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).
Tour Dates: Sub Focus & Rudimental
Lincoln Barrett, AKA High Contrast, unveiled his new single ‘The Beat Don’t Feel The Same‘.
Known for championing drum ‘n’ bass over the years and delivering some epic anthems such as ‘Remind Me’ and ‘How Love Begins’, the British DJ & Producer has taken a different route with his new single, delivering an infectious disco-house banger instead. The single premiered with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record and serves up some smooth Daft Punk-esque vibes with its groovy bass lines, slick guitar licks and infectious vocals from Boy Matthews.
Speaking with Annie Mac, High Contrast spoke about this sudden shift from drum ‘n’ bass.
“Anyone who knows my stuff over the years, it’s always been influenced by house, disco-house and the french house records (Daft Punk, Cassius), but I always did it at drum ‘n’ bass tempo. I wanted to pay proper homage to them and make a disco-house record.”
‘The Beat Don’t Feel The Same‘ is taken from his forthcoming 6th album Night Gallery, due October 6th. Judging by the direction of this single, it’s safe to safe High Contrast will be pushing boundaries sonically and delivering something fresh and exciting. In the meantime, be sure to catch High Contrast at SW4, Reading & Leeds and Creamfields before he heads out on tour this Autumn with a full live band.
iTunes: Night Gallery
Google Play: The Beat Don’t Feel The Same
Get ready for some emotion-induced drum ‘n’ bass. In the lead up to their highly anticipated headline performance at Lovebox Festival, Chase & Status unveiled their new single ‘Love Me More’ ft Emeli Sande.
Praised for their unique collaborations such as 2015’s London Bars EP (ft Novelist, Frisco & Giggs), followed by 2016’s collaboration with Slaves on ‘Control’ and ‘This Moment’ with Blossoms, ’Love Me More’ sees Will & Saul team up with Emeli Sande who showcases her captivating and soaring vocals. Speaking with Annie Mac about their collaboration, the production duo commented:
“We’ve had contact since 2014 Culture Clash where she recorded the fantastic dub for us. We got the right beat and right vibe. It’s classic us and classic Emeli together…It was so easy and effortless.”
Known for their unique ‘UK sound’, rooted in various genres from Dub to Reggae and Garage to Grime, their forthcoming fourth album Tribe is set for release Aug 18th and is set to feature artists such as Craig David, Bugzy Malone, Kano, Shy FX and MC Rage. Upcoming dates for Chase & Status include a Summer residency at Amnesia in Ibiza, V Festival (Aug 18-20) and Creamfields (Aug 24-27).
While 2012 brought us the summer classic ‘Summertime Sadness’, Lana Del Rey continues down this sesaonal path with her latest single ‘Summer Bummer’. What is it with her and Summer? ‘Summer Bummer’ sees Lana enlist A$AP Rocky and Playboi Carti for yet another slice of woozy, R&B-tinged pop. A$AP and Playboi Carti offer up the perfect amount of light and shade to contrast Lana’s hazy vocals, subdued beats and trap-infused production throughout.
Speaking with Annie Mac, who premiered ‘Summer Bummer’ her Hottest Record, Lana commented on working with A$AP, who features on two tracks on her album:
“He’s got to be one of my top two favourite rappers in the whole world. I have so much fun watching him work. If I just have a track and play it for him , he can put something down right away and it’s always just so different.“
Speaking about the recording process:
“The record ended up in a place that’s different to where I thought it would end up sonically. The narrative and lyrically it moved forward just a little bit, which I’m proud of.”
‘Summer Bummer‘ is taken from Lana’s fifth studio album Lust for Life and serves as the follow up to Lana’s previous collaboration with The Weeknd on ‘Lust For Life’ which featured in my April Selections. Other collaborations on the album include Stevie Nicks and Sean Ono Lennon. Upcoming dates for Lana include The Echo Arena in Liverpool (Aug 22) and The SSE Hydro in Glasgow (Aug 23)
Lust For Life
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
Belfast-born duo, Bicep, made up of Matt McBriar and Andy Ferguson, unveiled their new single ‘Aura‘.
Taken from their forthcoming debut album, ‘Aura‘ had previously been making the rounds as an unreleased Bicep track with no id. The single serves up a dynamic, synth-filled club track, with varied influence from classic house, techno, electro and Italo disco, yet infused with Bicep’s own unique and experimental flair.
The talented production duo are music lovers to their their core, having started out as founders of the successful blog Feel My Bicep in 2008. Showcasing obscure electronic gems, guest mixes, as well as their own material, they soon gained an audience of 100,000 visitors a month, before launching their debut release in 2010. Since then, Bicep have gone gone from strength to strength, with a string of successful EP releases and their 2015 single ‘Just‘ being voted Track of the Year by both Mixmag and DJ Mag.
Their forthcoming self-titled album is set encapsulate their passion for music and club culture over the past decade. Bicep is set for release September 1st via Ninja Tune, while ‘Aura‘ is available now. Upcoming dates for the duo include Lovebox (July 14-15) and Electric Brixton (Nov 11).
Google Play: Bicep
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