Lovebox ’17 – Saturday Picks

With Day 1 of Lovebox complete and day 2 just hours away, Chase & Status are set to headline the main stage tonight along with MC Rage, for what will no doubt be an epic live act. Known for their unique ‘UK sound’, rooted in various genres from Dub to Reggae and Garage to Grime, the production duo (Saul Milton & Will Kennard), continue to showcase their never ending versatility. Praised for their unique collaborations such as 2015’s London Bars EP (ft Novelist, Frisco, Giggs), followed by collaborations with the likes of Slaves on ‘Control’ and Blossoms with ‘This Moment’,  might we see some special guests joining them tonight? Maybe Emeli Sande for their new single ‘Love Me More’ taken from their forthcoming third album, Tribe. Either way, get ready to belt out some of their most loved anthems. With a whole host of acts set to close out Day 2 of Lovebox, here are some of my top picks for Saturday.

1) Kano (Main Stage: 6.20pm -7.20pm)

Grime MC Kano, is set to tear up the Main stage this evening after the success of his thrilling Glastonbury set, brought to the next level with the accompaniment of a live band. Having started out as an original member of Nasty crew back in 2000, Kano’s career has catapulted and 5 studio albums later, along with multiple EP’s and mixtapes, he’s still representing the fearless direction and determination of the UK Grime scene. Top that off with a string of impressive singles including ‘3 Wheel-ups’, featuring Grime heavyweights Wiley and Giggs, ‘Hail’, ‘New Banger’ and ‘Garage Skank Freestyle‘. With the release of his 2016 album Made In The Manor, produced by the likes of Fraser T Smith, Rustie and Mele, expect a set filled with raw energy, slick flows, infectious beats and some brass, strings and piano thrown in for good measure!

2) Anne-Marie (Main Stage: 2.30pm – 3.00pm)

Time for the first of my 3 A’s. (see below) Having kick-started her career touring the world with Rudimental as a backing singer, as well as contributing vocals for the likes of Magnetic Man & Gorgon City,  25-year-old singer/songwriter Anne Marie made her official solo debut in 2015 with the infectious Karate EP – an ode to her real life status as three-time world Shotokan-style karate champion.  This was later followed this up with hit singles ‘Do It Right’, ‘Alarm’, her most recent single ‘Ciao Adios‘ and lead vocalist on Clean Bandit’s Number One single ‘Rockabye’. To top things off, Anne Marie kicked off the year shortlisted for the coveted Brit Critics Choice Award, alongside Dua Lipa and overall winner Rag’n’Bone Man. Having worked with the likes of Two Inch Punch, Fraser T Smith and Rudimental, expect exciting things from this rising pop stars’ debut album, which will no doubt be filled with ballsy, dynamic vocals and infectious, synth-happy, pop gems.

3) Andy C (Noisey Stage: 7.45pm – 9.15pm)

Having headlined major festivals all over the world, there are few bigger names than that of dnb legend (and my second A pick) Andy C. As a leading figure in the world of electronic music, specifically the dnb evolution, Andy C has an impressive back catalogue to match, including infectious crossover anthems such as  ‘Heartbeat Loud’, ‘New Era’ and ‘Workout’, as well as his incredible remixes for the likes of Sigala, London Grammar and the smash hit 2012 remix of Major Lazer’s ‘Get Free’ – still sounding as epic today as it ever did. As co-founder of Ram Records and sister imprints, Program & Frequency, Andy has nurtured and developed some of the biggest dnb headline acts including Wilkinson, Sub Focus and tonight’s headliner, Chase & Status. With his own specialist drum & bass show on Beats 1, Andy C there’s no better person to deliver the freshest new music and hottest dnb classics. Don’t miss out on what will no doubt be a stellar set.

4) Annie Mac (Main Stage: 7.50pm – 8.50pm)

My final A pick (see above) has to be the Queen of dance, Annie Mac. While Annie has had the pleasure of kick-starting the weekend off for many years now, tonight she has task of performing right before tonight’s headline act, Chase & Status. With the success of he headline Glastonbury performance on the John Peel Stage, complete with a live Gospel house choir,  Annie is sure to get the entire main stage crowd #raving with her infectious selection of tunes. With the success of her recent club culture documentary ‘Who Killed The Night’, her personally curated AMP Lost & Found Festival in Malta,  and her ever popular primetime weekday evening show on Radio 1, Annie is seen as the premiere tastemaker when it comes to the latest club bangers. Throw in a live gospel house choir and expect plenty of goosebumps, lots of dancing and all around feel-good vibes.

5) Kölsch (DJ Set) (Transistor Stage: 8pm – 9.30pm)

Danish tech-house DJ and producer, Kölsch (Rune Reilly Kölsch) is set to close out the Transistor Stage tonight with his stunning form of romantic techno.  The Transistor stage resembles a giant radio, complete with explosive flaming pyrotechnics throughout – so quite the spectacle and one not to be missed. Known for this ability to produce emotion-induced music, Kölsch perfectly combines both mainstream and underground styles, all the while producing luscious, sonic soundscapes. With the success of his critically acclaimed album 1977 followed by 1983, Kölsch consistently delivers with tracks such as ‘Grey’, ‘DerDieDas’, ‘Cassiopeia’, ‘Der Alte’ and recent single ’Speicher 97’ EP – not to mention producing some excellent remixes such as Eric Prydz ‘Generate’, Monkey Safari’s ‘Cranes’ and recent remix of London Grammar’s ‘Hell To The Liars – which is 12 and half minutes of pure bliss and definite contender for best remix of the year.  Currently signed to iconic German electronic label, Kompakt and set to take up residency in Hï Ibiza this Summer, expect an epic set from the Danish Don with his melodic and intimate form of electronica.

6) Raye (Main Stage: 1.40pm – 2.10pm)

19-year-old South London singer/songwriter Rachel Keen, AKA Raye, takes to the mainstage this afternoon for the final day of Lovebox 2017. Raye stormed into the spotlight when her self released 2014 EP, Welcome To Winter, racked up millions of Soundcloud streams, securing her a coveted deal with Polydor. Since then, the dynamic pop star has released two EP’s, a string of infectious singles such as ‘The Line’, Bet You Wish’, ‘I U Us’, co-writing credits on Charlie XCX’s ‘After The Afterparty’, and some quality collaborations with the likes of Stormzy, Stefflon Don, Jonas Blue, Jax jones and Nas. All this at just 19 years of age? Having recently placed third in the BBC’s Sound of 2017 poll, Raye is consistently raising the bar for pop music today, pushing down boundaries along the way and delivering a unique sound full of character and style.  

Like yesterday, with so many incredible acts closing Day 2 of Lovebox, it’s impossible to narrow down my top picks. Notable mentions have to go to AJ Tracey, Kurupt FM, Jamie Jones, Solardo, DJ EZ and Zdot.

Check out my final Lovebox Playlist below and enjoy the final day of the festival.

Chase & Status x Blossoms – This Moment

Praised for their exciting collaborations such as 2015’s London Bars EP (ft Novelist, Frisco, Giggs), followed by 2016’s collaboration with Slaves on ‘Control’, Drum & bass duo Chase & Status, have teamed up with Stockport five-piece, Blossoms.

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 retro, indie-pop stylings of Blossoms. New single ‘This Moment’ delivers a stirring synth-infused track, with rousing vocals from Blossoms frontman, Tom Odgen. The Manchester-based band had an impressive year in 2016 with the release of their eponymous album, featuring singles ‘At Most a Kiss’, ‘Getaway’, ‘My Favourite Room’ and ‘Honey Sweet’, while 2017 sees them touring and working on new material.

This Moment’ premiered with MistaJam as his Hottest Record and is available now via Virgin/EMI Records. Chase & Status are set to headline Lovebox Festival (July 14-15), while Blossoms will take to Glastonbury’s Pryamid Stage (June 24)

iTunes: This Moment
Google Play: This Moment
Tour Dates: Chase & Status and Blossoms

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:

Chase & Status – London Bars EP

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While Chase and Status are gearing up for their fourth studio album, they’ve released a 4-track EP titled ‘London Bars’. Having previously worked with the cream of UK talent from Dizzee Rascal, Tempa T and Plan B, the producer duo enlisted the skills of MC’s Frisco, Giggs, Bonkaz and Novelist for their latest project.

BBK’s Frisco kicked off the EP with ‘Funny’, showcasing his slick flows over some hard-hitting grime beats, while Volume II featured Giggs go in on ‘More Ratatatin’; an absolute banger which sees Giggs take complete control over the infectious beats. Volume III featured South London rapper Bonkaz with ‘Wha Gwarn’, while Novelist closed Volume IV with ‘Bigger Man Sound‘, which premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest Record.  Speaking with Annie Mac, Will commented commented:

“The four artists we worked for this series, were just amazing – complete pleasure. To be working with the hottest new MC’s and established MC’s is exciting for us.”

Known for their unique ‘UK sound’, rooted in various genres from Dub to Reggae and Garage to Grime, The London Bars EP represents the freshest Grime talent on the scene today. Currently working on their fourth album due early next quarter, expect plenty of live shows next summer.

London Bars is available now via MTA Records. Stream on Spotify here.