Glastonbury ’17 – Friday Picks

“You’ve got to leave your ego and your shades at the gate” – Ed O’Brien, Radiohead

Are you ready for the first Glastonbury headliner of 2017? With official TV coverage and online streaming starting today, the one and only Radiohead are set to headline The Pyramid Stage from 21.30-23.45. Having last headlined Glastonbury in 2003, Radiohead have an impressive nine studio albums under their belt, so expect an epic, career-spanning set. Over on Radio 1, Annie Mac caught up with Ed O’Brien ahead of their second headline performance, with Ed offering some sound advice to  his fellow artists. Ok, let’s see who’s made my Friday’s Picks:

1) The xx: Pyramid Stage (19.30-20.30)

With the release of their highly anticipated third studio album, I See You, back in January, The xx are set to captivate the Pyramid Stage with their typically affecting live show. Having recently sold out seven consecutive nights at London’s Brixton Academy in March, you just know The xx are going to deliver a mesmerising live performance. Sonically, the trio have evolved from the hauntingly sparse onset of 2009’s debut album, to a more expansive and colourful existence. With an impressive back catalogue of material such as ‘On Hold’, ‘Angels’ ‘A Violent Noise‘, to their most recent offering, ‘Seasons Run’, expect emotions to be running high as Jamie, Romy and Oliver light up the main stage with their saccharin induced melodies, illuminating light show, velvety vocals and rousing, festival-friendly refrains – perfect for the grandest stage of them all.

2) Áine Cahill: Avalon Stage (14.20-15.15)
    The Bread and Roses Stage (18.00-19.00)

Áine Cahill first came to my attention during last year’s Glastonbury festival, when BBC 2 hosted a series of acoustic-style performances throughout their live TV coverage. The 21-year-old performed her single ‘Black Dahlia’, which immediately prompted a surge of viewers eager to know more about this mysterious talent, even causing her to trend on Twitter. Inspired by classic 1950’s jazz with a contemporary twist, the Irish singer from Co. Cavan continues to captivate audiences with her commanding vocals full of depth, akin to the likes of Amy Winehouse or Adele. With the success of singles ‘The 27 Club’ and more recently ‘Plastic’, be sure to catch Áine as she takes to the Avalon Stage this afternoon and then again on the Bread and Roses Stage later this evening. With a string of Summer festivals on the horizon including Sea Sessions, Latitude, Longitude, Secret Garden Party and Festival no 6 –  the future is bright for this rising Irish star.

3) Annie Mac: John Peel Stage (22.30-23.45)

I know I already mentioned Annie Mac in my top picks for Thursday, but that was for her special Glasto broadcast of her weekday show, with special performances from the likes of George Ezra and Nadia Rose. Now, it’s time for her solo gig! As the Queen of dance on Radio 1, Annie has had the pleasure of kick-starting the weekend off for a number of years now, and what better way than on the John Peel Stage. With the success of her recent club culture documentary ‘Who Killed The Night’ and her personally curated AMP Lost & Found Festival in Malta, Annie is seen as the premiere tastemaker when it comes to the latest club bangers. While her weekly Friday night show is still being broadcast live from Glastonbury tonight, with special guests The xx, Goldie, Jackmaster, Joe Goddard and Little Dragon; her John Peel set will see Annie take center stage for a night of #raving. Having recently given birth to her second child and made her highly anticipated return to their airwaves last week, expect a large crowd for this set.

4) Toddla T’s Glastonbury Carnival: Stonebridge Bar (22.00-05.00)

I couldn’t leave out Toddla T’s Glastonbury Carnival from my top picks. The producer/DJ, label owner and new Dad is set to bring his Carnival vibes to the Stonebridge Bar. While the annual Notting Hill Carnival is still 9 weeks away, Toddla T is starting the celebrations early and bringing the whole Soca crew along. Joining him for the 7 hour Glasto special include: Joe Goddard, Mist, Donae’o, Dj Target, DJ Q, Cadet, Jamz, Supernova, Kojo Funds, Lisa Mercedes and Jeremiah Asiamah, serving up an eclectic mix of dub & reggae, jungle, hip hop, grime and dancehall. With the every-growing popularity of Carnival, including Toddla’s Spring, Summer and Ibiza Carnivals, the Toddla T Sound has grown from strength to strength celebrating the best of Caribbean music. Airhorns and whistles at the ready – and watch out for the Soca Police!

5) Royal Blood: Pyramid Stage (17.45-18.45)

Royal Blood have been a firm staple on my blog since their 2014 eponymous debut album. The Brighton duo are set to tear up the Pyramid Stage with a string of explosive singles, such as ‘Figure It Out’, ‘Come On Over’,‘Ten Tonne Skeleton’ and more recent singles ‘Lights Out’ and ‘I Only Lie When I Love You’. With their turbocharged, riff-laden hard rock, The Brighton duo have garnered quite the support from rock-royalty over the years, including Foo Fighters, Metallica’s Lars Ulrich and even Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page. With the release of their sophomore album, Why Did We Get So Dark, earlier this month, bassist & vocalist Mike Kerr along with drummer Ben Thatcher, have successfully delivered a follow up album that’s evolved organically, all the while maintaining their undeniable raw energy. Word of warning – watch out for the mosh pits!

It’s impossible to narrow down my top 5, so notable mentions have to go to festival favourite’s Major Lazer – who on any other day would have been top of this list – and of course the incredible Lorde making her Glasto debut. Other acts that caught my eye include Melé, Gorgon City, Blossoms, Diplo x Jillionaire’s DJ setEats Everything’s fourth performance of the weekend and the Radio 1 Essential Mix (with Patrick Topping and Richie Ahmed B2B). There’s also still a few ‘secret acts‘ yet to be announced, such as the 19.30 slot on the Park Stage. Could it be Elbow? Away from the live music acts, another highlight bound to get a big crowd is the William’s Green Stage (21.00-23.10) for a special screening of the Oasis documentary Supersonic, which a special introduction from Noel Gallagher. While, The Cineramageddon (15.45-17.50) is set to screen two documentaries about the life and times of David Bowie; ‘Five Years’ and ‘The Last Five Years’. See, something for everyone.

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. Check back soon for Saturday’s picks!

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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!

Coachella: Day 2

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Saturday – April 13th

Headliners: Phoenix

With Day 1 of Coachella completed, lets look ahead to my ‘Top Acts’ for Day 2.

Baauer:  3:00pm – 4:00pm | Sahara

American DJ/Producer and Trap sensation Baauer is set to cause havoc with what will no doubt be a mass Harlem Shake in the Sahara Tent . Having recently toured and collaborated with Hip Hop legend Just Blaze on the epic trap banger ‘Higher‘, Baauer is fresh off a mini tour with Hip hop rapper Danny Brown.  Baauer has an impressive track record of remixes including No Doubt, Nero and Prodigy, and the recent AlunaGeorge ‘Attracting Flies‘. Upcoming UK dates include SW4 at Clapham Common and Reading & Leeds Festival, London.

The 2 Bears:  4:15pm – 5:45pm | Yuma

The Two Bears, made up of Joe Goddard (of electronic band Hot Chip) and Raf Rundell (Raf Daddy), are set to hit Coachella with their infectious house music. With 3 EP’s and 1 album under their belt,  previous releases have included ‘Bear Hug‘ and ‘Be Strong‘. Having already received massive support on UK radio, the duo also host their own radio show ‘Follow The Bears‘ on Ministry Of Sound Radio. Upcoming UK dates included SW4 at CLapham Common, London.

Bat for Lashes: 5:10pm – 6:00pm | Mojave

Bat for Lashes, aka English singer songwriter Natasha Khan, has made quite the impression having taken her inspiration from artists such as ‘The Carpenters‘ and ‘Neil Diamond‘, which led to her 2013 Brit nomination for Best British Female. ‘The Haunted Man’ was Laura’s third studio album which brought us the stunningly haunting ‘Laura‘, and ‘All Your Gold‘.

Major Lazer: 6:25pm – 7:15pm | Mojave

Major Lazer (AKA American DJ/Producer Diplo and Walshy Fire) are set to bring their carnival vibes to Coachella. Their forthcoming album, Free The Universe’ has been almost two and a half years in the making, so Coachella serves as the perfect stage to showcase new material.  Having already released ‘Get Free‘ ft. Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, ‘Jah No Partial’ ft Flux Pavillion and their latest single ‘Bumaye’ (Watch Out for This) ft. Busy Signal & Flexican, Major Lazer are primed to take over 2013 with their infectious reggae rhythms and dance hall vibes. Expect a few custom duplates and Diplo in an inflatable Zorb! Upcoming UK dates include Sheffield, Oxford, Bristol and London’s Roundhouse and Reading & Leeds.

Julio Bashmore: 7:30pm – 9:00pm | Yuma

DJ & producer Julio Bashmore was responsible for one of the most infectious house tracks of 2012 with ‘Au Seve‘, which he released under his very own label, ‘Broadwalk Records‘. Previous production credits have included Jessie Ware’s ‘110%‘ and the most recent collaboration with Jessie on ‘Imagine It Was Us‘. No doubt we’ll see plenty of ‘Bashmore Bass’ during his Coachella debut.

Saturday has an incredible line up including Knife Party, Biffy Clyro, Two Door, Ben Howard, Franz Ferinand, The xx, Benny Benassi, Grizly Bear, Hot Chip, 2 Chainz, and Action Bronson. Special mention has to go to Radio 1’s DJ and taste maker Zane Lowe, who is set to deliver an energetic genre defying set; Definitely one to check out!

Don’t forget, you can watch all the action LIVE on the dedicated Coachella YouTube Channel. Check back soon for my ‘Top Act’s for Day 3.

Year in Review: Top 100 Tracks of 2012

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

Top 100 Tracks of 2012

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

Barclaycard Mercury Prize – Albums of the Year (Part 1)

The shortlist for the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize Albums of the Year, were announced earlier this week. Celebrating the best albums from UK and Ireland, host Lauren Laverne read out the 12 nominations. Previous winners include PJ Harvey, The xx, Elbow, Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand and Dizzee Rascal. Lets have a look at the first 6 albums up for contention …

1) Alt-J (∆)  – An Awesome Wave

** Updated** – Winner of the 2012 Barclaycard Mercury Prize

An Awesome Wave‘, the debut album from Alt-J, was released in May 2012 through ‘Infectious Music’. It features the singles ‘Matilda’, ‘Breezeblocks’ and the stunning ‘Tessellate’.

The band consists of Gwil Sainsbury (guitarist/bassist), Joe Newman (guitar/vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards) and Thom Green (drums), who together deliver a strong and captivating debut album that spans across a multitude of musical genres, including their uniquely dubbed “folk step”. Each track is fresh and exciting, while lead vocals from Newman guide us through the album effortlessly with his poignant intimate lyrics.

The band had a great presence throughout the summer festival season, including performances at Latitude, Bestival, T in the park, Reading and Leeds and have plenty of upcoming  tour dates on the horizon.

2) Ben Howard – Every Kingdom

Every Kingdom, the debut album from English singer song-writer Ben Howard, was released in October 2011 through ‘Island Records’. It features the singles ‘Old Pine’, ‘The Wolves’, ‘Keep Your Head Up’ and ‘Only Love’.

Bens clear influences from Bon Iver and John Martyn, has resulted in a debut album that’s both engaging and emotional. His folk style incorporates delicately plucked guitars, simple percussion, soothing vocal harmonies, and a collaboration with India Bourne on cello. From the up-tempo tracks of ‘Keep Your Head Up’, to the more personal and restrained numbers of ‘Everything’, ‘Every Kingdom’ is a perfect balance of light and shade.

In April 2012, Ben launched his music in the US followed  by a successful performance at SXSW in Texas. During the Summer, Ben captivated the crowds at Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, T in the Park and Electric Picnic. Be sure to catch him at one of his many upcoming UK and Irish dates.

3) Django Django – Django Django

Django Django’s self-titled debut album was released in January 2012 through ‘Because Music’. It features the singles ‘Default’ ‘Waveforms’ and ‘Hail Bop’.

The psychedelic quartet consists of David Maclean (drums), Vincent Neff, (vocals and guitars), Jimmy Dixon, (bass) and Tommy Grace (synths). The album uniquely infuses musical genres to deliver such a distinct sound – Whether it be the synth-pop vibes of ‘Hail Bop’ to the tribal beats and chanting of ‘Skies Over Cairo’, each track is fresh, imaginative and bursting with colour.

Their new single ‘Life’s A Beach’ will be released on October 31st, while a full tour starts October 20th in Norwich.

4) Field Music – Plumb

‘Plumb’ is the fourth album from brotherly duo Peter and David Brewis. Released in February 2012 through ‘Memphis Industries’, it features the singles ‘(I Keep Thinking About) a New Thing‘ and a ‘New Town’.

With fifteen tracks in just 35 minutes, ‘Plum’ is quite complex and  constantly changing with its use of instrumentation and different rhythmic devices. The album can be described as ‘progressive pop’ that spans across a multitude of different influences, from the Beatles, to Talking Heads.

The duo recently performed at Bestival, with their upcoming UK tour starting October 3rd in Aberdeen.

5) Jessie Ware – Devotion

Jessie Ware, one of the most promising new acts from South London, released her captivating debut album ‘Devotion’  in August, through Island Records/PMR. Featuring the singles 110%, Running and Wildest Moments, Devotion takes us on a musical journey of R&B, pop, soul and electronic music

When you’re debut album is produced by Dave Okumu (The Invisible), Bristol electronic producer Julio Bashmore (Au Seve), and Kid Harpoon (co-writer of Florence + The Machine: Ceremonials), you know you’re building pretty solid foundations for a debut release. Each with their own individual style, yet never taking away from Ware’s unique form that makes ‘Devotion’ a real stand-out album.

From the defined beats of ‘Wildest Moments’, to the 80’s inspired synths of ‘110%Jessie manages to keep it fresh by making it so relatable and personable. You really feel like she’s singing from her soul as she opens up about these personal moments in her life.

After an exceptionally busy summer, including performances at BBC Radio 1 Hackney Weekend, Ibiza, House Party live on channel 4,   Jessie kicks of her headlining tour of the UK in November.

6) Lianne La Havas – Is Your Love Big Enough

In July 2012, Lianne La Havas released her stunning debut album through ‘Warner Bros Records’. The album features the singles ‘Is Your Love Big Enough?’,’ No Room For Doubt’, ‘Forget’ and ‘Lost & Found’.

From the delicate guitar accompaniment of ‘No Room For Doubt’, to the edgy and powerful vocal of ‘Forget’, Lianne highlights not only her soulful voice, but her talent as a songwriting. Citing Nina Simone and Lauryn Hill as her main influences, the South Londoner sings with such honesty as she invites us into her world with each new track.

Lianne started off the year on a high, after being shortlisted for the BBC Sound of 2012 and supporting Bon Iver on tour. Her next performance is at the iTunes festival September 28th, followed by a UK tour starting October 5th

The xx – Angels

The xx have returned with a beautiful new track called ‘Angels‘, which will be the lead single from their upcoming album ‘Coexist‘.  The trio posted a message about the new release on their Facebook page:

“It’s been a long time since we’ve played you anything new. This song is called ‘Angels’, it is the first single from our new album, ‘Coexist’. We’ve been playing this song live recently, so it feels good to share with you the version we’ve been working on for so long. We hope you like it. xx The xx”

Currently the Hottest Record for  Zane Lowe on BBC Radio 1, ‘Angels’ is a stripped back song that reflects the lighter side of love.  Speaking to Zane Lowe, singer and guitarist Romy Madley Croft said it was the first time they approached making an album together as a unit. They shut themselves away, and fellow band member Jamie Smith, produced the whole thing.

“It was a challenge to do a bit more on our own.”

Having recently performed at Heineken Open’er Festival in Poland, more upcoming dates for the indie group include Bestival and Electric Picnic

Angels is available to download from iTunes, with the album ‘Coexist’  having a release date of September 11th.