June Selections

1) Denney Vs Mekon – What’s Going On

Word of warning, this song will make you want to go out #raving! UK Producer/DJ Denney from Leeds, unveiled his new single ‘What’s Going On’. The single served as Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune, as well as Danny Howard’s Hottest Record while filling in for Annie Mac the past few months. As one of the leading figures in the house scene right now, ‘What’s Going On’ serves up some pulsing bass, thrilling drum patterns and an infectious vocal sample from Mekon’s ‘00 hit of the same name, featuring the vibrant vocals of Roxanne Shanté. With the breakout success of ‘Low Frequency’ two years ago, Denney has gone from strength to strength with a string of releases via Hot Creations and Crosstown Rebels. Speaking with Danny Howard, Denney spoke about hounding Mekon for the original vocals and working on the track the past four years: “I must have done four or five different versions but it wasn’t right. I finally revisited it last year, and here we are”. With a summer of touring, festivals, Ibiza gigs and further Summer releases ahead – watch this space for an official release.

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2) Lorde – Perfect Places

With the release of her sophomore album, Melodrama, Lorde unveiled her latest single, ‘Perfect Places’. Having previously shared ‘Green Light’, ‘Liability’, and ‘Sober’, ‘Perfect Places’ serves up Lorde’s trademark anthemic choruses, whirring synths and unique sense of synaesthesia (seeing sounds as colour). Produced and co-written alongside Jack Antonoff (Fun, Sia, Taylor Swift), Lorde captures emotion like no other and serves up some darker undertones, with its throbbing syncopated rhythm, infused with sleek R&B stylings. Throughout ‘Perfect Places‘, Lorde suggests partying as a mechanism for survival and the bold extents people go to, in order to feel more alive. “All the nights spent off our faces / Trying to find these perfect places / What the fuck are perfect places anyway?”. Fresh off the success of her Glastonbury debut performance on the Other Stage last weekend, with ‘Green Light’ featuring as the BBC TV coverage intro music each day, Lorde is set to go on tour this Autumn with 5 UK performances including O2 Apollo in Manchester (26 Sept), London’s Alexandra Palace (Sept 27) and Glasgow’s O2 Academy (2nd October) – unfortunately no Irish dates announced yet.

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3) Mr Jukes – Grant Green Ft Charles Bradley

Having last featured in my March Selections, Mr Jukes, aka the solo project of Bombay Bicycle Club frontman Jack Steadman, is back with new single ‘Grant Green’. His latest offering sees him team up with American singer Charles Bradley for a delightful dose of gospel infused soul. Mr Jukes pays homage to the late American jazz-guitar legend, Grant Green, sampling his work throughout and even naming the track after him. Taken from his forthcoming debut album, God First, set for release July 14th via Island Records, enjoy this sumptuous Summer sizzler, filled with plenty of soul and funk. Upcoming dates for Mr Jukes include the Village Underground in Shoreditch (July 10) and a Piano Session for Huw Stephens on Radio 1 (July 5).

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4) Grace Carter – Silence

Time to slow the pace down a bit with the stunning vocals of Grace Carter. Ok, so this track might have been released end of May, but I’m sneaking it into my June favourites (Shhh!) The 19-year-old singer/songwriter from Brighton, delivers a confident debut with a personal, yet defiant message. The track premiered as Zane Lowe’s ‘World Record’ on Beats Radio, where Grace commented: “I feel it’s quite relatable, and just excited for other people to find some strength in the song, like I did”. With over 1 millions streams on Spotify and co-written alongside George and Henry Flint, ‘Silence’ is available now. Currently working on her upcoming debut project, keep an eye on this rising star!

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5) Duke Dumont x Gorgon City – Real Life Ft Naations

I feel like you can always count on house music aficionado, Duke Dumont (Adam George Dyment) and North London production duo Gorgon City (Kye Gibbon & Matt Robson-Scott), to produce instant dance-floor bangers. With a string of hits between them including ‘Need U (100%) ft A*M*E’, ‘Won’t Look Back’, ‘Ready For Your Love’ ft MNEK and ‘Saving My Life’ ft RØMANS – ‘Real Life’ is no exception. Teaming up with rising Australian duo Naations (Nat Dunn & Nicky Routledge) for an infectious slice of 90’s house, ‘Real Life’ is filled with delectable, soulful vocals and infectious house-piano melodies. With Duke Dumont recently offering his production skills to Katy Perry’s ‘Swish Swish’ ft Nicki Minaj, Duke continues to highlight his crossover skills from underground club culture to more mainstream pop stylings. With Dumont and Gorgon City set to take up residency this summer at Amnesia in Ibiza, all three acts are set to perform at SW4 Festival in Clapham, London. (Aug 25-27).

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6) Jorja Smith – Teenage Fantasy

I last featured Jorja Smith in my January Selections with her impressive debut single ‘Blue Lights’. Now the 20-year-old singer is back with her latest offering, ‘Teenage Fantasy’, serving as the follow up to last year’s Project 11 EP along with singles ‘Beautiful Little Fools’ and her collaboration with Kali Uchis on ‘Tyrant’. With ‘Teenage Fantasy’, Jorja’s stunning neo-soul vocals float effortlessly above some laid-back jazz accompaniment, all the while delivering a mesmerising ballad and a mature sound far beyond her years (oh, and an ending that’s completely charming). Brimming with talent, Jorja recently featured on Drake’s More Life ‘playlist/project’ with tracks ‘Jorja Interlude’ and ‘Get It Together’, further emphasising her global reach. Upcoming dates for Jorja include Latitude (July 13-16), Longitude (July 14-16) and a headline show at Electric Brixton (July 20). In the meantime, check out her cinematic video for ‘Teenage Fantasy’.

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7) Tube & Berger – Dust Feel Ft. Richard Judge

Again, a bit of an end of May release, but sneaking this gem into my June picks. German Deep house production duo, Tube & Berger (Arndt Rörig and Marco Vidoviz), unveiled their latest single ‘Dust Feel’. Featuring the captivating vocals of long time collaborator Richard Judge (‘Disarray’, ‘Ruckus’, ‘Wide Awake’), ‘Dust Feel’ serves up an enchanting slice of progressive deep-house with its moody undertones and hypnotising, atmospheric synths. The single is taken from the dynamic duo’s sophomore album, We Are All Stars, and follows the success of previously released singles ‘Ruckus’ and ‘International Corporate Motherfuckers’. Upcoming dates for Tube & Berger include Tomorrowland in Belgium (July 23), Ushuaia, Ibiza (Aug 15) and London’s Ministry of Sound (Nov 25).

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8) Calvin Harris – Feels Ft. Pharrell Williams, Katy Perry & Big Sean

Ok, I think we’ve found our song of the Summer and unsurprisingly, it comes from Calvin Harris with an assist from Pharrell, Katy Perry and & Big Sean. ‘Feels’ is an effortlessly cool, sun-drenched single, with its tropical vibes, funky bass-lines and breezy vocal hooks. This is the fourth single to be taken from Calvin’s forthcoming album, Funk Wav Bounces Vol 1, and follows previously released singles ‘Slide’ ft Frank Ocean & Migos, ‘Heatstroke’ ft Pharrell, Young Thug and Ariana Grande, and ‘Rolling’ ft Future and Khalid. With a never ending list of contributors, Calvin has recently come under fire from Canadian Producer, Deadmau5, who criticised the amount of high profile guest artists: “Anyone ever remember when calvin harris was just… calvin harris?”. The Scottish producer is also a multi-instrumentalist, playing all the instruments on the record – further promoting his never ending talents. Be sure to check out the hyper-stylised, psychedelic video.

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9) Run The Jewels – Down ft Isaiah Dreads (Z Dot UK Remix)

Fresh off the success of their Glastonbury Pyramid Stage performance, US hip-hop duo Run The Jewels shared a new remix of ‘Down’ from West London producer Z Dot. Known for his work with the likes of Stormzy, Lady Leshurr and Wiley, Z Dot’s remix also features a new verse from 19-year-old rapper Isaiah Dreads (‘Hot Spice’, ‘U See Me’). Z Dot’s UK remix featured as Mista Jams ‘Jam Hot’ on 1 Xtra and serves up some menacing undertones with its skittering 808’s, snarling brass swells and Isaiah completely holding his own on the new verse. Upcoming dates for Run the Jewels World Tour include two dates at London’s O2 Academy Brixton (Nov 11-12) with further performances in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham.

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10) Lil Yachty – Better Ft Stefflon Don

With the release of his debut album, Teenage Emotions, US rapper/singer Lil Yachty unveiled his new new single ‘Better’. Featuring rising MC Stefflon Don, who recently featured on Toddla T’s ‘Beast’ ft Andrea Martin, ‘Better’ serves up a carefree, reggae-infused track, with its breezy, tropical vibes – the perfect summer chill track. ‘Better’ follows Lil Yachty’s 2016 mixtapes, Lil Boat and Summer Songs 2, as well as his most recent collaboration with Carly Rae Jepsen on ‘It Takes Two’. Teenage Emotions is available now and features a whole host of guest collaborations, including Diplo, Migos YG and Kamaiyah, Grace, Sonyae Elise, and Evander Griiim.

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11) Kideko – Dum Dum

I last posted about Kideko in April, when he teamed up with Liverpudlian producer, Friend Within, for their beast of a track ‘Burnin’ Up’. Now the Brighton producer has unveiled his latest solo single ‘Dum Dum‘. The single premiered with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record and serves up an infectious samba sizzler, with its vibrant house piano, bustling percussion and bouncy, Carnival vibes. With the massive success of his collaboration with Kwali on ‘Crank It’ and the re-edit with Nadia Rose & Sweetie Irie ranking up over 15 million streams on Spotify – Kiedko sure knows how to get the party started. Expect this to be heard everywhere throughout the summer season. ‘Dum Dum’ is available now on Ministry of Sounds. Upcoming dates for Kideko include, Lovebox (July 14-16), Tramlines (July 21), and Creamfields (Aug 24-27).

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12) Confidence Man – Boyfriend (Repeat- Edit)

Not much is know about this next group, other than they’ve just shared a ridiculously catchy Mark Ralph edit of their single ‘Boyfriend (Repeat)’. Confidence Man are an Australian four-piece group, a supergroup if you will, made up of former members of The Belligerents, the Jungle Giants and Moses Gunn Collective. They also have some of the best names around – Reggie Goodchild, Clarence McGuffie, Janet Planet and Sugar Bones. While Mark Ralph is a UK producer having worked with the likes of Hot Natured, Jamie Jones and Hot Chip. The preppy, electro-funk tune just oozes charm with its funky bass lines, swirling synths, quirky electronic flourishes and sassy vocals to match. With Huw Stephens recently commenting ‘I can’t emphasise how brilliant they are’ and just ‘so much fun live’, this is one track you’re going to have on repeat for quite some time – so ‘Get Down!’ Having just headlined The Moth Club in London, keep an eye out for future dates from the Brisbane supergroup, including a live session from Maida Vale Studios with Huw Stephens.

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13) Superorganism – Nobody Cares

From one relatively unknown band to another, meet Superorganism. The Main/London collective shared their third single ‘Nobody Cares’, highlighting their quirky yet captivating form of glitch-tronica. The 8-piece group, made up of Japanese vocalist Orono and a yet-to-be-announced line up of eclectic musicians, have delivered a unique mishmash of quirky electro samples, wobbling basslines and sweet vocal hooks. ‘Nobody Cares’ is the follow up to ‘Something For Your M.I.N.D’, which appears to have been taken down due to an uncleared sample, and ‘It’s All Good’. Upcoming dates for the supergroup include a debut performances at London’s Village Underground (Oct 5). Don’t miss out!

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14) Ray BLK – Doing Me

Time for a refreshing slice of UK R&B from Ray BLK (FYI, that stands for Building, Living, Knowing). Having kicked off the year as BBC’s Sound of 2017 winner, 23-year-old Ray BLK has gone from strength to strength with her straight-talking, down to earth attitude as heard in her latest offering ‘Doing Me’. The single promotes self-empowerment at its finest with Ray perfectly balancing her free style vocals with soulful R&B melodies, all the while highlighting the importance of being yourself no matter what. “My dressing is expression so don’t judge me by my clothes”. Having recently featured on Gorillaz’s latest album Humanz alongside Zebra Katz and Rag‘n’Bone Man, expect plenty of new material from Ray BLK this year. Produced by Jimmy Napes (Disclosure, Sam Smith, Jessie Ware), upcoming performances for Ray BLK include Lovebox (July 14-15), Wilderness (Aug 3-6), Reading & Leeds (Aug 25-27) and Bestival (Sept 7-10).

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15) Cristoph – Feel

Last, but by no means least, is Newcastle producer Cristoph with his new single ‘Feel’. Having just signed to Eric Prydz’s new imprint, Pryda Presents, Cristoph has the task of representing the label’s first ever release – and what a way to kick things off. ‘Feel’ serves up a mesmeric slice of progressive house, with its dynamic beats, swirling synths and Jem Cooke’s hypnotic vocals floating effortlessly above. With an impressive back catalogue of releases including ‘Alone’ and ‘Closer’ via Hot Since 82’s Knee Deep In Sound imprint,  his Eleven EP via Sasha’s Last Night on Earth imprint, and his collaborative Last Dance EP with Jeremy Olander on John Digweeed’s seminal Bedrock imprint – Cristoph is proving just why he’s a force to be reckoned with. Having previously joined Prydz on the North American leg of his tour earlier this year, as well as supporting him at EPIC 5.0 in London, upcoming performances for the Geordie producer include his debut at Tomorrowland on the Pryda Stage (July 30), Creamfields (Aug 24-27), SW4 (Aug 26-27) and further support slots for Prydz during his debut Ibiza residency at Hï Ibiza. (Tuesdays from June 20-Aug 22)


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ICYMI: Previous June Posts

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

 

 

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.

May Selections

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May kicked off the summer season with plenty of great new music from Banks’ ‘Drowning‘ to Hudson Mohawke ‘100HM’, while Ella Eyre officially unveiled her debut solo single ‘If I Go’. ‘There was plenty of action in the charts, as Second City claimed his first no1 single with the infectious summer single ‘I Wanna Feel’, Sam Smith achieved his third no1 with the beautiful ‘Stay with Me’, while Calvin Harris secured yet another number 1 single with the aptly titled ‘Summer’. Radio 1’s Big Weekend kicked off the summer festival season in Glasgow, which saw headliners Tiesto, Coldplay, Kasabian take to the stage over the three days. Google Play and Channel 4 teamed up with Sam Smith for the UK’s first ever live music TV advert, which saw Sam perform ‘Stay With Me’ live from London’s Roundhouse. After the infamous Solange vs Jay Z fight, Mr and Mrs Carter released a full length film trailer for their forthcoming ‘On The Run’ tour, featuring a host of actors such as Sean Penn, Don Cheadle, Jake Gyllenhaal and blake lively. Now in June, we look forward to more festivals including the highly anticipated Glastonbury Festival and even more new music to add to your summer playlist.

1) Oliver Heldens x Beccy Hill – Gecko (Overdrive)

19 year old rising Dutch producer Helden, has teamed up with Beccy Hill and the talented MNEK for an infectious vocal edit of Gecko. You might recognize Beccy’s powerhouse vocals, having previously featured on Rudimental’s ‘Powerless’ and Wilkinson’s ‘Afterglow’. Once again, Beccy provides the perfect vocal for Heldens deep house, bass heavy track, with plenty of groove. Gecko (Overdrive) is set for release June 22nd. Upcoming dates for Helden include Electric Daisy Carnival and Electric Zoo festival.

2) Seinabo Sey – Hard Time

Swedish singer Seinabo Sey ( pronounced Say-na-bo Sea), has unveiled her new single ‘Hard Time’, produced by Magnus Lidehall (Katy Perry, Sky Ferreira). Sey delivers an exciting anthemic track with its looped melodic hook, defined percussive beats and powerful tribal style backing vocals. The perfect motivational track to completely lose yourself in. ‘Hard Time’ is available now.

3) Dawn Golden – All I Want (Diplo remix)

Diplo has worked his magic again, this time with a remix of Dawn Golden’s ‘All I Want’. While still keeping Dawn Golden’s serene style vocals intact, Diplo switches things up with each new bass heavy drop, adding layers of creative genius. With its trap style horns and aggressive bass, reminiscent of TNGHT, Diplo delivers an absolute monster of a track. ‘All I Want’ is taken from Dawn Golden’s LP ‘Still Houses’, however Diplo’s remix is stream only. Upcoming dates for Diplo include Tomorrowland, and Bestival with Major Lazer.

As part of Diplo reaching 1 million Facebook followers, the talented dj and producer decided to release a host of free music for his dedicated fans. The 33 minute long stream titled ‘Diplos 1 million Facebook follower Bootleg Pack‘ delivers some incredible new music such as ‘Barely Standing’ (Major Lazer Kubiyashi Beat) ft Datski & Sabi to Diplo & Grandtheft – ‘Pretty With Her Eyes’.  Get your free download in the stream below.

4) Nero – Satisfy

Major Ooof alert ahead!! Yes the powerhouse that is Nero, (Daniel Stephens, Joe Ray and vocalist Alana Watson)  made their highly anticipated return with the incredibly powerful single ‘Satisfy’. Premiering as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record, ‘Satisfy’ opens with Alana’s ethereal, eerie vocals before launching into an all out banger of a track with it’s dark ominous beats and throbbing basslines. Nero certainly know how to make a grand return, not to mention delivering one of the best drops you’ll hear this summer! With a new album due later this year, be sure to catch the electronic trio at reading and Leeds festival. Satisfy is available now.

5) Sander van Doorn, Martin Garrix, DVBBS ft Aleesia – Gold Skies

What do you get if you cross three Canadians and two Dutchmen … a feel good summer anthem! Heavyweight Dutch producer Sander van Doorn has teamed up with 18 year old producer Martin Garrix (Animals, Wizard) and brotherly duo DVBBS (Tsunami) for their debut collaboration of ‘Gold Skies’. With their varying creative influences and exciting production, Golden skies is the perfect summer festival hit, complete with soaring melodies and infectious vocals from Aleesia. ‘Gold skies’ is available now via Spinnin’ Records.

6) Gorgon City ft Laura Welsh – Here For You (Bingo players remix)

With the passing of Paul Baumer from Bingo Players last December, sole member Maarten Hoogstraten has carried on creating music such as ‘Knock You Out’ and his latest remix of Gorgon City’s ‘Here For You’…. and what a remix! With its enthralling deep house piano chords and blissful synths, Maarten creatively reworks the original, sampling Laura Welsh’s infectious, soulful vocals throughout, for a real hands in the air, uplifting track. ‘Here For You’ (Bingo Players remix) is available now.

7) Flume – Insane ft Moon Holiday (Remedy & Flosstradamus remix)

Australian producer Flume, who brought us last months remix of Lorde’s ‘Tennis Court‘, has seen his ambient and synth driven single ‘Insane’ remixed by Remedy and Flosstradamus. The trap producers manage to retain the ambient nature of the original, before launching into an all out, trap-heavy drop. No word on any official release but the remix has already been supported on ‘Diplo and Friends’. Stream the trap remix below.

8) Bipolar Sunshine – Deckchairs on the Moon

Bipolar Sunshine (Aka Adio Marchant) unveiled his new single ‘Deckchairs On The Moon’, which featured as Zane Lowe’s Hottest record and single of the week. With previous releases from ‘Aesthetics’ EP to ‘Drowning Butterflies’ EP, Marchant continually raising the bar, and his new release is no exception. ‘Deckchairs On The Moon’ just screams Summer with its upbeat vibe and infectious vocals, delivering a sumptuous summer single. ‘Deckchairs on The Moon’ is available July 13th. Upcoming performances include Parklife in Manchester this weekend, Mallorca & Ibiza Rocks, Glastonbury and Longitude, before embarking on a headline tour in September & October.

9) Lee Curtiss – Drink Tickets

US producer Lee Curtiss, unveiled his new single ‘Drink Tickets’, which serves as the follow up to 2012’s ‘Lunatic Fringe’ EP. ‘Drink Tickets’ serves up hefty dose of murky bass, mixed with groove infused synths and distorted vocals. ‘Drink Tickets’ is the A side of Curtiss’ forthcoming ‘The Ride EPand is set for release June 30th via his own Visionquest label. Be sure to catch Curtiss this summer at Space, Ibiza and at Oval Space in London July 19th.

10) Jon Hopkins – We disappear ft Lulu James

Mercury prize and Ivor Novello nominee Jon Hopkins, unveiled his reworked version of ‘Disappear’, featuring the soulful sounds of Lulu James. The original, which featured as the opening instrumental track on his 2013 album ‘Immunity’, has been given a new lease of life with Lulu’s smouldering and captivating vocals. The unique collaboration between the duo see Lulu’s soulful vocals intertwine amidst hopkins skittering and off kilter looped beats. ‘We Disappear‘ is set for release June 30th via Domino Records.

11) Rhodes – Morning

Looking for a soothing breath of fresh air that will take you away from reality for a few minutes? Look no further than British singer Rhodes and his latest single ‘Morning’. Rhodes’ incredible and emotive vocals take center stage stage in this stirring single, while some subtle guitar accompanies him throughout, gradually building to its stunning close. ‘Morning’ is taken from Rhodes’ 4 track ‘Morning EP‘ and is available now. Having recently supported Sam Smith and London Grammar on tour, upcoming dates for Rhodes include Glastonbury, Latitude and Wilderness festivals.

12) Oscar #Worldpeace – MOOK

21 year old rapper, Oscar #worldpeace, unveiled his monstrous new single ‘Mook’. The single serves as the follow up to ‘Q’s’ and is the second single to be taken from his ‘Cult EP‘. With his hard hitting raw lyrics, explosive edgy beats and striking glitchy visuals, Oscar #worldpeace has generated plenty of buzz and left us anticipating further music from this rising artist.

13) Darq E Freaker – Minger

Peckham producer Darq E Freaker, released his latest single ‘Minger’; an all out intense mix of trap and UK grime that’s sure to set your senses in a flurry. The trance style track packs a punch with its screeching synths and rave style horns and is available now via Numbers. With a suitably intense and gory video directed by Sally Sibbet, ‘Minger’ is an eccentric treat for the eyes and the ears; just brace yourselves.

14) Pitto ft Woodie S – Shadows

With the success of Pittos 2011’s album ‘Objects in a Mirror are Closer Than They Appear’, Dutch producer Pitto has unveiled his new single Shadows ft fellow dutch producer/pianist Woodie S. The multilayered track delivers an infectious looped melody and driving synth-infused bassline with echoed vocals, to create a truly rousing single with plenty of depth. ‘Shadows’ is one track that you’ll have on repeat with its subtle techno and smooth deep house vibes. Check it out here.

Check out the full playlist below with over 70 minutes for your listening pleasure: