Essential Listening: New music releases in March 2023 (Updated)

Here are the best new music releases in March 2023 with dedicated playlists for house and techno, drum and bass and jungle, indie and alternative, and hip-hop and jazz.

Skiddle Staff

Last updated: 30th Mar 2023

Once again, our Essential Listening playlists have been updated with the newest certified bangers to help you discover the best new music! 

Whether you’re looking for the new best track to soundtrack your journey to work or are getting tired of your usual jams, here we have the best new tracks broken up by genre so you can effortlessly find new bangers that suit your taste. Browse indie and alternative, drum and bass and jungle, house and techno, and hip-hop and jazz below. 

This week's additions to the playlists feature Manchester’s GoGo Penguin, rapidly rising star Ben Hemsley, Mercury Prize-nominated Black Country, New Road, widely adored drum and bass maestro Mozey, and many more. Scroll down to discover and read about the hottest new tracks and find tickets to see these artists in concert. 


Essential Listening: House and Techno


Every Little Thing - Ben Hemsley

Everyone’s been talking about Ben Hemsley recently. He simply never misses, resulting in him bagging his first Ibiza residency and plenty of festival dates for the summer. Ben’s done it again with his fun new summery track Every Little Thing

Funky as hell, sunny, and feel-good, it’s one we expect to hear a lot of as we waltz our way into summer and kick off festival season.


Get tickets to see Ben Hemsley live here:


Ben Hemsley - Day Sessions | Kasbah in Coventry | Sunday 9th April

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SWG3 Presents Ben Hemsley | Galvanizers Yard SWG3 in Glasgow | Saturday 12th August

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Essential Listening: Indie and Alternative


Up Song (live) - Black Country, New Road

Following the release of their much-loved debut album For the first time in 2021, Black Country, New Road released live album Live at Bush Hall on Friday last week. Having already secured an incredibly devoted fanbase, this album is sure to pull in new listeners and get old fans excited for the next release. 

Eccentric, unusual and dripping with emotion, the band have pulled another banger out of the bag in one of the best live albums we've heard in a while. Many artists make the mistake of releasing live albums and they don’t sound… good. But it’s clear Black Country, New Road are stellar live performers and Up Song does a fantastic job of showing exactly how brilliant they are.


Get tickets to see Black Country, New Road live here:


Wide Awake Festival | Brockwell Park in London | Saturday 27th - Sunday 28th May

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Essential Listening: Drum & bass and Jungle


Cum Dancing - London Elektricity (Mozey Remix)

Revitalising a drum and bass classic, Mozey of Souped Up Records has only been on the scene for a handful of years but has already churned out plenty of filthy tunes. He released his remix of London Elektricity’s Cum Dancing on the 24th of March, flooded with big, chunky bass that we’re sure will feel insane rippling through your body on the dance floor. 

Keeping the floaty, spacey vibe while giving it some extra bassy punch, we’re desperate to catch this one live with the crowd going mad, the speakers vibrating so hard it feels like they might break the floor, and lasers shooting off in all directions. We bet you are too. 


Get tickets to see Mozey live here:


WAH in the City Festival | Dockyards in London | Sunday 9th July

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Essential Listening: Hip-hop and Jazz


Parasite - GoGo Penguin

Emotionally complex and truly otherworldly in sound, if you love jazzy sounds, GoGo Penguin are definitely a band to keep an eye on. Pensive, expressive, and ethereal, Parasite effortlessly invents a new world and invites you to join the band in exploring it. 

Parasite is the band’s fourth single from their upcoming album Everything Is Going to Be Ok, safe to say we’re buzzing to hear it, and if you listen to the track, you’ll most definitely feel the same. 


Get tickets to see GoGo Penguin live here:


GoGo Penguin | New Century in Manchester | Tuesday 23rd May 

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GoGo Penguin | Roundhouse in London | Thursday 25th May 2023

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Follow our Essential Listening playlists featured above to discover the best new tracks released each week, as curated by the Skiddle team.



Check out our What's On Guide to discover more rowdy raves and sweaty gigs taking place over the coming weeks and months. For festivals, lifestyle events and more, head on over to our Things To Do page or be inspired by the event selections on our Inspire Me page.








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