Essential Listening: The best new music releases in February 2024 (week 3)

House, techno, indie, DnB, hip-hop, and more: the best new music releases in February 2024.

Skiddle Staff

Date published: 20th Feb 2024

Hello! We’re back again with some of the best new music releases in February 2024: house, techno, DnB, jungle, indie, hip-hop, and more. 

This week we’ve got new tracks from Adelphi Music Factory, DIIV, Nia Archives, Anais, Warpaint, SMG, Holly Humberstone, Verb T, Marco Lys, J. Worra, Lilly Palmer, Ghetts and Sampha, and more. 

Find the best new music of February 2024, follow the playlists to stay updated, and find tickets to see our featured artists live below.


Essential Listening: House and Techno


Never Be Alone - D.O.D remix

Purring his own spin on Sonny Fodera and Becky Hill’s ‘Never Be Alone’, Bury-born D.O.D made this one a bit more club, rave, and festival-ready. 

Sounding a bit garage-inspired with the lively percussion, this remix gives us a surge of energy. Building it up with heavenly strings and synths before dropping hard in a way that makes you picture the wild scenes of his upcoming shows, it’s the kind of banger that invokes a yearning to be stood in the rave facing the speaker when this one comes on.


Get tickets to see D.O.D live here:


Rare presents D.O.D | Thursday 22nd February 2024 | Sub Club in Glasgow

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All Good presents D.O.D | Friday 23rd February 2024 | Fat Sam's in Dundee

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Let It Bleed presents D.O.D | Sunday 25th February 2024 | Unit 51 in Aberdeen

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Essential Listening: Indie and Alternative



Taken from the Bristol band’s new and fifth album TANGK, which dropped on the 16th, ‘POP POP POP’ is a cracker about taking pleasure in other people’s joy. 

Mainly about the band’s vocalist Joe’s daughter, the repeated “freudenfreude” is a made-up word to mean taking pleasure in other people’s joy, a response to the real word “schadenfreude” meaning taking pleasure from another person's misfortune.

Sonically hypnotic, ‘POP POP POP’ goes to show the power the band can harness, even with stripped-back, relatively simple tracks. 


Get tickets to see IDLES live here:


Idles | Saturday 20th July 2024 | Dreamland in Margate, Kent

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Essential Listening: Drum & Bass and Jungle


Get To Me - Culture Shock

With a kick drum that makes you want to whack your speakers to full volume to feel it in your chest, Culture Shock has gifted us another certified banger with his signature squeaky clean production sound.

Booming with a driving but wobbly bass and chopped vocals providing some serious energy, this is one you have to try with earphones for sounds that tickle that bit of your brain. If that sounds mad, trust us, you’ll get it when you hear it.


Get tickets to see Culture Shock live here:


DnB Allstars Festival | Sunday 15th September 2024 | Gunnersbury Park in London

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Essential Listening: Hip-Hop and Jazz


Vertino - Conway the Machine & Joey Bada$$ 

Arguably one of the busiest rappers in the game, Conway returns with a new collaborative track with Joey Bada$$ 

The instrumental on this one is lazy, maybe even a little trippy, with a boom-bap beat and a fresh but old-school feel, a style he’s plenty familiar with. Featuring that intoxicating, vocally layered hook backed by a whining guitar line, this one will no doubt be in our regular rotation for a minute or two. 


Get tickets to see Conway the Machine live here:


Conway the Machine | Friday 12th April 2024 | O2 Academy in Bristol

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Conway the Machine | Saturday 13th April 2024 | O2 Ritz in Manchester

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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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