Machine Factory

You might know Jacob Anderson from Game of Thrones as Grey Worm, but he also makes music under the moniker Raleigh Ritchie. Having seen him live this past month at Wireless Festival, and being blown away by his charisma and passion, I had to share ‘Birthday Girl’, his latest single. Unlike the hard-hitting ‘Stronger Than Ever’, the aforementioned song sees Ritchie bring a lighter sound to his music which shows off both his vocal and songwriting. Have a listen up top!

Lil Silva - Don't You Love (Feat. BANKS)

Lil Silva has penned ‘This Is What It Feels Like' for BANKS, and now, it’s time to return the favour. The songstress features on ‘Don’t You Love’, a beautiful R&B slow-burner lifted off Silva’s forthcoming Mabel EP. The elongated intro sees Silva impress with his soft vocals over the mellow atmospherics as BANKS mixes in her lush harmonies. The EP is out next week, hold tight!

Thought I Told You

They’re back! After dropping a slew of impressive tracks last year, Montreal based Cannonhead return with “Thought I Told You” in support of their upcoming sophomore release. The track samples a live performance clip of “Told You So” by fellow Montreal based artist Akua Carson and is one of those gems bound to stay in your head for a while. I had a chance to preview some of the album, and it’s safe to say these guys might be sitting on one of the best rap albums to come out of Canada in a while. 

Gist Is

Adult Jazz are quickly becoming my favourite band, and hopefully yours too? The four-piece from Leeds are perhaps the most exciting group out there (apart from alt-J) and their stunning debut album Gist Is, will show you why. The record takes you on an etheral, spiritual journey, from the lush, intricate melodies of opener ‘Hum’, to the fluttery and unconventionally funky ‘Idiot Mantra’, to the hauntingly captivating ‘Spook’and closer ‘Bonedigger’, the album well and truly sparkles. If the introspective soundscapes won’t get you, the warm, mellow vocals of frontman Harry Surgess most definitely will. Do yourself a favour and stream the entire album above, before it’s out August 4. 

Azealia Banks - Heavy Metal and Reflective

Okay, so Azealia Banks has had a pretty rough ride over the past few years. Be it label issues or general beef, but you can’t deny her talent. From time to time, she’s dropped some gems, but it’s all overshadowed by her forever-delayed album. Things have changed now. She’f left Universal, and has started afresh with ‘Heavy Metal and Reflective' which has that '212' vibe we all loved. Whilst Broke With Expensive Taste might still be months (years?) away, this is promising.