We round-up the last week in music, including news you might’ve missed, our #SongOfTheDay playlist and Classic Of The Week
Welcome back backs. We hope you’ve all had a great week and that you’ve been looking forward to our latest round-up as much as we have. So just what have we been up to since we last spoke?
We’ve chortled at the selfie taking Chinese panda, watched in shock at the footage at a French girl pushed off the edge of a ridge by her boyfriend (who then gives the thumbs up to the camera) and managed to survive our triskaidekaphobia. Enough about that, though. Here, dear readers, is our latest Week In Review.
Classic Of The Week
‘Blood In Blood Out’ by Jedi Mind Tricks (2003)
Philadelphia rap trio Jedi Mind Tricks were two albums in to their career when they released their 2003 LP Visions Of Gandhi, which features the finest song they have written to date. Replete with Vinnie Paz’s searing lyrical assault, it’s thought provoking, yet criminally catchy and is a perfect summation of Jedi Mind Tricks brilliance.
News this week
- Punk legends Buzzcocks’ 1977 debut EP Spiral Scratch is to be reissued on limited-edition 7-inch on 27 January. An album of the band’s early demos, entitled Time’s Up, will follow on 10 March.
- Prince’s estate are apparently in talks to bring the late star’s music to streaming services Spotify and Apple Music – despite Prince’s steadfast refusal to deal with them while he was alive.
- The line-up has been announced for the 2017 Bonnaroo festival, which takes place in Manchester, Tennessee on 8-11 June. U2, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chance The Rapper and The Weeknd headline, joined by Royal Blood, Cage The Elephant, Lorde, The xx and many more.
- EMI-signed rockers Slaves have received a £12,000 government grant to promote themselves internationally, as part of BPI’s Music Exports Growth Scheme – prompting Fat White Family to question whether the money should have gone to an independent or unsigned band instead.
- Shoegaze veterans Slowdive have shared a track called Star Roving – their first new material in 22 years. The band, who split after three albums in 1995, reformed in 2014 and now say a new album is on its way.
- The Official Charts Company has released a ‘Bowie chart’ showing which of the late star’s albums and singles have been bought or streamed the most since his death. Blackstar and a couple of best-ofs top the album chart, while Heroes, Life On Mars and Starman top the singles list.