Chase & Status – Control ft Slaves

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Chase & Status (Saul Milton and Will Kennard) have teamed up with punk duo Slaves (Isaac Holman and Laurie Vincent) for their new single ‘Control’. The single premiered with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record (Feb 23) where Saul commented on the unique and exciting collaboration:

We were big fans (of Slaves) for a long time. Their album was one of the most important records of last year. What they represent – the anarchy, the whole punk scene; reminds me of exciting times when music was really anti establishment. These guys are at the forefront. I felt we could do something exciting and I think we have.”

Known for their unique ‘UK sound’, rooted in various genres from Dub to Reggae and Garage to Grime, Chase &  Status continue to showcase their versatility working with the infectious punk-rock stylings of Slaves. It’s abrasive, loud, rocky, anarchic, packed with energy and heavy bass-filled drops – everything you’d hope to expect from such a collaboration.

Having released their Grime inspired London Bars EP just before Christmas, Chase and Status are currently working on their forthcoming fourth studio album due later this year. (Release date TBC) Upcoming performances include Radio 1’s Big Weekend. (May 28-29)

Slaves had an impressive year in 2015 with the release of their Mercury nominated debut album “Are You Satisfied’, featuring singles ‘The Hunter’, ‘Cheer Up London’ and their incredible cover of Skepta’s ‘Shutdown’. Slaves are set to join Wolf Alice on the US leg of their tour this April as well as performing at Snowbombing in Austria (April 4-9)

‘Control’ is available now via Mercury Records. Check out the video below:

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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**

November Selections

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

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

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

 

4)  MJ Cole – Alcatraz

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

 

5) Frances – Borrowed Time

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

 

6) Timbaland ft Migos – Them Jeans

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

 

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

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

 

8) Honne – Gone Are The Days

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


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

 

Coldplay – Hymn For The Weekend

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

October Selections

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As we edge closer to the end of the year, October provided us with 31 days of great new music and plenty of entertainment. I feel I have to kick off monthly favourites with Adele, seeing as she sent the whole world into meltdown with her new single Hello; the first new material since 2102’s Skyfall. The single is currently on course to becoming the fastest-selling single of 2015 in the UK, after only three days on sale. The video of course sparked multiple memes and videos such as Lionel vs Adele, Attenborough narrates video, Ellen DeGeneres’ funny skit – the list goes on. The video received an average of 1 million views per hour in the first 48 hours on Youtube and hit the 100 million mark within 5 days, only beaten by Psy’s ‘Gentleman’, who still holds the record with 100m views in four days. Elsewhere for Adele, the singer is set to perform a TV special ‘Adele At The BBC’ with host Graham Norton (Nov 20), followed by a special performance at Radio City Music Hall in New York (Dec 14). So while it felt like October belonged solely to Adele, there were in fact other great new releases and highly anticipated returns such as Miike Snow’s Heart Is Full, his first single in 3 years, Adele’s Hello (more on that later) and Loyle Carner’s standout track Ain’t Nothing Changed. Before we look at my top songs for October – and believe me there’s quite a few this month, let’s have a look at what’s been happening in terms of albums, tours, awards and everything else in between.

In album news, Adele finally confirmed her third album 25, while Rihanna teased fans with her new album art ‘Anti’, but no news on a release date yet. After the success of their recent Live Lounge month, Radio 1 unveiled their 2015 double disc Live Lounge album, featuring artists such as Muse, Sam Smith and Florence + The Machine. Elton John announced details of his 33rd studio album ‘Wonderful Crazy Night’ set for release in February, while The Corrs announced details for their forthcoming album White Light, (Nov 27) before they embark on a headline tour of the UK and Ireland. In the charts this month, Brotherly duo Disclosure claimed their second number one album with Caracal, fighting off strong competition from New Order’s Music Complete. Rudimental also scored their second UK no1 album with We The Generation, while Faithless achieved their third UK number one album with Faithless 2.0, featuring remixes of their biggest hits by the likes of Avicii and Eric Prydz. KDA ft Katy B and Tinie Tempah beat off strong competition from 1D to score a number one with the infectious ‘Rumble’, while Sam Smith’s Writing’s on the Wall was the first Bond theme to ever reach no 1 in the charts. Oh and don’t forget to check out Drake’s ‘Hotline Bling‘, which includes some seriously questionable dad-dancing! Queue the funny memesSo while Adele’s Hello video may have broken every record imaginable, include dethroning Swift’s Bad Blood record for most viewed video in 24 hours, there are still a few video records that have yet to be broken. Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth’s ‘See You Again‘ reached a record breaking 1 billion views on YouTube, which now places them 10th in most viewed videos of all time. Any guesses who’s top? “Op, Op, Op, Op, Oppa Gangnam Style. Yes, Psy still remains on top with 2.4 billions views since July 2012.

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The highly anticipated Mercury Prize Nominations were unveiled by Lauren Laverne, with Aphex Twin, Florence + the Machine and Wolf Alice among the nominees. Check out the full list here and listen to the playlist of nominated artists here. The Awards show will take place in the Radio Theatre at Broadcasting House (Nov 20) , and screened on BBC 4 later that evening. Continuing with awards, Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’ has been awarded song of the year at the BMI Awards in London, ahead of Hozier and Ed Sheeran. But fear not, Ed will still sleep soundly as his song ‘Thinking Out Loud’ has made him the first artist to reach 500 million streams on Spotify for one song. The AMA nominations were also unveiled with Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran and The Weekend leading the pack. Tune in on Nov 22 with host J-Lo. The Grammy’s are set to pay tribute to Frank Sinatra to honour what would have been his 100th birthday, with performances from Alicia Keys, John Legend, Usher, Celine Dion, Lady Gaga, Adam Levine, and Carrie Underwood. Sinatra 100 – An All-Star Grammy Concert will air on CBS Dec 6th. Biber won big at this year’s EMA Awards, taking home 5 awards, while Swifty won Best song for Bad Blood. Dj Mag’s annual Top 100 DJ’s poll has been announced, with Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike topping the poll for the first time. The duo dethroned Hardwell who placed 2nd this year, followed by Martin Garrix, Armin Van Buuren and Tiesto completing the top 5. However, they all better watch out, as 3 year old DJ Arch Jr showcased his skills on South Africa’s Got Talent. Check out the little superstar DJ here

With 2016 just around the corner, what better way than to kick off new year with a tour. Everything Everything are set to support Foals on their 2016 tour, while Rudimental kicked off their We The Generation Tour in Edinburgh’s Corn Exchange and are set play their biggest headline show to date at London’s O2 Arena (March 3).  Years & Years embark upon their first ever arena tour. Check out the full dates here.  Noel Gallagher‘s tour kicks of in April with support from Super Furry Animals, while long time rivals Blur, are set to release their new documentary New World Towers, documenting the story behind their first album in 16 years. Welsh favourite, Sir Tom Jones, announced details of his forthcoming tour ‘In Conversation with Sir Tom Jones’. The 4-date intimate tour will see Jones delve into his successful career with BBC6 Music presenter Matt Everitt, while they discuss his forthcoming autobiography Over the Top and sing classics both old and new. Mercury prize nominees Wolf Alice are hitting the road again in 2016 for a UK tour. The London band will call at cities including Belfast, Manchester, Cardiff and London in March.  Were you one of the lucky one’s to get their hands on a Glastonbury ticket? With 120,000 tickets selling out in 28 minutes, Glastonbury continues to dominate Festival sales. Now for the big question – Who do you think will headline? In other festival news, what do you get when you combine The Prodigy, Groove Armada, Jungle and Snow sports? Snowbombing 2016! Yes the snow sports and music festival returns in 2016 (April 4-9) for it’s 12th year in Mayrhofen Ski Resort, Austria. Other acts announced so far include Andy C, Oliver Heldens, Netsky, Wilkinson (DJ set), Hannah Wants, Bondax, Hot Since 82, T Williams, Ben Pearce and Bicep.  And Just when you think Miley Cyrus has done it all, she’s only gone and announced details of her forthcoming naked gig with the Flaming Lips. Yes, NAKED! Not only the artists, but the audience too.

How about a bit of a walk down memory lane? Oasis’s era-defining album (What’s The Story Morning Glory) turned 20 in October. Relieve the album on Spotify. Continuing with this 90’s flashback, a Spice Girls and Backstreet Boys joint tour may be on the cards, while U2 and Take that kicked off the return of TFI Friday with Chris Evans. The 10 part series continues on Channel 4 at 8pm, after it’s successful comeback special earlier in the year.

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In technology news, Siri seems to be rebelling against non apple music subscribers. When asked a question such as, ‘what’s the most popular song in the charts today?’, Siri responds with “I can’t look that up for you. You don’t seem to be subscribed to Apple Music!” Sassy! Spotify on the other hand are set to challenge Beats 1 with a selection of ‘In Residence’ shows from the likes of Big Narstie, Tonga, MixMag and Jungle. Beats Pill+ unveiled their latest bluetooth speakers since being taken over by Apple. The speakers are set to retail at  £189. HP on the other hand, are rivalling Apple Music and Spotify with its own streaming service called HP Lounge. The service will be free for HP device users and offers unlimited streaming, curated playlists, bonus footage, recommendations and the ability to purchase concert tickets. Only snag is, their library only contains acts signed to Universal. Bose unveiled their new SoundTouch 10 multiroom speaker  (£165.95) with Bluetooth, Wireless and integration with Spotify. 

Last but not least, face-palm moment of the month has to go to Chris Evans, after his mistook Adele for Beyonce during an interview. Referring to her as Sasha Fierce, to which Adele replied “That’s Beyoncé! Sasha Fierce is Beyoncé’s alter ego, and she’s now Mrs Carter. I wish I was Sasha Fierce.” At least she took it well. Listen to the cringe worth moment here!

Ok, on with the music, check out my favourite tracks below!

1) MØ – Kamikaze

While MO and Major lazer had arguably one of the biggest songs of the summer with ‘Lean On’, Danish singer MO has once again teamed up with Diplo for her latest single ‘Kamikaze’. This will be MO’s third collaboration with Diplo, having previously collaborated with the producer on her 2013 single XXX 88 Kamikaze premiered with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record and serves up a laidback pop gem, with its middle-eastern sounding strings and brass. There’s a playful groove to Kamikaze, with MO’s flitting vocals bouncing effortlessly throughout. Upcoming dates for MO include XOYO in London (Nov 25)


2) Bloc Party – The Love Within

Bloc Party (Kele Okereke, Russell Lissack and new members Louise Bartle on drums and Justin Harris on bass), unveiled their new single The Love Within. Presenting a more synth driven vibe with it’s pulsing synths and electronic flourishes, their new musical direction seems to have divided fans. Nevertheless, Bloc Party know to to blend soul and groove with their infectious melodies and feel good rhythms. The Love Within is taken from the band’s forthcoming LP, HYMNS, due January 29th via Infectious Music/BMG/Vagrant Records. Upcoming UK dates include Albert Hall in Manchester (Dec 3) and St John’s in Hackney, London (Dec 4). Further dates across EU, Asia and Australia can be found here


3) Eric Prydz – Opus (Four Tet remix)

Get ready for 10 minutes of pure perfection. While Prydz created an absolute masterpiece with his latest single Opus, taken from his Pryda 10 series, London based producer Four Tet has taken it to the next level with a stunning new remix. Back in July, Four Tet sent out a tweet hoping to take on remix duties for the Swedish DJ, and luckily for Four Tet, Prydz was only too happy to oblige. Fourtet delivers on all fronts, elevating the single to all new heights, while paying homage to the classic original and Prydz’s signature arpeggios. Upcoming dates for Four Tet include Alexandra Palace in London (Nov 27th), while Prydz is gearing up for his EPIC 4.0 tour.

4) Mura Masa – Love For That Ft Shura

19-year-old producer Mura Masa, unveiled his latest single Love For That, which premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record. Joining him on this unique and exciting collaboration is singer/producer Shura (2Shy, White Light) Shura’s etherial vocals glide effortless above Mura’s crisp, eclectic production of bells and strings to flutes and distorted vocals. Shura’s vocals are hypnotising, while Mura Masa’s beats are irresistible. Love for that serves as the follow up to Mura Masa’s Someday, Somewhere EP. Upcoming dates include his Spring EU tour in 2016, and you can catch Shura at Sheffield City Centre (Feb 27)  and O2 Shepherds Bush (May 26)


5) Skepta – Top Boy

Joseph Adenuga, aka Skepta, is back with his new single ‘Top Boy’. The banger serves as the follow up to the massive ‘Shutdown’, which is still making waves today. The accompanying video serves as a trailer for this forthcoming Noisey Documentary, highlighting Skepta & BBK on their US and Canadian leg of their tour. Top Boy showcases Skepta’s slick flow over some infectious beats and glitchy electronic production.  Skepta is currently working on his long awaited album Konnichiwa, which was originally scheduled for a March 2015 release. Until then, you can catch Skepta and JME on their joint headline show in London’s Brixton Academyu (Dec 18)


6) Jonas Rathsman – New Generation/Conium

Swedish Producer Jonas Rathsman, unveiled his latest single New Generation/Conium. Having previously been named as Pete Tong’s ‘Future Star’, previous releases for the producer include singles via French Express, DFTD and more recently, Wolfsbane via Disclosures’ Method Label White label.  New Generation/Conium serves up a weighty, driving bass line, murky synths and some eclectic percussion to deliver a truly sculptured soundscape. New Generation is taken from Rathsman’s latest EP, which is set for release via Kompakt Records this month (Nov 6). Upcoming dates for Rathsman include NY eve in Electric Brixton and Bugged Out Weekender (Jan 15-17).


7) Mumbai Science – Black Hole

Mumbai Science, aka Belgian producer duo Jonas Kiesekoms and Maarten Elen, featured in my April’s selections with their infectious single King Of The Top Floor. Now the producer duo are back with their latest infectious offering – Black Hole. Taken from their Black Hole EP, the single serves up some deep baselines, playful vocal loops, quirky production and some infectious beats. The Black Hole EP features a remix from Floorplan (aka Robert Hood, Underground Resistance) and is set for release Nov 6. Upcoming dates for Mumbai Science include Electroblog Festival (Dec 5) in Italy


8) Jacob Plant – Reflections ft Example

Jacob Plant previously featured in my April selections with his bass heavy single Louder This time around, Plant has teamed up with Example for his latest stomper of a track, Reflections. Plant first captured our attention with the hard hitting Fire and Shakedown, along with his high profile remixes. His latest single Reflections packs a punch with it’s powerful electro vibes and signature bass heavy drops. The addition of Examples vocals delivers an infectious melodic hook. Reflections is available via Skint Records (Nov 27) and you can catch Plant at Brixton Academy with Dyro and Shift K3Y (Oct 31)


) Jack Garratt – Breathe Life

Ahh the soothing vocals of Jack Garratt. The 24-year-old singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist unveiled his new single Breathe Life. The single serves as the follow up to The Love You’re Given and Weathered, and once again delivers a breath of fresh air with his vibrant vocals, multi-layered instrumentation, fuzzy synths and a sweeping chorus. 2016 is going to be a big year for Garratt. Upcoming tour dates include headline show at Brixton Academy (April 15). Expect his debut album Phase to be released February 19 via Island Records.


10) Tiesto and Oliver Heldens – Wombass

What do you get when you cross dance heavyweight Tiesto with the infectious melodies from Oliver Heldens? Wombass!! Yes, the two producers have joined forces for their latest collaboration. While Helden’s trademarks are clearly evident throughout, from his infectious hooks and signature breakbeats, Tiesto’s influences are harder to pinpoint. Maybe he come up with the title 😉 Regardless, the infectious track is one you’re bound to hear across the clubs over the coming months. Upcoming dates for the duo include Delhi, India (Dec 19).


11) NAO – Bad Blood

London based Neo-soul singer NAO, premiered her new single ‘Bad Blood’ with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record.  Produced by Grades, the single serves as the follow up her second EP February 15 (II MMXV) released earlier this year, and Disclosure’s Superego, which she featured as vocalist. With vocals similar in style to Aluna from AlunaGeorge, NAO’s range is so diverse and she weaves in and out of sensual R&B textures and elongated synths. Bad Blood is taken from NAO’s forthcoming debut album, due later in 2016. Bad Blood is available now via Little Tokyo Recordings. In the meantime, you can cath NAO at London’s Heaven (Dec 3), The Warehouse Project (Dec 18) as well as multiple dates in 2016


12) Kevin Garrett – Refuse

Brooklyn-based Kevin Garrett unveiled his latest RB flavoured single, Refuse. The Roc nation signee serves up raw emotion at its finest, as his soulful, falsetto-style vocals glide effortlessly over the delicate piano driven ballad and electronic flourishes. Refuse serves as the follow up to his debut EP Mellow Drama, which included tracks such as ‘Coloring’ and ‘Control’. Expect a debut album later next year. Currently on tour with X Ambassadors, check out his 2016 US dates here


13) Bonkaz – You Don’t Know

London based MC Bonkaz unveiled his new single You Don’t Know, which serves as the follow up to his debut single ‘We Run The Block’. Produced by The Splurgeboys and Sonny Reeves, You Don’t Know samples Dizzee Rascals 2009 hit ‘Bonkers’. Having recently been nominated for Best Newcomer at the MOBO Awards, the grime single perfectly captures his raw flow, mixed with gritty, bass-heavy production. You Don’t Know is available now.

14) Zhu x Skrillex x They – Working For It

ZHU featured in my September Selections with Automatic ft AlunaGeorge. Now, Producer Stephen Zhu has unveiled his latest single ‘Working For It’, featuring Skrillex and R&B duo THEY.  Premiering as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1, Working For It delivers an industrial sounding vibe, with silky vocals, Skrillex’s trademark production and THEY’s hard-hardhitting R&B influences. Taken from Zhu’s forthcoming Genesis Series Project, due November 6th via Mind Of A Genius, the EP features collaborations from the likes of Gallant, AlunaGeorge and Bone Thugs & Harmony and A-Trak.


15) HÆLOS – Pray

London trio HÆLOS (Arthur Delaney, Dom Goldsmith, and Lotti Benardout), unveiled their new single Pray. The single concludes the trio of releases and accompanying videos directed by Jesse Jenkins for previous singles ‘Earth Not Above’ and ‘Dust’. HÆLOS delivers a bittersweet, euphoric single, filled with rousing echoed vocals and moody beats throughout.  Pray is set for release on December 4 via Matador Records. Upcoming dates for HÆLOS include The Lexington, London (January 11) and Manchester’s Night & Day Cafe (March 5)


16) Boston Bun – Paris Groove feat. Mayer Hawthorne

French producer Thibaud Noyer, AKA Boston Bun, unveiled his ridiculously infectious new single Paris Groove ft Mayer Hawthorne. which premiered with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record. While the funky single pays homage to Paris, the single has a distinctly retro feel to it with plenty of throwback to classic Chicago house, mixed with Hawthornes soulful lyrics and upbeat house vibes. Paris Groove follows Boston Bun’s three-part EP series titled Just for Freaks. Upcoming UK dates for Boston Bun include XOYO (Dec 19). Paris Groove is available now via Ed Banger Records.


17) Tiga – Don’t Break My Heart

With the success of his previous two singles ‘Bugatti’ and ‘Let’s Go Dancing’, Canadian producer Tiga unveiled his latest single ‘Don’t Break My Heart’. Tiga’s latest offering serves up some acid house, mixed with growling, murky baselines and his signature repetitive vocal hooks. While it’s been 7 years since Tiga’s last album, expect his third studio album early 2016. In the meantime catch him at London’s Koko (Nov 21) and New Year’s eve at the Hollywood Palladium, CA.


18) Fono – Everybody Knows ft Anna Straker

With the release of his debut single ‘Real Joy’ making quite the impact and propelling FONO into the spotlight, the Brighton producer unveiled his new single Everybody Knows. Fono’s talents lie in his ability to create music that’s both creative, engaging and unique and Everybody Knows is no exception. While taking a more subtle approach to his debut release, Everybody Knows delivers soulful future house, with infectious vocals from rising London singer Anna Straker. Upcoming dates for FONO include Button Factory in Dublin (Nov 6) and EDC Mexico (Feb 27-28) Everybody knows is available now via Youthemic 


19) Redlight – Metronome ft Roses Gabor

Bristol producer Redlight is a regular entry to my Monthly Selections. The Bristol producer unveiled another new single ahead of his debut album X Colour (Nov 19)  and features the captivating vocals of Roses Gabor. Metronome serves as the follow up to Threshold and Gold Teeth and delivers a bass heavy house track with hypnotic vocals from Gabor.  X Colour is availble Nov 19th via Lobster Boy Records. In the meantime, be sure to catch Redlight at Warehouse Project (Nov 26) as well as Annie Mac Presents (Dec 4-5) at Brixton Academy.


20) Goldlink – Spectrum

DC rapper GoldLink unveiled his new single Spectrum, taken from his forthcoming debut album ‘And After That We Didn’t Talk. The Black Butter signee displays his rapid rap skills, amidst the trippy dance-beats and infectious vocal hooks. Goldlink delivers with such percussion and flow making him one exciting rapper for 2016. Check out Goldlink at one of his many upcoming US dates. And After That, We Didn’t Talk is available Nov 6.


21) Cameron AG – Lost Direction

Time for the sweet, retro style vocals of Oxford based singer/songwriter Cameron A G. Cameron’s new single Lost Direction is a beautiful ballad filled with stirring strings and delicate piano accompaniment, while Cameron’s vocals are heartfelt and melodic, bringing artists like Lennon to mind with the slap-back echo style vocals. Cameron manages to conjure up memories of times past with his unique sounding vocals.  Upcoming dates for Cameron A G include  Huw Stephen Presents at The Social (Nov 10), Mutations Festival (Nov 28) and Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) on Feb 4.


22) Friend Within – Run

Liverpool house producer ‘Friend Within’ is back with his latest single ‘The Run’. With a string of impressive tracks in his back catalogue including The Renegade, his infectious remix of Gotsome’s Bassline, and collaboration with Disclosure on The Mechanism, his latest single Run once again delivers with its punchy bass lines, rousing vocal samples and classic house vibes.  The Run is taken from his forthcoming Run EP which is set for release Nov 20 via his own label He Loves You. Upcoming dates for Friend Within include The Button Factory, DUblin (Dec 30 and Jan 30) and Stealth, Nottingham on New Year’s eve.


23) Formation – All The Rest Is Noise

South London duo Formation, made up of Matt and Will Ritson, unveiled their latest single All The Rest Is Noise. The single premiered with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 and is taken from their forthcoming 4-track EP Under The Tracks. Produced by Brighton producer Leon Vynehall, All The Rest Is Noise serves up a quirky slice of futuristic funk and dance-pop. With it’s infectious pop hooks, rousing vocals and bouncy melodic keys, Formation know how to delivery groove-pop at it’s finest. All The Rest Is Noise is available Nov 20 via Meno Records. Fresh from supporting Foals in Europe, upcoming dates for the group include Iceland Airwaves Festival (Nov 5) Dublin’s Metropolis Festival (Nov 7&8) and Lost Village Festival (May 27-30)


24) The 1975 – Love Me

The 1975 premiered their new single Love Me with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record. The retro sounding single is taken from their forthcoming second album ‘I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It’ and serves up a more pop-infused sound, and a standout guitar riff that just oozes funk, bringing David Bowies ‘Fame’ guitar hook to mind. I Like It When You Sleep For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It  is set or release Feb 26 via Dirty Hit. Upcoming London dates include O2 Academy Brixton (March 5-9) Full Tour dates can be found here


25) iSHi – We Run ft French Montana & Raekwon

Swedish Producer Eshraque Mughal, aka iSHi, the creative mind behind Tinie Tempah’s Written in The Stars and Emeli Sandé & Professor Green’s smash hit Read All About It, is back with his latest single We Run. This time, the producer has teamed up with hip hop legend Raekwon (Wu-Tang Clan) and US rapper French Montana to serve up a hard-hitting hip-hop record, with some slick production to match. The high pitched vocal sample used throughout works well against the raw NYC vibes. Having previously worked with artists such as Pusha T, Usher and Avicii, We Run is available via PRMD Music.


26) Dua Lipa – Be The One

19-year-old rising singer Dua Lipa, unveiled her new single ‘Be The One‘. Co-written with Pawws, Be The One serves up a fresh slice of effortless pop, with plenty of colour and life. Dua’s vocals are captivating and soar throughout. Upcoming dates for the London singer include dates in Bristol, Brighton, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Nottingham and London as part of her UK tour, kicking off Jan 16th.  Be The One is available now .


27) Drake – Hotline Bling (Erykah Badu Remix)

After Disclosure and Sam Smith performed an exceptional cover of Drake’s Hotline Bling on Radio 1’s Live Lounge, Erykah Badu has stepped up and delivered her incredible remix.  The seven and a half minute track, starts off with a spoken interlude, with Badhu’s version highlighting the woman’s perspective of the call. Badhu effortlessly moves between the original, while adding her own sense of new-soul to the mix. The cover was co-written by Seven Benhamin, Badhu’s son, and is available on her forthcoming mixtape But You Caint Use My Phone and renamed as ‘Cell U Lar Device’. Check out the sweet sounds below.


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Adele – Hello

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Having teased fans with a 30 second clip during Sunday’s X-Factor ad break, Adele has finally unveiled her highly anticipated new single ‘Hello’.

Hello is the first new material to surface from Adele in three years and follows 2012’s Skyfall.  The single premiered with Grimmy on the Radio 1 Breakfast show this morning, (Oct 23) where Adele commented:

“I found myself yearning for my past for no reason, other than it had gone. I missed elements of it. All of us were moving now. It’s not about an ex or anything. It’s about my relationships with everyone I love. I’m so fond of every part of my life, good and bad, cause it’s made me who I am.”

Adele penned an open letter to explain the reasoning behind her forthcoming third album ‘25′:

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Hello is already breaking records having become the first music video to be filmed using IMAX cameras. Check out the 6-minute video below, directed by Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan. Hello is available now via iTunes while 25 is due November 20th.

And just for fun…