Playlist 21.12.14 : Five Songs for the Weekend

Playlist 21.12.14 : Five Songs for the Weekend

This is the last Weekend Playlist of the year—hope you have enjoyed following along and discovering some new music. We will, of course, be back again with this regular feature in the New Year. Happy holidays everyone. –P



Expect to hear a lot more of James Bay in 2015. “Hold Back The River” was a top 20 UK hit for the British singer who was also awarded the Brit Awards Critic Choice Winner 2015. He will release his debut studio album Chaos and the Calm on 23 March 2015.



With a soulful mature sound, it’s hard to believe that Zak Abel is still a teenager who signed his first record deal 2 years ago at the age of 17. His first single is “These Are The Days”. You can also listen to a live acoustic recording in the BBC Live Lounge.



Released on the prodigious Australian music label, Future Classic, Hayden James‘ “Something About You” is a smooth house track.



R&B singer Miguel released a surprise 3-song EP via Soundcloud on Dec 19th, after a couple of years without a release. “Coffee” was our pick of the 3 tracks.



14 years is a long time, but that’s how long it has been since D’Angelo released any solo material. After the release of Voodoo in 2000, D’Angelo’s career as slowly slipped away, so it was something of a surprise to see the release of a brand new album, Black Messiah, which has been critically acclaimed. (See pitchfork review). Here is the first release from the album, “Sugah Daddy”.



Two artists you might be hearing a lot more from in 2015 are Long Beach rapper, Vince Staples, and London-based soul and blues singer, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, a.k.a. Rory Graham. Here they collaborate on the anthemic “Hell Yeah”.



Back in March, on the very first Weekend Playlist, we had the Young Fathers, Edinburgh’s very own hip hop trio, (who are now Mercury Music Prize winners) as our lead song. So it seems fitting to close out the year with “Soon Come Soon”, their most recent release. See you in the New Year.



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