicate and soulful vocals. Russell’s subtle orchestration, including soft drums, twinkling keys, handclaps and flourishes of strings, weave seamlessly throughout. Other artists on the EP include Giggs, Warren Ellis and Mela Murder. Close But Not Quite is available now. No upcoming dates for Richard Russell but Sampha is set to perform at Parklife (June 10-11) and Lovebox (July 14-15)

iTunes: Close But Not Quite
Google Play: Close But Not Quite
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4) Sub Focus – Don’t You Feel It ft Alma

Nick Douwma, better known as drum n bass producer/DJ Sub Focus, unveiled his latest single ‘Don’t You Feel It’, featuring 21-year-old Finnish singer, Alma. Alma last featured in my March Selections with her single ‘Chasing Highs’, and once again delivers an instantly catchy hook, over breezy tropical beats and infectious synths, further highlighting Sub Focus’ slick production throughout. ‘Don’t You Feel It’, follows Sub Focus’ remix of Major Lazer’s ‘Run Up’, and previous single ‘Lingua’ ft Stylo G. As he gears up for his sixth consecutive season at Ibiza’s Together Club, along with festival performances at NASS Festival (July 6-9) Secret Garden Festival (July 20-23) and Creamfields (Aug 24-27), expect ‘Don’t You Feel’ it to be making the rounds this Summer. ‘Don’t You Feel’ It is available now via Virgin EMI Records

iTunes: Don’t You Feel It
Google Play: Don’t You Feel It
Tour Dates: Sub Focus and Alma

5) Mabel – Bedroom 

British R&B singer, Mabel, shared her new single ‘Bedroom’. The 21-year-old R&B newcomer, is making waves after the success of previous singles ‘Know Me Better’ and ‘Thinking of You’. Taken from her latest EP of the same name, ‘Bedroom’, written with Kid Harpoon (Years & Years, Jessie Ware) and Sarah Aarons (Zedd), explores a toxic breakup over bouncy synths and warm beats,  perfectly capturing Mabel’s creative storytelling and melodic nature. Having sold out a headline show at London’s Village Underground (June 1), made her debut TV appearance on Later with Jools Holland, chosen to be the face of Adidas’ new campaign, had ‘Finders Keepers’ added to the Playlist on Radio 1/1Xtra, and surpassed 3 million streams on Spotify; it’s safe to say the future is bright for Mabel. The Bedroom EP is available June 30th via Polydor Records. Upcoming performances include British Summer Time (July 2) and Secret Garden Party (July 20-23)

iTunes: Bedroom EP
Google Play: Bedroom EP
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6)Nick Murphy – Your Time

Australian singer & producer Nick Murphy, formerly known as Chet Faker, unveiled his new single ‘Your Time’. Taken from his latest EP Missing Link, ‘Your Time’ is the perfect track to showcase the transition from Chet Faker to Nick Murphy. With the success of 2016’s singles ‘Fear Less’ and ‘Stop Me (Stop You’), ‘Your Time’ serves up a sleek and soulful future-pop gem. Produced by Canadian DJ and producer KAYTRANADA, Missing Link is available now via Future Classic. Upcoming gigs include Le Bataclan in Paris (Nov 29), followed by Albert Hall in Manchester (Dec 2) and London’s Troxy (Dec 5)

iTunes: Missing Link
Google Play: Missing Link
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7) Enter Shikari – Supercharge ft Big Narstie

UK post-hardcore band Enter Shikari, premiered their beast of a single, ‘Supercharge’. The alt-rockers enlisted the skills of Grime MC Big Narstie for the ferocious new single. With its killer riffs, Big Narstie’s commanding verse and industrial-sounding electronic production throughout, ‘Supercharge’ certainly lives up to its fiery name.  Their forthcoming UK arena tour kicks off at Liverpool Arena (Nov 16) and closes at London’s Alexandra Palace (Nov 25) with support from Lower Than Atlantis and Astroid Boys. ‘Supercharge’ is out now via Play it Again Sam and Inertia Music.

iTunes: Supercharge
Google Play: Supercharge
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8) Nick Mulvey – Unconditional

Indie-folk singer/songwriter, Nick Mulvey, shared his new single ‘Unconditional’. This is the first material to surface since his 2014 Mercury nominated debut album, First Mind and single ‘Cucurucu’. Produced by Ethan Johns (Laura Marling, The Vaccines) and Dan Carey (Bat for Lashes, Lianne La Havas), ‘Unconditional’ is taken from Mulvey’s forthcoming second album in the making, and delivers a carefree brass-infused melody, with rhythmic strumming patterns and a breezy, acoustic vibe throughout. The Cambridge-born artist announced details of his forthcoming mini UK tour this June in Oxford, Bristol and London, as well as performing at Glastonbury Festival. ‘Unconditional’ is available now via Fiction Records.

iTunes: Unconditional
Google Play: Unconditional
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9) London Grammar – Oh Woman Oh Man (MK Remix)

I last featured London Grammar in my April’s selections, with their single ‘Oh Woman Oh Man’. Now, Detroit-based producer/DJ and house music aficionado, Marc Kinchen, (aka MK) has taken on official remix duties, following the success of his remix for Clean Bandit’s ‘Symphony’ ft Zara Larsson. MK’s remix takes ‘Oh Woman Oh Man’ to euphoric new heights. The once, chilled and serene track is transformed into a dance-floor filler, with MK’s progressive flare and infectious arpeggiated chords throughout. Other official remixes shared by London Grammar include Tiga’s hypnotic, techno cut and DC’s drum n bass remix. MK’s remix of ‘Oh Woman Oh Man’ is available now via Ministry of Sound /Metal and Dust, while upcoming dates for MK include Hideout Music Festival in Croatia (June 26-30), Creamfields (Aug 24-27) and SW4. (Aug 26-27)

iTunes: Oh Woman Oh Man (Remixes) 
Google Play: Oh Woman Oh Man (Remixes)
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10) Redlight – City Jams 

Bristol producer, Redlight, (aka Hugh Pescod) dropped his latest three-track EP and title track City Jams. ‘City Jams’ pays tribute to Inner City’s iconic ‘Good Life’ with an infectious house-piano melody, swelling chords, skittering beats and feel-good, Chicago-house vibes throughout. The three-track EP features DJ Deeon on the remix and a bonus track from Redlight via Anonymous. Following the success of his 2016’s mixtape Templates Volume 1 and single ‘New Flows’, upcoming dates for Redlight include Detonate Festival in Nottingham (June 9-11). City Jams is available now via Hot Haus Recs.

Beatport: City Jams
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11) Liam Gallagher – Wall Of Glass

Guess who’s back? Yes, former Oasis frontman, Liam Gallagher, made a triumphant stride with the release of his debut solo single ‘Wall Of Glass’. Premiering as MistaJam’s Hottest Record, ‘Wall of Glass’ offers up a taster from his forthcoming debut solo album, As You Were. Following the split of the Gallagher-led band Beady Eye in 2014, Liam enlisted the help of super-producer, Greg Kurstin, (Adele, Sia, Beck) to deliver a hefty, blues-rock anthem, with plenty of Liam’s trademark swagger and attitude. With its frenzied harmonica flourishes and infectious blues-rock hook, ‘Wall Of Glass’ delivers on all fronts, and even manages to throw a few sneering barbs, possibly aimed at One Direction? “You were sold the one direction / And I believe the resurrection’s on, and you were wrong”. Upcoming dates for Liam include The Olympia Theatre in Dublin (June 10) and Benicassim Festival (July 13-16).

iTunes: Wall Of Glass
Google Play: Wall Of Glass
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12) Justice – Randy (Boys Noize Remix)

French record label, Ed Banger Records, formed in 2003 and has built a stellar reputation over the years, becoming synonymous with the growth of electronic music today. Founded by former Daft Punk manager Pedro Winter (aka Busy P), the label are celebrating their 100th release – and what better way than with a compilation album entitled Ed Rec 100. One particular track that caught my attention was the Boys Noize remix of Justice’s ‘Randy’. The German electronic producer/DJ, Alexander Ridha, somehow manages to build on the already exceptional original, transforming the once electro-disco inspired track into a much darker, rip-roaring, techno banger. Other featured artists on the commemorative album include Mr. Oizo, Cassius and Riton. Ed Rec 100 is available now via Ed Banger Records. Upcoming dates for Boys Noize include Glastonbury (June 21-25) Pukkelpop (Aug 16-19) and XOYO in London (Aug 25).

iTunes: Ed Rec 100
Google Play: Ed Rec 100
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Check out the full playlist below and here’s to another exciting month of music ahead!