London Grammar – Hell To The Liars (Kölsch Remix)

Ok I’m gonna say it … this is a serious contender for best remix of the year!

Danish DJ and producer Kölsch unveiled his latest remix of London Grammar’sHell To The Liars’.

While the original track is taken from London Grammar’s number 1 sophomore album, Truth Is A Beautiful Thing‘, Kölsch extends upon the original to deliver 12.30 minutes of pure escapism. Keeping Hannah’s haunting vocals intact and intertwining sweeping strings, defined beats, distorted synths and eerie electronic flourishes, Kölsch showcases his talent for producing emotion-induced romantic techno, all the while producing luscious, sonic soundscapes that completely captivate throughout.

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 the recent Speicher 97’ EP. Currently signed to iconic German electronic label, Kompakt, Kölsch has an impressive back catalogue of unique remixes, including gems such as Eric Prydz’s ‘Generate’ and Monkey Safari’s ‘Cranes’.

*No word yet on an official release date, but having recently been named as Pete Tong’s Essential New Tune (his 3rd this year alone) and dropping the remix into various sets the past few months, expect to hear a lot more of this epic remix.  In the meantime, you can catch Kölsch during his Hï Ibiza residency this summer, Radio 1 in Ibiza (Aug 4) and Tomorrowland this weekend.  

*Update* Official release date for ‘Hell To The Liars’ is Sept 1.

Tour Dates: Kolsch

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Glastonbury ’17 – Sunday Picks

“Knowing there are people in the audience who  possibly don’t even like my music at all and are just there to sort of see – that excites me.”  Ed Sheeran

As Glastonbury 2017 draws to a close, we have one final day of music ahead of us – and what a day! The nicest man in music, Ed Sheeran, is set to headline the Pyramid Stage tonight as the curtain comes down on the illustrious music festival. Having broken records left, right and center with his latest album ÷ (Divide), and every single track making it into the Top 20, Ed has become the fastest selling male solo artist ever. From ‘Thinking Out Loud’ to ‘Shape Of You’, get ready for one man and his guitar to completely captivate the main stage. Speaking with Annie Mac ahead of his headliner set, Ed commented on his excitement of closing out Glastonbury. So, for one last time, check out my Glastonbury Top 5 Picks.

1) BBK: Other Stage (22.15:23.15)

We’re in for something really special tonight! BBK, AKA the Grime collective, Boy Better Know, are set to close out The Other Stage Tonight. Made up of Producers, DJ’s and MC’s such as Skepta, JME, Jammer, Frisco, Shorty, Maximum and Godfather of Grime, Wiley, this is sure to be a momentous moment for the Grime scene. Formed in 2005 by brothers Jamie and Joseph Adenuga (Jme and Skepta), the Grime collective have gone from strength to strength, both as a unit and as solo breakout artists, with Skepta entering the charts at No 2 with his 2015 album Konnichiwa, followed by scooping the coveted Mercury prize and an Ivor Novello awards. The Grime collective will power their way through much-loved tracks such as Solo 45’s ‘Feed ’Em to the Lions’ and Skepta’s ‘Too Many Man’ and ‘Shutdown’ – the latter of which BBK is certainly going to do tonight! In the lead up to the General Election, JME encouraged his young fanbase to register and vote, and sat down with with Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn for a Q&A, further promoting the social media campaign, #Grime4Corbyn. With support from the likes of Kanye West, who invited them to join his performances at the 2015 Brits, Canadian rapper Drake, who’s since signed to the BBK label, and a BBK takeover this August in the O2 London; the future of Grime looks pretty damn good!

2) HAIM: Other Stage (17.35-18.25)

Californian sister act, HAIM, made up of Danielle, Alana and Este, are set to bring their charmingly, nostalgic vibes to the Other Stage this evening. With the success of their 2013 debut album, Days Are Gone, bringing us much loved tracks such as ‘Falling’, ‘Forever’ and ‘The Wire’, the girls have since unveiled new material from their forthcoming sophomore album, Something To Tell You. With their trademark Fleetwood Mac influences, lush harmonies, breezy acoustic guitar licks and a perfect mix of soft-rock and 90’s r&b, expect a charming set spanning fan-favourites to new singles such as ‘Right Now’, and ‘I Want You Back’. With their new album produced by Ariel Rechtshaid (Adele, Madonna, Beyonce), the girls have a busy Summer of touring and promoting ahead. In the meantime, make sure you get down to the Other Stage for some ambient, soft rock, and more importantly, Este’s ‘bass face’!

3) Sampha: The Park Stage (19.30-20.30) and The Beat Hotel (22.30-23.30, DJ Set)

British Singer/songwriter and producer Sampha, (Sampha Sisay) is set to bring his achingly beautiful vocals to the Park Stage tonight. Having recently unveiled new material such as the breathtakingly beautiful ‘(No One Knows Me) Like The Piano’ and his most recent collaboration with Richard Russell, (AKA Everything Is Recorded) on ‘Close But Not Quite’, Sampha knows how to immediately captivate an audience with his heartfelt vocals. The multi-talented producer and songwriter has lent his talents to a whole host of artists over the years such as SBTRKT (‘Hold On‘), Drake (‘Too Much‘), Jessie Ware (‘Valentine‘), and Kanye West (‘Saint Pablo‘); but now it’s Sampha’s turn to take center stage with the release of his debut album Process. If one performance isn’t enough, be sure to catch Sampha for his second performance of the day, when he joins Jamie xx & Friends at The Beat Hotel for a DJ set.

4) London Grammar: John Peel Stage (20.30 -21.30)

Fresh from the success of their number 1 sophomore album, Truth Is A Beautiful Thing, London Grammar are set to captivate audiences on the John Peel Stage tonight. With the release of recent singles ‘Big Picture’, ‘Rooting For You’, ‘Truth Is a Beautiful Thing’ and ‘Oh Woman Oh Man’, get ready to witness Hannah Reid’s lush vocals, Dan Rothman’s hazy guitars and Dot Major’s ethereal synth and percussive work. The new material marks the long awaited return for the Ivor Novello-winning band, whose 2013 debut album If You Wait brought us the mesmerising ‘Wasting My Young Years’, ‘Strong‘, ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ and ‘Sights‘. Having produced a string of cinematic videos of late, expect to see some impressive visuals and mesmerizing colours on display tonight. With a string of festival performances on the cards this Summer, including a headline performance at London’s Eventim Apollo (Oct 21) and O2 Academy Brixton (Oct 30), it’s going to be one busy year for the dynamic trio.

5) Barry Gibb: Pyramid Stage (16.00-17.15)

The Sunday afternoon set on The Pyramid stage is known as the ‘The Legend Slot’, where an established, well respected and much-loved artist, takes to the stage for a set filled with nostalgia and feel good vibes. The legends slot, has fast become one of the most coveted and popular acts of the weekend, with previous legends such as Tony Bennett, Shirley Bassey, Lionel Richie, Tom Jones and Dolly Parton, pulling in some of the biggest crowds of the weekend. This year, legendary Bee Gee, Barry Gibb, has the task of lifting spirits this afternoon. The 70-year-old music veteran, who not only defined the disco era along with his brothers Robin and Maurice, has sold over 220 million records worldwide, and released the most successful film soundtrack ever with Saturday Night Fever selling more than 40 million copies worldwide. With 2017 marking the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Fever, expect plenty of celebrations this afternoon and much loved classics including ‘How Deep Is Your Love’, ‘Night Fever’, Tragedy’ and this year’s official flashmob, ‘Stayin Alive‘.

As always, notable mentions have to go to a whole host of other incredible acts playing today, including Justice, Rex Orange County, Emeli Sande, Biffy Clyro, Slaves, Declan McKenna, GotSome, Blaenavon and Jamie XX & Friends. Also, there’s still a TBA for the John Peel Stage at 17.30. Might we see The Maccabees as part of their farewell tour? What better way to say goodbye than at Glastonbury. Update: The Killers have been confirmed as the 17.30 secret act on the John Peel Stage.

Check out the playlist below for all of today’s top picks. Don’t forget to catch all the live TV coverage across BBC 2, BBC 4 and the red button, as well as the BBC’s dedicated Glastonbury site for live streams across 6 stages. BBC Radio 1, 1Xtra, Radio 2, Radio 3 and 6 Music will all be broadcasting live from the festival site all weekend too.

 

May Selections

1) Kasabian – Ill Ray King

Kasabian dropped their new single ‘Ill Ray King’, which serves as the follow up to the previously released ‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’. ‘Ill Ray’ King is taken from their forthcoming album For Crying Out Loud and serves up a feisty track, combining influences of 70’s rock, disco and funk – not to mention their trademark fast-paced riffs and catchy lyrics. The new single also serves up a more playful melody, much like we heard in ‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’. For Crying Out Loud is the band’s sixth studio album and follow up to 2014’s 48:13, featuring singles ‘Eez-eh’, ‘Bumble Bee’ and ‘Stevie’. The Leicester indie band are set to headline Reading & Leeds Festival as well as TRNSMT (July 7-9), Benicassim (July 13-16) and handful of intimate European tour dates. For Crying Out Loud is available now via Sony Music

iTunes: For Crying Out Loud 
Google Play: For Crying Out Loud
Tour Dates

 

2) Haim – I Want You Back

Having teased their comeback last month with new single ‘Right Now’, the HAIM girls unveiled yet another preview of their highly anticipated sophomore album Something To Tell You. Produced by Ariel Rechtshaid, (Adele, Rae Morris, Beyonce) ‘I Want You Back’ plays up heavily to their Fleetwood Mac influences and delivers a heartfelt 70’s-tinged ballad, built around rousing hand-claps, lush harmonies and breezy acoustic guitar licks. The Californian sister act, made up of Danielle, Alana and Este, received critical acclaim with their 2013 debut album Days Are Gone along and singles ‘Falling’, ‘Forever’ and ‘The Wire. Their follow up album Something To Tell You, is available July 7th via Polydore. Upcoming dates for the Californian sister trio include Glastonbury (June 21-25) and Reading & Leeds (Aug 25-27).

iTunes: Something To Tell You
Google Play: Something To Tell You
Tour Dates

3) Everything Is Recorded – Close But Not Quite ft Sampha

XL Recordings boss, Richard Russell, unveiled his new collaborative EP ‘Close But Not Quite’ under the moniker Everything Is Recorded. The title track samples Curtis Mayfield’s 1970’s song ‘The Making Of You’, and bares noticeable similarities to Sampha’s’ captivating falsetto vocals. The ‘duet’ of sorts, showcases Sampha’s achingly beautiful vocals working in perfect harmony with Mayfield’s equally delicate and soulful vocals. Russell’s subtle orchestration, including soft drums, twinkling keys, handclaps and flourishes of strings, weave seamlessly throughout. Other artists on the EP include Giggs, Warren Ellis and Mela Murder. Close But Not Quite is available now. No upcoming dates for Richard Russell but Sampha is set to perform at Parklife (June 10-11) and Lovebox (July 14-15)

iTunes: Close But Not Quite
Google Play: Close But Not Quite
Tour Dates: Sampha

4) Sub Focus – Don’t You Feel It ft Alma

Nick Douwma, better known as drum n bass producer/DJ Sub Focus, unveiled his latest single ‘Don’t You Feel It’, featuring 21-year-old Finnish singer, Alma. Alma last featured in my March Selections with her single ‘Chasing Highs’, and once again delivers an instantly catchy hook, over breezy tropical beats and infectious synths, further highlighting Sub Focus’ slick production throughout. ‘Don’t You Feel It’, follows Sub Focus’ remix of Major Lazer’s ‘Run Up’, and previous single ‘Lingua’ ft Stylo G. As he gears up for his sixth consecutive season at Ibiza’s Together Club, along with festival performances at NASS Festival (July 6-9) Secret Garden Festival (July 20-23) and Creamfields (Aug 24-27), expect ‘Don’t You Feel’ it to be making the rounds this Summer. ‘Don’t You Feel’ It is available now via Virgin EMI Records

iTunes: Don’t You Feel It
Google Play: Don’t You Feel It
Tour Dates: Sub Focus and Alma

5) Mabel – Bedroom 

British R&B singer, Mabel, shared her new single ‘Bedroom’. The 21-year-old R&B newcomer, is making waves after the success of previous singles ‘Know Me Better’ and ‘Thinking of You’. Taken from her latest EP of the same name, ‘Bedroom’, written with Kid Harpoon (Years & Years, Jessie Ware) and Sarah Aarons (Zedd), explores a toxic breakup over bouncy synths and warm beats,  perfectly capturing Mabel’s creative storytelling and melodic nature. Having sold out a headline show at London’s Village Underground (June 1), made her debut TV appearance on Later with Jools Holland, chosen to be the face of Adidas’ new campaign, had ‘Finders Keepers’ added to the Playlist on Radio 1/1Xtra, and surpassed 3 million streams on Spotify; it’s safe to say the future is bright for Mabel. The Bedroom EP is available June 30th via Polydor Records. Upcoming performances include British Summer Time (July 2) and Secret Garden Party (July 20-23)

iTunes: Bedroom EP
Google Play: Bedroom EP
Tour Dates

6)Nick Murphy – Your Time

Australian singer & producer Nick Murphy, formerly known as Chet Faker, unveiled his new single ‘Your Time’. Taken from his latest EP Missing Link, ‘Your Time’ is the perfect track to showcase the transition from Chet Faker to Nick Murphy. With the success of 2016’s singles ‘Fear Less’ and ‘Stop Me (Stop You’), ‘Your Time’ serves up a sleek and soulful future-pop gem. Produced by Canadian DJ and producer KAYTRANADA, Missing Link is available now via Future Classic. Upcoming gigs include Le Bataclan in Paris (Nov 29), followed by Albert Hall in Manchester (Dec 2) and London’s Troxy (Dec 5)

iTunes: Missing Link
Google Play: Missing Link
Tour Dates

7) Enter Shikari – Supercharge ft Big Narstie

UK post-hardcore band Enter Shikari, premiered their beast of a single, ‘Supercharge’. The alt-rockers enlisted the skills of Grime MC Big Narstie for the ferocious new single. With its killer riffs, Big Narstie’s commanding verse and industrial-sounding electronic production throughout, ‘Supercharge’ certainly lives up to its fiery name.  Their forthcoming UK arena tour kicks off at Liverpool Arena (Nov 16) and closes at London’s Alexandra Palace (Nov 25) with support from Lower Than Atlantis and Astroid Boys. ‘Supercharge’ is out now via Play it Again Sam and Inertia Music.

iTunes: Supercharge
Google Play: Supercharge
Tour Dates

8) Nick Mulvey – Unconditional

Indie-folk singer/songwriter, Nick Mulvey, shared his new single ‘Unconditional’. This is the first material to surface since his 2014 Mercury nominated debut album, First Mind and single ‘Cucurucu’. Produced by Ethan Johns (Laura Marling, The Vaccines) and Dan Carey (Bat for Lashes, Lianne La Havas), ‘Unconditional’ is taken from Mulvey’s forthcoming second album in the making, and delivers a carefree brass-infused melody, with rhythmic strumming patterns and a breezy, acoustic vibe throughout. The Cambridge-born artist announced details of his forthcoming mini UK tour this June in Oxford, Bristol and London, as well as performing at Glastonbury Festival. ‘Unconditional’ is available now via Fiction Records.

iTunes: Unconditional
Google Play: Unconditional
Tour Dates

9) London Grammar – Oh Woman Oh Man (MK Remix)

I last featured London Grammar in my April’s selections, with their single ‘Oh Woman Oh Man’. Now, Detroit-based producer/DJ and house music aficionado, Marc Kinchen, (aka MK) has taken on official remix duties, following the success of his remix for Clean Bandit’s ‘Symphony’ ft Zara Larsson. MK’s remix takes ‘Oh Woman Oh Man’ to euphoric new heights. The once, chilled and serene track is transformed into a dance-floor filler, with MK’s progressive flare and infectious arpeggiated chords throughout. Other official remixes shared by London Grammar include Tiga’s hypnotic, techno cut and DC’s drum n bass remix. MK’s remix of ‘Oh Woman Oh Man’ is available now via Ministry of Sound /Metal and Dust, while upcoming dates for MK include Hideout Music Festival in Croatia (June 26-30), Creamfields (Aug 24-27) and SW4. (Aug 26-27)

iTunes: Oh Woman Oh Man (Remixes) 
Google Play: Oh Woman Oh Man (Remixes)
Tour Dates

10) Redlight – City Jams 

Bristol producer, Redlight, (aka Hugh Pescod) dropped his latest three-track EP and title track City Jams. ‘City Jams’ pays tribute to Inner City’s iconic ‘Good Life’ with an infectious house-piano melody, swelling chords, skittering beats and feel-good, Chicago-house vibes throughout. The three-track EP features DJ Deeon on the remix and a bonus track from Redlight via Anonymous. Following the success of his 2016’s mixtape Templates Volume 1 and single ‘New Flows’, upcoming dates for Redlight include Detonate Festival in Nottingham (June 9-11). City Jams is available now via Hot Haus Recs.

Beatport: City Jams
Tour Dates

11) Liam Gallagher – Wall Of Glass

Guess who’s back? Yes, former Oasis frontman, Liam Gallagher, made a triumphant stride with the release of his debut solo single ‘Wall Of Glass’. Premiering as MistaJam’s Hottest Record, ‘Wall of Glass’ offers up a taster from his forthcoming debut solo album, As You Were. Following the split of the Gallagher-led band Beady Eye in 2014, Liam enlisted the help of super-producer, Greg Kurstin, (Adele, Sia, Beck) to deliver a hefty, blues-rock anthem, with plenty of Liam’s trademark swagger and attitude. With its frenzied harmonica flourishes and infectious blues-rock hook, ‘Wall Of Glass’ delivers on all fronts, and even manages to throw a few sneering barbs, possibly aimed at One Direction? “You were sold the one direction / And I believe the resurrection’s on, and you were wrong”. Upcoming dates for Liam include The Olympia Theatre in Dublin (June 10) and Benicassim Festival (July 13-16).

iTunes: Wall Of Glass
Google Play: Wall Of Glass
Tour Dates

12) Justice – Randy (Boys Noize Remix)

French record label, Ed Banger Records, formed in 2003 and has built a stellar reputation over the years, becoming synonymous with the growth of electronic music today. Founded by former Daft Punk manager Pedro Winter (aka Busy P), the label are celebrating their 100th release – and what better way than with a compilation album entitled Ed Rec 100. One particular track that caught my attention was the Boys Noize remix of Justice’s ‘Randy’. The German electronic producer/DJ, Alexander Ridha, somehow manages to build on the already exceptional original, transforming the once electro-disco inspired track into a much darker, rip-roaring, techno banger. Other featured artists on the commemorative album include Mr. Oizo, Cassius and Riton. Ed Rec 100 is available now via Ed Banger Records. Upcoming dates for Boys Noize include Glastonbury (June 21-25) Pukkelpop (Aug 16-19) and XOYO in London (Aug 25).

iTunes: Ed Rec 100
Google Play: Ed Rec 100
Tour Dates

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

London Grammar – Big Picture

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On the first of January, London trio London Grammar made their long awaited return with the stunning new single ‘Rooting For You‘.

One month later, the trio unveiled yet another taster from their forthcoming album by releasing a new song and video titled ‘Big Picture‘.  The Ivor Novello-winning band deliver a captivating new single produced by the Mercury-nominated Jon Hopkins (Brian Eno, Coldplay). ‘Big Picture‘ showcases Hannah Reid’s thoroughly captivating and haunting vocals throughout, while Dan Rothman’s hazy guitar flourishes and Dot Major’s ethereal synths and percussion work, elevate the track to heavenly heights.  The cinematic video, directed by Sophie Muller (Coldplay, Beyonce), perfectly captures the beauty of ‘Big Picture’, while a sea of mesmerizing colours and effective visuals mirror the vocals throughout.

Having recently been confirm to perform at Finland’s FLow Festival alonside The xx, Lana Del Rey, Flume and APhex Train, as well as Scotland’s new TRSMT Festival alonside Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy CLyyro

With a string of performances in the pipeline including Finland’s Flow Festival (Lana Del Rey, The xx, Aphen Twin, Flume), Scotland’s new TRSMT Festival (Radiohead, Kasabian and Biffy Clyro) and Parklife Festival (Frank Ocean and The 1975); It’s going to be one busy year for the dynamic trio. Check back soon for news on their forthcoming album.

iTunes: Big Picture
Google Play: Big Picture
Tour Dates

 

 

 

London Grammar – Rooting For You

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Guess who’s back?

London Grammar (Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman) unveiled their new single ‘Rooting For You’, to kick off the New Year in style.

The new material marks the long awaited return for the London trio, whose 2013 debut album If You Wait brought us the mesmerising ‘Wasting My Young Years’, ‘Strong‘, ‘Help Me Lose My Mind’ and ‘Sights‘.

Rooting For You‘ certainly lives up to expectations, with its delicate instrumentation, heartfelt lyrics and Reid’s thoroughly captivating and haunting vocals throughout. Their latest offering further reminds us just how much they’ve been missed. Welcome back London Grammar, and here’s to many more beautiful creations.

Upcoming dates include Flow Festival (Aug 11-13 Helsinki, Finland.) In the meantime, check out their live performance below on Youtube and the radio edit on Spotify. Also available available to buy from iTunes and Google Play

 

April Selections

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April was filled with plenty of new music and exciting news. Coldplay seemed to dominate April with news they’re to headline Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Glasgow, the streaming of their new album ‘Ghost Stories’ for free on iTunes, and six special shows around the world to mark the launch of ‘Ghost Stories’. To top that off Chris Martin sat down for a one-to-one with Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1 for another of his hour long special interviews. Definitely worth a listen back! The mighty Kasabian returned with their new single ‘Ee-Zeh’ and new album details ‘48:13’. Legendary Coachella Festival took place over the two weekends which delivered a few surprises such as Beyonce making a surprise appearance during sister Solange’s set. Check out the incredible dance moves here. Speaking of Mrs Carter, yes Jay Z and Beyonce announced their ‘On The Run‘ tour this summer. Lets hope they add some UK and Ireland dates. Sigma gained their first no 1 with the incredible ‘Nobody To Love’ while previous no 1 ‘Hideaway’ from Kiesza was covered by Greg James … you need to watch this. Just when you thought the hype had finally died down, Radio 1 unveiled ‘Blurred Lines’ as the most download track in the UK ever! Prince signed a new deal with Warner Bros which will also see his influential ‘Purple Rain’ album celebrate it’s 30th anniversary with a deluxe edition release. Last but not least, legendary DJ Frankie Knuckles passed away. Known as the ‘Godfather of House music’, Frankie was a pioneer of Chicago house in the early 80’s, which still heavily influences music today. Some of his classic songs include ‘Your Love’, ‘Tears and The Whistle Song’. Check out my April selections below, with over 1:40 for your listening pleasure.

1) DJ Fresh VS TC – Make You Bounce

After the success of the massive ‘Earthquake’ and ‘Dibby Dibby Sound’, DJ Fresh has unveiled his new single ‘Make You Bounce’, which received its premiere as Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record.  Known for his exciting collaborations from Diplo to Ms Dynamite and Dominique Young Unique, DJ Fresh has teamed up with Drum & Bass producer & DJ TC (‘Get Down Low‘), for a re-working of his original song ‘Make You Bounce’.  With its relentless pulsating synths and infectious house style hooks and vocals, DJ Fresh is no doubt set for another hit!  ‘Make You Bounce’ is set for release June 29th via Ministry of Sound recordings. Pre-order your copy here. The single is set to be taken from his upcoming fourth studio album, due later this year. Upcoming performances include ‘Mutiny In The Park

2) Disclosure x Friend Within – The Mechanism

Brotherly duo Disclosure unveiled their latest single ‘The Mechanism’ with rising UK producer Friend Within. The Liverpool producer recently featured on my January Selections, with his incredible remix of  Gotsome’s ‘Bassline’ and once again works his magic on ‘The Mechanism’. The single served as  a special delivery for Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 and perfectly captures their edgy UK garage style, deep house vibes and reverberating bass lines. Mix that with some of their signature percussive accompaniment and vocals samples similar to ‘When A Fire Starts to Burn’ and you’ve got another classic track.  The Mechanism is available now via PMR. Upcoming performances from Disclosure include Governors Ball in NY and Reading & Leeds Festival, while Friend Within is set to perform at We Are FSTVL.

3) Oliver $ & Jimi Jules – Pushing On

Berlin based producer Oliver $ has collaborated with Swiss house producer Jimi Jules on their debut release ‘Pushing On’ via Defected Records. Previous collaborations between the duo include 2011’s ‘Earl EP‘. ‘Pushing On‘ serves up a smooth house classic, with its looped Frankie Knuckles inspired bass line, percussive medley and infectious vocals. ‘Pushing On’ is available now.

4) Steve Aoki, Diplo & Deorro – Freak (feat. Steve Bays)

What do you get if you cross Diplo, Steve Aoki, and Deorro? A full on club banger titled ‘Freak‘. Mad Decent founder and one third of the Major Lazer power house Diplo has teamed up with Dim Mak founder and producer Steve Aoki (Beat down, Rage The Night Away) with big room Dutch producer Deorro, to form an unstoppable trio in EDM. ‘Freak’ featuring the vocals of Steve Bays, highlights all the producers trademarks such as big room trap drops, vocal distortions and hefty basslines. Upcoming performances from Diplo/Major Lazer include Bestival, while Steve Aoki is set to play Electric Daisy Carnival in London,  and Deorro Creamfields. ‘Freak’ is available now via Mad Decent records.

5) Klangkarussel Netzwerk (Falls like Rain)

Austrian house duo Klangkarussell — aka Tobias Rieser and Adrian Held, have unveiled their new single ‘Netzwerk (Falls Like Rain)‘ as the follow up to the hugely successful ‘Sonnentanz (Sun Don’t Shine)‘ ft Will Heard. ‘Netzwerk’ featured as a special delivery for Annie Mac and serves up a chilled, synth driven track with infectious vocals. Netzwerk (Falls Like Rain) is set for release July 28th, while their debut album is also set for release in July.

6) Jacob Plant – Louder

Jacob Plant is fast becoming a major player in the EDM scene having already delivered the massive bass heavy ‘Fire’ and high profile remixes from Calvin Harris to Iggy Azalea, and Example. Plant is back with his new EP ‘Louder’ and continues in the same force with a big room, pulsating banger with high energy drops. The ‘Louder’ EP is available now on Steve Aoki’s label Dim Mak Records and features the tracks ‘Radar’, ‘Tell Them’, and lead single ‘Louder’. Upcoming performances from Plant include Lollapalooza, and Reading & Leeds.

7) Mumbai Science ft DJ Spank-Spank of Phuture – King Of The Top Floor.

Mumbai Science, aka Belgian producer duo  Jonas Kiesekoms and Maarten Elen, known for their 2010 EP’s ‘Woof’, ‘Ancova & Gold’ have unveiled new material from their forthcoming album. ‘King Of The Top Floor‘ is taken from the forthcoming album ‘DÉJÀ VU’, which is set for release June 16th  and features the captivating and distorted vocals of Dj Spank Dpank of Phuture.  With it’s futuristic and quirky sounding production, ‘King Of The Top Floor’ showcases the unique and creative talents from the Belgian duo. Upcoming performances from the duo include The Playground Presents Com Truise (Ghostly International) at Shapes Warehouse London on May 31st.

8) London Grammar – Sights (Original and Tourist remix)

London Grammar (Hannah Reid, Dot Major and Dan Rothman) unveiled their new single ‘Sights’. While their debut album ‘If You Wait’ delivered an impressive string of singles including ‘Strong’ ‘Metal & Dust’, ‘Help me Lose My Mind’, ‘Nightcall’, and ‘Hey Now’, the talented trio have once again delivered with the captivating ‘Sights’. Hannah Reid’s stunning vocals take center stage with delicate accompaniment, gradually building and soaring with stirring string instrumentation. Taking up the challenge of remixing this beautiful track is Tourist, AKA William Phelps.  Currently signed to Disclosure Method label, Tourist’s previous remixes include Haim’s ‘The Wire’, Chvrches ‘Lies’ and his latest single Patterns, featuring Lianne LaHavas (featured in this months picks also). Tourists keeps the same serene sparseness of the track, before switching it up halfway through with some upbeat groove- style vibes. Be sure to catch London Grammar  at O2 Academy Brixton June 3-4 while Tourist is set to perform at London’s Field Day.

9) Lorde – Tennis Court (Flume Remix)

While we’ve heard a lot of remixes of Lorde’s ‘Royals’, ‘Tennis Court’ seems to have been overlooked – that is until Flume! Australian producer Flume, aka Edward Streten has killed it with his latest remix, which serves as the follow up to ‘Drop The Game’ with Chet Faker and last years incredible remix of Disclosure’s ‘You And Me’. Flume breathes new life into the original with his blend of futuristic style production, deep house vibes, and eerie pulsating synths. Flumes remix is available now via Flumes Delux Edition . Upcoming performances for Flume include Reading and Leeds Festival.

10) Tourist – Patterns ft Lianne LaHavas

London based electronic artist Tourist, AKA William Phelps has unveiled his new single ‘Patterns‘, featuring the wonderful soulful vocals of Lianne LaHavas. (‘Is Your Love Big Enough, ‘No Room For Doubt’) Currently signed to Disclosure’s Method label, the single received its premiere with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1 and delivers an uplifting, gospel tinged track highlighting Tourist’s intricately layered synths and smooth production. Taken from his latest ‘Patterns EP’ , Tourist’s highly anticipated debut album is scheduled for release later this year. Upcoming performances for can be found here.

11) Jus Now ft Bunji Garlin & Stylo G – Tun Up (Dismantle Remix)

The already infectious sounds of ‘Tun Up’ from Jus Now (aka Bristol’s Interface and Trinidad’s LAZAbeam) ft Bunji Garlin & Stylo G, has been given the remix treatment from Brighton producer Dismantle. Dismantle’s epic, high-energy jungle remix premiered with Toddla T on BBC Radio 1. The ‘Tun Up’ EP is available May 18th via 3Beat Records.

12) Hudson Taylor – Battles

Irish brothers Hudson Taylor ( Harry and Alfie) unveiled their new single ‘Battles’, which premiered as Zane Lowe’s Hottest record, and serves as the follow up to ‘Weapons’. ‘Battles’ delivers an uplifting and stirring folk-pop song with a rousing, anthemic hook. From busking on the streets of Grafton Street in Dublin to supporting Jake Bugg and Kodaline on tour, the folk-pop duo are currently working on their debut album due later this year.  The ‘Battles’ EP is set for release June 15th via Polydor.  Be sure to catch the duo at their headline gig at Electric Ballroom London June 5th  to coincide with the ‘Battles’ EP release, as well as upcoming performances at Glastonbury, Longitude Festival in Dublin , T In The Park and Festibelly.

13) Royal Blood – Come On Over

Royal Blood made up of Mike Kerr (bass, vocals) and Ben Thatcher (drums) from Brighton, unveiled their new single ‘Come One Over’, which serves as the follow up to ‘Out Of The Black’ and recent February Selections  pick ‘Little Monsters’. ‘Come On Over’ once again packs a punch, with their trademark riff-laden power rock, edgy vocals and intense drumming.  ‘Come On Over’  is available now. Be sure to catch the duo supporting Arctic Monkeys at Finsbury Park, and Reading & Leeds Festival.

 
14) Movement – Ivory

Australian trio Movement have unveiled their new single ‘Ivory’, taken from their self-titled EP. ‘Ivory ‘serves as the follow up to ‘Like Lust’ and ‘Us’ and highlights a perfect mix of light and shade with its moody atmospheric beats and and whispered, sultry vocals.  Movement describe their style as ‘minimal soul’ and ‘Ivory’ certainly lives up to that with it’s pulsating beats and smooth R&B vocals from  Lewis Wade soaring above. Mix that with an explosive guitar solo and ‘Ivory’ reaches a whole new level. The ‘Movement’ EP is available now . Upcoming UK dates include Ace Hotel Basement Shoreditch June 16th.

15) Klaxons – Love Frequency (Tom Rowlands remix)

Tom Rowlands from The Chemical Brothers, has remixed Klaxons new single ‘Love Frequency‘. As the British indie rockers experiment further with EDM influences, as heard in their latest album ‘Love Frequency’, Tom Rowlands seems like the perfect fit, having already produced their previous single ‘Children of the Sun’. Rowlands remix gives the track a more forceful vibe with its dark synths, heavy chimes and hard hitting drums and percussion.  With an infectious vocal sample looped throughout, Tom Rowlands has clearly made his mark with this enthralling remix. Upcoming performances from The Chemical Brothers include Space in Ibiza May 25th.

16) Duck Sauce -NRG (Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Milo & Otis Remix and Hudson Mohawke Remix

Duck Sauce (collectively known as A-Trak and Armand Van Helden) unveiled their latest single ‘NRG’ at beginning of April, taken from their debut album ‘Quack’. Set for release June 29th, the single will also include two remixes; one from Skrillex, Kill The Noise, Milo & Otis and the other from former TNGHT artist Hudson Mohawke.  Skrillex & Friends find that perfect balance by retaining that light-hearted opening with infectious vocals, before  launching into a more industrial sounding, electro whirring break. Scottish producer and G.O.O.D music affiliate Hudson Mohawke, who usually delivers the heavy trap sounding remixes, has shown some restraint with his upbeat, synth infused remix, mixed with plenty of percussive and pulsing drums.


17) Clean Bandit Ft Sharna Bass – Extraordinary (Sigma Remix)

Fresh from the massive success of ‘Nobody To Love’, sampling Kanye’s ‘Bound 2’, and the remix of DJ Fresh’s ‘Dibby Dibby Sound’, drum and bass duo Sigma (AKA Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie) have worked their magic on Clean Bandit’s latest single ‘Extraordinary’ ft Sharna Bass. Sigma allow Sharna’s vocals to remain central to the track, as the tempo is ramped up half way though and given the drum n bass overhaul. Sigma’s ‘Extraordinary’ remix is set of release May 18th. Upcoming performances from Sigma include Global Gathering.

 

18) Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman X Steve Angello- Payback

Steve Angello Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman have unveiled their explosive debut collaboration on the epic single ‘Payback‘. There’s been plenty of hype surrounding ‘Payback’, which until now has just been played out during festival sets the past year, from Creamfields to Ultra.

Having been over a year since Swedish House Mafia ended, Steve Angello has been constantly touring and recently celebrated his 10th anniversary of his label Size Records. As he gears up for his new album release, ‘Payback’ serves a taste of what’s to come.  Joining him for the highly anticipated collaboration, include Swedish progressive house duo Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman, who have already delivered some exciting material such as their recent collaboration with AN21 on ‘Rebel’, and previous remixes for Tiesto, Miike Snow and Coldplay. Payback’ captures all the trademarks we love about Angello, from his soaring melodic hooks to the explosive big room drops, thrilling build-ups and top quality production. Mix that with Dimitri Vangelis & Wyman Angello progressive house production and electrifying energy and you’re in for something big! ‘Payback‘ is available now via Columbia/Size Records.

19) Tapesh & KANT – Ey Yo (Grades remix)

South London producer GRADES, has unveiled his remix of Tapesh & KANT’s underground hit ‘Ey Yo’. The single serves as the follow up to ‘Freedom’,  ’I Wanna Be Down’  and ‘Rock The Boat’. ‘Ey Yo’ highlights GRADES ability to blend R&B with deep house vibes , with his sampling of Busta Rhymes ‘Dangerous’  before gradually building to an infectious deep house vibe mixed with UK garage influences. No word yet on any release date, but check out GRADES Soundcloud for further tracks.

20) Alice Boman – What

Swedish Singer Alice Boman unveiled her new single ‘What’, taken from her forthcoming ‘II’ EP. Lead single ‘What’ delivers a beautiful and fragile track with its delicate piano accompaniment. Boman’s haunting and whispered vocals create a sense of stillness that’s sure to strike an emotional chord with her fans. The term ‘less is more’ is very much the case for Boman, as she excels in creating such beauty from such simplicity. Upcoming dates for Alice include Dot To Dot Festival and Slottsfjell.  What is available June 2nd.

Check out the full April playlist below:

 

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: