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!

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BBC Sound Of 2016 – Longlist (Part 2)

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“The best way to predict the future is to create it.”

Check out Part 1 here featuring acts 1-7: Alessia Cara, Blossoms, Billie Marten, Dua Lipa, Frances, Izzy Bizu, Jack Garratt.

So, who are the artists set to make a big impression for 2016? Let’s have a look at all the nominated artists on the longlist and check out the full Spotify Playlist here.

8) Meet 20 year old east London MC, J Hus, who brought us the infectious singles ‘Lean and Bop’ and ‘Dem Boy Paigon‘. While growing up in the birthplace of Grime, J Hus incorporates various styles into his music such as reggae and Afrobeat, giving him that unique edge. Having recently received a MOBO nomination for Best Newcomer, his single Lean and Bop was signed to Black  Butter Records. With his slick flows and melodic ear, 2016 looks bright for J Hus.

9) 21 year-old  Benjamin Coyle-Larne, AKA Loyle Carner serves up some serious skills with his smooth flows and tight rhythms. Growing up, the London MC was heavily influenced by the Grime scene, yet there’s a distinct old school hip hop edge to him that really stands out, as heard on his latest jazz-infused single ‘Ain’t Nothing Changed’. Check out his cover of Kanye West’s Heard ‘EM Say as part of Radio 1 Piano Sessions and witness his smooth mellow vibes for yourself.

10) Having started writing from the early age of 14, Mabel’s talents are finally coming to the forefront for all to see. Daughter of pop legend Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack producer Cameron McVey, Mabel grew up with music in her blood. With the release of her debut single ‘Know Me Better’ back in July and follow up single ‘My Boy My Town‘, Mabel showcases her smooth and soulful vocals serving up a refreshing slice of R&B infused pop.  Mabel is also set to perform at Annie Mac Presents Collected, at ICA London (Mar 10) alongside Billie Marten.

11) 19-year-old electronic producer and multi instrumentalist Alex Crossan, aka Mura Masa has been making an impact with his creative music stylings. With the release of his mixtape Soundtrack to a Deathon Soundcloud in 2014, his Someday Somewhere EP, and his latest collaboration with Shura on Love For That,  Mura Masa’s eclectic production and irresistible beats are hard to ignore. Upcoming dates include Sheffield City Centre (Feb 27)  and O2 Shepherds Bush (May 26) as part of his Spring EU tour.

12) London based Neo-soul singer NAO is making waves with her sensual R&B textures and elongated synths, as heard in recent single Bad Blood. The single serves as the follow up to her second EP February 15 released earlier this year, and Disclosure’s Superego, which she featured as vocalist. The Hackney based singer, trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama where she studied vocal Jazz, but her music showcases a unique fusion of hip hop, soul, funk and UK Garage. With the success of previous singles ‘So Good’, ‘Zillionaire‘ and her latest collaboration with Mura Masa on ‘Firefly‘, expect big things from NAO in 2016, along with her highly anticipated debut album.

13) Meet Essex boy Jordan Cardy, aka Rat Boy, who’s indie punk vibes are thoroughly engaging. Not only does Rat Boy write all his own music, he also sings, plays guitar, bass, and keys, delivering a truly original sound that’s 100% authentic.  With the success of his previous singles Sign On and Fake ID highlighting the every-day struggles of life after school, Rat Boy is currently signed with Parlophone Records, home to Blur and Babyshambles. Having toured with Circa Waves and The 1975, be sure to catch him at hisheadline show in London’s Heaven (Jan 26) as well as this year’s Reading & Leeds Festival. Expect a debut album later this year too!

14) Meet Section Boyz; a Grime collective from Croyden, South London. Made up of Swift, Deepee, Knine, Inch, Sleeks and Littlez, the crew have been constantly gaining momentum and exposure, earning them a co-sign from Drake.  With the release of their debut mixtape Don’t Panic, and winning the covetedMOBO Award for Best Newcomer, Section Boyz are already making waves on their own without any label backing. 2016 will see the boyz appear on Rita Ora’s forthcoming album as well as performing at Rescue Rooms in Nottingham (Feb 20) and Village Underground (Feb 24).

15) WSTRN are a collective from West London made up of cousins Akelle Charles and Haile, along with their friend Louis Rei. With South London heavily represented in the music scene today, the group wanted to highlight and represent the talents from West London. With the success of their debut singleIn2, WSTRN were later signed to Atlantic Records where they continue to hone their multi eclectic sound, drawing from reggae to hip hop and R&B to motown. Check out the In2 remix featuring Wretch 32, Chip & Geko as well as their upcoming gig with Jeremih at O2 Institute, Birmingham (Jan 19).

Shortlist Update: 8/01/16

5th Place: (Tie) WSTRN & Mura Masa

4th Place: Blossoms

3rd Place: NAO

2nd Place: Alessia Cara

**1st Place: Jack Garratt**