Our fourth edition of This Week in Music takes the opportunity to shine a light on some of the more underground goings-on in the United Kingdom. We’re kicking off with a mini-documentary which discusses the history and evolution of London’s clubbing scene, featuring commentary from some of the scene’s most revered contributors. Following on from that is the first single from Nottingham-based producer Lone’s new album, and a B2B podcast from Jamie xx. We’ve balanced it out with additions from across the pond, including Highsnobiety regular SZA.
Check out the past This Week in Music features here and enjoy the latest below.
LONDON… on a regular
Produced by the current London club night Basement, this mini-documentary illuminates the London club scene, from past to present. It features contributions from BBC Radio 1 host Benji B, Boiler Room’s Thristian, XL label cofounder Richard Russell and producer Lil Silva. Giving a sense of the individual scenes and musical diversity, it carves out the combining factors that have led London to be known as one of the most important and vibrant musical cities in the world. Watch it on YouTube.
Jamie xx Podcast
The most successful member of The xx is the breakaway DJ and producer, aptly named Jamie xx. His productions have led him to score an album deal, which is set to be released this year. And his DJ sets have led him to a podcast for Beats in Space, in which he goes back to back with Spanish DJ John Talabot. Stream or download the mix here.
Lone – “2 is 8”
Travel further north from the London-centric music we’ve showed you so far and you’ll find Lone, who is based in Nottingham. You might have heard “Airglow Fires,” which he released last summer – and if not, then amend that immediately here – and his upcoming album shows just as much promise. Lone has released the first single from it, titled “2 is 8,” which was inspired by Detroit techno and Chicago house, which share the same grain and dirtiness as hip-hop, drawing a comparison between all three genres. Check it out here.
Jeremiah Jae – “Mountain Rise”
To balance the unusual amount of British talent, we’ve jumped across the pond to Chicago. Warp Records’ resident wordsmith Jeremiah Jae has released a new track ahead of his new mixtape, Good Times. “Mountain Rise” has been produced by Oliver The 2nd who has created a Madlib-esque foundation of strings and horns for Jae to work with. Listen to it now via SoundCloud.
SZA – “Sweet November”
Solana Rowe aka SZA has been a regular fixture on our pages thanks to her dulcet, R&B tones that give themselves so fittingly to a variety of production styles. Dripping with summer and soul, “Sweet November” is another single that she’s released early from her upcoming record Z, which is due out on April 8. Stream the song now and buy it from audiomack.