Halloween is upon us, which clearly has no bearing on our stereo selections. We decided against opting for Jacko's 'Thriller or Kanye's 'Monster' in a ghoulishly themed roster; instead our playlist is loaded to hell with iron hot tunes and here's five that have been touching our buttons this week.
Lamar's superb To Pimp a Butterfly LP is still the album to beat this year, and although it really is a release that needs consuming as a whole, 'These Walls' was one of the early individual standouts.
It was rinsed on 6Music, the dovetailing vocals of Bilal and Anna Wise gliding over Thundercat's delightful bass creating a gloriously languid track that has been a chilled summer staple. A new video this week has made us remember it again, easily one of the stand outs of the year.
A large part of the past two weeks have been spent listening to Deerhunter's sublime new album Fading Frontier. It's perhaps their most uplifting of the bunch and we're particularly digging 'Breaker'.
Its idyllic rolling bass line compliments the sparkling rhythms and Bradford Cox's introspective lyricism perfectly. The blossoming chorus and invigorating organ parts are sonically pleasuring and quite frankly we couldn't wish for a better song to get us through a Friday afternoon.
'Chunky' was undoubtedly the track of the summer on the dance music circuit. It has been rinsed in Ibiza, at festivals and at club nights across the world over the last few months and now it's been given a face lift by the talented Riva Starr.
The scratchy, drum-led remake set to be released on Ministry of Sound is sure to become another staple in sets of the electronic elite right up until the New Year.
After an insightful Five Of The Best Skepta tracks earlier this week, we were reminded of just how important his role in the grime scene is. 'That's Not Me' was a real turning point and the genre was thrusted into the commercial lime light. This is one of our all time favourites.