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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April Selections

1) Dillon Francis – Say Less ft G-Eazy

While Dillon Francis is without a doubt the funniest celeb to follow on snapchat, he’s also pretty damn good at producing music too. His latest offering sees him team up with Canadian rapper G-Eazy for his rambunctious new single ‘Say Less’, which serves as the follow up to 2016’sAnywhere’ ft Will Heard. A collaboration a long time in the making, G-Eazy goes in bar after bar with his slick flows and sharp lyrics, even giving Gerald the Piñata a shout out. Mix that with Dillon’s bouncy, bass-riddled trap production and you have one epic track. ‘Say Less’ is available via Dillon’s own IDGAFOS imprint (I don’t give a fuck or shit) – a term which originated from his 2011 song of the same name and was later expanded into his successful merch collection. Having recently completed Coachella Festival, upcoming dates for Francis include a string of Las Vegas performances including Surrender, Intrigue and Encore Beach Club. G-Eazy fans can catch him at Open’er Festival in Poland (June 28- July 1) and Splash! Festival in Germany (July 6-9).

iTunes: Say Less 
Google Play: Say Less 
Tour Dates 

 

2) Blaenavon – Lonely Side

Indie trio Blaenavon (Ben Gregory, Frank Wright and Harris McMillan) shared their new track ‘Lonely Side‘. The single is taken from their debut album That’s Your Lot and premiered as MistaJam’s Hottest Record on Radio 1. ‘Lonely Side’ is quite a personal track and serves up a glistening slice of indie pop with its smooth guitar riffs and flourishing synths.  Currently on a sold out headline tour, upcoming dates for the Hampshire trio include O2 London (June 16) and Reading & Leeds Festival (Aug 25-27)

iTunes: That’s Your Lot 
Google Play: That’s Your Lot 
Tour Dates 

 

3) Shy FX – We Just Don’t Care ft Shingai Shoniwa

UK Producer Shy FX (Andre Williams) dropped his latest single ‘We Just Don’t Care’ featuring the incredible vocals of Shingai Shoniwa (Noisettes). The Jungle and bass producer showcases his diverse and eclectic range, effortlessly blending tribal, percussive beats and bass heavy vibes. The innovative producer has always championed new sounds, having previously joined forces with Chase & Status, David Rodigan and MC Rage in 2014 to form soundsystem Rebel Sound, and ultimately winning the Red Bull Culture Clash. Having recently signed to Insanity Records, upcoming dates for Shy FX include Reading & Leeds Festival (Aug 25-27)

iTunes: We Just Don’t Care
Google Play: We Just Don’t Care
Tour Dates 

 

4) The xx – A Violent Noise (Four Tet Remix)

Four Tet (Kieran Hebden) dropped a new remix of ‘A Violent Noise’, taken from The xx’s third studio album ‘I See You’. While the original offered up a much sparser track, Four Tet has once again worked his production skills serving up a more house-driven dynamic that’s double the length. The blissful track is taken to new euphoric heights with its swelling synths and rolling percussion. Four Tet is a long time collaborator with The xx, having previously taken on remix duties for ‘VCR’, ‘Angels’ and ‘Seesaw’. Four Tet recently performed at Coachella Festival. No word yet on UK dates, but stay tuned.

iTunes: A Violent Noise
Google Play: A Violent Noise

 

5) I Win – Lethal Bizzle ft Skepta

Lethal Bizzle unveiled his new single ‘I Win’ featuring fellow Grime MC, Skepta. Produced by Skepta himself, the Grime duo serve up a hard-hitting banger filled with intense horns and a fast pace energy. With plenty of bravado from their respective verses, the Grime heavyweights trade bars and deliver plenty of energy throughout.  ‘I Win’ is taken from Bizzle’s forthcoming project titled ‘You’ll Never Make a Million From Grime’. The EP is set to feature collaborations with Donaeo, Mostack, and Melissa Steel. Upcoming performances for Bizzle include Reading & Leeds (Aug 25-27) and O2 Academy Oxford (Oct 19), while Skepta is set to perform at London’s Wireless Festival (July 7-9)

iTunes: You’ll Never Make a Million from Grime
Google Play: You’ll Never Make a Million from Grime
Tour Dates Bizzle and Skepta 

 

6) Gorillaz – Ascension ft Vince Staples (Nic Fanciulli Remix)

Klaxon Alert!!! Grammy-nominated producer Nic Fanciulli has taken on remix duties for Gorillaz ‘Ascension’, taking the track to epic new heights. Having received critical acclaim for his collection of memorable remixes over the years, including last year’s reworking of Jamie xx’s ‘See Saw, ‘Ascension’ sees Fanciulli deliver an acidic slice of rhythmic tech-house, bursting with energy. Upcoming dates for Fanciulli include a Thursday night residency in Hï Ibiza, alongside Luciano, Steve Lawler, Joris Voorn & Kölsch! (June 8-Sept 28).

iTunes: Ascension ft Vince Staples (Nic Fanciulli Remix)  
Google Play: Ascension ft Vince Staples (Nic Fanciulli Remix) 
Tour Dates 

 

7) Gorillaz – Saturnz Barz ft Popcaan (Banx and Ranx Remix)

Ok, while we’re on the topic of Gorillaz, we might as well continue with another remix. I featured the original song in last month’s selections, taken from their fifth studio album Humanz, but couldn’t resist adding this incredible remix from Montreal-based production duo Banx & Ranx. Known for their reggae inspired music, the duo deliver a mellow dancehall takeover, extending upon the original and infusing tropical vibes throughout.

iTunes: Saturnz Barz ft Popcaan (Banx & Ranx Remix) 
Google Play: Saturnz Barz ft Popcaan  (Banx & Ranx Remix)  

 

8) Leftfield – Open Up (Skream Remix)

Leftfield, originally made up of progressive house duo Neil Barnes and Paul Delaney, were highly influential in the 90’s with their evolution of dance music. Since going solo, Barnes has taken his Leftfield DJ set around the world and is reissuing his first album Leftism after 22 years, along with a host of reworks from the likes of Zomby,Voiski, Hodge & Peverelist and Skream. Sampling the original vocals of John Lydon on ‘Open Up’, electronic music producer, Skream, of pioneering dubstep duo Skream and Benga, delivers a haunting reworking of the track filled with surging synth lines, propelling the track to exciting new heights. While Leftfield is set to head out on tour with Leftism from May 11-May 26, Skream is set to perform at Parklife (June 10-11) and Glastonbury (June 21-25). The reissue of ‘Leftism is set for release May 5, while Skream’s remix is available now via Hard Hands.

iTunes: Open Up (Skream Remix)
Google Play: Open Up (Skream Remix)
Tour Dates 

 

9) Lana Del Ray – Lust For Life (Ft The Weeknd)

Lana Del Rey and The Weeknd have joined forces for ‘Lust For Life’, the title track from Lana’s forthcoming fifth studio album. This is the third time the pair have collaborated together, with Lana featuring on two tracks from his 2016’s Starboy album, and ‘Prisoners from The Weeknd’s 2015 album Beauty Behind the Madness. ‘Lust for Life’ premiered with MistaJam on Radio 1 and serves up a dreamy pop ballad, with Lana’s wistful vocals and Abel Tesfaye’s shimmering falsetto working in perfect harmony amidst a backdrop of swirling synths, keys and atmospheric production. No word yet on an album release date, but stay tuned for more details. Update: Lust For Life is set for release July 21 via Polydor. Upcoming dates for Lana include Lollapalooza in Paris (July 22)  while The Weeknd is set to perform at London’s Wireless Festival (July 7-9)

iTunes: Lust For Life 
Google Play: Lust For Life 
Tour Dates: Lana and The Weeknd 

 

10) MØ – Nights With You

I last featured MØ in my January selections for her collaboration with Snakehips on ‘Don’t Leave’. Now, the Danish popstar is back with her new single ‘Nights With You’, taken from her forthcoming untitled sophomore album and follow up to 2014’s No Mythologies. Co-written by pop heavyweights Ryan Tedder and Benny Blanco, ‘Nights With You’ perfectly captures MØ’s emotive vocals and rousing vocal hook. Upcoming dates for MØ include Pinkpop Festival in Netherlands (June 3-5)

iTunes: Nights With You
Google Play: Nights With You
Tour Dates 

 

11) Toddla T – Beast ft Andrea Martin & Stefflon Don

Producer/DJ and 1Xtra host Toddla T, unveiled his new single ‘Beast’, featuring R&B singer/songwriter Andrea Martin and rising MC Stefflon Don. Taken from his long-awaited LP titled Foreign Light , ‘Beast’ premiered as MistaJam’s Hottest Record. The single serves up the perfect balance between Andrea’s lush vocals and Stefflon Don’s commanding, killer verse, all working alongside Toddla’s slick production and infectious beats. The Sheffield-born producer and champion of bass, bounce and carnival vibes, is set to release Foreign Light July 28 via his new label ‘Steeze’. In the meantime, catch Toddla T every Thursday on his 1Xtra show and also performing at Parklife Festival (June 10-11) and Fabric (Aug 11)

iTunes: Foreign Light 
Google Play: Foreign Light
Tour Dates 

 

12) Mason – Rhino

Dutch DJ and producer Iason Chronis, AKA Mason, unveiled his appropriately named beast of a track, ‘Rhino’. With its stomping brass, groovy house production and fierce vocals from Dyanna Fearon, Rhino packs a punch and delivers on all fronts. Rhino sees Mason partner up with Defected Records for his latest release and serves as the follow up to ‘Toucan’ and 2016’s Nite Rite series. ‘Rhino’ is available now and will no doubt be tearing up dancefloors this Summer.  

iTunes: Rhino 
Google Play: Rhino 

 

13) Alex Metric – Freeek

London-based DJ Alex Metric, shared his latest track ‘Freeek’ ft Confessionals. The single is taken from HOWSLA’s forthcoming house-music compilation album, curated by Chris Lake and OWSLA boss Skrillex. The compilation showcases house music producers pushing boundaries and creating exciting, new music. Alex Metric, an already established name on the OWSLA label, delivers a stirring electro banger, with whirring synths and an infectious groove throughout.  In the lead up to the album release on May 5th, OWSLA will also be holding weekly HOWSLA-themed parties at Le Jardin in Hollywood. In the meantime Freeek is available now.

iTunes: HOWSLA 
Google Play: HOWSLA 

 

14) London Grammar – Oh Woman Oh Man

Fresh from the success of recent singles ‘Big Picture’ and ‘Rooting For You’, London Grammar unveiled their latest single ‘Oh Woman Oh Man’ produced by Paul Epworth. Taken from their forthcoming sophomore album, Truth Is A Beautiful Thing, the single perfectly captures Hannah Reid’s lush vocals, Dan Rothman’s hazy guitars and Dot Major’s ethereal synth and percussive work. London Grammar have enlisted esteemed British film director, Tony Kaye, to capture the visual soundscape of Oh Woman Oh Man. Trust Is A Beautiful Thing is set for release June 9th via Metal & Dust/Ministry of Sound. Be sure to catch the trio on the Festival circuit this Summer (Parklife, Glastonbury, TRNSMT, as well as headline performances at London’s Eventim Apollo (Oct 21) O2 Academy Brixton (Oct 30).

iTunes: Truth Is A Beautiful Thing 
Google Play: Truth Is A Beautiful Thing
Tour Dates 

 

15) Francis Novotny – Between The Lines

Francis Novotny, shared his new single ‘Between The Lines’. The Gothenburg (via Paris) singer/producer and multi-instrumentalist, serves up a brass-heavy, electro banger, showcasing a wide range of styles from R&B to electro soul and even glitch-hop. Mix that with soulful vocals, pulsing beats and swelling synths and it’s safe to say, Novotny is pushing down musical boundaries and creating something quite unique all together.  With similarities being drawn to SOHN and Hudson Mohawke, this is definitely one artist to keep an eye on.  ‘Between The Lines’ EP is available now via Black Butter Records and features previous singles ‘Friendzone’ and Hit & Run’.

iTunes: Between The Lines 
Google Play: Between The Lines 

 

16) Novo Amor – Carry You

So while the majority of my monthly selections this month have been quite ravy, I thought it best to end on a more mellow number and what a beauty this one is. Welsh singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Ali Lacey, AKA Novo Amor, unveiled his stunning new single ‘Carry You’. The single is taken from Novo Amor’s forthcoming Bathing Beach EP, set for release May 26th via Believe Music and serves up an enchanting and achingly beautiful melody, perfectly complimented by layers of delicate instrumentation and Novo Amor’s emotive, falsetto vocals.  In a recent Facebook post, Novo Amor commented that ‘Carry You’ is “an expression of nostalgia and a  wistful nod to a certain period of time”. Upcoming dates for Novo Amor include Bitterzoet in Amsterdam (Sept 19)

iTunes: Bathing Beach 
Google Play: Bathing Beach  
Tour Dates 

 

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

August Selections

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Woah, who’s exhausted after August? Such a busy month crammed full of festivals and exciting new music.  We had great new music from Format:B with their infectious single ‘Chunky‘, Justin Jay’s stomper of a track ‘Hit It‘ and Lana Del Ray’s smooth stylings in ‘High By The Beach. There’s plenty of new albums to keep you busy this month too such as The Weeknd’s ‘Beauty Behind The Madness’ (Aug 28) to Foals withWhat Went Down’ (Aug 28). Dr Dre‘s comeback album ‘Compton’ peaked at no 1 (his first record in 16 years), while The Maccabees scored their first number one album with ‘Marks To Prove It’, beating out Lianne La Havas’ album ‘Blood‘. For those looking to build or just start their vinyl collection, Tesco have become the first UK supermarket to stock vinyls. From Sept 4, Tesco will kick off this new venture with the release of Iron Maiden’s album ‘The Book Of Souls’.

The VMA Awards took place in LA with Taylor Swift winning big throughout the night – although slightly overshadowed by Miley’s unique hosting, Bieber crying onstage, Nicki Minaj’s beef with Miley and the small matter of Kanye West announcing he’s running for President in 2020…. Award shows are rarely about music these days, but least they’re entertaining 😉 In other awards news, FKA Twigs and Alt-J are leading the nominations for this year’s AIM Independent Music Awards . There’s been plenty of tours announced recently, with Chvrches touring in November with Four Tet, and Sigma announcing news of their UK and Ireland tour in Oct/Nov. BBC Radio 1Xtra announced details for 1Xtra Live. This year sees them heading up North to Leeds on October 17th. The lineup is yet to be announced, but last year featured Mary J Blige, Lethal Bizzle, and Sigma. Lenny Kravitz suffered a bit of a wardrobe malfunction onstage in Stockholm recently, with #penisgate quickly trending worldwide…. Oh Lenny! Speaking of such x-rated material,  music videos being made in the UK will now receive age certificates … hear that Miley, Minaj, Rihanna?…. Get ready to be hit with an 18’s certificate.

Hold the phone… 1D to split in March? Yes, you could almost hear the sound of a million girls’ hearts break all over the world. But fear not, it’s just for a ‘temporary’ creative break. Reunion tickets are probably already on sale! Unsurprisingly, Ed Sheeran has topped Spotify’s list of most influential artists under 25, beating artists such as Miley, Sam Smith and Bieber. Not only that, but the artist has also launched his own record label ‘Gingerbread Man Records’, a subsidiary of Warner Music Ltd. His new label will showcase emerging talents, with Jamie Lawson being his first signee. Taylor Swift’s #SquadGoals continues to gain momentum, with Swift inviting Lisa Kurdow onstage during her concert at Staples Center. The two delighted audiences with a rendition of that old Friends classic ‘Smelly Cat’. Check out the video here. Purse strings a bit tight at the moment? This will cheer you right up! Calvin Harris has been named the world’s highest paid DJ, earning a staggering £41.8 million, almost double what Guetta earned. Tiesto, Skrillex and Steve Aoiki were also top earners. With the sad passing of Cilla Black, Kasabian paid tribute to the singer/actress/presenter at V Festival and dedicated ‘Goodbye Kiss’ to the late entertainer.

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The August Bank Holiday proved the busiest weekends in music, with Creamfields, Reading & Leeds and SW4 all happening the same weekend. Check out my SW4 highlight on Instagram. Rounding off the Bank Holiday was Notting Hill Carnival or (Nottingham Carnival as Azealia Banks likes to call it… ) The Notting Hill Carnival is the largest street festival in Europe, celebrating Afro-Caribbean cultures. Toddla T Sound took up his usual place at Alderson St and Kensal Rd, with performances from Julio Bashmore, Redlight, Lady Leshurr and special guest Sean  Paul, while Shy FX curated his ‘Party On The Moon Stage’ and had artists from Rudimental, Ms Dynamite and Melé perform. Rinse FM’s Birthday weekend lineup included Disclosure, Skream, Katy B and Shadow Child, creating one hell of a party. But now, as Festival Season draws to a close, Bestival will officially close out the summer in style. Fear not, plenty of other good music events happening. Radio 1 September Live Lounge returns, while The Apple Music Festival (formerly iTunes Festival) returns to London’s Roundhouse this September for 10 nights. Check out the line up here

Last but not least, there’s a Ned Flanders-themed heavy metal band from Arizona called ‘Okilly Dokilly’, who refer to themselves as ‘the world’s only Nedal band’… and yes, they even have the signature green jumper, pink shirt and moustache. Well, that’s it Neighbour-eeno’s, have an Okilly-dokilly day and see you next month-ereeno. Ok after that rather lengthy round up, on with the music!

1) Calvin and Disciples – How Deep Is Your Love (Calvin Harris & R3hab Remix)

Calvin Harris has teamed up with R3hab for a remix of his own single ‘How Deep Is Your Love’. The original, which proved to be a massive summer house anthem, has been given the rework treatment, filled with snare builds and rousing moombahton style drops – Expect to hear this a lot as we bow out of the summer festival season. Having previously collaborated on ‘Burnin’ together, R3hab has also remixed previous singles for Harris including ‘Pray To God’, ‘Blame’ and ‘I Need Your Love’. ‘How Deep Is Your Love’ Remixes EP is available now via Sony Music  Upcoming dates for Calvin include various dates in Vegas while R3hab is set to play Pacha in ibiza this September.

2) Luke Sital-Singh – Still

Singer/songwriter Luke Sital Singh, unveiled his new single ‘Still’, taken from his forthcoming EP ‘The Breakneck Speed Of Tomorrow’. The single premiered with Huw Stephens as his Hottest Record on Radio 1, and serves as the follow up to last years debut LP ‘The Fire Inside’. ‘Still’ delivers a heartfelt ballad with simple guitar and drums and subtle production. Luke’s’ effortless vocals are captivating throughout and create a sense of ‘Stillness’ as the title suggests. ‘The Breakneck Speed of Tomorrow’ EP is set for release September 25th, while lead single ‘Still’ is available nowUpcoming dates for Sital-Singh include ‘Together The People’ in Brighton.

3) Julio Bashmore – She Aint ft Julie Mendoza

Bashmore has done it again! The UK producer revealed his latest single She Ain’t’; just one of the many infectious tracks taken from his debut album ‘Knocking Boots’. ‘She Ain’t’ serves up a thoroughly infectious single with plenty of ‘Bashmore Bass’ and disco-infused funk, before the soulful melody and retro style synths take over. Bashmore moves away from his usual deep house vibe and has a bit of fun with this record. Upcoming dates for Bashmore include Arts Club in Liverpool (Oct 3), and The Academy in Dublin (Nov 19th)

 

4) Rhodes and Birdy – Let It All Go

**Dream Team saxon alert** Yes, Rhodes and Birdy have joined forces on their latest single ‘Let It All Go’. The beautiful single showcases their dreamy vocals and soothing harmonies; the perfect collab. ‘Let It All Go’ will feature on both artists albums, with Rhodes’ debut album ‘Wishes’ set to drop first on September 18th, while the single is available September 11thBe sure to check out the magical video directed by Sing J lee, which highlights the Northern Lights in Scotland. Such a perfect setting for this duet. Upcoming dates for Rhodes include Rough Trade East (Sept 21)

5) Gorgon City – Saving My Life ft Romans

London based producers Kye Gibbon and Matt Ronson-Scott (AKA Gorgon City) premiered their new single ‘Saving My life’ ft Romans. The pulsing single serves up their usual house style, mixed with an infectious vocal hook from Romans and high energy throughout. With the release of their debut album ‘Sirens’ last year, here’s hoping for more new material from the duo soon. Full dates for their North American headline tour can be found here.

 

6) Oh Wonder – Drive

Oh Wonder have managed to build up quite the fanbase throughout the last year and racked up 13.5 millions plays on Soundcloud, all without setting foot on a stage. The London duo, made up of Josephine Vander Gucht and Anthony West decided to upload one song a month to Soundcloud, before releasing their debut album this September. Their latest single ‘Drive’ perfectly captures their balance of harmonies, stirring string accompaniment and their R&B infused groove, mixed with electronic flourishes. Check out their full tour dates here while their debut album ‘Oh Wonder’ is set for release Sept 4

7) Honne – Loves The Jobs You Hate

London based duo Honne, made up of Andy Clutterbuck and James Hatch, unveiled their latest single ‘Loves The Jobs You Hate’. The single premiered with Annie Mac as her Hottest Record and serves up a slice of futuristic soul, with it’s sensual electronic flavours of R&B mixed with some funky groove.  Recorded in London and Tokyo, ‘Loves The Jobs You Hate’ is taken from their forthcoming EP ‘The Over Lover’ and is set for release September 2nd via Atlantic Records. The Over Lover EP is set for release on September 2ndUpcoming dates for their Autumn tour in the UK include Patterns in Brighton and Deaf Institute in Manchester, with a headline performance at London’s Oval Space.

8) Jamie Woon – Sharpness

Time for the smooth stylings and very welcome return of Jamie Woon. His new single ‘Sharpness’ premiered with Pharrell on Beats 1, and is the first new solo material to surface from Woon in 4 years. ‘Sharpness’ serves up a smooth neo-soul single with some funky rhythms and electronic undertones.  The singer-songwriter is set to follow 2011’s debut album ‘Mirrorwriting’ with a new ‘D’Angelo’ inspired album, due later this year. ‘Sharpness’ is available now via Polydor Records

 

9)Redlight ft Melisa Whiskey – Threshold

Bristol producer Redlight, unveiled his latest single ‘Threshold’ , which received its premiere with Annie Mac on BBC Radio 1. The single serves as the followup to previous single ‘Lion Jungle’ and delivers another infectious hit from Redlight, with Melisa Whiskey’s commanding vocals on point amidst the stirring string instrumentation and slick production. ‘Threshold’ is taken from Redlights highly anticipated debut album ‘X Colour’, set for release October 30th via Redlight’s own Lobster Boy label. The album is set to feature artists such as Roses Gabor and The Prodigy. Pre-order your copy here. In the meantime, catch Redlight at Bestival this weekend.

 

10) Rosie Lowe – Worry ‘Bout Us (Edit) (Produced by MachineDrum)

Rosie Lowe has unveiled her new single ‘Worry ‘Bout Us’; produced by US producer Machinedrum. Known for his more uptempo tracks, Machinedrum puts on the breaks and serves up a mellow, R&B slow burner. Rosie Lowe delivers smooth and silky vocals, perfectly complementing  the percussive instrumentation and varying tempos throughout. While the single is more of a ‘dance-floor’ friendly edit, expect an album version later this year. Upcoming dates for Lowe include Broadcast in Glasgow (Feb 18) and Oslo Hackney (Feb 25)

11) Sigma & Diztortion ft Jacob Banks – Redemption

Drum and Bass duo Sigma (AKA Cameron Edwards and Joe Lenzie) announced their latest single ‘Redemption’, as a follow up to ‘Glitterball’ ft Ella Henderson and ‘Higher’ ft Labrinth. This time, the duo have enlisted the creative talents of Dutch producer Diztortion, known for his work with Stylo G, Major Lazer and Stormzy.  Featuring the uplifting vocals of Jacob Banks (Chase & Status: Alive, Paradox EP) ‘Redemption’ serves up a thrilling drum n bass banger with it’s vibing house piano chords and catchy vocals. Having just announced their forthcoming UK and Ireland live tour opening at The Warehouse Project in Manchester (Oct 22), other dates include The Academy in Dublin (Oct 25) and London’s Roundhouse (Nov 1) ‘Redemption’ is set for release October 23 via 3Beat 

12) Zak Abel – Flow

19-year-old Zak Abel has released his new EP ’One Hand On The Future’; a suitably apt title for an artist who is has an exciting future ahead. The EP features 6 tracks, perfectly blends elements of electronic, soul, R&B and pop, fusing genres and pushing boundaries with the greatest of ease. ‘‘Flow’, delivers an electro-tinged, contemporary R&B track, with his raspy, soulful vocals  being the main focal point throughout. With production throughout the EP from Karma Kid, Joker and Kaytranda, you know he’s in safe hands. Having supported Kwabs at Somerset House this Summer, upcoming dates for Abel include Oslo, Hackney with Liam Bailey (Spt 7).  ‘One Hand On The Future’ EP is available now via Atlantic Records. 

13) Diplo and Sleepy Tom – Be Right There

Yes, one of the hardest working men in music has released yet another smash single. With the success of the infectious ‘Lean On’ ft MO with Major Lazer, and ‘Where Are You Now’ ft Justin Bieber with his Jack Ü counterpart Skrillex, Diplo has joined forces with Canadian producer Sleepy Tom for his latest single ‘Be Right There’.  The single premiered with Annie Mac, who commented ‘It’s a rare and beautiful thing to see Diplo make music at 125BPM’. Diplo and Sleepy Tom deliver a future house banger with it’s bouncing bass lines, wavy synths and almost industrial sounding vibes throughout. With an infectious vocal sample from Jade’s 1992 song ‘Don’t Walk Away’, this is sure to be another hit for the two producers. Upcoming dates for Diplo include iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas (Sept 18-19), with Major Lazer performing at Alexandra Palace (Oct 17th) while Sleep Tom is set to perform at Fool’s Gold ‘Day Off’ (Sept 13) in Miami.

14) Tame Impala – Cause I’m a Man (HAIM Remix)

While HAIM have left us craving new music from them of late, they’ve delivered a little slice of goodness in their latest remix of Tame Impala’s ‘Cause I’m a Man’. The remix sees Kevin Parker’s vocals stripped out and the tempo slowed way down, while Danielle Haim’s vocal take center stage as they float effortlessly above. ‘Cause I’m a Man’ is a real psychedelic slow burner, with quirky electronic production, and smooth hip hop vibes. The perfect chill out track.  Upcoming dates for HAIM include various US dates with Taylor Swift.

 

15) Drones Club – Cold Hand

Introducing Drones Club; a post-pop band & art project from London, whose aim is to reconnect us to the physical universe. Check out their introductory video here which gives a bit more info to their musical concept.   Comprising of Rory Cottam, Charlie Dobney and Louis Morlet, the trio have recently unveiled their new Rise EP, and offered one free track a week, culminating in the EP’s release. ‘Cold Hand’ is a truly hypnotic track, with its industrial yet melodic vocals, shimmering synth lines, and a murmuring bass line drawing you deeper and deeper into the track. Can definitely imagine this being played at some smoky ,underground rave. Drones Club are proving to be one exciting project on the rise. I’ve heard their live performances are quite effective, so keep an eye out for any upcoming gigs. Don’t forget to download your free copy of the Rise EP on Soundcloud

16) Romare – Love Song

London based producer, Romare, unveiled his new track “Love Song’, taken from his forthcoming ‘Rainbow’ EP, due later this month. Rainbow was produced in tribute to the American 70’s disco scene, with both a Club version and Bedroom version set for release. With that comes ‘Love Song’, with its funky, soulful instrumentation, eclectic beats and a looped synth that’s strangely hypnotic. Upcoming dates for Romare include a new live AV performance at London’s Oval Space (Oct 8). The ‘Rainbow’ EP is set for release Sept 4 via Ninja Tune.

 

17) Chvrches – Leave A Trace (Four Tet Remix)

With Chvrche’s ‘Leave A Trace’ making July’s favourites, it’s back again this month, but this time with an incredible remix from UK producer Kieran Hebden (AKA Four Tet). Four Tet eases us into his remix, gradually building tension and momentum, teasing us with looped snippets of Lauren Mayberry’s vocals, before delivering a rather sensual slice of low-key techno. His remix is mesmerising, with a mellow groove and bass heavy pulse throughout.  Upcoming dates for Four Tet include Bestival, O2 Academy Brixton (Oct ) and Metropolis Festival in Dublin. Four Tet’s remix is available now.

18) MK – Bring Me To Life ft Milly Pye

With the success of his incredible remix of Wankelmut’s ‘My Head Is A Jungle’, Detroit producer MK (AKA Mark Kinchen) is back with his new single ‘Bring Me To Life’. Featuring the powerhouse vocals from newcomer Milly Pye, ‘Bring Me To Life’ serves up a thrilling house anthem, with MK’s signature drums and infectious house piano. Upcoming dates for MK include The Warehouse Project (Sept 25) followed by Holy Ship in the new year. ‘Bring Me To Life’ is available now via Big On Blue

 

19) Nothing But Thieves – Wake Up Call

Southend indie rockers, Nothing But Thieves premiered their new single ‘Wake Up Call’ as Annie Mac’s ‘Hottest Record’. The single serves as the follow up to the successful ‘Trip Switch’ and delivers an instantly melodic and catchy chorus, with Conor’s impressive falsetto vocals taking lead throughout. Mix that with some infectious guitar riffs and crashing drums and you have one exciting indie rock group on the rise. Having previously played the Radio1/NME Stage at Reading & Leeds, upcoming dates for the band include a 13 UK tour including Electric Ballroom (Oct 30) and Vevo Halloween at Victoria Warehouse (Oct 31). Their Debut Album ‘Nothing But Thieves’ is set for release October 16th via Sony.

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