Future Festival 2017

 

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“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

At the beginning of January, BBC Radio 1 unveiled their highly anticipated shortlist for the Sound of 2017. 23-year-old Ray BLK was crowned the winner of the coveted poll with her soulful R&B vibes, while bluesy-soul singer Rag’n’Bone Man came runner up. Continuing with their unparalleled support and recognition of new music, Radio 1 presents a further look into the future of music with Future Festival; a live event showcasing some of the brightest new stars of 2017.

So, who are the artists set to make a big impression in 2017? Let’s have a look at all the featured artists and be sure to tune in live tomorrow evening with MistaJam and Huw Stephens from 7pm.

First up is 20-year-old Alma (Alma-Sofia Miettinen) from Finland, making waves with her distinct vocals and brightly coloured hair.  Alma first appeared on Finland’s version of Pop Idol and has gone from strength to strength and hair colour to hair colour, before signing to Universal Music last March. Having been compared to the likes of Beth Ditto, Alma’s talent is being recognised internationally, having supported pop start MØ in Helsinki, as well as a seal of approval from Elton John on his Beats 1 Radio show. Alma’s debut single ‘Karma‘ delivered a heavy dose of sass and swagger, not to mention 20 million Spotify streams. Her latest electro-pop single ‘Dye My Hair’ is taken from her debut EP of the same name and is available now via PME Records/Polydor. Upcoming dates for Alma include the iconic SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas (March 13-19) and Flow Festival in Helsinki, Finland. (August 11-13)

Reading four-piece The Amazons (Matt, Joe, Elliot, Chris)  successfully made this years coveted Sound of 2017 Longlist. Having burst onto the scene with the explosive ‘Stay With Me’ produced by Tom Dalgety (Royal Bloody, The Maccabees), the group have been busy touring their energetic and raucous sound with The Strypes and Jimmy Eat World. The Amazons have received great support from BBC introducing, who provide support for unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar artists. Their music was soon supported by the likes of Huw Stephens and Annie Mac, leading to at performance on the BBC Introducing Stage at 2015’s Reading and Leeds Festival. Their latest single ‘Little Something’ featured as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record back in November. Currently signed to the Fiction Records, home to Tame Impala and The Maccabees, The Amazons are fast becoming one of the most exiting young bands to watch. Upcoming dates include Leicester (March 11) The Portland Arms (March 14) and London (April 12)

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London quartet The Big Moon have been heavily influenced from the grunge and Brit-pop girl groups of the 90s, as heard in singles such as the self-produced ‘Sucker’, ‘Cupid’, ‘Silent Movie Susie‘ and their latest single ‘Formidable’. Juliette, Celia, Fern and Soph bring a boisterous energy, along with their slick harmonies and thrilling guitar jams, reminiscent of sister act HAIM. Having toured with the likes of The Maccabees and The Vaccines, the London quartet have completed a staggering 738 gigs in 2016 alone! Currently signed to Fiction Records (Tame Impala, The Maccabees), keep an eye out for their debut album Love In The 4th Dimension set for release April 17. Upcoming dates include Oxford (Feb 12), Cardiff (April 21), Belfast (April 25), Dublin (April 26) and London (May 2) Check out their full tour dates here.

When Drake remixes one of your tracks and premieres it on his OVO Sound Radio show on Beats 1, it’s safe to say you’re going to garner quite a bit of interest online.  17-year-old South London rapper, aka Santan Dave, clocked up over 18 million streams on Spotify when Drake jumped on his single ‘Wanna Know’. The remix is also set to feature on Drakes forthcoming project ‘More Life’. With his pick of record labels vying for his attention, Dave has taken the advice from Septa and Stormzy and remained independent. Having started free-styling in the underground scene, shortly followed by his debut single ‘JKYL’, Dave showcased his talents on Semtex’s 1Xtra show and Charlie Sloth’s notable Fire In The Booth. With a string of impressive releases and collaborations including ‘Thiago Silva’ with AJ Treacy, Dave excels with his lyrical style and a mature sound far beyond his years, earning him a nomination for this years Sound of 2017 Longlist. The classically trained pianist highlights his broad musical tastes with influences from Hans Zimmer to Pink Floyd. Upcoming performances in O2 Institute in Birmingham and O2 Academy Islington. (March 30-31). Currently working on his debut album with producer Fraser T Smith (Adele, Kano), be sure to check out his debut EP ‘Six Paths’. 

Another artist performing at this years Future Festival and who also made the Sound of 2017 Longlist, is 17-year-old Declan McKenna from Hertfordshire. Having successful won Glastonbury’s ‘Emerging Talent Competition’ back in 2015, Declan has gone from strength to strength with his refreshing slice of indie-pop, even self releasing his debut single ‘Brazil’. Declan has been heavily support by BBC introducing, supporting unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar artists. This led to a performance at Maida Vale and Radio 1 ’s Big Weekend. Declan’s approach to music is clever and thought provoking with a real sense of social awareness, as heard in ‘Isombard’ which tackles the subject of xenophobia. His latest single ‘The Kids Don’t Wanna Come’ was featured as Mista Jam’s Hottest Record. Upcoming dates for McKenna include Patterns, Brighton (Jan 31) and The Garage, London (March 23).

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19-year-old Jorja Smith, yet another artist to make this year Sound of 2017 Longlist, burst onto the scene with her unique sense of thought provoking soul and dreamy R&B. Having released her debut single ‘Blue Lights’, while maintaining a job in Starbucks, she soon gained the attention of some high profile stars including Drake, Skrillex and Stormzy – Not bad fans to have! ‘Blue Lights’ samples Dizzee Rascal’s ’Sirens’ mixed with her stirring lyricism and fragile yet powerful vocals,  bringing Lauren Hill’s Miseducation to mind. Jorja wrote her first song at 11, so it’s no surprise she continued to study music in her A levels, where the classical composers she studied later influenced her follow up single ‘A Prince’ ft Maverick Sabre.  Similar to Dave, Jorja has decided to release music independently. Having sold out her first UK headline tour last year and released her Project 11 EP, 2017 is set to be big year for Jorja who’s currently set to perform in New York and LA later this month.

Nadia Rose kicked off the new year placing 5th in the Sound of 2017. The 23-year-old South London MC/rapper burst onto the scene with her distinct voice, skilful rhymes, fiery flows and clever wordplay. While working in a betting shop, Nadia decided to follow her dream and embark on career in the UK rap scene. Probably one of the best moves ever, with explosive singles from ‘BOOM’, ‘Station‘ and ‘DFWT‘ to back her up.  2016 proved her breakout year, where she won her first MOBO award for the video ‘Skwood’.  Having just released her debut 9-track EP ‘Highly Flammable’ (Jan 13) featuring tracks such as ‘Puddy Cat‘, ‘Tight Up‘ and the infectious re-edit of Kideko and George Kwali’s ‘Crank It (Woah)‘, Rose has staked her claim as a force to be  reckoned with. While Nadia brings artists such as Missy Elliot and Eminem to mind, she also brings her own creative flair to the table. Who knows, maybe a collaboration with her fellow MOBO award winning cousin Stormzy could be on the cards! Upcoming dates include Rust in Denmark (Jan 14) Outlines, Sheffield (March 3-4) Lost and Found Festival in Malta (April 13-16) and Sonar in Spain (June 15-17)

LA based producer/songwriter duo THEY. made up of Dante Jones (production) and Drew Love (Vocals), have joined forces under new independent label Mind Of A Genius Records (Gallant, ZHU). Having received critical acclaim for their debut 3-track EP Nü Religion with their genre defying blend of hip-hop, rock and R&B, they later followed this up with a successful collaboration with Zhu and Skrillex on ‘Working For It’. Both Drew and Dante have varied musical influences from New Edition to Kurt Cobain and have aptly referred to their sound as ‘Grunge’n’b’. Their varied influences are perfectly captured throughout, with their effective use of heavy guitars, atmospheric production, falsetto vocals and edgy rapping. Other releases include ‘Deep End’, ‘What You Want‘ and their latest single ‘U-Rite‘. Upcoming tour dates include LA (Jan 20th) and NY (July 28-29). Hopefully we’ll get some UK and Ireland dates soon!

This years Future Festival is hosted by Mista Jam and Huw Stephens and will take place at Maida Vale Studios on January 17th. To be in with a chance of attending the legendary Maida Vale studios, you can register for tickets HERE. (Entry has now closed) If you miss out on tickets, the whole event will be streamed LIVE on the Radio 1 Website from 7pm! #R1FutureFestival

Check out the Full Spotify playlist below and also HERE.

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BBC Sound Of 2016 – Longlist (Part 2)

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“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Check out Part 1 here featuring acts 1-7: Alessia Cara, Blossoms, Billie Marten, Dua Lipa, Frances, Izzy Bizu, Jack Garratt.

So, who are the artists set to make a big impression for 2016? Let’s have a look at all the nominated artists on the longlist and check out the full Spotify Playlist here.

8) Meet 20 year old east London MC, J Hus, who brought us the infectious singles ‘Lean and Bop’ and ‘Dem Boy Paigon‘. While growing up in the birthplace of Grime, J Hus incorporates various styles into his music such as reggae and Afrobeat, giving him that unique edge. Having recently received a MOBO nomination for Best Newcomer, his single Lean and Bop was signed to Black  Butter Records. With his slick flows and melodic ear, 2016 looks bright for J Hus.

9) 21 year-old  Benjamin Coyle-Larne, AKA Loyle Carner serves up some serious skills with his smooth flows and tight rhythms. Growing up, the London MC was heavily influenced by the Grime scene, yet there’s a distinct old school hip hop edge to him that really stands out, as heard on his latest jazz-infused single ‘Ain’t Nothing Changed’. Check out his cover of Kanye West’s Heard ‘EM Say as part of Radio 1 Piano Sessions and witness his smooth mellow vibes for yourself.

10) Having started writing from the early age of 14, Mabel’s talents are finally coming to the forefront for all to see. Daughter of pop legend Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, Mabel grew up with music in her blood. With the release of her debut single ‘Know Me Better’ back in July and follow up single ‘My Boy My Town‘, Mabel showcases her smooth and soulful vocals serving up a refreshing slice of R&B infused pop.  Mabel is also set to perform at Annie Mac Presents Collected, at ICA London (Mar 10) alongside Billie Marten.

11) 19-year-old electronic producer and multi instrumentalist Alex Crossan, aka Mura Masa has been making an impact with his creative music stylings. With the release of his mixtape Soundtrack to a Deathon Soundcloud in 2014, his Someday Somewhere EP, and his latest collaboration with Shura on Love For That,  Mura Masa’s eclectic production and irresistible beats are hard to ignore. Upcoming dates include Sheffield City Centre (Feb 27)  and O2 Shepherds Bush (May 26) as part of his Spring EU tour.

12) London based Neo-soul singer NAO is making waves with her sensual R&B textures and elongated synths, as heard in recent single Bad Blood. The single serves as the follow up to her second EP February 15 released earlier this year, and Disclosure’s Superego, which she featured as vocalist. The Hackney based singer, trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied vocal Jazz, but her music showcases a unique fusion of hip hop, soul, funk and UK Garage. With the success of previous singles ‘So Good’, ‘Zillionaire‘ and her latest collaboration with Mura Masa on ‘Firefly‘, expect big things from NAO in 2016, along with her highly anticipated debut album.

13) Meet Essex boy Jordan Cardy, aka Rat Boy, who’s indie punk vibes are thoroughly engaging. Not only does Rat Boy write all his own music, he also sings, plays guitar, bass, and keys, delivering a truly original sound that’s 100% authentic.  With the success of his previous singles Sign On and Fake ID highlighting the every-day struggles of life after school, Rat Boy is currently signed with Parlophone Records, home to Blur and Babyshambles. Having toured with Circa Waves and The 1975, be sure to catch him at hisheadline show in London’s Heaven (Jan 26) as well as this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival. Expect a debut album later this year too!

14) Meet Section Boyz; a Grime collective from Croyden, South London. Made up of Swift, Deepee, Knine, Inch, Sleeks and Littlez, the crew have been constantly gaining momentum and exposure, earning them a co-sign from Drake.  With the release of their debut mixtape Don’t Panic, and winning the covetedMOBO Award for Best Newcomer, Section Boyz are already making waves on their own without any label backing. 2016 will see the boyz appear on Rita Ora’s forthcoming album as well as performing at Rescue Rooms in Nottingham (Feb 20) and Village Underground (Feb 24).

15) WSTRN are a collective from West London made up of cousins Akelle Charles and Haile, along with their friend Louis Rei. With South London heavily represented in the music scene today, the group wanted to highlight and represent the talents from West London. With the success of their debut singleIn2, WSTRN were later signed to Atlantic Records where they continue to hone their multi eclectic sound, drawing from reggae to hip hop and R&B to motown. Check out the In2 remix featuring Wretch 32, Chip & Geko as well as their upcoming gig with Jeremih at O2 Institute, Birmingham (Jan 19).

Shortlist Update: 8/01/16

5th Place: (Tie) WSTRN & Mura Masa

4th Place: Blossoms

3rd Place: NAO

2nd Place: Alessia Cara

**1st Place: Jack Garratt**

BBC Sound of 2016 – Longlist (Part 1)

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“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

The highly anticipated BBC Sound of 2016 shortlist is set to be announced on Monday Jan 4th. Now in its 14th year, the BBC Sound of poll showcases rising stars for the year ahead.  The  longlist is compiled by over 140 influential UK-based music critics, editors, broadcasters, bloggers, festival organisers and music streaming services. The panel of tastemakers submit their top 3 acts, before being whittled down to the top 15 longlist, and later followed by the top 5 shortlist. Last year’s top 5 included Years & Years, James Bay, Stormzy, Raury, George The Poet, and judging by the success they’ve had in 2015,  the ‘BBC Sound Of’ proves to be a catalyst for great success!

Previous winners over the years include Sam Smith, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Michael Kiwanuka, HAIM, 50 Cent and last year’s overall winner, Years & Years. The synth-pop trio (Olly, Mikey & Emre) had an extremely successful 2015 with the release of their debut album Communion in July, followed by singles King, Shine and Eyes Shut. With their trademark futuristic synths and hard-hitting pop hooks, Years and Years continue to push boundaries and will no doubt have another successful year ahead.

So, who are the artists set to make a big impression for 2016? Let’s have a look at all the nominated artists on the longlist and check out the full Spotify Playlist here.

1) 19-year-old Canadian singer/songwriter Alessia Cara, made quite the impact with her debut single Here. The anti-partying anthem, taken from her five-track EP Four Pink Walls, highlights Alessia’s edgy and soulful R&B style vocals.  Having started her career singing acoustic covers on YouTube, Alessia’s talents were quickly noticed and was later signed to Def Jam Records where she released her debut album Know-It-All. Be sure to check out her unique cover of Taylor Swift’s Bad Blood below, for Radio 1 Piano Sessions with Huw Stephens. 

2) Meet Blossoms; a five-piece band hailing from Stockport, made up of Josh, Tom, Joe, Myles and Charlie. Blossom’s first gained attention through BBC Introducing in Manchester, where they were later invited to perform at legendary Maida Vale Studios for a session with Steve Lamacq on 6 Music as well as the BBC introducing stage at SXSW Festival. Having released 2 EP’s this year, Blown Rose and Charlemagne, Blossoms continue to gain momentum with their infectious hooks and retro psych-pop vibes. Upcoming dates for the band include Manchester Arena with The Libertines (Jan 23), The Academy in Dublin (Feb 5) and the NME Awards show in London’s Scala (Feb 25th).

3) The youngest nominee on the longlist is 16-year-old singer/songwriter Billie Marten from North Yorkshire, who first came onto the scene with her popular YouTube and Souncloud uploads, showcasing her delicate, folk-style vocals. Having since released two EP’s, As Long and Ribbon, Marten delivers captivating vocals on singles such as ‘Ribbon’, ‘Weathered’, and ‘Bird‘. Having already toured with fellow folk singer Lucy Rose and performed on the BBC Introducing stage at Reading & Leeds, upcoming dates for Billie Marten include Annie Mac Presents Collected at ICA London (Feb 4, Mar 10).

4) 19-year-old singer Dua Lipa first caught the attention of Lana Del Rey’s manager, who quickly signed the rising star. Dua has since unveiled her debut single Be The One, serving up up a fresh slice of effortless pop, with plenty of colour and life. Upcoming dates for the London singer include her first UK tour, kicking off Jan 16th.  Expect a debut album later in 2016.

5) Berkshire-born Frances, burst onto the scene  in July with single ‘Grow’ followed by singles ‘Let It Out’ and ‘Borrowed Time’. With the release of  her two EP’s (Grow and Let It Out) Frances confidently showcases her tender vocals and melodic ability. The 21 year old singer/songwriter who shares management with Disclosure and Sam Smith, was shortlisted for the Brits Critics Choice Award, firmly positioning herself as a rising star with plenty of promise.  Check out her recent performance during Radio 1 ‘s September Live Lounge, where she performed her unique cover of Justin Bieber’s What Do You Mean? Upcoming dates include Union Chapel (Feb 18)

6) Izzy Bizu, another Brits Critics Choice nominee, has been constantly gaining momentum over the years, having played on the BBC introducing Stage at Glastonbury, followed by supporting tours with Sam Smith, Rudimental and Foxes. With the release of previous singles ‘Diamond’, ‘Adam & Eve’, ‘Give Me Love’ and latest single ‘White Tiger‘, the South London singer delivers a unique fusion of soul, funk, pop and jazz, playing up to her musical influences from Amy Winehouse to Adele and Ella Fitzgerald. Currently signed to Epic Records, Izzy Bizu is to release her debut album, A Moment Of Madness, in May 2016.  In the meantime, you can catch her perform at Scala, London (Jan 27) followed by Night and Day in Manchester (Jan 28)

7) 2015 has already been a big year for Jack Garratt, having won the coveted Brits Critics Choice Award, following in the footsteps of James Bay, Sam Smith and Emeli Sande. Prior to this, Garratt came through BBC Introducing Uploader in 2009 and has since come full circle winning the BBC Introducing Artist of the Year at the 2015 BBC Music Awards. The London based producer, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist delivers intricately crafted singles, mixed with fuzzing synths, chilled R&B vibes, and infectious hooks as heard in ‘The Love You’re Given’, ‘Worry’, ‘Weathered’ and ‘Breath Life‘. Upcoming dates for Garratt include a North American tour, followed by The Academy in Dublin (Mar 30) and O2 ABC in Glasgow (Apr 1).  

Check out Part 2 here, featuring acts 8-15: J Hus, Loyle Carner, Mabel, Mura Masa, NAO, Rat Boy, Section Boyz and WSTRN.

Shortlist Update: 8/01/16

5th Place: (Tie) WSTRN & Mura Masa

4th Place: Blossoms

3rd Place: NAO

2nd Place: Alessia Cara

**1st Place: Jack Garratt**

Loyle Carner – Ain’t Nothing Changed

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21 year-old  Benjamin Coyle-Larne, AKA Loyle Carner  unveiled his new jazz-infused single ‘Ain’t Nothing Changed’, produced by Rebel Kleff.

The South Londen MC serves up serious skills with his smooth flows and tight rhythms, all delivered above an infectious sax sample that will stay with you for a long time – serious mellow vibes.  Growing up, Carner was heavily influenced by the Grime scene, yet there’s a distinct old school hip hop edge to him that really stands out. The single premiered with Annie mac on Radio 1 where he later unveiled the official video directed by Joao Retorta.

Aint Nothing Changed, is set for release Dec 4th on AMF Records. Upcoming tour dates include The Green Door Store in Brighton (Nov 9), Corsica Studios, London (Nov 10) and Village Underground, London (Feb 16)

August Selections

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Woah, who’s exhausted after August? Such a busy month crammed full of festivals and exciting new music.  We had great new music from Format:B with their infectious single ‘Chunky‘, Justin Jay’s stomper of a track ‘Hit It‘ and Lana Del Ray’s smooth stylings in ‘High By The Beach. There’s plenty of new albums to keep you busy this month too such as The Weeknd’s ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ (Aug 28) to Foals withWhat Went Down’ (Aug 28). Dr Dre‘s comeback album ‘Compton’ peaked at no 1 (his first record in 16 years), while The Maccabees scored their first number one album with ‘Marks To Prove It’, beating out Lianne La Havas’ album ‘Blood‘. For those looking to build or just start their vinyl collection, Tesco have become the first UK supermarket to stock vinyls. From Sept 4, Tesco will kick off this new venture with the release of Iron Maiden’s album ‘The Book Of Souls’.

The VMA Awards took place in LA with Taylor Swift winning big throughout the night – although slightly overshadowed by Miley’s unique hosting, Bieber crying onstage, Nicki Minaj’s beef with Miley and the small matter of Kanye West announcing he’s running for President in 2020…. Award shows are rarely about music these days, but least they’re entertaining 😉 In other awards news, FKA Twigs and Alt-J are leading the nominations for this year’s AIM Independent Music Awards . There’s been plenty of tours announced recently, with Chvrches touring in November with Four Tet, and Sigma announcing news of their UK and Ireland tour in Oct/Nov. BBC Radio 1Xtra announced details for 1Xtra Live. This year sees them heading up North to Leeds on October 17th. The lineup is yet to be announced, but last year featured Mary J Blige, Lethal Bizzle, and Sigma. Lenny Kravitz suffered a bit of a wardrobe malfunction onstage in Stockholm recently, with #penisgate quickly trending worldwide…. Oh Lenny! Speaking of such x-rated material,  music videos being made in the UK will now receive age certificates … hear that Miley, Minaj, Rihanna?…. Get ready to be hit with an 18’s certificate.

Hold the phone… 1D to split in March? Yes, you could almost hear the sound of a million girls’ hearts break all over the world. But fear not, it’s just for a ‘temporary’ creative break. Reunion tickets are probably already on sale! Unsurprisingly, Ed Sheeran has topped Spotify’s list of most influential artists under 25, beating artists such as Miley, Sam Smith and Bieber. Not only that, but the artist has also launched his own record label ‘Gingerbread Man Records’, a subsidiary of Warner Music Ltd. His new label will showcase emerging talents, with Jamie Lawson being his first signee. Taylor Swift’s #SquadGoals continues to gain momentum, with Swift inviting Lisa Kurdow onstage during her concert at Staples Center. The two delighted audiences with a rendition of that old Friends classic ‘Smelly Cat’. Check out the video here. Purse strings a bit tight at the moment? This will cheer you right up! Calvin Harris has been named the world’s highest paid DJ, earning a staggering £41.8 million, almost double what Guetta earned. Tiesto, Skrillex and Steve Aoiki were also top earners. With the sad passing of Cilla Black, Kasabian paid tribute to the singer/actress/presenter at V Festival and dedicated ‘Goodbye Kiss’ to the late entertainer.

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The August Bank Holiday proved the busiest weekends in music, with Creamfields, Reading & Leeds and SW4 all happening the same weekend. Check out my SW4 highlight on Instagram. Rounding off the Bank Holiday was Notting Hill Carnival or (Nottingham Carnival as Azealia Banks likes to call it… ) The Notting Hill Carnival is the largest street festival in Europe, celebrating Afro-Caribbean cultures. Toddla T Sound took up his usual place at Alderson St and Kensal Rd, with performances from Julio Bashmore, Redlight, Lady Leshurr and special guest Sean  Paul, while Shy FX curated his ‘Party On The Moon Stage’ and had artists from Rudimental, Ms Dynamite and Melé perform. Rinse FM’s Birthday weekend lineup included Disclosure, Skream, Katy B and Shadow Child, creating one hell of a party. But now, as Festival Season draws to a close, Bestival will officially close out the summer in style. Fear not, plenty of other good music events happening. Radio 1 September Live Lounge returns, while The Apple Music Festival (formerly iTunes Festival) returns to London’s Roundhouse this September for 10 nights. Check out the line up here

Last but not least, there’s a Ned Flanders-themed heavy metal band from Arizona called ‘Okilly Dokilly’, who refer to themselves as ‘the world’s only Nedal band’… and yes, they even have the signature green jumper, pink shirt and moustache. Well, that’s it Neighbour-eeno’s, have an Okilly-dokilly day and see you next month-ereeno. Ok after that rather lengthy round up, on with the music!

1) Calvin and Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love (Calvin Harris & R3hab Remix)

Calvin Harris has teamed up with R3hab for a remix of his own single ‘How Deep Is Your Love’. The original, which proved to be a massive summer house anthem, has been given the rework treatment, filled with snare builds and rousing moombahton style drops – Expect to hear this a lot as we bow out of the summer festival season. Having previously collaborated on ‘Burnin’ together, R3hab has also remixed previous singles for Harris including ‘Pray To God’, ‘Blame’ and ‘I Need Your Love’. ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ Remixes EP is available now via Sony Music  Upcoming dates for Calvin include various dates in Vegas while R3hab is set to play Pacha in ibiza this September.

2) Luke Sital-Singh – Still

Singer/songwriter Luke Sital Singh, unveiled his new single ‘Still’, taken from his forthcoming EP ‘The Breakneck Speed Of Tomorrow’. The single premiered with Huw Stephens as his Hottest Record on Radio 1, and serves as the follow up to last years debut LP ‘The Fire Inside’. ‘Still’ delivers a heartfelt ballad with simple guitar and drums and subtle production. Luke’s’ effortless vocals are captivating throughout and create a sense of ‘Stillness’ as the title suggests. ‘The Breakneck Speed of Tomorrow’ EP is set for release September 25th, while lead single ‘Still’ is available nowUpcoming dates for Sital-Singh include ‘Together The People’ in Brighton.

3) Julio Bashmore – She Aint ft Julie Mendoza

Bashmore has done it again! The UK producer revealed his latest single She Ain’t’; just one of the many infectious tracks taken from his debut album ‘Knocking Boots’. ‘She Ain’t’ serves up a thoroughly infectious single with plenty of ‘Bashmore Bass’ and disco-infused funk, before the soulful melody and retro style synths take over. Bashmore moves away from his usual deep house vibe and has a bit of fun with this record. Upcoming dates for Bashmore include Arts Club in Liverpool (Oct 3), and The Academy in Dublin (Nov 19th)

 

4) Rhodes and Birdy – Let It All Go

**Dream Team saxon alert** Yes, Rhodes and Birdy have joined forces on their latest single ‘Let It All Go’. The beautiful single showcases their dreamy vocals and soothing harmonies; the perfect collab. ‘Let It All Go’ will feature on both artists albums, with Rhodes’ debut album ‘Wishes’ set to drop first on September 18th, while the single is available September 11thBe sure to check out the magical video directed by Sing J lee, which highlights the Northern Lights in Scotland. Such a perfect setting for this duet. Upcoming dates for Rhodes include Rough Trade East (Sept 21)

5) Gorgon City – Saving My Life ft Romans

London based producers Kye Gibbon and Matt Ronson-Scott (AKA Gorgon City) premiered their new single ‘Saving My life’ ft Romans. The pulsing single serves up their usual house style, mixed with an infectious vocal hook from Romans and high energy throughout. With the release of their debut album ‘Sirens’ last year, here’s hoping for more new material from the duo soon. Full dates for their North American headline tour can be found here.

 

6) Oh Wonder – Drive

Oh Wonder have managed to build up quite the fanbase throughout the last year and racked up 13.5 millions plays on Soundcloud, all without setting foot on a stage. The London duo, made up of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West decided to upload one song a month to Soundcloud, before releasing their debut album this September. Their latest single ‘Drive’ perfectly captures their balance of harmonies, stirring string accompaniment and their R&B infused groove, mixed with electronic flourishes. Check out their full tour dates here while their debut album ‘Oh Wonder’ is set for release Sept 4

7) Honne – Loves The Jobs You Hate

London based duo Honne, made up of Andy Clutterbuck and James Hatch, unveiled their latest single ‘Loves The Jobs You Hate’. The single premiered with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record and serves up a slice of futuristic soul, with it’s sensual electronic flavours of R&B mixed with some funky groove.  Recorded in London and Tokyo, ‘Loves The Jobs You Hate’ is taken from their forthcoming EP ‘The Over Lover’ and is set for release September 2nd via Atlantic Records. The Over Lover EP is set for release on September 2ndUpcoming dates for their Autumn tour in the UK include Patterns in Brighton and Deaf Institute in Manchester, with a headline performance at London’s Oval Space.

8) Jamie Woon – Sharpness

Time for the smooth stylings and very welcome return of Jamie Woon. His new single ‘Sharpness’ premiered with Pharrell on Beats 1, and is the first new solo material to surface from Woon in 4 years. ‘Sharpness’ serves up a smooth neo-soul single with some funky rhythms and electronic undertones.  The singer-songwriter is set to follow 2011’s debut album ‘Mirrorwriting’ with a new ‘D’Angelo’ inspired album, due later this year. ‘Sharpness’ is available now via Polydor Records

 

9)Redlight ft Melisa Whiskey – Threshold

Bristol producer Redlight, unveiled his latest single ‘Threshold’ , which received its premiere with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1. The single serves as the followup to previous single ‘Lion Jungle’ and delivers another infectious hit from Redlight, with Melisa Whiskey’s commanding vocals on point amidst the stirring string instrumentation and slick production. ‘Threshold’ is taken from Redlights highly anticipated debut album ‘X Colour’, set for release October 30th via Redlight’s own Lobster Boy label. The album is set to feature artists such as Roses Gabor and The Prodigy. Pre-order your copy here. In the meantime, catch Redlight at Bestival this weekend.

 

10) Rosie Lowe – Worry ‘Bout Us (Edit) (Produced by MachineDrum)

Rosie Lowe has unveiled her new single ‘Worry ‘Bout Us’; produced by US producer Machinedrum. Known for his more uptempo tracks, Machinedrum puts on the breaks and serves up a mellow, R&B slow burner. Rosie Lowe delivers smooth and silky vocals, perfectly complementing  the percussive instrumentation and varying tempos throughout. While the single is more of a ‘dance-floor’ friendly edit, expect an album version later this year. Upcoming dates for Lowe include Broadcast in Glasgow (Feb 18) and Oslo Hackney (Feb 25)

11) Sigma & Diztortion ft Jacob Banks – Redemption

Drum and Bass duo Sigma (AKA Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie) announced their latest single ‘Redemption’, as a follow up to ‘Glitterball’ ft Ella Henderson and ‘Higher’ ft Labrinth. This time, the duo have enlisted the creative talents of Dutch producer Diztortion, known for his work with Stylo G, Major Lazer and Stormzy.  Featuring the uplifting vocals of Jacob Banks (Chase & Status: Alive, Paradox EP) ‘Redemption’ serves up a thrilling drum n bass banger with it’s vibing house piano chords and catchy vocals. Having just announced their forthcoming UK and Ireland live tour opening at The Warehouse Project in Manchester (Oct 22), other dates include The Academy in Dublin (Oct 25) and London’s Roundhouse (Nov 1) ‘Redemption’ is set for release October 23 via 3Beat 

12) Zak Abel – Flow

19-year-old Zak Abel has released his new EP ’One Hand On The Future’; a suitably apt title for an artist who is has an exciting future ahead. The EP features 6 tracks, perfectly blends elements of electronic, soul, R&B and pop, fusing genres and pushing boundaries with the greatest of ease. ‘‘Flow’, delivers an electro-tinged, contemporary R&B track, with his raspy, soulful vocals  being the main focal point throughout. With production throughout the EP from Karma Kid, Joker and Kaytranda, you know he’s in safe hands. Having supported Kwabs at Somerset House this Summer, upcoming dates for Abel include Oslo, Hackney with Liam Bailey (Spt 7).  ‘One Hand On The Future’ EP is available now via Atlantic Records. 

13) Diplo and Sleepy Tom – Be Right There

Yes, one of the hardest working men in music has released yet another smash single. With the success of the infectious ‘Lean On’ ft MO with Major Lazer, and ‘Where Are You Now’ ft Justin Bieber with his Jack Ü counterpart Skrillex, Diplo has joined forces with Canadian producer Sleepy Tom for his latest single ‘Be Right There’.  The single premiered with Annie Mac, who commented ‘It’s a rare and beautiful thing to see Diplo make music at 125BPM’. Diplo and Sleepy Tom deliver a future house banger with it’s bouncing bass lines, wavy synths and almost industrial sounding vibes throughout. With an infectious vocal sample from Jade’s 1992 song ‘Don’t Walk Away’, this is sure to be another hit for the two producers. Upcoming dates for Diplo include iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas (Sept 18-19), with Major Lazer performing at Alexandra Palace (Oct 17th) while Sleep Tom is set to perform at Fool’s Gold ‘Day Off’ (Sept 13) in Miami.

14) Tame Impala – Cause I’m a Man (HAIM Remix)

While HAIM have left us craving new music from them of late, they’ve delivered a little slice of goodness in their latest remix of Tame Impala’s ‘Cause I’m a Man’. The remix sees Kevin Parker’s vocals stripped out and the tempo slowed way down, while Danielle Haim’s vocal take center stage as they float effortlessly above. ‘Cause I’m a Man’ is a real psychedelic slow burner, with quirky electronic production, and smooth hip hop vibes. The perfect chill out track.  Upcoming dates for HAIM include various US dates with Taylor Swift.

 

15) Drones Club – Cold Hand

Introducing Drones Club; a post-pop band & art project from London, whose aim is to reconnect us to the physical universe. Check out their introductory video here which gives a bit more info to their musical concept.   Comprising of Rory Cottam, Charlie Dobney and Louis Morlet, the trio have recently unveiled their new Rise EP, and offered one free track a week, culminating in the EP’s release. ‘Cold Hand’ is a truly hypnotic track, with its industrial yet melodic vocals, shimmering synth lines, and a murmuring bass line drawing you deeper and deeper into the track. Can definitely imagine this being played at some smoky ,underground rave. Drones Club are proving to be one exciting project on the rise. I’ve heard their live performances are quite effective, so keep an eye out for any upcoming gigs. Don’t forget to download your free copy of the Rise EP on Soundcloud

16) Romare – Love Song

London based producer, Romare, unveiled his new track “Love Song’, taken from his forthcoming ‘Rainbow’ EP, due later this month. Rainbow was produced in tribute to the American 70’s disco scene, with both a Club version and Bedroom version set for release. With that comes ‘Love Song’, with its funky, soulful instrumentation, eclectic beats and a looped synth that’s strangely hypnotic. Upcoming dates for Romare include a new live AV performance at London’s Oval Space (Oct 8). The ‘Rainbow’ EP is set for release Sept 4 via Ninja Tune.

 

17) Chvrches – Leave A Trace (Four Tet Remix)

With Chvrche’s ‘Leave A Trace’ making July’s favourites, it’s back again this month, but this time with an incredible remix from UK producer Kieran Hebden (AKA Four Tet). Four Tet eases us into his remix, gradually building tension and momentum, teasing us with looped snippets of Lauren Mayberry’s vocals, before delivering a rather sensual slice of low-key techno. His remix is mesmerising, with a mellow groove and bass heavy pulse throughout.  Upcoming dates for Four Tet include Bestival, O2 Academy Brixton (Oct ) and Metropolis Festival in Dublin. Four Tet’s remix is available now.

18) MK – Bring Me To Life ft Milly Pye

With the success of his incredible remix of Wankelmut’s ‘My Head Is A Jungle’, Detroit producer MK (AKA Mark Kinchen) is back with his new single ‘Bring Me To Life’. Featuring the powerhouse vocals from newcomer Milly Pye, ‘Bring Me To Life’ serves up a thrilling house anthem, with MK’s signature drums and infectious house piano. Upcoming dates for MK include The Warehouse Project (Sept 25) followed by Holy Ship in the new year. ‘Bring Me To Life’ is available now via Big On Blue

 

19) Nothing But Thieves – Wake Up Call

Southend indie rockers, Nothing But Thieves premiered their new single ‘Wake Up Call’ as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record’. The single serves as the follow up to the successful ‘Trip Switch’ and delivers an instantly melodic and catchy chorus, with Conor’s impressive falsetto vocals taking lead throughout. Mix that with some infectious guitar riffs and crashing drums and you have one exciting indie rock group on the rise. Having previously played the Radio1/NME Stage at Reading & Leeds, upcoming dates for the band include a 13 UK tour including Electric Ballroom (Oct 30) and Vevo Halloween at Victoria Warehouse (Oct 31). Their Debut Album ‘Nothing But Thieves’ is set for release October 16th via Sony.

Check out this month’s selections below with over 1 hour 20 mins for your listening pleasure.

FONO – Real Joy

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Brighton based producer FONO burst onto the scene as Zane Lowe’s ‘Next Hype’ with the incredible track ‘Real Joy’.

Not much is known about the 21-year-old producer, except that he’s captured the attention of people everywhere with his exceptional new single.  ‘Real Joy’ is  both creative and engaging with infectious vocals and outrageous synths. The eclectic songs pulls from so many varied influences from Garage to Detroit underground and Jungle to Drum n bass, and just when you think its reached its peak, it shifts direction taking it to a whole new level. FONO pushes boundaries and tears them down!

“This is out of control ..From the mountain to the gutter in one minute … I’m not taking this record off” – Zane Lowe

While mainstream dance music has a tendency to follow the same pattern of  catchy hooks, looped synths and big drops, Fono gives a masterclass in producing a track that’s both creative and engaging from start to finish.

‘Real Joy’ is set for release May 11th via Relentless Records. Pre-order your copy here

Jimmy Napes – Give It Up

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While you may not recognise Jimmy Napes in person, Napes has spent much of his time as an important behind-the-scenes figure, lending his creative talents and writing skills to pen Disclosure’s ‘Latch’, Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’, Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be” as well as working with artists from Jessie Ware to Mary J. Blige. Sounds pretty damn impressive on paper right? Well thankfully it translates into reality.

Napes is set to take his rightful place center stage with the release of his new solo EP ‘The Making Of Me‘. His first single ‘Give It Up‘ is a soulful silky smooth r&b track, with seductive synths, topped off with one infectious hook.

Produced by Disclosures Howard Lawrence, ‘The Making Of Me’ EP is set for release March 8th via Method Records. Napes also featured in Annie Mac’s Bed Time Mix, which is well worth a listen back!