January Picks

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While January was a long boring month for many, it did provide us with lots of new music to get excited about. Kicking of the year was the BBC Sound of 2014 poll winner Sam Smith.  There were plenty of new music releases such as Banks’ new single ‘Brain’ produced by Shlohmo to Foster The People’s comeback single ‘Coming Of Age‘  and Disclosure’s first full on hip-hop production of Bishop Nehru’s ‘You Stressin’. We also started the countdown to Summer festival season with big line ups revealed for Coachella, Reading and Leeds, Parklife, Bestival and Wireless.  The Grammy Awards took centre stage in January and celebrated artists such as Lorde, Daft Punk and even Pharrell’s hat!

Now in February, we look forward to the Brit Awards on February 19th , The NME awards shows with Austin Texas and lots more great new music. In the meantime, check out my top pics for January, with over 45 minutes of music for your listening pleasure.

1) Bombay Bicycle Club – Luna

Bombay Bicycle Club premiered their new single ‘Luna’ as Zane Lowe’s first ‘Hottest Record’ of 2014.  The single serves as the follow up to ‘Carry me’ and is set to be taken from their forthcoming 4th studio album ‘So Long, See You Tomorrow’, which is available now. While 2011’s ‘A Different Kind Of Fix’ brought us top singles such as ‘Shuffle’, ‘Lights Out, Words Gone’ and ‘How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep’, ‘Luna’ certainly doesn’t disappoint. With its polished production, effortless vocals from Jack Steadman and featured vocalist Rae Morris, ‘Luna’ builds to a rhythmic and percussive crescendo, heralding their return for a bright 2014.

2) Tujamo and Plastik Funk ft Sneakbo

German duo Plastik Funk and producer Tujamo have had great success with their house track ‘Who’, receiving great support from Avicii, Steve Angello and even Tiesto in their sets. Now the original has been reworked to include vocals from UK rapper Sneakbo, who previously brought us tracks such as such as ‘Ring A Ling’, ‘Zim Zimma’ and ‘The Wave’. With great support from the likes of Mista Jam, Zane Lowe and Charlie Sloth, Sneakbo jumps on the ‘Dr Who’ riddim and delivers a funky dance-floor banger.

3) Ms. Dynamite and DJ Fresh – Dibby Dibby Sound (Sigma Remix)

The already infectious sounds of DJ Fresh’s ‘Dibby Dibby Sound’ ft Jay Fay and Ms Dynamite, has been remixed by none other than Drum and Bass duo Sigma (AKA Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie). Proud owners of their own label ‘Life Recordings‘, previous releases from Sigma include ‘Night & Day’, ‘Lassitude’ and the influential ‘All Blue’. With a host of official remixes under their belt for the likes of Eric Prydz, Rusko, Groove Armada and their most recent free download of Kanye West ‘Bound 2’, Sigma are currently working on their anticipated debut album.

4) Gotsome – ‘Bassline’ (Friend Within Remix)

Liverpool house producer ‘Friend Within’ has delivered an incredible remix of Gotsome’s ‘Bassline’, who gives the track an extra edge with his punchy bass lines and dark ominous synths. With 2013 proving to be an impressive year with releases such as ‘The Pull’ on Dirtybird’, ‘The Relate’ on Pet Recordings and the massive ‘The Renegade’ on Disclosure’s ‘Method Records’, Friend Within is gearing up for this forthcoming ‘The Undergound’ EP on Hypercolour.  Friend Within also featured as Annie Macs pick for ‘The Essential Mix Future Stars of 2014’ so expect to hear a lot more from Friend Within this year. GotSome’s ‘Bassline’ and remixes from Friend Within, Kenny Dope and Chocolate Puma is set for release March 30th.

5) Le Youth – Dance With Me ( Original & Jacob Plant Remix)

LA producer Le Youth (AKA Wes James) who brought us last year’s care-free single ‘C O O L’ is back with an equally infectious single ‘Dance With Me’, featuring the vocals of Dominique Young Unique (Duke Dumont – Need You (100%)‘ and ‘DJ Fresh & Diplo –Earthquake‘). ‘Dance With Me’ champions classic R&B elements sampling TLC’s ‘No Scrubs’ giving it that retro feel, but at the same time feeling fresh with its synth-pop vibes and Dominique Young’s feisty hooks. Le Youth’s Dance With Me is set for release February 9th. In the meantime, check out the new video here. On the other side of this, Jacob Plant has unveiled his new remix of ‘Dance With me’, which features a hefty dose of UK bass, creating one pulsating banger of a trap track.  Plant has sped up the track and delivers more intensity with his trademark bass heavy drops, as heard in previous singles such as ‘Fire’.

6) Route 94 – My Love (feat. Jess Glynne)

20-year-old dance producer Route 94 has unveiled his new single ‘My Love’ ft Jess Glynn. The track was especially commissioned for Annie Mac’s recent compilation album ‘Annie Mac Presents 2013‘ and features the velvety vocals of Jess Glynn, accompanied by some warm house piano riffs throughout. Glynn is currently sitting at no1 in the charts with  her Clean Bandit collaboration of ‘Rather Be‘ and has worked her infectious vocals once more on ‘My Love’ – a real hands in the air track. Route 94 has been gaining momentum since 2012 with his mysterious identity and string of material being released and supported by the likes of Skream and Benga. Having gone on to release his debut 4-track EP ’Fly 4 Life’ through his self-titled label, this young producer is one to watch. My Love is out on 2nd March via Virgin EMI. Upcoming performances included Bugged Out Weekender in Southport and Parklife Weekender in Manchester

7) Avicii – You Make Me (Diplo & Ookay remix)

Diplo has unveiled his latest remix collaboration with San Diego based producer Ookay. The duo have re-worked Avicii’s Summer smash single ‘You Make Me’, giving it the Trap treatment. While still staying true to its original form, Diplo and Ookay throw in some trap-style drops, distorted vocals and lazer synths, packing that extra punch.  Rising producer Ookay has made the quite impact with remixes of Congorock’s ‘Bless Di Nation Ft. Sean Paul’ and Steve Aoki, Chris Lake & Tujamo’s ‘Boneless’. You can catch Ookay in Manchester this February while Diplo continues his constant touring with the powerhouse that is Major Lazer.

8) Paolo Nutini – Scream (Funk My Life Up)

Paulo Nutini is back with his new single ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up)’ set to be taken from his upcoming third album ‘Caustic Love‘. Nutini premiered the new single as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record last week and is the first new material to surface since his 2009 album ‘Sunny Side Up’ , proving to be an exciting taste of what’s to come.  Having worked on the album in London, Glasgow and Valencia and US, Paulo co-produced the album with Dani Castelar and delivers a soulful funk-driven track with some sassy horn accompaniment and mighty vocals.   Caustic Love is available April 14th, while ‘Scream (Funk My Life Up)‘ is available to download from March 30th.

9) Disclosure and Mary J Blige – F for You

The formidable force that is Disclosure has unveiled a re-worked version of ‘F For You’, now featuring the soulful vocals of Mary J Blige. The Grammy nominated duo are known for their strong choice of collaborators from London Grammar to AlunaGeorge and Jessie Ware to Nile Rodgers and were recently joined on stage in New York by MaryJ Blige for their reworked studio version of ‘F For You’. Blige’s soulful vocals infuse new life into the already exceptional track. Disclosure have always been keen to venture into the realm of hip-hop, having recently announced plans to collaborate with Hip Hop legend Q-Tip and their most recent full on hip hop production with Bishop Nehru ‘You Stressin’. Currently on tour in the US, you can catch the Brit and Grammy nominated duo at Coachella as well as Parklife, Bestival and Reading & Leeds Festivals.

10) Kiesza – Hideaway

Meet Kiesza – a trained ballerina and skilled sailor,  who was almost recruited by the army as a sniper! If that hasn’t got your attention, then hopefully this track will. The Canadian singer/songwriter premiered her debut single ’Hideaway’ as a special delivery for Annie Mac last week.  The main force of the track is Keisza’s pure and commanding vocals over a down-tempo funky bass line that delivers a fresh dance pop vibe. Expect an exciting year from Keisza who’s currently working on her debut EP. Hideaway is available from March 24th.

11) Redlight ft Lotti – 36

Bristols finest, Redlight, has unveiled his new single ‘36’,  taken from his forthcoming EP of the same name. The producer DJ had enlisted the vocals of Lotti and serves up a retro deep-house track with plenty of disco groove. Hoping to follow in the footsteps of previous singles including, ‘Lost In Your Love’ and ‘Get Out My Head‘, ‘36’ is set for release March 10th.

Check out the full playlist below!

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Year In Review: Top 100 Tracks & Top 20 Albums of 2013

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Last year delivered an impressive year of music with TNGHT’s ‘Higher Ground‘ topping my ‘Top 100 Tracks‘. With 2014 just hours away, it’s time to present my Top Tracks of 2013!

From Daft Punk’s infectious ‘Get Lucky‘ to brotherly duo Disclosure’s superior reign, it’s safe to say the future of music is  in good hands – And with news that Justin Bieber has officially retired, it’s already a good start to the year! Roll on 2014 and here’s to another exciting year in music!

Top 100 Tracks of 2013

  1. Disclosure ft AlunaGeorge – White Noise
  2. Daft Punk – Get Lucky
  3. James Blake  – Retrograde
  4. Arcade Fire  – Reflektor
  5. A$AP Rocky ft Skrillex  – Wild For The Night
  6. Kanye West – Black Skinhead
  7. Lorde – Royals
  8. Just Blaze & Baauer – Higher
  9. Haim (Duke Dumont Remix) – Falling
  10. Haim – The Wire
  11. Disclosure ft London Grammar – Help Me Lose my Mind
  12. Busta Rhymes – Thank You
  13. James Vincent Mc Morrow   – Cavaliere
  14. Banks – Before I Ever Met You
  15. Arcade Fire    – Here Comes The Night
  16. TNGHT – Acrylics
  17. Jay Z & JT – Holy Grail
  18. Major Lazer ft Ezra Koenig – Jessica
  19. London Grammar – Strong
  20. Pharell  – Happy
  21. Janelle Monae ft Solange – Electric Lady
  22. John Hopkins – Open Eye Signal
  23. Disclosure (Flume Remix) – You And Me
  24. Robin Thicke ft TI & Pharrell – Blurred Lines
  25. Breach – Jack
  26. Danny Brown  – Dip
  27. Drake ft Majid Jordan – Hold On, We’re Going Home
  28. James Blake ft Chance The Rapper – Life Round Here
  29. Queens Of The Stoneage – My God Is The Sun
  30. Drake ft Sampha  – Too Much
  31. Disclosure – F For You
  32. Katy B – Crying For No reason
  33. London Grammar – NightCall
  34. Showtek ft We Are Loud and Sonny Wilson  – Booyah
  35. Miles Kane – Don’t Forget Who You Are
  36. Banana Clipper Ft Big Boi – Run The Jewels
  37. Lorde – Tennis Court
  38. Duke Dumont – Need You (100%)
  39. Jacob Plant  – Fire
  40. Katy B – 5AM
  41. Danny Brown  – Drinkin And Smokin
  42. The 1975 – Chocolate
  43. AlunaGeorge  – Attracting Flies
  44. Arctic Monkeys   – Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High
  45. Chvrches – The Mother We Share
  46. Rudimental ft Ella Eyre  – Waiting All Night
  47. Jake Bugg – Seen It All
  48. Banks – This Is What It Feels
  49. DJ Fresh & Diplo ft Ms Dynamite  – Dibby Dibby Sound
  50. Robert DeLong – Global Concepts
  51. Vampire Weekend    – Diane Young
  52. Kanye West – Blood On The Leaves
  53. Pryda – Powerdrive
  54. Major Lazer   – Watch Out For This (Bumaye)
  55. Laura Welsh  – Unravel
  56. Villagers – My Lighthouse
  57. Knife Party  – LRAD
  58. Justice (Gesaffelstein Remix) – Helix
  59. John Newman  – Love Me Again
  60. DJ Fresh & Diplo ft Dominique Young Unique – Earthquake
  61. Sivu – Over and Over
  62. Kanye West – I Am A God
  63. Jessie Ware – Sweet Talk
  64. Ruen Brothers – Aces
  65. Vampire Weekend  – Step
  66. Klangkarussel Sonnentanz –  Sun Don’t Shine
  67. Sivu – Better Man Than He
  68. Disclosure (Baauer Remix) – Attracting Flies
  69. Two Door Cinema Club – Sun
  70. Kelela – Enemy
  71. Bondax – Giving It All
  72. Chris Malinchak  – So Good To Me
  73. Josh Record  – For Your Love
  74. Childish Gambino – IV Sweatpants
  75. Katy B – What Love Is Made Of
  76. Monsta – Messiah
  77. Lorde – Team
  78. Martin Garrix – Animals
  79. Breach ft Adnreya Triana – Everything You Never Had
  80. MO- XXX 88
  81. Gesaffelstein – Persuit
  82. Lil Salva ft Sampha   – Salient Sarah
  83. RY X – Berlin
  84. Phoenix – Entertainment
  85. Metronomy – I’m Aquarius
  86. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis (Major Lazer Remix)   – Can’t Hold Us
  87. Kavinsky – Roadgame
  88. Knife Party    – EDM Death Machine
  89. The Weeknd – Kiss Land
  90. Julio Bashmore  – Peppermint
  91. Le Youth – Cool
  92. The Strokes  – One Way Trigger
  93. Jake Bugg – Slumville Sunrise
  94. Hozier – Take Me To Church
  95. Gallant – Manhattan
  96. Daughter – Still
  97. Childish Gambino – Bonfire
  98. Yogi – Christian Bale
  99. Kings of Leon – Supersoaker
  100. The Child Of Lov – Fly

Listen to the top 10 tracks below:

Top 20 Albums of 2013

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2013 delivered so many great albums and provided  hours of listening pleasure. From California sisterly trio Haim to Mercury Prize winner James Blake,  take a look at my Top 20 Albums:

  1. Arcade Fire – Reflektor (Check out my full review on Glasswerk.)
  2. Disclosure – Settle
  3. Haim – Days Are Gone
  4. Kanye West – Yeezus
  5. London Grammar – If You Wait
  6. James Blake – Overgrown
  7. A$AP Rocky – Long Live A$AP
  8. Chvrches – The Bones Of What You Believe
  9. Jon Hopkins – Immunity
  10. Janelle Monae – Electric Lady
  11. Gesaffelstein – Aleph
  12. Rudimental – Home
  13. Danny Brown – Old
  14. Lorde – Pure Heroin
  15. Villagers – Awayland
  16. Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg
  17. Arctic Monkeys – AM
  18. Foals – Holy Fire
  19. Childish Gambino – Because The Internet
  20. Vampire Weekend – Modern Vampires of The City

Listen to Arcade Fire’s ‘Reflektor‘ below:

Evian Christ – Salt Carousel

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Evian Christ (AKA Joshua Leary) has unveiled his new single ‘Salt Carousel’.

There’s been plenty of buzz surrounding the young electronic music producer of late, considering his most recent accomplishment involved working on the critically acclaimed ‘Yeezus’ album from Kanye West. His music encompasses a wide variety of styles from Trap, to Hip Hop and Ambient to early Dub Step.

Evian Christ continues to demonstrate his cutting edge talents with his latest single ‘Salt Carousel’. With its dark, atmospheric and edgy tones, the track cuts through you with its looped jagged synth line,  distorted vocals and  pounding bass.

Salt Carousel‘ is set for release in 2014 through ‘Tri Angle’. Upcoming performances include ‘Oval Space Music: Evian Christ Live & Special guests’ at Oval Space, March 2014.

Year in Review: Top 100 Tracks of 2012

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With 2013 just around the corner, I wanted to compile a list of my favourite tracks of 2012. Not an easy task, considering the amount of standout tracks throughout the year. From TNGHT’s massive trap anthem ‘Higher Ground‘, to Frank Oceans RnB odyssey in ‘Pyramids‘, below are my top 100 tracks. Roll on 2013 and here’s to another exciting year in music!

Top 100 Tracks of 2012

  1. TNGHT – Higher Ground
  2. Azealia Banks – Esta Noche
  3. Frank Ocean – Pyramids
  4. Kendrick Lamar – Swimming Pools (Drank)
  5. Kanye West – Clique Ft Big Sean and Jay Z
  6. Frank Ocean – Thinkin’ Bout You
  7. Major Lazer – Get Free
  8. Jessie Ware – Wildest Moments
  9. Plan B – Ill Manors
  10. Disclosure – Latch
  11. Rudimental – Feel The Love ft John Newman
  12. Mumford & Sons – I Will Wait
  13. Frank Ocean – Bad Religion
  14. Foals – Inhaler
  15. Angel Haze – New York
  16. Knife Party – Sleaze
  17. Kanye West – Mercy Ft Big Sean, Pusha T, 2 Chainz
  18. Hot Natured & Ali Love – Benediction
  19. MIA – Bad Girls
  20. Baauer – Harlem Shake
  21. Angel Haze – Werkin’ Girls
  22. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs – American Dream Part 2
  23. Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough
  24. Swedish House Mafia – Greyhound
  25. Jack White – Sixteen Salteens
  26. Julio Bashmore – Au Seve
  27. Jake Bugg – Two Fingers
  28. Steve Aoki – Beat Down ft Angger Dimas & Iggy Azalea
  29. Dillon Francis – Masta Blasta (The Rebirth)
  30. Todd Terje – Inspector Norse
  31. Grimes – Oblivion
  32. Florence + The Machine – Spectrum (Say My Name)
  33. Scissor Sisters – Lets have a Kiki
  34. AlunaGeorge – You Know You Like It
  35. Haim  – Forever
  36. Calvin Harris – Sweet Nothing ft Florence Welch
  37. Solange – Losing You
  38. DJ Fresh – Gold Dust Shy fx re edit
  39. Chvrches –  The Mother We Share
  40. The Maccabees – Feel to Follow
  41. Everything Everything – Cough Cough
  42. Ellie Goulding – Anything Could Happen
  43. Example ft Clavin Harris – We’ll Be Coming Back For You
  44. Purity Ring – Fineshrine
  45. Alt J – Something Good
  46. Palma Violets – Best Of Friends
  47. Django Django – Default
  48. Skrillex –  Breakn’ a Sweat
  49. Redight – Lost In Your Love
  50. Polica – Wandering Star
  51. Haim – Don’t Save Me
  52. Jessie Ware – Night Light
  53. Taylor Swift – We Are Never Ever ..
  54. Two Door Cinema Club  – Sleep Alone
  55. Madeon – Finale
  56. Kasabian – Goodbye Kiss
  57. Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs- Tapes & Money
  58. Puirity Ring – Lofticries
  59. Benga – Pour Your Love
  60. Grizzly Bear – Yet Again
  61. Polica – Lay Your Cards Out
  62. Santigold – Disparate Youth
  63. AlunaGeorge – Your Drums Your Love
  64. The xx – Angels
  65. Coldplay ft Rihanna – Princess of China
  66. Knife Party – Bonfire
  67. Baauer – Dum Dum
  68. TNGHT – Bugg’n
  69. The Maccabees – Ayla
  70. Emeli Sande – Read All About It (Part III)
  71. Underworld – Caliban’s Dream ft Alex Trimble
  72. Madeon – Icarus
  73. Villagers – Nothing Arrived
  74. Alt J – Matilda
  75. Language – Porter Robinson
  76. Bat For Lashes – Laura
  77. Grimes – Genesis
  78. Diplo – Express Yourself
  79. Kasabian – Man of Simple Pleasures
  80. Scissor Sisters vs Krystal Pepsy ft Azealia Banks – Shady Love
  81. Alabama Shakes – Hold On
  82. Maxsta – I Wanna Rock
  83. The Neighbourhood – Let It Go
  84. Passion Pit – Take A Walk
  85. The 2 Bears – Work
  86. Bloc Party – Octopus
  87. Ben Howard – Only Love
  88. Roses Gabor – Stars
  89. Hooray for Earth  – No Love
  90. Benzel & Jessie Ware – If You Love Me
  91. PartyClub – Young and Free
  92. Delphic – Good Life
  93. Tame Impala – Elephant
  94. Major Lazer – Jah No Partial
  95. Blur – Under The Westway
  96. Muse – Survival
  97. The Killers – Runaways
  98. Bombay Bicycle club – How Can You Swallow So Much Sleep
  99. Hot Chip – Night & Day
  100. The Cast of Cheers – Human Elevator

Hackney Weekend 2012 (Part 1)


Radio 1’s Hackney Weekend descended upon Hackney Marshes in east London for a special 2 day festival celebrating London 2012. 100,000 people attended the event which saw over 100 UK and International artists perform. Headliners included Jay Z and Rihanna with special guests including Kanye West, M.I.A & Dizzee Rascal.

Saturday 23rd June (Day 1)

The Main stage kicked off with Leona Lewis, an ambassador for the Hackney Weekend. With songs such as ‘Bleeding Love’, ‘Collide’, ‘Coming Home’ and ‘Run’, she opened up the Hackney weekend in style. Loveable duo ‘Rizzle Kicks’ were up next with their upbeat hits including ‘When I was a Youngster’, ‘Mama do the Hump’ and the song that kick-started their career on Radio1, ‘Down with the Trumpets’. Festival favourite Example owned the Main stage with his energetic set list banging out tune after tune such as ‘Midnight Run’, ’Natural Disaster’, and his new single with Calvin Harris ‘We’ll be coming Back’. He could only end on one tune, and that had to be his massive finale ‘Changed the way you kissed me’,which had the whole crowd chanting back the lyrics and having a full on rave!

Ed Sheeran

21 year old Ed Sheeran graced the Main stage with his guitars ‘Cyril and Nigel’. For one person to stand in the middle of a massive stage with just his guitar and loop pedal, and to have the whole crowd pretty much in the palm of his hand, was absolutely incredible to watch. The crowd knew every word, and joined in on hits including ‘Drunk’, ‘A Team’, and ‘You need me, I don’t need you’. Queen of Hip-Hop, Nicki Minaj opened her set in dramatic style. The hype over her debut UK festival performance had the crowds buzzing. The ‘Super Bass’ rapper was supported in force by her dedicated fans ‘Barbs’. Minaj performed chart topping hits including ‘Beez in the Trap’ , ‘Starships’, her new single ‘Pound the Alarm’ and finishing on a high with ‘Super Bass’. Despite some of the backing vocals being tracked, Nicki put on quite a show for Hackney and also left little to the imagination with her outfit.

Kasabian

UK rock band ‘Kasabian’ may be headlining ‘Reading and Leeds’ festival in August, but took to the Main stage as the penultimate act for Hackney. Opening the show with the distinctive sounds of ‘Switchblade Smiles’ the crowd instantly knew this was going to be one hell of a set. Kasabian are known for their live performances and they certainly didn’t disappoint. With a set full of a well know songs, Kasabian entertained the crowds with ‘Day’s are forgotten, ‘Velociraptor’, ‘L.S.F’ and ‘Fire’ to close the set.

Rap Royalty Jay-Z took to the stage (an hour late) as the Main Headliner act. Jay-Z was too enthralled by Jack Whites performance on the ‘In New Music We Trust’ stage, but the crowd waited patiently for the King of Hip Hop. Jay-Z opened the show with a bang with his first special guest … the one and only ‘Rihanna’ who performed ‘Run this Town’, much to the delight of the crowds. Little did they know, there were a few more cameos in store. Jay-Z performed an array of songs from his impressive collection, including ‘Jigga What, Jigga Who’, 99 Problems, ‘Girls, Girls Girls’ and ‘Izzo (H.O.V.A.)’. The second cameo of the night was from M.I.A, who took to the stage (despite technical difficulties) for ‘Paper Planes/Bad Girls’. Jay-Z closed the first part of his set with the iconic ‘Empire state of mind’. No Alicia Keys for this one, but the crowd were more than happy to sing the famous refrain.

Jay-Z & Rihana

Wil Jay-Z left the stage for a brief moment, the crowd speculated what could possibly be next. An American flag appeared on the screen followed by the intro for Otis, which only meant one thing to the ecstatic crowd … ‘Watch the Throne’ time! The deafening cheers from the crowd were all that could be heard as Kanye West took to the stage as the final special guest. The duo, who have just completed their successful ‘Watch the Throne’ tour, played a condensed version of their set with 6 classics. ‘Otis’, ‘Gotta Have it’, ‘Who gon stop me’, ‘No Church in the Wild’ , ‘Lift Off’ and the spectacular ‘N**** in Paris’ which they played twice.  While the American rap duo were touring in Paris recently, they performed the iconic song an astounding 11 times, which took 53 minutes alone! However Hackney were just happy to have them in their presence and to hear Jay-Z shout… AGAIN for yet another encore!

Kanye West & Jay-Z (WTT)

The ‘In New Music We Trust’ stage saw former ‘White Stripes’ front-man, Jack White headlining. With a set-list including ‘Black Math’, ‘Freedom at 21’ and ‘Seven Nation Army’, he kept the crowds thoroughly entertained, especially a certain Mr Jay-Z, who delayed his headlining act to watch the whole show! Lost Propehts, The Vaccines, The Maccabees, Rudimental, Delilah, Rita Ora, Jessie Ware, and Michael Kiwanuka completed the very impressive lineup. Special mention to promising newcomer Jessie Ware who kicked off proceedings on the Saturday. Her set included ‘110%’, the new single ‘Wildest Moments’ and closed with ‘Running’, in which she invited brother duo Disclosure to the stage for their remix. Keep an eye out for Jessie Ware’s debut album ‘Devotion’ in the next 2 months!

Jessie Ware

The ‘1Xtra’ stage saw Sean Paul Headlining. Again, another impressive lineup including Flo Rida, will.i.am (where ‘The Voice’ finalist Tyler Hilton joined him on stage for special performance), D’banj, Trey Songz, Tinchy Stryder, Chip, Boy Better Know ft Skepta &amp, JME, DJ Fresh, Dappy and Emeli Sande

Sean Paul & Emeli Sande

The Dance Arena had an incredibly strong lineup with Swedish House Mafia taking centre stage. With massive dance tracks including ‘Greyhound’, ‘Antidote’, ‘Save the World’ and ‘One’, they ensured everyone was raving all night long. This was a special moment for the Swedish dance trio, as they’ve just recently announced their split with their final UK performance taking place in ‘Milton Keynes Bowl’ in July. The remaining Dance Arena artists, all equally deserving of headlining spots included, Calvin Harris, Eric Prydz, Nero, deadmau5 and Radio 1’s very own Annie Mac.

Annie Mac

The BBC Introducing Stage is a very important stage in any of Radio 1’s Big Weekends. It supports unsigned, undiscovered artists and gives them the opportunity to showcase their talents. Previous BBC Introducing Artists include: Bombay Bicycle Club, Ed Sheerann and Florence + the Machine, who have all gone on to headline many festivals. So keep an eye out for these acts in the future. ‘Random Impulse’, ‘Lil Simz’, ‘The Skints’, ‘In Search Of’, ‘Paigey Cakey’, ‘My Panda Shall Fly, ‘Isaac Danquah’, ‘Xploder’, ‘Cheekie Bugga’ and ‘UD Vocal Collective’

BBC Introducing

The Outdoor DJ Stage showcased the best of Radio 1’s Dj’s. Gathering just as impressive a crowd as any of the other stages, Nihal headlined with his Asian and desi beats. Other Radio 1 DJ’s that completed the lineup were Robbo Ranx, Semtex, Benji B, Mosca, Rob da Bank, DJ Target, DJ Cameo andTim Westwood. A Radio 1 Big Weekend wouldn’t be the same without the ever popular ‘Sound Clash’. Moyles vs Westwood battled it out, round after round, getting the crowds warmed up for the day ahead.

Check out my highlight from Saturday:

Sunday 24th – Day 2coming shortly

(Images from www.bbc.co.uk/radio1)