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.

What’s Going On – Official release TBC
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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).

Real Life Ft Naations
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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’.

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).

We Are All Stars
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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.

Down (Z Dot UK Remix)
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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.

Teenage Emotions
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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.

Boyfriend (Repeat – Edit)
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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).

Doing Me
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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!

 

 

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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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) 
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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.

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

April Selections

1) Dillon Francis – Say Less ft G-Eazy

While Dillon Francis is without a doubt the funniest celeb to follow on snapchat, he’s also pretty damn good at producing music too. His latest offering sees him team up with Canadian rapper G-Eazy for his rambunctious new single ‘Say Less’, which serves as the follow up to 2016’sAnywhere’ ft Will Heard. A collaboration a long time in the making, G-Eazy goes in bar after bar with his slick flows and sharp lyrics, even giving Gerald the Piñata a shout out. Mix that with Dillon’s bouncy, bass-riddled trap production and you have one epic track. ‘Say Less’ is available via Dillon’s own IDGAFOS imprint (I don’t give a fuck or shit) – a term which originated from his 2011 song of the same name and was later expanded into his successful merch collection. Having recently completed Coachella Festival, upcoming dates for Francis include a string of Las Vegas performances including Surrender, Intrigue and Encore Beach Club. G-Eazy fans can catch him at Open’er Festival in Poland (June 28- July 1) and Splash! Festival in Germany (July 6-9).

iTunes: Say Less 
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2) Blaenavon – Lonely Side

Indie trio Blaenavon (Ben Gregory, Frank Wright and Harris McMillan) shared their new track ‘Lonely Side‘. The single is taken from their debut album That’s Your Lot and premiered as MistaJam’s Hottest Record on Radio 1. ‘Lonely Side’ is quite a personal track and serves up a glistening slice of indie pop with its smooth guitar riffs and flourishing synths.  Currently on a sold out headline tour, upcoming dates for the Hampshire trio include O2 London (June 16) and Reading & Leeds Festival (Aug 25-27)

iTunes: That’s Your Lot 
Google Play: That’s Your Lot 
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3) Shy FX – We Just Don’t Care ft Shingai Shoniwa

UK Producer Shy FX (Andre Williams) dropped his latest single ‘We Just Don’t Care’ featuring the incredible vocals of Shingai Shoniwa (Noisettes). The Jungle and bass producer showcases his diverse and eclectic range, effortlessly blending tribal, percussive beats and bass heavy vibes. The innovative producer has always championed new sounds, having previously joined forces with Chase & Status, David Rodigan and MC Rage in 2014 to form soundsystem Rebel Sound, and ultimately winning the Red Bull Culture Clash. Having recently signed to Insanity Records, upcoming dates for Shy FX include Reading & Leeds Festival (Aug 25-27)

iTunes: We Just Don’t Care
Google Play: We Just Don’t Care
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4) The xx – A Violent Noise (Four Tet Remix)

Four Tet (Kieran Hebden) dropped a new remix of ‘A Violent Noise’, taken from The xx’s third studio album ‘I See You’. While the original offered up a much sparser track, Four Tet has once again worked his production skills serving up a more house-driven dynamic that’s double the length. The blissful track is taken to new euphoric heights with its swelling synths and rolling percussion. Four Tet is a long time collaborator with The xx, having previously taken on remix duties for ‘VCR’, ‘Angels’ and ‘Seesaw’. Four Tet recently performed at Coachella Festival. No word yet on UK dates, but stay tuned.

iTunes: A Violent Noise
Google Play: A Violent Noise

 

5) I Win – Lethal Bizzle ft Skepta

Lethal Bizzle unveiled his new single ‘I Win’ featuring fellow Grime MC, Skepta. Produced by Skepta himself, the Grime duo serve up a hard-hitting banger filled with intense horns and a fast pace energy. With plenty of bravado from their respective verses, the Grime heavyweights trade bars and deliver plenty of energy throughout.  ‘I Win’ is taken from Bizzle’s forthcoming project titled ‘You’ll Never Make a Million From Grime’. The EP is set to feature collaborations with Donaeo, Mostack, and Melissa Steel. Upcoming performances for Bizzle include Reading & Leeds (Aug 25-27) and O2 Academy Oxford (Oct 19), while Skepta is set to perform at London’s Wireless Festival (July 7-9)

iTunes: You’ll Never Make a Million from Grime
Google Play: You’ll Never Make a Million from Grime
Tour Dates Bizzle and Skepta 

 

6) Gorillaz – Ascension ft Vince Staples (Nic Fanciulli Remix)

Klaxon Alert!!! Grammy-nominated producer Nic Fanciulli has taken on remix duties for Gorillaz ‘Ascension’, taking the track to epic new heights. Having received critical acclaim for his collection of memorable remixes over the years, including last year’s reworking of Jamie xx’s ‘See Saw, ‘Ascension’ sees Fanciulli deliver an acidic slice of rhythmic tech-house, bursting with energy. Upcoming dates for Fanciulli include a Thursday night residency in Hï Ibiza, alongside Luciano, Steve Lawler, Joris Voorn & Kölsch! (June 8-Sept 28).

iTunes: Ascension ft Vince Staples (Nic Fanciulli Remix)  
Google Play: Ascension ft Vince Staples (Nic Fanciulli Remix) 
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7) Gorillaz – Saturnz Barz ft Popcaan (Banx and Ranx Remix)

Ok, while we’re on the topic of Gorillaz, we might as well continue with another remix. I featured the original song in last month’s selections, taken from their fifth studio album Humanz, but couldn’t resist adding this incredible remix from Montreal-based production duo Banx & Ranx. Known for their reggae inspired music, the duo deliver a mellow dancehall takeover, extending upon the original and infusing tropical vibes throughout.

iTunes: Saturnz Barz ft Popcaan (Banx & Ranx Remix) 
Google Play: Saturnz Barz ft Popcaan  (Banx & Ranx Remix)  

 

8) Leftfield – Open Up (Skream Remix)

Leftfield, originally made up of progressive house duo Neil Barnes and Paul Delaney, were highly influential in the 90’s with their evolution of dance music. Since going solo, Barnes has taken his Leftfield DJ set around the world and is reissuing his first album Leftism after 22 years, along with a host of reworks from the likes of Zomby,Voiski, Hodge & Peverelist and Skream. Sampling the original vocals of John Lydon on ‘Open Up’, electronic music producer, Skream, of pioneering dubstep duo Skream and Benga, delivers a haunting reworking of the track filled with surging synth lines, propelling the track to exciting new heights. While Leftfield is set to head out on tour with Leftism from May 11-May 26, Skream is set to perform at Parklife (June 10-11) and Glastonbury (June 21-25). The reissue of ‘Leftism is set for release May 5, while Skream’s remix is available now via Hard Hands.

iTunes: Open Up (Skream Remix)
Google Play: Open Up (Skream Remix)
Tour Dates 

 

9) Lana Del Ray – Lust For Life (Ft The Weeknd)

Lana Del Rey and The Weeknd have joined forces for ‘Lust For Life’, the title track from Lana’s forthcoming fifth studio album. This is the third time the pair have collaborated together, with Lana featuring on two tracks from his 2016’s Starboy album, and ‘Prisoners from The Weeknd’s 2015 album Beauty Behind the Madness. ‘Lust for Life’ premiered with MistaJam on Radio 1 and serves up a dreamy pop ballad, with Lana’s wistful vocals and Abel Tesfaye’s shimmering falsetto working in perfect harmony amidst a backdrop of swirling synths, keys and atmospheric production. No word yet on an album release date, but stay tuned for more details. Update: Lust For Life is set for release July 21 via Polydor. Upcoming dates for Lana include Lollapalooza in Paris (July 22)  while The Weeknd is set to perform at London’s Wireless Festival (July 7-9)

iTunes: Lust For Life 
Google Play: Lust For Life 
Tour Dates: Lana and The Weeknd 

 

10) MØ – Nights With You

I last featured MØ in my January selections for her collaboration with Snakehips on ‘Don’t Leave’. Now, the Danish popstar is back with her new single ‘Nights With You’, taken from her forthcoming untitled sophomore album and follow up to 2014’s No Mythologies. Co-written by pop heavyweights Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco, ‘Nights With You’ perfectly captures MØ’s emotive vocals and rousing vocal hook. Upcoming dates for MØ include Pinkpop Festival in Netherlands (June 3-5)

iTunes: Nights With You
Google Play: Nights With You
Tour Dates 

 

11) Toddla T – Beast ft Andrea Martin & Stefflon Don

Producer/DJ and 1Xtra host Toddla T, unveiled his new single ‘Beast’, featuring R&B singer/songwriter Andrea Martin and rising MC Stefflon Don. Taken from his long-awaited LP titled Foreign Light , ‘Beast’ premiered as MistaJam’s Hottest Record. The single serves up the perfect balance between Andrea’s lush vocals and Stefflon Don’s commanding, killer verse, all working alongside Toddla’s slick production and infectious beats. The Sheffield-born producer and champion of bass, bounce and carnival vibes, is set to release Foreign Light July 28 via his new label ‘Steeze’. In the meantime, catch Toddla T every Thursday on his 1Xtra show and also performing at Parklife Festival (June 10-11) and Fabric (Aug 11)

iTunes: Foreign Light 
Google Play: Foreign Light
Tour Dates 

 

12) Mason – Rhino

Dutch DJ and producer Iason Chronis, AKA Mason, unveiled his appropriately named beast of a track, ‘Rhino’. With its stomping brass, groovy house production and fierce vocals from Dyanna Fearon, Rhino packs a punch and delivers on all fronts. Rhino sees Mason partner up with Defected Records for his latest release and serves as the follow up to ‘Toucan’ and 2016’s Nite Rite series. ‘Rhino’ is available now and will no doubt be tearing up dancefloors this Summer.  

iTunes: Rhino 
Google Play: Rhino 

 

13) Alex Metric – Freeek

London-based DJ Alex Metric, shared his latest track ‘Freeek’ ft Confessionals. The single is taken from HOWSLA’s forthcoming house-music compilation album, curated by Chris Lake and OWSLA boss Skrillex. The compilation showcases house music producers pushing boundaries and creating exciting, new music. Alex Metric, an already established name on the OWSLA label, delivers a stirring electro banger, with whirring synths and an infectious groove throughout.  In the lead up to the album release on May 5th, OWSLA will also be holding weekly HOWSLA-themed parties at Le Jardin in Hollywood. In the meantime Freeek is available now.

iTunes: HOWSLA 
Google Play: HOWSLA 

 

14) London Grammar – Oh Woman Oh Man

Fresh from the success of recent singles ‘Big Picture’ and ‘Rooting For You’, London Grammar unveiled their latest single ‘Oh Woman Oh Man’ produced by Paul Epworth. Taken from their forthcoming sophomore album, Truth Is A Beautiful Thing, the single perfectly captures Hannah Reid’s lush vocals, Dan Rothman’s hazy guitars and Dot Major’s ethereal synth and percussive work. London Grammar have enlisted esteemed British film director, Tony Kaye, to capture the visual soundscape of Oh Woman Oh Man. Trust Is A Beautiful Thing is set for release June 9th via Metal & Dust/Ministry of Sound. Be sure to catch the trio on the Festival circuit this Summer (Parklife, Glastonbury, TRNSMT, as well as headline performances at London’s Eventim Apollo (Oct 21) O2 Academy Brixton (Oct 30).

iTunes: Truth Is A Beautiful Thing 
Google Play: Truth Is A Beautiful Thing
Tour Dates 

 

15) Francis Novotny – Between The Lines

Francis Novotny, shared his new single ‘Between The Lines’. The Gothenburg (via Paris) singer/producer and multi-instrumentalist, serves up a brass-heavy, electro banger, showcasing a wide range of styles from R&B to electro soul and even glitch-hop. Mix that with soulful vocals, pulsing beats and swelling synths and it’s safe to say, Novotny is pushing down musical boundaries and creating something quite unique all together.  With similarities being drawn to SOHN and Hudson Mohawke, this is definitely one artist to keep an eye on.  ‘Between The Lines’ EP is available now via Black Butter Records and features previous singles ‘Friendzone’ and Hit & Run’.

iTunes: Between The Lines 
Google Play: Between The Lines 

 

16) Novo Amor – Carry You

So while the majority of my monthly selections this month have been quite ravy, I thought it best to end on a more mellow number and what a beauty this one is. Welsh singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Ali Lacey, AKA Novo Amor, unveiled his stunning new single ‘Carry You’. The single is taken from Novo Amor’s forthcoming Bathing Beach EP, set for release May 26th via Believe Music and serves up an enchanting and achingly beautiful melody, perfectly complimented by layers of delicate instrumentation and Novo Amor’s emotive, falsetto vocals.  In a recent Facebook post, Novo Amor commented that ‘Carry You’ is “an expression of nostalgia and a  wistful nod to a certain period of time”. Upcoming dates for Novo Amor include Bitterzoet in Amsterdam (Sept 19)

iTunes: Bathing Beach 
Google Play: Bathing Beach  
Tour Dates 

 

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

March Selections

While February’s music news was dominated with awards show saga’s from the Brits to the Grammys, March has paved the way for some exciting new music releases. Lorde made her highly anticipated comeback with new single ‘Green Light‘, Stormzy showed us a different side to him with the heartfelt ‘Blinded By Your Grace, Pt 2’ Ft MNEK, while Kendrick returned with new single ‘Humble‘ and a cinematic video to match. But before I  get into my top tracks for March, let’s see what else has been going on in the music world… which mainly consists of one very important man. Yes, Ed Sheeran has well and truly dominated the charts, taking 16 positions in the top 20 singles chart. Every single track from his new album ÷ (Divide) made the top 20, making it a record first for any artist to achieve. ‘Shape of You’ still maintains the top spot, closely followed by ‘Galway Girl’, ‘Castle On A Hill’, ‘Perfect’ and ‘New Man’. Not only has Sheeran become the only artist with the most top ten singles from one album, he’s become the fastest selling male solo artist ever and the third fastest selling overall in the first week, only to be beaten by the Queen that is Adele with her album 25. On top of that, Spotify announced that Ed Sheeran now has the highest number of first day streams for an album, raking up 56,727,861 streams.  Not bad, eh? In other album news… yes there are others besides Ed, Lorde announced details of her forthcoming album Melodrama out this Summer, while alt-J unveiled details of their new album Relaxer set to drop in June too.

Another month, another festival! Last month we heard that Beyonce had to pull out from headlining legendary Coachella Festival on doctor’s order (Pregnant with twins). This month it’s been confirmed that Lady Gaga will be her epic replacement. Haven’t smashed her Superbowl performance in February, we can’t think of a more worthy replacement. Although, how she can top jumping from the roof of the stadium is beyond me! Closer to home and going back to Ed for just another minute, Sheeran has finally been announced as the final headliner at this year’s Glastonbury Festival and joins fellow Pyramid Stage headliners Radiohead and Foo Fighters. I feel like many people already guessed this, but a headline slot of this caliber is only fitting for a man who’s breaking records left, right and center. SW4 announced that Solomun, Loco Dice, Sasha and Carl Craig’s Versus Synthesizer Ensemble will be joining the already growing line-up of Sigma, Pendulum, Deadmau5, Duke Dumont, Knife Party and Nicky Romero. While Radio 1’s Big Weekend revealed that Katy Perry will headline the first night in Hull. Other acts announced over the two date event include Little Mix, Kings of Leon and Stormzy.

Red Nose Day just got bigger with the addition of James Corden’s popular Carpool Karaoke feature, with Take That. The boys will be joining The Late Late Show host in LA to raise money for Comic Relief. Back in London, Radio 1’s Scott Mills and Chris Stark aired a 24-hour LOL-a-thon, which saw the hosts entertain the airwaves and raise £275,263 over the 24 hours. Congrats lads!

Now in March, we can look ahead to plenty of new music and festival updates! In the meantime, check out my top tracks below, with over an hour for your listening pleasure.

1) Offaiah – Run

Ok, let’s kick off monthly selections with a bit of a banger shall we? Argentinian house producer Offaiah, rose to new heights last year igniting dance floors with the Summer smash ‘Trouble’, raking up over 20 million streams. Hoping to follow in the same suit with his highly anticipated follow-up single ‘Run’, Offaiah serves up a instantly vibrant sound with some driving house-piano and infectious flute hook. No doubt a top line vocal will be added to the already infectious instrumental soon enough. ‘Run’ is available now via Hits In The Bag and Virgin EMI.

iTunes: Run
Google Play:
Run

2) Jarreau Vandal – Someone That You Love ft Olivia Nelson

Rising Dutch producer Jarreau Vandal, unveiled his new single ‘Someone That You Love’. Known for his unique remixes for the likes of Digital Farm Animals & Dua Lipa, as well as 2013’s Soulection debut ‘Perfect For Me’, his new single ‘Someone That You Know’ serves up a delightful 90’s throwback with soulful, jazzy vibes. The track recently featured on The Magician’s Magic Tape 69 and features the vibrant vocals of 21-year-old Olivia Nelson, who effortlessly sparkles over some funky basslines, soulful chords and infectious beats. Vandal delivers a track with plenty of structure and depth so expect a lot more from him this year.  Having recently completed his sold out European Sound of Tomorrow Tour, ‘Someone That You Love’ is taken from his forthcoming 5-track EP Suburb Superhero, which is set for release April 29th via Hear This Records.

iTunes: Suburb Superhero
Google Play: 
Suburb Superhero
Tour Dates

3) Ben Pearce Feat Elias – Crescent (Running)

Ben Pearce is back with re-working of his single ‘Crescent’ now featuring the stylish vocals of Swedish singer/songwriter Elias. While the original is taken from Ben’s forthcoming EP ‘Ascension’ –  a series of 4 EP’s to be unveiled throughout the year, the original instrumental track is given further layers of depth and creativity with the addition of Elias’ powerful vocals. Mix that with Pearce’s layers of intricate synth melodies, soft basslines and luscious tones throughout to deliver a truly impressive piece of work. ‘Crescent (Running)‘ is available now via Different Recordings while the Ascension EP is available April 17. Upcoming dates for Ben include Lost Village Festival (Aug 24-28)

iTunes: Crescent (Running)
Google Play:
Crescent (Running)
Tour Dates

4) Sweet – Little Dragon

Swedish four-piece group Little Dragon, unveiled their latest single ‘Sweet’ which serves as the follow-up to the previously released ‘High’. ‘Sweet’ serves up more of a trippy-dance track, perfectly framed by  lead singer Yukimi Nagano’s sweet vocals and plenty of futuristic elements shimmering throughout. Taken from their forthcoming fifth album Season High and follow up to 2014’s Nabuma Rubberband, the band worked with producers James Ford and Patrik Berger. Season High is available April 14th via Loma Vista. Upcoming dates for the synth-pop group include Love Saves The Day in Bristol (May 27), Parklife (June 10-11) and Glastonbury (june 21-25)

iTunes: Season High
Google Play:
Season High
Tour Dates

5) Lorde – Liability

With the success of her comeback single ‘Green Light’ released earlier this month, Lorde unveiled yet another new track. ‘Liability’ is the second track to be taken from the forthcoming sophomore album Melodrama and serves up a more subdued, yet beautifully lyrical track. Accompanied by delicate piano, Lorde exhibits a sense of vulnerability in her vocals, all the while remaining thoroughly captivating throughout. Liability serves up a stark contrast to the previously released ‘Green Light’, giving us a taste of the diversity on the album. Melodrama is available June 16th via Universal. Upcoming dates include Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hull (May 27-28) and Fuji Rock  in Japan (July 28-30)

iTunes: Melodrama
Google Play: 
Melodrama
Tour Dates

6) Joe Goddard – Home ft Daniel Wilson

Hot Chip’s Joe Goddard is gearing up for the release of his debut solo album Electric Lines in April, and with that has unveiled his new single ‘Home’ ft Daniel Wilson. Sampling the retro ‘We’re on Our Way Home’ from 70’s funk band Brainstorm, ‘Home’ serves up an instantly feel good tune paying homage to that iconic hook – the perfect soundtrack for your journey home. With vocals from Michigan based singer Daniel Wilson, ‘Home’ delivers an infectious, disco anthem with plenty of soul. Be sure to check out the video directed by Pete Fowler for a truly psychedelic, disco-party experience. Electric Lines is set for release April 21st via Domino Recordings.  Upcoming dates include Field Day (June 3), Wildlife (June 9-10) and a mini US tour (May 14-15, 18 & 20)

iTunes: Electric Lines
Google Play: 
Electric Lines
Tour Dates

7) TCTS – Do It Like Me (Icy Feet) ft Sage The Gemini & Kelis

Back in January I posted about rising producer TCTS (aka Sam O’Neill) and his infectious single ‘Icy Feet’. Now the Mancunian producer is back with a re-edit and vocal topline for the newly renamed ‘Do It Like Me (Icy Feet)’. TCTS enlists the slick vocals of LA rapper Sage The Gemini and R&B singer Kelis. Their call and response vocals serve up the perfect dynamic to take this already infectious dance-floor filler to the next level. ‘Do It Like Me (Icy Feet)’ is available now via Ministry of Sound. Upcoming dates for TCTS include Creamfields (August 24-27)

iTunes: Do It Like Me (Icy Feet)
Google Play: 
Do It Like Me (Icy Feet)
Tour Dates

8) Mr Jukes – Angels/My Love

Bombay Bicycle Club frontman, Jack Steadman, has taken a hiatus from his indie rock routes and taken up the role of soul & funk producer. Re-branding himself as Mr Jukes, jazz and funk are his main influences throughout his first solo single ‘Angel’s/Your Love’. The single serves up a tale of two sides, with Angel’s setting the tone with sassy horns, echoed vocals and sax riffs, while ‘Your Love’ unleashes a more brassy attitude with its funky vibes and effortlessly soulful vocals from BJ the Chicago Kid. Mr Jukes perfectly expertly recalls the vintage, old school jazz era, all the while delivering something fresh and exciting for his debut single. Mr Jukes debut album God First is set for release July 14 via Island Records.

iTunes: God First
Google Play:
God First

9) Alma – Chasing Highs

21-year-old Alma from Finland kicked off the year featuring on BBC Radio 1’s Future Festival. Her distinct vocal and brightly coloured hair take center stage once again with her latest single ‘Chasing Highs’. The single premiered as Mista Jam’s Hottest Record and serves as the follow up to last years’ ‘Karma’ and ‘Dye My Hair’. With its instantly catchy hook, breezy tropical beats and infectious synths, ‘Chasing Highs’ perfectly captures Alma’s unique pop-stylings. ‘Chasing Highs’ is available now via Island Records. Upcoming dates include Mighty Hoopla (Victoria Park, June 4) and Reading & Leeds Festival (August 25-27).

iTunes: Chasing Highs
Google Play:
Chasing Highs
Tour Dates

10) Gorillaz – Saturnz Barz ft Popcaan

Gorillaz unveiled four new songs from their highly anticipated album Humanz. ‘Saturnz Barz’ ft Popcaan follows the previously released ‘Hallelujah Money’ ft Benjamin Clementine, taken from their forthcoming fifth album Humanz and follow up to 2011’s The Fall. ‘The new track features Jamaican dancehall singer Popcaan, who you might recognise from Jamie xx’s ‘I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times)’, and serves up a melancholy track filled with haunting choral vocals, atmospheric production with Popcaan’s effortless flow working in perfect contrast to Albarn’s eerie hook. With a host of high profile guest artists announced for the album, including D.R.A.M, Rag’n’Bone Man, Danny Brown, Little Dragon and Noel Gallagher, Humanz is set for release via Parlophone Records on April 28 Upcoming dates include The Alban Arena (June 2), London’s O2 (Dec 4-5)  and their very own festival called Demon Dayz at Dreamland amusement park in Kent. Be sure to check out the video directed by Jamie Hewlett also available in 360 degrees.

iTunes: Humanz
Google Play:
Humanz
Tour Dates

11) VÉRITÉ – When You’re Gone

New York based singer/songwriter VÉRITÉ unveiled her new single ‘When You’re Gone’, taken from her forthcoming debut album entitled Somewhere in Between. With a string of EP’s under her belt and the success of recent single ‘Phase Me Out’, ‘When You’re Gone’ instantly captivates with VÉRITÉ’s soaring vocals and euphoric melody, all the while delivering that extra edge with its dark undertones and atmospheric production.  The alt-pop singer has enlisted a host of talented producers for the album including Liam Howe ,(Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs) Tim Anderson, (Solange) Pether Thoma,s (Selena Gomez) James Flannigan and Zack Nicita.  Somewhere in Between is available June 23rd. While no EU dates have been scheduled, upcoming US dates include Lincoln Hall (Aug 28, Chicago) and Great American Music Hall (Sept 5).

iTunes: Somewhere in Between
Google Play: 
Somewhere in Between
Tour Dates 

12) Becky Hill – Rude Love

Becky Hill unveiled her latest single ‘Rude Love’ which premiered as MistaJam’s Hottest Record. Produced by long time collaborator MNEK, ‘Rude Love’ delivers a powerful statement from Hill with fierce vocals and gritty, electro-pop vibes throughout. Rude Love serves as the follow up to previous singles ‘Warm’ and ‘Back To My Love’ further solidifying Hill as a prominent solo artist. Upcoming dates for Becky Hill include London’s Scala, (April 5) Common People, (May 27-28) Reading Festival (August 25-27) and a headline gig and London’s KOKO (Oct 19)

iTunes: Rude Love
Google Play:
Rude Love
Tour Dates

13) alt J – In Cold Blood

alt-J unveiled their latest single ‘In Cold Blood’. The single is the second track to be taken from their forthcoming album Relaxer, having previously released ‘3WW’ earlier in the month. ‘In Cold Blood’ premiered with MistaJam on Radio 1 as his Hottest Record and serves up some sassy horns with reggae rhythms and spiraling synths . While the indie rockers diverge from the typical ‘pop song structure’, they offer up a playful blend of style and sounds with twist and turns at every corner. Produced by Charlie Andrew (Alt-J, Marika Hackman and Sivu,) Relaxer follows 2014’s album This Is All Yours and is set for release June 3rd via Infectious Music Ltd. Preorder the album now to receive ‘In Cold Blood’ as an instant free download. While the indie rock trio are kicking off a North American tour in Columbia, Maryland (July 27), UK dates include Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hull (May 27-28) and London’s o2 (June 16) and Glastonbury (June 21-15)

iTunes: Relaxer
Google Play: 
Relaxer
Tour Dates

14) Karma Kid x FONO – Allison/Candyland

UK producers Fono and Karma Kid, have joined forces on their new split-single ‘Allison/Candyland’. A-side ‘Allison’ kicks off with Fono’s signature stylish synths, while the B-side ‘Candyland’ serves up some spacey breakdowns interspersed throughout the energy-laden track. Both singles demonstrate the producers diversity and creativeness. Not only do the producers continually push boundaries, they tear them down.  ‘Allison/Candyland’ is available via Disclosure Method White Imprint.

iTunes: Allison/Candyland
Google Play: 
Allison/Candyland

15) Frank Ocean  – Chanel

Frank Ocean shared a new track ‘Chanel’ via his Blonded radio show on Beats 1 Radio. The track serves as the follow up to the recent Calvin Harris & Migos collaboration ’Slide’. Chanel is an important track for Ocean with it being his most dualistic and subversive work to date. Referencing his bisexuality with line’s such as ‘I see both sides like Chanel’, Ocean gradually peels back layers, laying himself bare amidst shuffling piano, muffled beats and subtle production throughout. As understated as Chanel may seem, Ocean’s vocals are commanding throughout this achingly-melodious track. Upcoming dates for Frank Ocean include Sasquatch! in the US (May 26-28), Parklife in Manchester (June 10-11) and Lovebox in London (July 14-15)

iTunes: Chanel
Google Play:
Chanel
Tour Dates

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

 

February Selections



What a crazy Month February has been – and we’re only two months into 2017. We kicked off Awards Season with dancing houses at The Brits, Lady Gaga’s epic Super Bowl Half-Time performance, Adele’s domination at the Grammy’s and Oscar worthy music performances from JT and John Legend. Top that off with Beyonce and Jay-Z announcing to the world they’re having twins with an Instagram photo that has earned them over 7.3 million likes! And Breathe! We had great new music from London Grammar, who once again enchanted us with their beautiful new single ‘Big Picture‘, while Fionn Regan delivered his soothing sounds in ‘The Meetings of the Waters‘. But before we get into my top tracks for February, let’s see what else has been going on in the music world. Lana Del Rey unveiled her highly anticipated return with new single ‘Love’, while DJ Kahled collaborated with none other than Beyonce and Jay Z for his new single ‘Shining’, taken from his forthcoming album Grateful. This month also saw Ed Sheeran remain at the top of the charts for the entire month with ‘Shape Of You’. Just wait till the album is released and we’re bound to see total chart domination! Speaking of albums, La La Land topped the album charts, followed by Elbow with Little Fictions, and Rag’n’ Bone Man the following week with his debut album Human.

I know it’s only February but Festival season is just around the corner, so of course there’s going to be plenty of Festival acts announced. Are you ready for a barrage of artist announcements? Here we go! Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro are set to headline the new UK festival TRNSMT (pronounced ‘transmit’). The three-day festival will take place in Glasgow (July 7-9) with The 1975, George Ezra, London Grammar and Circa Waves to name but a few. Bestival (Sept 7-10) also announced a few of their acts including Jamie T, The xx, Pet Shop Boys and the last ever UK performance for A Tribe Called Quest.  The 15th Anniversary of Lovebox (July 14-15) is heating up with headliners Frank Ocean and Chase & Status taking centre stage. They’ll be joined by Solange, Sampha, Jamie xx and more throughout the weekend. Wireless Festival (July 7-9) announced Chance the Rapper, Skepta and The Weeknd as their headliners, while Reading & Leeds (Aug 25-27) confirmed Eminem as their final headliner. Creamfields (August 24-27) are celebrating their 20th anniversary with Stormzy, Chainsmokers, Deadmau5 and Eric Prydz. They’ll be joined by dance heavyweights Fatboy Slim, Diplo, Chase & Status, Faithless and Pendulum. Not to be left out, V Festival (August 19-20) unveiled Jay Z and Pink as their headliners, while arguably the biggest festival of them all, Glastonbury (June 21-25), finally confirmed Foo Fighters as their second headliner. Over the other side of the pond at Coachella Festival, (April 14-16 and 21-23) Beyonce has had to drop out of headlining the sunny Palm Springs music festival on Doctors orders. The rumour mill is already going wild for her replacement!

So where do I start about Lady Gaga’s electric Super Bowl half-time performance? In case you missed it, check out the epic performance here.  Highlights include Gaga jumping off the roof of the stadium before launching into a mega-mix of hits from Poker Face to Born this Way, Just Dance and Band Romance, a fierce mic drop and catching a football while jumping off the platform. Gaga then announced a world tour to end the evening in style. Take a bow Gaga!

Back in the UK, the BRITS took centre stage for the coveted awards ceremony. Katy Perry opened the night with her new single ‘Chained To The Rhythm’, which included some rather large skeleton puppets, baring quite the resemblance to May and Trump. However, it wasn’t just the political aspect that garnered people’s attention, but the dancer dressed as a house falling off the stage! Chris Martin paid a heartfelt tribute to the late George Michael, performing Michael’s song ‘A Different Corner’ with footage of the iconic singer performing behind him on the big screen. A touching ‘duet’ and a well deserved standing ovation. Other performances throughout the evening included Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran with Stormzy and Little Mix. Top awards of the night included David Bowie for British Male and Album of the Year, Emelie Sande for British Female, International Male & Female to Drake and Beyonce respectively, and Adele for Global Success Award.

Over in the US, The Grammy’s took place in Los Angeles with host James Corden. Adele, David Bowie and Beyoncé were among the top winners with Adele taking home the coveted Album of the Year for 25, as well as Song of the Year and Record of the Year for ‘Hello‘. Adele is now the first artist to win the top three categories twice, having previously won in 2012. While it was always going to be a close call between herself and Beyonce, Adele used her acceptance speech to show her appreciation for Beyonce. “What the f**k does she have to do to win Album of the Year?” Speaking of, Queen B was the most nominated artist this year securing 9 nominations, but ultimately took home two awards for Best Music Video (Formation) and Best Urban Contemporary Album for Lemonade. She now holds a remarkable 22 Grammy’s! David Bowie won in all of the five categories he was nominated for including Best Alternative Album. Chance the Rapper also had a big night taking home three awards for Best New Artist, Best Rap Performance for ‘No Problem‘ and Best Rap Album for Colouring Book, while Drake’s smash hit ‘Hotline Bling‘ received two awards for Best Rap Song and Rap/Sung Performance. Performances throughout the ceremony included Adele with ‘Hello’ and a tribute to George Michael with ‘Fastlove’. Despite her vocal hiccup, Adele proved what a pro she is and started the tribute again earning herself a well deserved standing ovation. Beyonce also performed two tracks from her album Lemonade: ‘Love Drought’ and ‘Sandcastles’ complete with some impressive staging and Beyonce looking like a Goddess, while Bruno mars blew the roof off with an incredible tribute to Prince. French electronic duo Daft Punk, made their highly anticipated comeback performing alongside The Weeknd. Over at the Oscars, we were treated to some live performances from Justin Timberlake, John Legend, Sting, Lin Manuel Miranda, Auli’i Cravalho – all performing their Oscar nominated songs. This year’s Best Original Song went to La La Land’s ‘City of Stars’ by Justin Hurwitz.

While James Corden is still making waves over in the US, his ever popular Carpool Karaoke feature is getting it’s own TV series for Apple Music. While James Corden won’t be hosting the show himself, it will still follow the same format with stars such as Will Smith, John Legend, Alicia Keys, Seth MacFarlane and evan John Cena. Hopefully we’ll get a release date soon, although it’s going to be tricky follow previous stars such as Adele and Michelle Obama.

Now we’re in March, we can look ahead to the Teenage Cancer Trust where Ed Sheeran has been announced as the latest headliner. Ed will play the Royal Albert Hall on March 28 as part of a week of gigs alongside The Who, Paul Weller, Pet Shop Boys with Johnny Marr and Olly Murs.

1) Stormzy – Big For Your Boots (Sep Post)

Stormzy is back with his latest single ‘Big For Your Boots’ taken from his highly anticipated debut album, Gang Signs & Prayers. Produced by Sir Spyro (Ghetts, P Money) and Fraser T Smith (Adele, Sam Smith), ‘Big For Your Boots’ serves up some true old-school grime instrumentals with pitched up vocals and a fiery riddim, all the while staying true to its Garage and Jungle roots. Gang Signs & Prayers is available now via Merky Records. Upcoming dates for Stormzy include O2 Academy Brixton (May 2-4) Wildlife (June 9-10) and V Festival (August 19-20) to name but a few.

iTunes: Gangsigns & Prayer
Google Play: Gangsigns & Prayer
Tour Dates

2) NVOY – Golden Touch ft Natalola

London producer duo NVOY (aka James and Conner) have teamed up with singer/songwriter Natalola for their latest single ‘Golden Touch’, which serves as the follow up to ‘Make You Mine’. Known for their unique blend of house, UK bass, future RnB and electronic, the producer duo showcase their talents with their multi-layered production and surging builds and breaks, all intertwined with Natalola’s sweet vocals. Currently signed to Black Butter Records, their debut EP Aurum is available now.

iTunes: Aurum
Google Play: Aurum
Tour Dates

3) Rag’n’Bone Man – Ego

It’s been a pretty busy few months for Rag’n’bone Man, aka Rory Graham, who kicked off the new year winning the Brits Critic’s Choice Award. Since then, Rag’n’Bone Man has gone from strength to strength with the success of singles ‘Human’ and ‘Skin’. His latest track ‘Ego’ comes across like a duet, when in fact Rag’nBone Man intricately switches his styles from gritty blues crooner, to slick rapper with his sauntering hip hop style. While ’Ego’ is not as captivating as his previous singles, there’s still plenty of depth to to his rich vocals. Upcoming dates include Shepherds Bush Empire (April 20), Wildlife (June 9-10) and Lovebox Festival (July 14-15). Human is available now via Sony Records.

iTunes: Human
Google Play: Human
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4) Will Heard – I Better Love You

Will Heard first came to prominence when he featured on Klangkarussel’s infectious summer-smash single ‘Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine’) back in 2014. Since then he’s been a featured artist on a number of chart-topping singles including ‘I Will For Love’ and ’Rumour Mill’ with Rudimental, and ’Anywhere’ with Dillon Francis. Now the London-based singer/songwriter has branched out on his own for his debut EP Trust featuring the single ‘I Better Love You’. The single showcases Heard’s upbeat, soulful vocals and infectious 80’s inspired synths. The Trust EP is available now via Black Butter Records. Upcoming gigs for Heard include Omeara, London (May 16) and Wildlife Festival (June 9-10)

iTunes: Trust EP
Google Play: Trust EP
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5) Sigrid – Don’t Kill My Vibe

There must be something in the water, because we have yet another Scandinavian Popstar on the rise. 20-year-old Sigrid has just unveiled her debut anthem ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’; a defiant statement to at all the cynics out there; nobody’s holding this girl back. The single premiered as Mista Jam’s Hottest Record on Radio 1, and serves up some soft, building piano accompaniment, before building to a rousing euphoric chorus with warped synths and skittering beats. Hailing from Norway, Sigrid is one to watch with her edgy, yet melodic vibes. ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe’ is available now via Island Records.

iTunes: Don’t Kill My Vibe
Google Play: Don’t Kill My Vibe
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6) Tchami – Adieu

Parisian producer Tchami just dropped his latest single ‘Adieu’. The single serves as a departure from his previously darker future-house sound and instead instead delivers a tropical percussive vibe throughout with soft synths and infectious vocal samples. The single serves as the follow up to 2015’s Afterlife EP, as well as production credits with Major Lazer, Dillon Francis, DJ Snake and Aluna George. Upcoming UK dates include We Are FSTVL (May 26-28). ‘Adieu‘ is available now via Confession Records.

iTunes: Adieu
Google Play: Adieu
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7) Moon Boots – Tear My Heart Ft Lulu James

Brooklyn-based producer Moon Boots (AKA Peter Dougherty) unveiled his new single ‘Tear My Heart’. The single serves as the follow up to 2015’s successful ‘Red Sky’ and features the soulful vocals of Lulu James, who’s currently signed to Black Butter Records. The disco-house producer perfectly blends some classic house rhythms with ethereal synths, with Lulu’s soulful vocals intertwined throughout. ‘Tear My Heart’ is the first single to be taken from his debut LP First Landing. The album is set for release via Anjunadeep, Above & Beyond’s deep house imprint, and will be available later this year. Upcoming dates for Moon Boots include Spring Awakening Festival in Chicago (June 9-11)

iTunes: Tear My Heart
Google Play: Tear My Heart
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8) Bugzy Malone – Aggy Wid It

Manchester based MC Bugzy Malone is back with his new single ‘Aggy Wid It’. The single premiered as MistaJam’s Hottest record and serves up some aggressive bars, packing a punch with it’s infectious energy. With slick production from Zdot (Stormzy, Wiley, Lady Leshurr) Bugzy Malone makes a clear statement that he’s back in business. Expect Bugzy to make plenty of Festival appearances this summer. ‘Aggy Wid It’ is available now via ILL Gotten Records.

iTunes: Aggy Wid It
Google Play: Aggy Wid It
Tour Dates

9) Disciples – On My Mind

South London production trio Nathan Vincent Duvall, Gavin Koolmon and Luke McDermott, aka Disciples, unveiled their latest, soulful banger ‘On My Mind’. The BRIT nominated trio deliver an instantly catchy topline with Duvall’s silky vocals and slick production throughout. The single serves as the follow up to ‘Daylight’ and 2015’s chart-topping ‘How Deep is Your Love’ with Calvin Harris. Having completed a successful residency at Together @ Amnesia, the trio are returning to Ibiza for their second residency this March and are set to perform alongside Danny Howard, Camelphat and more. ‘On My Mind’ is available now via Parlophone and FFRR. Upcoming dates for the trio include Hideout Music Festival (June 26-30) and Creamfields (August 24-27).

iTunes: On My Mind
Google Play: On My Mind
Tour Dates

10) Icarus – King Kong

Bristol-based brotherly duo Ian and Tom Griffiths, aka Icarus, dropped their latest single ‘King Kong’, which premiered with Danny Howard on Radio 1 as his Hottest Record. The production duo serve up a soulful taste of disco/house, infused with infectious brass melodies, sassy vocals, quirky electronic flourishes and an uplifting vibe that just screams Summer time! Having previously focused on more atmospheric tracks in the past, King Kong is a welcome change and perfect way to kick off the Spring/Summer season. King Kong is available now on FFFR. Upcoming dates for the duo include Fabric with Groove Armada (June 4) and Creamfields (August 24-27)

iTunes: King Kong (Us only)
Google Play: King Kong (UK)
Tour Dates

11) Will Joseph Cook – Beach (I Wanna Make You Mine)

Time for a change of pace with some vibrant, indie-pop vibes. Will Joseph Cook unveiled his new feel-good single ‘Beach (I Wanna Make You Mine)’. Taken from his forthcoming debut album Sweet Dreamer, the technicolour-single serves up a soaring pop anthem with its glossy melodies and sparkling, summer vibes. The single originally appeared on his 2015 EP Proof Enough, however the fan favourite has since been re-recorded and will feature on his debut album Sweet Dreamer. Having already unveiled title track ‘Take Me Dancing’ and ‘Girls Like Me’, Sweet Dreamer is set for release April 14, while the single is available now via Atlantic. Upcoming dates for Will include Heaven (May 11), and Reading & Leeds Festival (August 25-27).

iTunes: Sweet Dreamer
Google Play: Sweet Dreamer
Tour Dates

12) THEY. – Truth Be Told

LA based producer/songwriter duo THEY. made up of Dante Jones (production) and Drew Love (Vocals), dropped another track in the lead up to the release of their debut album NÜ RELIGION: HYENA. ‘Truth Be Told’ is their latest offering, having previously unveiled ‘Silence’, ‘All’ and ‘Dante’s Creek’ earlier in the week. Truth Be Told slows the tempo down to deliver a smooth mix of styles from R&B, rock and trap – perfectly highlighting their varied influences. NÜ RELIGION: HYENA is available now via Mind of a Genius Records / Warner Bros. Upcoming dates for the genre-defying duo include Panaroma Festival in NY (July 28-29) and Reading Festival (Aug 25-27)

iTunes: NÜ Religion: HYENA
Google Play: NÜ Religion: HYENA
Tour Dates

13) In the Morning – (GotSome & Jaded Remix)

DJ/Production trio Jaded have teamed up with fellow production duo GotSome for the remix of ‘In The Morning’. Jaded are known for their quirky house-driven tracks with catchy vocal lines, fusing house with hip-hop and techno to deliver something truly unique. Add GotSome into the mix and you’ve got one infectious, bass heavy club banger. With Jaded’s success last year with ‘4000Hz‘, In The Morning looks to follow the same route. ‘In The Morning‘ is available now via Black Records. No upcoming dates for Jaded as of yet, but you can catch GotSome at Common People Festival (May 27-28)

iTunes: In The Morning
Google Play: In The Morning
Tour Dates (GotSome)

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

January Selections

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Where to start? Firstly, it’s been awhile since I’ve done my monthly selections in detail, but just because I’ve been away, it doesn’t mean I haven’t been listening – and what a year 2016 has been! Check out my bitesize selections for the past few months. This year, I’m back with all the latest music news and reviews. So far we’ve highlighted all the rising artists in BBC Radio 1’s Future Festival, had luscious new music from London Grammar with ‘Rooting For You‘, an infectious dance floor banger from TCTS with ‘Icy Feet‘, Circa Wave’s epic new single ‘Fire That Burns‘ and Major Lazer’s infectious collaboration with Nicki Minaj and PartyNextDoor on ‘Run Up‘. Before we get into all the music releases, let’s see what else has been happening in the music world.

2017 kicked off in true diva style with Mariah Carey ringing in the New Year at Dick Clark’s Rockin’ New Year’s Eve ball drop. Unfortunately there were issues with mics and sound causing Mariah walk off stage in true Diva fashion. She later tweeted the following, perfectly capturing the spirit of 2017!

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Ed Sheeran emerged from his year of social media silence with a video he posted to Twitter and Instagram of him holding a sign saying: “New music coming Friday!!” This was shortly followed by two new tracks ‘Castle On A Hill’ and ‘Shape Of You’, taken from his forthcoming album ÷ (divide) due on March 3rd. Keep an eye out for a Carpool Karaoke feature too! Welcome back Ed, We thought Mariah had us all doomed before we’d even started the year!

In chart news this month, The xx stormed into number one with their third studio album I See You, following the success of 2012’s Coexist. Not far behind it though was Golden Globe and Bafta Award winning film La La Land in at number three, with original songs performed by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling, such as the beautiful duet, ‘City of Stars‘. 2017 paved the way for an important comeback and a well timed one at that. Damon Albarn’s band Gorrillaz unveiled their anti-Trump anthemHallelujah Money‘, featuring Benjamin Clementine. The single is taken from their forthcoming fifth album and follow up to 2011’s The Fall and serves as the first new material from the band in five years.  A new year also marks the start of some exciting new tours. Kasabian teased some new music over Christmas and have since announced a number of dates this year, including a big gig in their home town.  Ed Sheeran announced his new world tour, including 11 UK dates and 2 Ireland dates.
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I know it’s only January, but Festival Season will be here before you know it. Legendary Coachella Festival kicks off in April over two weekends (April 14-16 and 21-23) with none other than Radiohead, Kendrick Lamar and Beyonce set to headline. (Update: In case you’re living under a rock, Beyonce and Jay-Z are expecting twins. Unfortunately Beyonce has had to cancel her headline performance on doctors orders, but promises to headline Coachella in 2018. Check back soon for news on her replacement) Other acts announced include The xx, Dillon Francis, Banks, Bon Iver, Martin Garrix, DJ Khaled, Lorde and  even Academy Award-winning film composer Hans Zimmer (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Lion King, The Dark Knight). Moving closer to home with far lower temperatures and heavy downpours, Glastonbury Festival confirmed it won’t be around in 2019, but fear not, it’s replacement festival has already been confirmed. The iconic music festival is temporarily moving away from Worthy Farm, and will be called ‘The Variety Bazaar’. Reading and Leeds Festival announced Kasabian and Muse as two of their headliners for the August Festival. Other acts set to perform include Flume, Circa Waves, Fatboy Slim, Major Lazer and Bastille.

With the tragic passing of George Michael on Christmas Day, 2017 was met with a flood of tributes and kind words for the talented artist. James Corden kicked off The Late Late Show with a tribute to George Michael and reminisced over a 2011 Comic Relief Sketch, featuring Michael and Corden singing together in a car; the original inspiration for Carpool Karaoke

While December-February is dubbed in the film world as ‘Awards season’, February in the music world is all about the Brits and the Grammy’s! The Brits are set to take place February 22nd at the O2, with hosts Dermot O’Leary and Emma WIllis stepping in for Michael Buble. With Little Mix and Skepta leading with three nominations each, The 1975, Kano, Michael Kiwanuka, Calvin Harris, James Arthur, Clean Bandit, Jonas Blue, Tinie Tempah and Coldplay all have two nominations. Mastercard British Album of the Year looks to be a tough category this year, with nominees such as David Bowie, Skepta, The 1975, Kano, and Michael Kiwanuka vying for the coveted award. Likewise for the The International Female Solo Artist category featuring artists such as Christine And The Queens, Rihanna, Sia, Beyonce and Solange Knowles. See the full list of nominees hereOver the other side of the Pond, James Corden will be hosting The Grammy’s live from the Staples CEnter in LA. (Feb 12) With performances from nominated artists such as Adele, Metallica, Carrie Underwood and Keith Urban, it promises to be one incredible night. Unsurprisingly, Beyoncé leads this year’s nominees with nine for her visual album Lemonade, but goes head to head with Adele and her album 25. Check out the full nominees here. It wouldn’t be The Grammy’s without a bit of controversy –  Kanye West, Drake and Justin Bieber won’t be attending this years ceremony, despite having 20 nominations between them.  Apparently they believe the Grammys aren’t relevant anymore… #awkward. How will we ever get by without Kanye storming the stage and causing controversy?

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Now in February we can look ahead to what will no doubt be an epic Superbowl half time performance from Lady Gaga, as well as all the antics from The Grammy’s and The Brits. Check out my January selections below with just over one hour for your listening pleasure.

1) Wiley – Speakerbox

The Godfather of Grime, Wiley, returns with his new Eski-influenced riddim ‘Speaker Box’ taken from his highly anticipated and aptly titled 11th studio album Godfather. The track surfaced late December so I thought it appropriate to highlight it again in my January picks. Godfather features contributions from fellow grime MC’s JME, Ghetts, Skepta, Frisco and Lethal Bizzle to name but a few, so expect quite a few bangers this year. Opening and closing sampling a Skepta Interview, Wiley proves why he’s the originator of grime, as he spits his rhymes with such energy and flow. Upcoming dates for Wiley include Albert Hall, Manchester (March 25) followed by a string of UK Festivals such as We are FSTVL, Wildlife, Parklife Reading and Leeds, and a headline date in Brixton Academy (Nov 3)

iTunes: Godfather
Google Play: Godfather
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2) LOYAL – Moving As One

UK quartet LOYAL unveiled their latest single ‘Moving as One’, serving as the follow up to previous singles ‘House for You’ and ‘Blue & the Green’. ‘Moving As One’ is a slow burner of a track from it’s defined drum rolls, pulsing guitars and looped echoed vocals, gradually building momentum throughout, culminating euphorically with it’s sassy horns, soulful piano chords and indie-pop vibes. The multi-layered production gives great depth to the track and delivers a true feast for the ears.  Currently signed to IAMSOUND, ‘Moving as One‘ is available from the below links:

iTunes: Moving As One
Google Play: Moving As One

3) Ed Sheeran – Shape Of You

Ed Sheeran made his long awaited return, having taken a well deserved break from the spotlight following his 2014 album X and chart topping singles ‘Sing’, Thinking Out Loud’, Bloodstream’ and ‘Photograph’. Ed kicked off the new year in style with two new singles –  ‘Shape Of You’ and ‘Castle On A Hill’. The former was originally written for Rihanna and later suggested for Rudimental before keeping this gem for himself. ‘Shape Of You‘ delivers a bouncy, tropical groove – not your typical Sheeran sound, but one that delivers a unique twist and edge. ‘Shape Of You‘ is taken from Sheeran’s forthcoming third studio album ÷ (Divide) which is set for release March 3rd. In the meantime you can buy the single’s from the below links.

iTunes: (Shape Of You) (Castle On A Hill)
Google Play: (Shape Of You) (Castle On A Hill)
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4) Don’t Leave – Snakehips & MØ

British producer duo Snakehips, (Oliver Lee and James Carter) have teamed up with Scandinavian popstar for their latest single ‘Don’t Leave’. Their new collaboration follows a string of successful partnerships with Tinashe & Chance The Rapper on ‘All My Friends‘, Anderson .Paak  ‘Money One Me‘ and Zayn with ‘Cruel Summer‘, so it’s no surprise Snakehips have continued with this trend. ‘Don’t Leave’ highlights MØ’s emotive vocals and rousing chorus, while Snakehips delivery some slick, synth infused production and rolling RnB style beats. Upcoming dates for MØ include Lollapalooza in March, while Snakehips are gearing up for Lollapalooza 2017 ‘Don’t Leave’ is available from the below links:

iTunes: Don’t Leave
Google Play: Don’t Leave 
Tour Dates Snakehips  (MØ)

5) Sampha – (No One Knows Me) Like The Piano

British Singer/songwriter and producer Sampha unveiled his breathtakingly beautiful new single, ‘(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano’. The multi-talented producer and songwriter has lent his talents to a whole host of artists over the years such as SBTRKT (Hold On), Drake (Too Much), Jessie Ware (Valentine), and Kanye West (Saint Pablo); but now it’s Sampha’s turn to take center stage. ‘(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano’ is a heartfelt and reflective piece, with Sampha’s smooth vocals and delicate keys glistening throughout. The single is taken from Sampha’s debut album Process, which is set for release Feb 3 via Young Turks. Upcoming dates include O2 Acadmey Brixton (March 8)

iTunes: Process
Google Play: Process
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5) Maggie Rogers – On + Off

22 year old Maggie Rogers unveiled her new single ‘On + Off’. Maggie was first propelled into the spotlight in 2016 when a clip of her showcasing her track ‘Alaska’ to Pharrell, during a masterclass at NYU’s Clive Davis Institute, went viral. If you haven’t seen this clip, please watch this!  You can see the precise moment Pharrell is thinking … wow, this girl has something really special and even made the super producer all teary eyed! Taken from her forthcoming debut EP Now That The Lights Is Fading, ‘On + Off’ serves as the follow up to ‘Alaska’ and ‘Dog Years’ and delivers a captivating genre-defying mashup of electronic, indie and pop, mixed with Rogers’ glistening vocals.  Now That The Light Is Fading is set for release Feb 17th via Capitol/Debay Sounds. Upcoming dates include Omeara, London (February 27,28) and Electric Brixton (June 27)

iTunes: Now That The Light Is Fading
Google Play: Now That The Light Is Fading
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6) Run the Jewels – Legend Has It

This is another one of those December tracks that I’m sneaking in here – only because it’s too good to miss! Run the Jewels, aka hip hop duo Killer Mike and El-P, kicked things into gear with their latest single. ‘Legend Has It’ is the third single taken from their highly anticipated album Run The Jewels 3, following the release of singles  ‘Talk To Me’ and ‘2100’ ft Boots. The fiery duo alternate bars over El P’s infectious beats, delivering with such fierceness and fluidity. Run The Jewels 3 is available now and features collaborations from Danny Brown, Trina and more. Upcoming gigs include London’s Roundhouse (April 1) and Field Day (June 3)

iTunes: Run The Jewels 3
Google Play: Run The Jewels 3
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7) Loyle Carner – Damselfly

Loyle Carner, aka Benjamin Coyle-Larne, unveiled his latest offering from his stunning debut album Yesterday’s Gone with a track titled ‘Isle Of Aran’. Having teamed up with producer, singer and multi instrumentalist Tom Misch in the past, Tom once again lends his talents to Damselfly. Lloyle showcases his effortless flows, clever wordplay and tight rhythms, all delivered above some jazzy guitar loops and Misch’s carefree vocal hook. The production throughout serves up some laidback soul/jazz, similar to that heard in ‘Isle of Aran’ and the track that first garnered my attention, ‘Aint’ Nothing Changed’.  Growing up, Carner was heavily influenced by the Grime scene, yet there’s a distinct old school hip hop edge and a vulnerability to him that really stands out. Upcoming dates include O2 Shepherds Bush Empire (February 17,18)

iTunes: Yesterday’s Gone
Google Play: Yesterday’s Gone
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8) Lethal Bizzle – Round Here Ft Giggs, Flowdan

After almost 8 years, Lethal Bizzle is set to drop his new album Lennox Rd, which serves as long awaited follow up to 2009’s Go Hard. The first single to be taken from Lennox Rd is ‘Round Here’ ft Giggs and Flowan – an explosive track with the 3 MC’s spitting over a fiery instrumental. Produced by The Heavytrackerz, ‘Round Here’ makes a statement with its frenzied pace, commanding lyrics and aggressive beats. Make way 2017 – Bizzle means business. Be sure to catch him at Hit The North in Newcastle Upon Tyne. (April 28-30)

iTunes: Round Here
Google Play: Round Here
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9)  Syd – All About Me

First there was the hip hop collective Odd Future, then the incredible successful and Grammy nominated band the Internet; now Syd has become the first member to showcase her solo material with her debut single ‘All About Me’. Taken from Syd’s forthcoming solo album Fin, ‘All About Me’ serves up a trippy, trap infused banger with hard hitting 808 kicks, skittering beats and Syd’s hypnotic vocals weaving throughout. Fin is set for release Feb 3 . In the meantime, check out the video for some cameos from Tyler, The Creator, Hodgy and more Odd Future members.

iTunes: Fin
Google Play: Fin

10) Shy Luv – Shock Horror Ft JONES

Shy Luv, made up of producer duo Jake Norman and Sam Knowles, (aka Karma Kid) dropped the title track from their new EP ‘Shock Horror’. The newly formed producer duo showcased their collective skills last year with their first single ‘Joyriders’ . Following this up with their latest offering, ‘Shock Horror’, serves up some funky baselines, soaring synths and infectious electro-pop vibes. The Shock Horror EP is available now via Black Butter Records. Upcoming dates for the duo include Disclosure’s Wildlife Festival in Brighton (June 9-10).

iTunes: Shock Horror EP
Google Play: Shock Horror EP

11)  Skott – Glitter & Gloss

Skott first came to my attention last  year with her dazzling single ‘Porcelain, and her latest single ‘Glitter & Gloss’ is no exception. The  Stockholm singers captivates with her stunning mix of folk, electronic and delicate falsetto vocals, while the siren style synths give the track some depth and edge. Skott’s vocals soar above some twinkling electronic melodies and atmospheric production by Saint James, making it her meatiest track to date. Upcoming performances include a headline date at London’s Omeara (March 7), followed by the legendary SXSW and The Great Escape.

iTunes: Glitter & Gloss
Google Play: Glitter & Gloss
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12) Glass Animals – Pork Soda

Indie-rock band Glass Animals, unveiled a re-worked version of their song ‘Pork Soda’ – a name inspired by a tattoo of a pig they saw on a woman’s arm. Premiering with Mista Jam as his Hottest Record, the single conjures up a bustling street with various characters voiced by the band members. Originally taken from their 2016 album ‘How To Be Human, each song depicts a different made-up character(s). Pork Soda showcases the group’s creative flair, with drum sounds heard throughout made from old bins and pieces of metal, bringing the idea of street drummers to mind. Having overheard a homeless man saying ‘pineapples are in my head’, the unique lyrics become one the of the main melody hooks throughout. With a driving, groovy bassline and a rousing crescendo, ‘Pork Soda‘ delivers on all fronts with its quirky production elements. Upcoming dates include O2 Academy Brixton (March 16)

iTunes: How To Be Human
Google Play: How To Be Human
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Check out the full playlist below and here’s to another exciting month of music ahead!