Welcome to the Monthly Music Wrap, where we’ll be sharing some of the biggest and most exciting music releases of the month. From Hip-Hop, Soul to Rock ‘N Roll and electronic, we’ll be showcasing some of our favourite taste-making tracks from around the globe, that you may have slept on over the past month.
The Rolling Stones – Hate To See You Go
In case you missed it one of the greatest Rock ‘N Roll bands of all time The Rolling Stones have returned with some new material. In fact, the release is a cover from the legendary Little Walter and is the first single from their upcoming blues inspired album.
The upcoming 12-track album ‘Blue & Lonesome” from The Rolling Stones features covers from Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor and Howlin’ Wolf, and features the iconic Eric Clapton. Keep an eye out for this one.
Mura Masa featuring A$Ap Rocky– Love$ick (Four Tet Remix)
A few weeks ago, one of the UK’s most eclectic electronic producers Mura Masa teamed up with A$AP Rocky to re-release his original hit ‘Lovesick’. The dream re-release gets even better with a remix from experimental UK producer Four Tet.
Booka Shade – Body Language (Interpretation)
Well if you’re a house or techno fan, there is no doubt you’ve heard Booka Shade’s iconic track ‘Body Language’. The German production duo have released a Breakbeat/House inspired interpretation of the track as part of ‘Movements 10’, marking 10 years since the release of their monumental ‘Movements’ album. ‘Body Language isn’t the only track to look out for, as the 2-Disc set features new edits and remixes from a variety of well known artists.
Justice – Alakazam!
Over the past few months legendary French duo Justice have been trickling out music from their forthcoming album ‘Woman’. While they have received plenty of love so far for ‘Safe and Sound’ and ‘Randy’, it is their new release ‘Alakazam!’ that we believe will be the closest thing to bridging the gap between their 2007 breakout record ‘Cross’, 2011 record ‘Audio Video Disco’ and their anticipated 2016 album ‘Woman’. While the track is not as hard hitting as ‘Safe and Sound’, ‘Alakazam!’ delivers crispy percussion with a cool driving bassline.
Drake – Fake Love
It’s pretty hard to miss anything coming from the camp of Canadian Rapper Drake. If you haven’t moved on from ‘Views’ yet, it’s time to catch up after Drake released 3 singles ‘Fake Love’, ‘Sneakin’ and the controversial ‘Two Birds, One Stone’ which takes a jab a Kid Cudi. Packing a bigger punch, ‘Freakin’ is the standout track in the pack and features the guest talents of breakout Rapper 21 Savage.
Fortunes. – 501
Okay, these guys might not be recognisable compared to the aforementioned artists, but Fortunes are at the forefront of being Australia’s next big thing with their formula of super smooth electronic R&B. Case in point, the release of ‘501s’ comes with the announcement that they have signed to Future Classic, the label that proudly holds Flume, Nick Murphy (formerly Chet Faker), TaKu, Flight Facilities and Wave Racer on their roster. We’re expecting exciting things from this promising Melbourne duo.
Solange – Cranes In The Sky (Kaytranda Edit)
After releasing her album at the back end of September, it didn’t take long for producers to start editing and remixing Solange’s beautiful new album. Lucky for us, one of those producers was Montreal beat-maker and man of the moment Kaytranada, who serves the utmost justice to Solange’s work of art. This was a match made in heaven.
Kaytrnada goes on to state: “Honestly I was gonna wait to see if Solange or her team or whoever works for her would’ve ask me to remix so if they still want to I could make it sound better than that version but ohhhhh, what the hell….”
Kings of Leon – Around The World
Whenever it’s album time for Kings of Leon, you’d assume that they would always have the pretty tough task of living up to their previous successes – especially when you have monumental tracks like ‘Sex On Fire’ and ‘Lose Somebody’. We’ll give credit where it’s due as the Kings of Leon guys have delivered a totally cool and refreshed sound in their new album ‘WALLS’.
D.R.A.M – Big Baby DRAM (Album of the Month)
Earlier in the year the world was graced with the unusual and fun Hip-Hop/Pop crossover track ‘Broccoli’ from US Rapper/Singer D.R.A.M. While ‘Broccoli’ left a few question marks, D.R.A.M’s album fills the gaps with smooth, soulful vocals over a fun production. We have to give an extra special mention to the amazing collaboration with out-of-this-world vocalist Erykah Badu on ‘WiFi’.
Tchami – Essential Mix
French Future House phenomenon Tchami has been paving the way for house music over the past couple of years due to his own unique production sound and riveting DJ sets. Known for pushing his sound a little harder than conventional house DJs, the French maestro jumps into the prestigious Essential Mix firing, with edits from Duke Dumont, Claude VonStroke, Shadow Child, Crookers and Jax Jones. With over 2 hours in the hot seat, Tchami’s long awaited Essential Mix debut is fit for your pre-party playlist.
Listen to Tchami’s full mix below or over at the BBC 1 website while it lasts.