Sub Focus x Rudimental – Trouble Ft Chronixx & Maverick Sabre

Producer & DJ Sub Focus has joined forces with drum ’n’ bass quartet Rudimental for their new single, ‘Trouble’. Joining them on vocals is Jamaican reggae artist Chronixx, fresh from the success of his Chronology album, and the soulful vocals of Maverick Sabre.

The single premiered with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record, where Sub Focus and Rudimental chatted about their fresh collaboration:

We did this studio session and it was really vibey. It was almost like a jam with the guys [Chronixx & Maverick] in the studio. It was an evening session and we went on till 2-3 in the morning. We got our instruments out and  jammed it. It turned into a proper club banger when we were putting the production down. 

With an eclectic mix of styles coming together, the end result of ‘Trouble‘ is a fresh mix of  DnB, dancehall, high energy, Rudimental’s trademark horns and killer vocals tying it together.

Rudimental are currently working on their 3rd studio album and follow up to 2015’s We The Generation. Be sure to catch them at V Festival (Aug 19-20), while Sub Focus is gearing up for the return of his live shows with upcoming performances at SW4, Creamfields and Reading & Leeds (Aug 24-27).

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Tour Dates: Sub Focus & Rudimental

 

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High Contrast – The Beat Don’t Feel The Same Ft Boy Matthews

Lincoln Barrett, AKA High Contrast, unveiled his new single ‘The Beat Don’t Feel The Same‘.

Known for championing drum ‘n’ bass over the years and delivering some epic anthems such as ‘Remind Me’ and ‘How Love Begins’, the British DJ & Producer has taken a different route with his new single, delivering an infectious disco-house banger instead. The single premiered with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record and serves up some smooth Daft Punk-esque vibes with its groovy bass lines, slick guitar licks and infectious vocals from Boy Matthews. 

Speaking with Annie Mac, High Contrast spoke about this sudden shift from drum ‘n’ bass.

“Anyone who knows my stuff over the years, it’s always been influenced by house, disco-house and the french house records (Daft Punk, Cassius), but I always did it at drum ‘n’ bass tempo. I wanted to pay proper homage to them and make a disco-house record.”

‘The Beat Don’t Feel The Same‘ is taken from his forthcoming 6th album Night Gallery, due October 6th. Judging by the direction of this single, it’s safe to safe High Contrast will be pushing boundaries sonically and delivering something fresh and exciting. In the meantime, be sure to catch High Contrast at SW4, Reading & Leeds and Creamfields before he heads out on tour this Autumn with a full live band.

iTunes: Night Gallery
Google Play: The Beat Don’t Feel The Same
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Bonzai – I Feel Alright

I last posted about Bonzai in my September 2015 selections with the release of her debut single ‘KBG (Knicker Bocker Glory)’ via Mura Masa’s label, Anchor Point. Since then, the 20-year-old Indiana-born, Dublin-raised producer/vocalist has gone from strength to strength having toured and collaborated with Mura Masa, joined Flume on tour across Europe and released 3 EP’s. (Sleepy Hungry, Lunacy and Royal)

Her latest single ‘I Feel Alright’ serves up a playful melody, with quirky electro production and an eclectic fusion of styles throughout. The track premiered as Annie Mac’s Hottest record where Bonzai spoke about the inspiration and tone for her new track:

“Start of the year I went to Cuba. I came back and wasn’t really feeling as dark. So thought we’d put some happy chords in and feel a bit better about life…It’s all a bit happier now. Let’s get some happiness in here.“

Bonzai teamed with up with good friend and producer Mura Masa to write the single after a successful ‘writing camp’ in the countryside, with Bonzai later repaying the favour and featuring on Mura Masa’s recent single ‘Nuggets‘. Upcoming dates for Bonzai include Secret Garden Party (July 20-23)

iTunes: I Feel Alright
Google Play: I Feel Alright
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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:

KDA – Turn The Music Louder (Rumble) (feat. Tinie Tempah & Katy B)

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KDA’s ‘Rumble‘ has been working the underground scene for a while now, with Shadow Child’s incredible re-edit and Toddla T’s recent Carnival remix giving it that extra push.

The reworked version, now titled ‘Turn The Music Louder (Rumble)’, features the dazzling vocals of Katy B and smooth stylings of Tinie TempahThe track premiered with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record, with Katy commenting:

“When I hear a beat and I love it straight away, writing to it is so easy. It was just easy and natural. One of those things, the stars just aligned.”

Katy’s powerhouse vocals take centre stage in the middle 8 breakdown with Katy commenting how she channeled her inner Jennifer Hudson, having just watched the film ‘Dreamgirls’.

“I felt so inspired, I needed to go all gospel on it.”

While some might be cautious of the re-worked version, especially as the original has become such a favourite with its infectious melody and thrilling drop, Katy and Tiny enhance the track, without detracting from the original. 

Expect new music from Katy B very shortly, but in the meantime, check out ‘Turn The Music Louder (Rumble)’, which is set for release October 16th via Ministry of Sound.

Lana Del Rey – High By The Beach

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“Your artistic streak is intoxicating and brings you into this world for the highs and the lows” – Zane Lowe, Beats 1

Lana del Ray unveiled her new single ‘High By The Beach’, which premiered as Zane Lowe’s World Record on Beats 1 and Annie Mac’s Hottest Record on Radio 1.

From the skittering trap beats and synth infusions throughout, Lanas sultry vocals glide effortlessly above the hip-hop inspired beats. Lana’s infectious hook ‘All I wanna do is get high by the beach, get high by the beach, get high’, shrouds the song in a blissful haze, making it one of her poppiest contributions to date.

Speaking with Lowe, Del Ray commented:

It started with the chorus. I was driving by the beach a lot…Even with the harmonies, it almost sounded monotone. But then with the beat, it has this trap influence, which I liked.”

She continued to describe her creative approach:

‘It’s different for every artist. For me it was a way of sorting through questions I had and doing something I love doing…The lure for me is the blessing of being able to tell your life story and getting to be witnessed, if that’s something that’s important to you, which I think is important to everybody.

High By The Beach’ is Del Rey’s second single from her forthcoming LP, ‘Honeymoon‘, which is set for release in September. The single is available now on iTunes and GooglePlay 

 

January Selections 2015

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2014 proved to be an exceptional year for music. Judging by January’s selections, 2015 is going to be no exception. With January Blues thankfully out of the way, Summer Festivals are just around the corner. Well maybe not just around the corner, but all this talk of Festival Headliners is certainly getting me excited for the summer. Avicii, David Guetta and Drake are set to headline New Look Wireless Festival, while festival favourites Disclosure and Rudimental have teamed together to curate their own Wild Life Festival at Brighton City Airport. Radio 1’s Big Weekend announced Taylor Swift as their first headliner, with T In the Park welcoming The Libertines. Isle Of Wight announced Groove Armada and Fleetwood Mac, while Field Day have lined up FKA Twigs, Caribou and Hudson Mohawke amongst others.

As you know, good weather is never a guarantee here in the UK, so if you prefer a sunnier climate (and let’s face it, who doesn’t?) then you might want to check out some of the following: Legendary US Coachella Festival announced ACDC, Drake and Jack White as their headliners, while Sónar Festival in Spain announced Duran Duran, Skrillex and FKA Twigs. Elsewhere in Spain, Benicassim have secured The Prodigy, Florence + the Machine, Bastille and Portishead, while unfortunately for some, Sonisphere and Rockness Festivals were cancelled. However, there’s still so much choice so start planning your summer musical adventures.

With January being the longest month of the year, it paved the way for plenty of new music. The Prodigy debuted their massive new single ‘The Day Is My Enemy‘, while Jimmy Napes, the creative genius behind much loved tracks from Disclosure, Sam Smith and Clean Bandit, unveiled his solo EP and single ‘Give It Up‘. Another Disclosure affiliate, Lxury, debuted his new single ‘Square 1‘ ft Deptford Goth, while Martin Solveig made his long awaited return and collaborated with GTA on ‘Intoxicated‘. Speaking of collaborations, Kanye unveiled his new single ‘Only One‘ with Paul McCartney and a further single with McCartney and Rihanna titled ‘FourFiveSeconds‘, leading to some interesting tweets congratulating Kanye on ‘Shining a light on new artists’… ‘This Paul McCartney guy gonna be huge‘! Lana del Ray confirmed she has nine songs ready for her forthcoming album ‘Honeymoon’, while The Prodigy announced their sixth studio album ‘The Day Is My Enemy’ is set for release March 30th.

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The BBC Unveiled their coveted ‘Sound Of 2015’ poll with dance-pop trio Years and Years topping the list. James Bay and Stormzy came in 2nd and 3rd place respectively, with Raury and George the Poet completing the top 5 shortlist. The Brits Nominations were announced, which saw Sam Smith take the lead with 5 nominations, shortly followed by Ed Sheeran and George Ezra with 4 nominations each. Noticeably absent from the nominees include artists such as Jungle, Ben Howard, Kasabian, Jessie J, Katy B, Jamie T and Bombaby Bicycle Club, with Clean Bandit highlighting the lack of black or female nominees this year. This year’s awards ceremony will take place at London’s O2 on February 25, hosted by Ant&Dec. Here’s hoping for a trip down memory lane with PJ and Duncan’s ‘Let’s Get Ready To Rumble‘. Don’t forget you can vote for the ‘Best British Breakthrough‘ and ‘Best British Video‘. Pharrell Williams unveiled his plans for Live Earth 2015; a Global event, featuring 100 artists performing across all seven continents to raise awareness about climate change. Live Earth 2015 will take place on June 18th. Last but not least, the worlds highest paid DJ Calvin Harris, has signed a three-year Las Vegas residency with Hakkasan Group, which will see him perform at Hakkasan Nightclub, MGM Grand Hotel & Casino’s Wet Republic and Omnia Nightclub at Caesars Palace. *Books trip to Vegas.* Ok, on with the music, check out my selections below:

1) Axwell Λ Ingrosso – Something New (Robin Schulz Remix)

With newly formed duo Axwell Λ Ingrosso recently unveiling their melodic big room single ‘Something New‘, German Producer Robin Schulz makes his mark on the official remix. Schulz’s edit premiered with Pete Tong on Radio1 and delivers a smooth and mellow remix with hypnotic beats. Schulz has a long list of popular remixes to his name such as Lilly Wood & The Prick’s ‘Prayer in C’ and Mr Probz’s ‘Waves’, the latter of which Schulz was nominated for a Grammy. Upcoming dates from Robin Schulz include Future Music Festival in Australia and Coronet Theatre in London. The ‘Something New‘ remix is available now in the US, with a UK release via Virgin EMI TBC.

 2) Joey Bada$$ – Teach Me ft Kiesza

Joey Bada$$ has teamed up with Canadian pop artist Kiesza for his new single ‘Teach Me‘, produced by Chuck Strangers and ASTR. The duo recently collaborated on ‘Bad Thing‘ from Kiesza’s album ‘Sound of a Woman’, so it’s only natural she return the favour. The most prominent feature on the single sees Joey step up the pace and go double time with the beats; not your typical pace to rap over but nonetheless works in his favour, once again showing his versatility as an artist. With Joey continually asking ‘Won’t you teach me how to dance’, who better then Canadian popstar come dancer Kiesza, who brings a fresh vocal hook to the single. ‘Teach Me’ is a bonus track taken from Joeys debut album B4.DA.$$ which is availab5 now.

 

3) Wilkinson & TC – Hit The Floor

Ready for an absolute beast of a dnb banger? Then look no further than London based Wilkinson (Afterglow) and Bristols TC (Get Down Low). The two drum n bass producers have collaborated on their new single ‘Hit The Floor‘ and serves up a high energy track packed with throttling basslines, grungy vibes and snarling sirens. ‘Hit the Floor’ is available now via Andy C’s Ram Records. Upcoming dates for Wilkinson include Elextric Brixton in April, followed by Reading & Leeds.

 

4) Purity Ring – Push Pull

Time for a change of pass with Canadian synth-pop duo Purity Ring and their new single ‘Push Pull’. Megan James and Corin Roddick once again deliver pure synth serenity with this utterly amospheric track. Roddick’s bubbling deep synths and multilayered textures give weight to the track, while Megans dreamy vocals soar effortlessly above, much like their transcendent and hypnotic video. The single is taken from their forthcoming album ‘Another Eternity’ and follow up to 2012’s ‘Shrines’. ‘Another Eternity’ is set for release March 3rd via 4AD while ‘Push Pull’ is available now. Upcoming dates for the duo include Concorde 2 in Brighton and O2 Shepherds Bush Empire in London.

 

5) Years and Years – King

Having kicked off the year winning the BBC’s coveted Sound Of 2015 award, synth-pop trio Years and Years continue with their trademark futuristic synths and hard-hitting pop hooks with their new single ‘King‘. Made up of bassist Mikey Goldsworthy, Emre Turkmen on keys and vocalist Olly Alexander, Years and Years continue to push the boundaries of dance music and deliver another infectious single as a follow up to ‘Desire’. Upcoming dates include Concorde 2 and Wild Life in Brighton, with London dates at Heaven and O2 Shepherds Bush. ‘King’ is set for release March 1st via Polydor Records. Pre-order your copy here. In the meantime check out Manchesters TCTS remix.

6) Sigma ft Labrinth – Higher

Drum n bass duo Sigma (Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie ) continue their stream of hits with their latest single ‘Higher‘. The singles serves as the follow up to the powerhouse record ‘Changing’ ft Paloma Faith and one of the top tracks of 2014 ‘Nobody To love’. For ‘Higher’, Sigma have enlisted the creative vocal talents of Labrinth to deliver yet another euphoric record thats just waiting to storm the charts. Having recently been nominated for two Brit Awards,  be sure to catch the duo at Concorde 2, Electric Brixton and Electric Daisy Carnival. ‘Higher’ is set for release March 22nd via 3Beat and is taken from their forthcoming debut album ‘Life’. Also check out the brilliant remix from Grades below.

 

7) Tor Miller – Midnight

Brooklyn based Tor Miller has unveiled ‘Midnight‘ from his debut EP ‘Headlights‘. The talented twenty-year-old delivers a powerful piano ballad that gradually builds in momentum with percussion, strings and guitar, while Miller’s distinct and powerful vocals hold its own out in front, bringing artists like Billy Joel to mind. ‘Headlights’ is available now via Glassnote Records. Upcoming performances for Miller include his headline show at London’s Servant Jazz Quarters on Thursday 5th March.

 

8) Benga – Shut It Down

Benga is back and this is one single that deserves a major oooof! After taking some time out last year to start a family and stepping down from his co-hosting with Skream on Radio1, the Dubstep pioneering producer/dj is back stronger than ever. His new single ‘Shut It Down’ ft Artwork and Sam Frank premiered as Zane Lowes ‘Future Exclusive’ and serves up a darker techno vibe with vocals from Sam Frank keeping it fresh. Having been working on his album for the past ten years, expect an album to drop sometime this year as we thankfully welcome Benga back from early retirement.

 

9) The Wombats – Greek Tragedy (Bastille Remix)

Indie rock back The Wombats unveiled their long awaited new single ‘Greek Tragedy’, which premiered as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record. The single is taken from their forthcoming third studio album ‘Glitterbug’ due April 6th, and follows 2013’s ‘Your Body Is  A Weapon’. While the original delivers the catchy pop hooks you’d expect from the trio, Bastille’s remix gives the track new depth and focuses on the raw emotive vocals with majestic brass and strings. Bastille’s slick production gives the track an edge that the original lacked. Having recently remixes Imagine Dragon’s ‘I’d Bet My Life’ Bastille are currently working on their new album due later this year.

 

10) Jess Glynn – Hold My Hand

Looking for a song guaranteed to put you in a good mood? Check out the latest single from Jess Glynn with its immediate feel-good summer vibes and smooth house piano. ‘Hold My Hand’ serves as the follow up to arguably one of the biggest tracks last year, Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’, followed by Route 94’s ‘My Love’ and her first solo single ‘Right Here’. Glynn has proved she can hold her own and continues with her electro-pop stylings and infectious soulful vocals. ‘Hold My Hand’ is set for release via Atlantic on March 23rd. Upcoming dates for Jess include Alexandra Palace, Wild Life and Isle of Wight Festival.

11) Pep and Rash – Rumors

DJs from Tiesto to Martin Garrix and The Magician have been playing this mystery house track for a while now, without realising where it actually came from. With an aptly titled single called ‘Rumor’, the rumour mill was in full speed with many associating it with Oliver Heldens style, who had to set the record straight on Twitter. Dutch label Spinnin’ Records finally unveiled the Dutch duo Pep & Rash as the producers responsible for this infectious house smash. ‘Rumors’ features a distorted vocal line that’s highly hypnotic before the throttling bass kicks in with its percussive stylings. 2015 is going to be a big year for the dutch duo.

 

12) LA Priest – Oino

Sam Dust, formerly of Late Of The Pier, has unveiled his new single ‘Oino’ under the Moniker LA Priest (Lah Pree-st). ‘Oino’ is a funky alt-pop gem filled with melodic and playful psychedelic synth stabs, warped guitar riffs and falsetto vocals. ‘Oino’ delivers a unique piece of experimental funk and a refreshing and compelling view into this new project from LA Priest. Currently working on his debut album, ‘Oino’ is available March 30th via Domino Records.

13) EXGF – We Are The Hearts

Indie pop act EXGF made quite the impact last year with their debut single ‘Idle Hands’. Their second single, ‘We Are The Hearts’ delivers a rousing and anthemic number that strikes a balance between sounding dreamy yet industrial with its hard hitting beats.  Though very little is known about the French and US collective EXGF, we can only go by their edgy and artistic instagram pics to paint some sort of picture. Other than that, the music clearly speaks for itself and delivers a defiant track and shines a light on inner strength. Here’s to a promising 2015 for EXGF.

Check out the full playlist below with over an hour for your listening pleasure.